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.


auckland wedding & lifestyle photographer


Wedding 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 for the majority of the day. Come bridal portrait time, I won’t force you into unnatural poses and ask you to give me lots of fake smiles. What I will do is give some gentle direction so you're not left wondering what to do, then I will encourage you to just be yourselves, have a laugh and maybe cuddle each other!

All packages include client meetings and edited high and low resolution images on USB. 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!

Destination wedding photography: I am open to national and international enquiries. I have photographed weddings in Fiji, America and all over New Zealand. Please get in touch for more info.

Elopement photography: I can tailor a smaller package to suit your needs. Please send me a message with information about your elopement.

engagement photography

An engagement shoot is 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. The shoot can be on location or in your home for a more documentary, intimate feel.

Engagement photography | $750 | 1 hour session and a minimum of 50 edited high and low res images on USB

lifestyle & portrait photography

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 shoot and we can do either or a mix of both. Newborn lifestyle photography is 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 & portrait photography | from $600 | 15 edited high and low res images on USB | Gallery upgrades available

events and commercial photography

I am available to photograph parties, gorgeous products, magazine features, your cute new boutique or funky café! Please contact me and I can give you a quote for commercial photography.

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I offer beautiful, custom designed wedding 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.