About

So this is where I write a little bit about me

I studied Photography & Film at Napier University in Edinburgh. All of my projects were completed using medium and large format cameras, I loved old film cameras and enjoyed spending hours in the darkroom.  I became a press photographer at Aberdeen Journals a couple of months after leaving university in 2006, it couldn’t have been more different to my uni days!  I was thrown in to the world of digital and had just minutes to get ‘the’ shot, often wiring it through to the desk whilst still on location.  During my time at Aberdeen Journals I was shortlisted for Young Scottish Press Photographer Of The Year. After 3 years working as a press photographer I packed up my camera kit in and decided to fulfil my passion for travel photography and took a year out to explore. I won SWPP Travel Photographer Of Year 2011 with an image I took whilst travelling Morocco.  If you like to travel check out that section of my portfolio!  I was lucky enough to photograph maternal health in Malawi and India for a local charity based at Aberdeen University, the pics were then exhibited at Holyrood, it really was the opportunity of a lifetime.

I set up my own photography business in 2010. I started by photographing friends’ weddings and loved capturing a couple’s big day. My wedding photography style is relaxed and candid – I love  capturing all those special moments, I love looking for moments that will make people smile, laugh, shed a wee tear and generally just feel lovely.  I love colourful happy images that reflect one of the most awesome day’s of people’s lives.

I also love photographing families in a relaxed documentary way.  Since having my wee boy I realise how quickly time flies and how important it is to cherish every moment of your little one’s journey.  They grow up too fast!

So, I should really write a quick paragraph about other things, so you don’t think I’m too boring and can only talk about photography! I live near Dunecht with my partner Ben, our son Finn and whippet daughter Winnie.  I spend my non shooting days going for walks, pretending to be a dinosaur or a monkey, avoiding the expensive treadmill I bought and editing.  When I get the chance I like having a cheeky gin or two and the occasional glass…. eh bottle of prosecco.  I love having a raid through vintage shops, dogs (I love dogs at weddings!) planning trips away, although not as exotic as they used to be but Burma and Japan are on the to do list!   I listen to a mix of music from the Rolling Stones and David Bowie to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and First Aid Kit.  Going back to photography for the last two minutes….  It really isn’t just a job, there is nothing else I can imagine doing.  I found a letter in my loft written to myself in the future when I was 12, I wrote about wanting to be a famous photographer.  The fame bit isn’t important to the grown up me but getting to take photos for my job?  It is THE BEST.

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A few of my latest adventures...

Emma & Gordon’s Wedding at Ballogie House

January 29th, 2020

Steph & Hugo’s DIY home Wedding

January 6th, 2020

Joanne & Richard’s Wedding at Errol Park

January 6th, 2020

Testimonials

  • Donna I've just opened up the preview!! I'm crying... You are a magical photography princess, I love them. Thank you xx

    Jo Leadbeatter

  • We hired Donna through our wedding planner and since it was a destination wedding we did not meet prior to the day of our wedding - which made me nervous. However, I shouldn't have been - Donna was just INCREDIBLE! Professional, lovely and she even put up with my crazy family (which is like herding cats) and the photos which we received are STUNNING. I highly recommend her for your wedding

    Iryna Khymych

  • Donna what can I say!! The photos are amazing! You are so talented! You even managed to make us look good haha, love how you captured all my guests and the children so naturally. The detail in my dress, shoes, jewellery, flowers everything is perfect! You are very special at what you do should be so proud of yourself! x

    Tracy Marcella

  • That was the best early Christmas present I’ve had!! Ever. I burst into tears reliving the whole day. You have done a beautiful job and have captured all our guests beautifully! Beautiful natural shots I can’t wait to get printed. You are a star and I’m so grateful I chose you! Thank you so much xx

    Eilidh McLeod

  • Donna we love all our photos and you captured our day perfectly – we particularly love that you captured all the emotions and they shine through in the photographs, thank you so much. x

    Jen Wallace