melodee tonti

About Me

photo by  lyric everly

photo by lyric everly


hi, i’m melodee.

I have been taking pictures of awesome people for 11 years now, and I can't imagine ever wanting to do anything else.

I have photographed the beautiful, the sacred, the ordinary, and the extraordinary. An album cover, a photo book, military homecomings, last memories for those in hospice care, wedding vows, brand new babies, a 60th anniversary, happy families, couples in love, birthdays, family reunions, new homes, sad goodbyes, best friends, family vacations, memorial services, tears, and belly laughs. I have always been drawn to the stories around me. To tell those stories, I have - pulled all-nighters, driven over 1000 miles in one weekend, waded in an inflatable pool full of paint and glitter, been bitten by an elderly wiener dog, swallowed a bug, laid in a field of rabbit poop, balanced on top of a six foot wall, stepped in stinging nettle (twice), encountered a rattlesnake, hiked 9 miles in the rain, photographed through tears, and laughed until I cried.

I'm the mom of a 21 year old, a 15 year old, and a 6 year old, married to a man with the patience of a saint. We share our perpetually messy home with 2 perpetually shedding and needy cats.

I love music, rainy days, Disneyland, and dessert. I am in a constant state of dishevelment, no matter how hard I try to fight it....especially my hair. If my hair is not messy when you see me, give it five minutes.

That's my story. The cliffs notes version, anyway. It is chaotic and messy, but beautiful, and I bet yours is too.