California Fine art
wedding photography



Since feeling is first

Capturing love stories since 2010

Meet Kate

I grew up like a prairie Eloise in a tiny hotel on the Saskatchewan plains and have a deep affinity for wide open spaces. Words like toque, bunny hug and chesterfield still find their way into my vocabulary.

I learned to process film by hand in a high school dark room. Kurt Cobain was still alive. I began by photographing the people I loved most and realized that photography is a perpetual time machine. 

Your love story is unlike any other and your wedding is an intentional and beautiful reflection of your unique relationship. There is always room to be 1000% yourselves. I will never ask you to be anything else.

Exuberantly messy cook, loud laugher. If you start dancing, I'm right there with you.



These images are your legacy. When you are a part of the process, your investment is evident. Creating work unique to your love story becomes seamless.



So tell me everything. I am available by e-mail and phone from booking through gallery delivery. We'll work together to bring your vision to life.


FouNd moments

Weddings are tiny universes unto themselves that only exist for one day. There is so much light, color and love that I would hate for you to miss a second.


Sentimental details

The cookies baked from a beloved family recipe. The wildflower bouquet. Your best friend since kindergarten. What matters to you, matters to me.


singing in the rain

The natural world plays a large part in my work. Breathtaking outdoor spaces have a way of centering what's important and silencing the nonsense. Yes, we can forge that ocean stream or watch the sun rise from the side of a dune. Ball gowns optional but encouraged.


What makes my heart beat faster

Sneaking my couple away for a few quiet moments at the edge of the party as the sun begins to sink, soaking in the sound and feel of their favorite people all in one beautiful place.

you Have

a heart of gold and a stardust soul. 

You want wedding photographs that encapsulate time. Split second glances, things remembered in the shifting light.  Found. Unscripted. Pure magic.

 Reserve your date.

Behind the scenes

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An unfiltered dose of real life mixed with my latest work.

©2022 Kate Donaldson PHotography. Based in Humboldt County, California. Serving all of California.