My passion is capturing people’s stories through my lens. My philosophy is to offer fresh, natural, documentary style photography that is timeless yet contemporary. I am there to tell your story in images, to capture those beautiful, special moments, emotions and details that will be treasured for years to come.
I am drawn to the beauty of natural light and love to shoot in locations that show this off, whether it is a beach, park, urban setting or somewhere a little more unusual. Along with some gentle direction I will encourage you to relax and be yourselves while I snap away. I love capturing those in-between moments, which gives my photography the candid style I favour.
Although based in Auckland, I also spend a lot of time in the Coromandel, in particular Whangamata, where I was married myself. Bitten with the travel bug, I am open to any national and international enquiries – I love destination weddings!
If you want your story captured by me, then lets chat!
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FEATURES ON PAPER & LACE
Uniquely Romantic Wedding Inspiration For The Style Savvy Bride By Samantha Donaldson
Sam & Nick. An elegant rustic vineyard wedding by Samantha Donaldson Photography
A Clifftop Love Story in the Bay of Islands by Samantha Donaldson Photography
Kim & Ben. A Tropical Fiji Wedding by Samantha Donaldson Photography
“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