Now booking 2023 weddings


soulful wedding photography with a cinematic sensibility and an uncanny knack for rare moments.

Vibrant, soulful wedding photography that reflects your most profound and personal relationships.

Ritual and relationship captured true to feeling.

“Kate, I don't even know how to express to you how much these photos mean to us. They are just all. so. damn. beautiful. You captured the laughter and excitement, you captured the tears and vulnerability in our eyes, you truly captured the heart of our wedding.”

Katee & Skye

"Pure perfection. Amazing. Sweet. Pure spirit. Ridiculously talented. Kate was an absolute gem! She put us at ease and made us feel completely comfortable."

Jessica & Anthony

"Stop looking. You have found your photographer."

GIa & Adam

Captivated by the beauty of found moments 

Drawn to the non-traditional, the undone and the in-between. So beautiful it breaks my heart is a family catchphrase that has become deeply embedded in my work.

California wedding photographer

You look so good when you're laughing

Meet Kate

Stunning Trinidad State Beach engagement session with a green ballgown that you do not want to miss.

Two brides in the California forest

An off season engagement session can feel like you have an entire redwood forest to yourself.

Redwood National Park engagement session photographed by Humboldt wedding photographer Kate Donaldson

From cathedrals of old growth redwood trees to rugged windswept coastlines cloaked in fog or bathed in that unmistakeable golden California glow, here are some fantastic locations and venues to kickstart your redwood elopement or intimate wedding plans.


Now, I won’t be spoiling any season finales when I tell you rain is also wet… so just be ready for whatever the weather happens to roll your way. I’ll make sure you’re comfortable and we’ll make a little magic.

Redwood engagement session with blue velvet dress

A joyful Luffenholtz Beach proposal disguised as a redwood coast home town vacation trip.

Newly engaged LGBTQ couple on Luffenholtz Beach