Northern California wedding photographer

Documentary minded wedding photography with a cinematic heart

Based in Humboldt County, CA

Bride wades in the Eel river in Williams Grove following redwood forest wedding.

Wedding photography that captures the tiny moments and the big feelings, empathic and lyrical. Images that immerse you into an environment and a moment all at once. I can’t stop time but I can take you back.

Hannah & Jared

Kate is pure magic. Her skill as a photographer is only surpassed by her kindness and the joy that she is to be around.

Portrait of Northern California wedding photographer Kate Donaldson

Ritual and relationship captured true to feeling

Kate has a warmth and ease in her approach that translates into every image. She works with minimal interference paying great attention to the light and cinema of everyday moments. Kate’s aesthetic has been described as vibrant and sentimental, centering clients firmly within their own unique love stories. There is an intimacy and honesty to her work that celebrates your most profound connections.

Your wedding day is a tiny, beautiful, temporary universe. Let me take you back.


Kate, you captured the laughter, the tears in our eyes, you truly captured the heart of our wedding.

Redwoods destination wedding photography

A drop of mist bracelets your wrist in the filtered light of a redwood grove. The details may blur with the rabbit run of years but the goosebumps remain. Those feelings are indelible.

If you want

  • photographs that are real and sentimental
  • a cinematic approach to light and color
  • seamless guidance
  • to replace pageantry with ritual 
  • a wedding day that doesn’t feel like a performance