Relationships are fun, messy, weird, silly, romantic, sexy, and everything in between. There are nuances and quirks and ways that couples interact throughout their lives together and that just absolutely fascinates me. I try to glean as many details like these as I can to infuse that into your photographs when we work together.

I honestly get emotional when I think about how much of an honor it is when couples choose me to be a part of their day and documenting their stories.

I'm here to guide you through a photography and elopement experience that truly feels like you and your partner so you can be present and enjoy it to the fullest.

Bottom line is that I want you to be present on your day, celebrate it in a way that reflects your relationship!

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your professional third wheel

or hot donna...

Let's make it a date!

I truly care about making this an enjoyable and fun experience that just feels right for you!

I care

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After 7 years photographing weddings, I’ve seen it all! I’m not phased by much and am here to help. Can’t figure out that pesky bustle? Let me at it. Friends nowhere to be found to help with your dress and you need to pee in a bad way? I’ve gotchu! Need someone to give you a hug and cry with you(sad or happy tears)? Here’s my shoulder.

I've been there and done that

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Are you getting married in a Spanish speaking country or have family that is Latino/a or Hispanic? I’VE GOTCHU. I'm half Colombian and was raised speaking spanish. I’ll be chatting it up with your Abuela, dancing along side your Hermana and cracking jokes with your Tío. All while photographing the day seamlessly!

I'M FLUENT IN SPANISH

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Ever get home at the end of a long day and see that your eyes have gone full raccoon?! NOT TODAY! I’ll keep tabs on your mascara and keep you lookin’ fresh!

I'll be your Makeup police

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Let’s face it, Alaska’s cold. I’ll bring hand warmers along on those chillier days and keep you warm best I can! Always 100%  happy to hand over hats and gloves if you need to warm up and don’t have any on hand!

I'll keep you warm

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What better than to have a born and raised Alaskan show you around this gorgeous state? Not only does that mean I have the hook up for gorgeous photoshoot locations, but also vendor connections, backup plan ideas, and the inside scoop on Alaska in general!

ALASKAN BORN AND RAISED

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Donna Perks

I've gotchu!
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Donna will go above and beyond to make your dreams come true when you book her. She has a true God given talent when it comes to making photos give you all the same feelings you had when they were taken.

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Hunter and I spend every chance we get camping, off roading, canoeing or just sitting in the sun. Camping makes me so happy!

Catch me outside

I 100% love making people laugh. If that means being my full on silly self, then so be it!!

I'm pretty silly

Born in Alaska and brought up between two different countries. I lived there over the winters for 11 years of my life and am fluent in Spanish. (Pictured above is me in a Colombian poncho with Denali, a very defining photo haha!)

I'm half Colombian

Hunter is literally my best friend and biggest supporter and a huge part of why I do what I do today!

Married to my best friend

Random Deets

My Dad is a huge part of why I am where I am today and is the reason I picked up a camera in the first place.

When I was 12 my Dad bought his first digital camera, which he was SO stoked about! Seeing his excitement about digital photography coming to life and how instant it all was was pretty cool and got me intrigued. He was always the documenter of the family. There are TONS of film strips, polaroids and printed photos in boxes throughout the house. I love to sift through them all whenever I visit. When he finally got this digital camera, he was so proud of the fact that he no longer had to use film or polaroid cameras and was amazed that he could just see the photo instantly on the back of the camera.

I didn't really understand what the fuss was about until I looked through that viewfinder for the first time, snapped a photo, and never looked back. I basically stole it out from under his nose and claimed it as my own. Photographing flowers, little quotes written on pieces of paper, twinkly lights in my room because I loved the 'bokeh' (real Tumblr stuff right there haha). Soon I outgrew that first camera and my Dad, realizing how much I enjoyed it, bought me my very own upgraded point and shoot. This continued year after year as technology advanced and the next newest and greatest megapixel camera was released and as I outgrew the capabilities of the cameras.

In high school, after working a whole summer at a local peony farm in Homer, I had managed to save up some money and was considering upgrading to a DSLR(a better more professional camera that would allow me to change lenses and shoot in formats that give me more editing control). It was a 'future' plan and I wasn't really looking at taking the leap anytime soon, but one day when my Dad and I were on a grocery trip to Anchorage, we stopped at Walmart and saw a little Nikon D5100 that was on sale. I had saved up enough to purchase it outright, but my Dad said he would go halfsies on it with me, SOLD!

That's when things got REALLY serious and I started learning the fundamentals of shooting in manual and really digging deeper into what photography was. I then began taking creative self-portraits, eventually photographing friends and their senior photos, then I shot my first wedding in 2013 and the rest is history.

Long story short, without my Dad supporting this hobby of mine through middle and high school and buying me new cameras and finally helping me buy a DSRL, I would not be where I am today. 

So, here I am, many years later, pursuing my dreams and with a life full of adventure and love, and I wouldn't have it any other way. 

Want the longer origin story? Here ya go!

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