I love people and tend to bring in a bunch of mischievious energy with me when I walk into a room. I have a gift of making my clients feel at ease and comfortable when we're together. I enjoy spending time with my clients getting to know them and capturing the true essence of each person. 

When I'm not behind the camera, I spent quality time with my loved ones. I have a 8 year old son who is the most mischievious little monkey on earth - I have no clue where he gets that from! ;) I also love to travel and discover new places, new cuisine and different cultures. Travel has given me a well-rounded take on the world and its diverse cultures. I've been traveling and living abroad since I was 21. I'm originally from South Africa and immigrated to the U.S. 15 years ago. 

I am naturally drawn to romance, fantasy, whimsical and of course sassy! I shoot over 20 weddings a year locally, nationally and internationally.  Combining my job with travel seems like the perfect fit for me! My photography services are available for Weddings, Family Sessions, Boudoir, Glam, Head Shots, Pageant & Model Portfolios, Maternity and Children

A session with me is a full experience. You'll leave with extra confidence and feeling on top of the world. We have fun in our shoots. That's a guarantee!  I also offer and extensive array of clothing, bridal gowns, lingerie and fun outfits. (inquire on rental info)

I am a Member of the MNPPA (Minnesota Professional Photographers of America) and WPPI (Wedding & Portrait Photographers International) as well as a Founding Member of Twin Cities Wedding Professionals and Wish Upon A Wedding Minnesota.

I am based in Hudson, WI, use a Studio out of Stillwater and travel regualarly for Weddings and Shoots nationally & internationally.

If you need to reach me, my cell is 651 829 1688

And PS FYI: My name is pronounced Don-ay! ;)




Weddings are an amazing lifetime event. A seasoned, professional photographer is crucial to tell your wedding day story. I have been photographing weddings for 11 years locally, nationally and internationally; from gorgeous barn settings to glorious yacht clubs, chartered cruisers, beaches, forests and intimate backyards. 

I want to capture the way you smile at each other, that awesome bond the 2 of you have, the excitement on your faces as you see each other for the 1st time walking down the aisle and the joy you experience as you move to the next exciting chapter in your lives! I like to keep the big day upbeat, drama free and above all FUN! Throw in some romance, some artistic shots, some high fashion poses and real moments, and you have yourself one heck of a Wedding Day Story in your images! One day when you are old and grey and you're sitting in your rocker on your porch sipping tea (or bourbon! - whatever your choice may be), when you flip through your photos, I want you to grin from ear to ear as you remember every detail of your super sweet, amazing wedding day!

Below are my 3 packages that I offer. If you need help in deciding which package is right for you, let's chat. It would be 'just swell' to be your wedding photographer!

Flirty - $2,999 - 6 hours of coverage
Sassy - $3,999 - 8 hours of coverage
The "Diva" $4,999- 12 hours of coverage

All packages include:

  • Donae as the Lead Photographer and a 2nd Shooter (Weddings out of the Twin Cities or State/Country will incur an additional fee - send me a message for information)
  • Editing of Images (turnaround time depends on workload, but is approximately 8-10 weeks)
  • Private Online Gallery of Wedding Images to share with your family and friends (high resolution with my Print Release)
  • Unlimited phone calls, coffee dates and brainstorming sessions to PERFECT your wedding day!
  • *1 hour Engagement Session {Twin Cities Weddings}
  • 50 free miles of travel {additional miles @ 0.60 per mile}

A $850 non-refundable retainer is required, along with a signed contract to secure your wedding date.

If you do not see a package within the 6, 8 or 12 hour packages that fits your budget, I do offer a'la carte pricing of $500 per hour. My a'la carte pricing is not available on Saturdays during peak wedding season (May thru September), however if I am open on your wedding day and your wedding has a short booking window, it may be a possibility. Contact me and let's chat! You never know until you TRY! ;)

Available for Weddings Nationally and Internationally (Inquire for Pricing Breakdown)

*Engagement sessions do not add monetary value to your package. These sessions are an opportunity to get to know each other and for you to use the images from the session for a wedding slideshow, save the date cards, announcements, printing etc. The Engagement session occurs before your wedding and cannot be redeemed for a shoot after your wedding has occurred.

Need an Engagement Session without a wedding package? The cost is $475.

Want to add a "whimsical un-booth" to your wedding reception?

We'll set up a fun backdrop, provide the booth with props from hats to mustaches to signs to frames (the options here are endless), professional lighting and a fun, outgoing photographer to capture the wild, crazy and hilarious shots of your guests. The booth opens after your dinner/speeches/1st dance and will last until the end of the evening that you have contracted with Donae Cotton Photography. The Gallery for your whimsical booth is posted to your Facebook page for all your guests to enjoy and download at their leisure as well as posted to an online gallery.

A' LA CARTE wedding items may be added on to any package and include:

A 8x8 Leather Bound 20 spread Engagement album for $450
Wedding Albums ($250 design fee, a 6x6 20 page spread is $650, an 8x8 is $850 and a 12x12 is $1,250)
Hi Res copy of your Engagement Photos onto a Thumb drive ($225)




Phone:651 829 1688
Mailing only: 802 2nd Street, Hudson WI 54016
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