Samantha Donaldson Photography


Wedding and portrait photographer based in Auckland, New Zealand. My passion is capturing people's stories with a natural, documentary style of photography.


a bit about me



I'm Sam and I'm a New Zealand wedding and lifestyle photographer. Home is Auckland with my pretty awesome husband Aaron, and two crazy boys Hugo and Louis who I adore. A good brew, chocolate and a decent glass of wine are my absolute weaknesses and I love nothing more than a good brunch.

After the slog of Uni, I graduated with a degree in fashion, packed my bags and headed to London. Travelling extensively during my time overseas is when I truly realised my passion for photography and my desire to one day take it from a hobby to something I could make a career out of. Fast forward 9 years and I succeeded in that dream which was and still is the best feeling in the world. Getting married myself in 2012 is what sparked me to embark on my wedding photography journey and I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to photograph people’s love stories.

I would describe my style as natural with a modern documentary approach. I love to capture real moments and emotions and encourage you to relax and be yourselves. I want you to have wedding photos that you look at all the time, not that sit and gather dust (or stay hidden in a hard drive). It makes me so ridiculously happy when I hear how much my clients love their photos.

Along with weddings, I offer lifestyle sessions. These are kind of like a portrait shoot but a bit more relaxed and natural – less posing, more fun and most importantly being yourselves. I also do commercial photography. You can find out more about my services here. Although based in Auckland, I also spend a lot of time in Whangamata on the Coromandel Peninsula where I was married myself so I’m always interested in a Coromandel wedding. 

Bitten with the travel bug, I am also open to any national and international enquiries. 

If you want your story captured by me, then lets chat!