Portrait of Humboldt wedding photographer Kate Donaldson
Portrait of Northern California wedding photographer Kate Donaldson

Meet Kate

“So beautiful it breaks my heart” has become a family catch phrase that is deeply embedded in my work.

I’m here to celebrate you and yours. The hand that always meets yours in the dark, your kitchen dancing partner. Your person. The other half that makes you a better half, the inside joke that makes you laugh so hard your dog is genuinely concerned. Your community. Your family. The home that finds you wherever you may be. Today this beautiful map of human constellations and connections that consistently lifts you up converges. Here. Together. For a limited time only.

Out past the party lights

Weddings are tiny universes that only exist for a little while. Steering you towards the good light and allowing the day to unfold organically ensures that I capture both sweeping romance and the smallest gestures with minimal interference.

Based in Humboldt County Since 2015

Family is everything to me. I will photograph your wedding day in a way that equally reflects the meaning and the magic in your own relationships.

Currently exploring the meaning of the word fixer upper with Aaron, my kitchen dancing partner of 19 years, two mildly energetic malinois mix rescue pups and one 7 year old playground astronaut named Cal. Our van is never not full of sand.

Marriage for everyone
Champagne and potato chips
Singing songs I don’t know the words to
Campfire smoke
Nic Cage movies
Winter beaches
Your love story

Your wedding day will unfold in a kaleidoscope of little moments and big feelings. I want you to remember each and every one.