I've been photographing people for a little over 11 years, and have been professionally photographing for 7 years now. For the last few years I have found my passion in photographing couples in love, it's been great! While your elopement day doesn't 'have' to be anything, it is the day that you're marrying your best friend and that's something to celebrate!

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

Whether that be a small intimate wedding with your closest friends and family or a 'just you' day for two, I'm  here for it as long as it speaks to you, your partner, and your relationship.

Bottom line is that I want you to be present on your day, celebrate with the people you love and not be worried about what you 'should' do, stuffy traditions, giving into peer pressure or anything else. All that matters is your marriage and this amazing adventure you're embarking on!

Does that sounds like your jam?

Hey, I'm Donna

(if you haven't seen That 70's show... well, this is awkward... disregard!)

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About Donna Marie Photography

or hot donna...

Absolutely, tell me how this works!

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. 

How'd I start in photography? here's the long story!

No matter how many couples I photograph between now and years from now. I’ll remember 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?! Yeah. Not with me! 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 photographer to have be a part of your day showing you around this gorgeous state than someone who has lived here their entire lives? I know this place like the back of my hand! And if I'm not as familiar with a certain area, I'm always doing the research!

ALASKAN BORN AND RAISED

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Donna Perks

I've gotchu!
  xoxo, Donna

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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 and it's just such a defining photo haha!)

I'm half Colombian

Hunter is literally the best choice I made in my adult years. He is a huge supporter of all that I do and also tells it to me like it is.

Maried to my best friend

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