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.





Lets just say I’m a big sop when it comes to weddings! I love nothing more than capturing the love, emotion and story of such a special day. I specialise in a natural, documentary approach – consider me a fly on the wall for the majority of the day. Come bridal portrait time, I won’t force you into unnatural poses and get you to give me lots of fake smiles. What I will do is give some gentle direction so you don’t feel like a complete noob wondering what to do, then I will encourage you to just be yourselves and have a laugh with each other.

Packages start from $3000. All packages include client meetings, edited high and low resolution images on USB and an online slideshow. Please enquire for my full brochure and to organise a complimentary meeting to chat about your big day. I’d really love to meet you!


Recently engaged? An anniversary? Or just because! Come away with beautiful photographs of you and your loved one. Couples sessions are also a great way to warm up in front of the camera prior to your wedding and get to know me and how I shoot a bit better. Don’t worry I won't put you into awkward poses, I just want to capture some beautiful, real moments between the two of you. Sessions can be on location or in your home for a more documentary, intimate feel.

Couples session | $450 | 1-1.5 hour session and 50+ edited high and low res images on USB


I shoot families, kids, mamas to be and anyone who wants some awesome photos of themselves. Lifestyle sessions have a more natural, candid approach compared to a traditional posed portrait session. I favour real moments over fake smiles! Newborn lifestyle sessions are also available. These are very different to posed newborn photography and have more of a storytelling approach. I will come to your home and capture natural, honest moments. Sessions are relaxed and led by baby with plenty of time to break for feeding, changing and settling.

Lifestyle session | from $450 | 50+ edited high and low res images on USB

events and commercial

I am available to photograph parties, gorgeous products, magazine features, your cute new boutique or funky café! Please contact me and I can tailor something to suit your needs.

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I offer beautiful, custom designed albums. Featuring a linen cover and your names embossed on the front, they are a timeless keepsake that you will want to show off to all your family and friends!

Please enquire for more details and pricing.