Samantha Donaldson Photography
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Testimonials

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

 
 

words from the wise

 
 
Sam was fantastic to deal with from the get-go – we’ve hardly been photographed together and Sam made the process relaxing and fun. We really enjoyed our engagement shoot and we would definitely recommend doing this to get a feel for what will happen on The Big Day. Sam complemented our Wedding Day with her calm, relaxed, professional manner; she made everyone feel at ease and this shows in our photos. She certainly has an eye for capturing the atmosphere and vibe of an event, which is exactly what we wanted. Thanks to Sam we have a stunning record of our Wedding – we absolutely LOVE all of our photos and would recommend her to anyone.
— Kerryn & Dan
 
“Sam and her work are nothing short of incredible. Shesurpassed our expectations in every way possible. My partner and I eloped in New Zealand and let her take the lead as we didn’t know the landscape well. Turns out it was the best thingwe ever did. She asked all the right questions and knew exactly where to shoot us with the kind of styles we proposed. As thebride, I definitely had some last minute changes and she responded with agility and grace. I would HIGHLY recommend Sam to anyone looking for a photographer to capture those special life changing moments. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you!”
— Laura & Mike
 
Where do I even begin.... AMAZING!! From the moment I met Sam I knew I wanted her as my photographer. She took on board all our wishes and took exactly the photos we hoped for! At the same time she is professional, approachable, friendly and dedicated to her clients. The photos arrived very prompt and we were blown away! Truly amazing photos with incredible detail, we could not have asked for more. We also got so many photos on a USB and complimentary prints all presented beautifully. Truly grateful our weddi ng was documented as we had hoped and more! Thank you!!
— Sam & Nick
 
Sam captured our wedding day as it unfolded so beautifully & naturally. Working with her was loads of fun, and felt very natural. Sam was non-obtrusive and made sure all the important parts of the day were captured, along with the small special moments. Sam has a very relaxed and simple approach, which worked perfectly for us, as we got to spend the day with our friends & family…not being dragged around having pictures taken. We are so happy with our photos, and would highly recommend Sam to anyone who’s looking for a wedding photographer to capture their special day.
— Kim & Ben
 
Sam came recommended to us by a good friend, and we have since had 3 photo shoots and will very likely have more in the future. I cannot recommend her highly enough. The first was a pregnancy shoot and she made it so easy, so comfortable and when we didn’t know what we wanted she was happy to direct, and we loved the results. Our second shoot was our newborn/family shoot. Sam was patient, flexible and just brilliant in what were not the easiest circumstances. She went above and beyond and these photos my family and I will treasure forever!!! The third shoot we dragged her half way down the country when she was quite pregnant and it was probably the last thing she felt like doing, however yet again she was the complete professional, making everyone feel relaxed and spending the time and having the patience to get the most beautiful photos. Sam is not only incredibly talented but is also just a genuinely good person who is a pleasure to work with.
— Liz
 
I’m someone who simply hates having pictures of myself taken and can’t remember the last time I saw a picture of me that I was happy with, so the thought of having a maternity shoot, just me and someone with a camera was pretty daunting. Sam came to me which instantly made me feel more at home, her communication before that first shoot also helped to ease the nerves as I felt I knew what to expect and that we were on the same page. What a brilliant morning! I enjoyed every minute of it and the smiles in my pictures are entirely genuine. The results were amazing and after not being able to find a nice picture of myself for years I was challenged to pick a favourite, I love them. After that first shoot I couldn’t wait to see Sam again, this time with our gorgeous wee girl. We have seen Sam most recently for our third shoot, Pippa turning two, and we are over the moon with the precious images that she has created. What I love about Sam’s photography is that she captures the moment and not just the smiles. I have the most amazing images of Pippa that really seem to capture the essence of her. I can’t recommend Sam enough – sessions with her are fun, easy and the results are spectacular, the first thing I would grab in a fire are those disks!
— Lauren