Born in Okinawa, Japan to a single mother in the U.S. Military, Kalani had already lived in a foreign country and 6 different U.S. states by the time she was 13 years old. Her photographic journey began in college just outside of Denver, CO in 2000 shortly after she severed an artery in a freak snowboarding accident that nearly took her right arm. With a new zest for life, she started to notice and appreciate the little things, capturing as much as she could on film. While she loved the process of developing her own photos in a dark room, she transitioned to digital in 2003. In 2007, Kalani gave up the city life in the lower 48, and with her 4-year-old daughter, moved to a beautiful little town where the mountains meet the sea. Seward, Alaska is where she resides today with her (now) two children, a Saint Bernard, an Alaskan Husky, and an abnormally large cat.
“Over a decade later, my love for this place grows stronger every day as I am surrounded by the wild, intoxicating beauty of Mother Nature. Through my photography I try not only to capture what things or places look like but the way they make me feel. I pick up on the energy and attempt to translate that visually. I hope that my photography gives you pause and a moment to remember to breathe in this sometimes chaotic, sometimes overwhelming life we find ourselves living. It is in these moments when we connect to the natural world around us that remind us of who we really are and that it’s ok to just let go...even if only for a moment.”