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Donae Cotton Photography

Afton, Minnesota

Donae Cotton Photography  logo

Donae Cotton Photography

Afton, Minnesota


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Zandolee Media

30 July 2017

Donae Cotton is HANDS DOWN our favorite photographer to work with! She is always there with a smile and incredible attitude. Her images are amazing and creative. She really nailed our photo shoot for the 1K Giveaway Gala and head shots. We can't wait to see what she comes up with next for our team! More...



13 January 2015

I was nervous going into my senior pictures, because I did not know what to expect from a photo shoot that was only for me. Donae made me feel extremely comfortable and natural. I was laughing the entire shoot and never had a dull moment. This was an amazing experience that I would love to have again. More...



12 January 2015

We had a wonderful family portrait experience with Donae. She is creative, interesting, professional, easy to reach, and GREAT with the kids. We love the "visual story" of our session. More...



12 January 2015

We have used Donae several times to photograph our family. I was a little nervous how it would work with 14 people (half of those been young children!), but she was so patient with everybody. She really captured our family and I am so happy with the finished photos. I always recommend Donae to my family and friends because I know they won't be disappointed. More...



12 January 2015

wow! donae is amazing. she connected me to so many of my wedding vendors, making my time of wedding planning a breeze! we loved having her capture our wedding day for us. she was fun to have around and made us all feel so comfortable! having our photos taken by her was so easy. she guided us to make us all look our best and we LOVE LOVE LOVE our photos!! i am recommending her to all my friends! we loved her!!!! thank you donae!!! More...



9 December 2014

Donae was so wonderful to work with! My wedding party had so much fun working with her. She made everyone feel comfortable and ensured everyone had a great time during pictures.
She gets your photos to you in a timely matter, her prices are super competitive, and she is very professional.
I can't wait to work with her again in the future!



25 May 2012

Donae is FABULOUS!!! I would highly recommend her to everyone who is tying the knot! Her value is so worth it! She takes your theme and puts it into action! I have never felt so beautiful in photos and my now husband loves the photos of himself as well!! Donae is VERY professional and such a fun woman to work with! Everyone in my family and wedding party loved her! We loved her! She is very flexible and such an AMAZING photographer! She worked with our difficult schedule the day of the wedding and made it so much fun! We love our wedding photos!! More...



7 June 2011

I was lucky enough to have Donae Cotton as my photographer for my wedding just 3 weeks ago! Donae and her assistant showed up almost 45 mins early so she was able to scope out the best places for pictures and were able to start on time. Donae made myself, my husband and our entire wedding party feel very comfortable during the million photos we took that day, and we actually had fun doing it! She also is willing to do ANYTHING to get the perfect shot! On the day of my wedding it was cold and windy and rained a little but I really wanted to get some outside pictures with my wedding party so we went out to the local park and in order to get an awesome picture Donae actually rolled up her pants and walked into the freezing water! She is absolutely fantastic and very dedicated! I also got a sneak peek of some of my wedding pictures just 2 days after my wedding! Everyone that attended my wedding was impressed with her and her talent! Thanks again Donae!! More...



5 June 2011

Donae Cotton is the most amazing photographer I have ever had the pleasure to meet and work with. She is spunky, sassy and funny! Donae made it so easy for me, my new husband and our family and friends to be comfortable in front of the camera. She knows how stressful a wedding day can be and helped us relax with her humor. Donae was able to take creative, amazing pictures even though the lighting outside was not the best at times and she was able to take the most beautiful that night. Not only do I love Donae but my entire family fell in love with her as well. Her photo booth brought the fun side out of many of our guests and made for some classic pictures. We really appreciated being able to see pictures from the wedding as early as the very next day! We look forward to working with Donae in the future and recommend her services to everyone looking for a photographer. More...



31 March 2011

Donae Cotton is an amazing photographer! We had a winter wonderland wedding in Duluth in December (yes, the day of the major blizzard in MPLS) and Donae did an amazing job of capturing the whole day for us. I would recommend Donae to anyone looking for a photographer! From the start, Donae was so easy to work with. We had a great time with our engagement shoot around the Stone Arch Bridge area. Donae made us feel comfortable right away and spent so much time with us to get so many fun shots. I absolutely love our engagement pictures! But I love the wedding ones even more!!! Donae spent so much time getting to know us and what we were planning for our big day. Her and her awesome assistant Jenn Kelly even came dressed in our wedding colors. It was perfect! LOVED the tiffany blue ties and sparkly headbands We had so much fun with the pictures before the ceremony. They thought of such fun ways to capture the day. I never imagined the formal church pictures to be some of my favorites! There are even some pictures that they took that I didn’t even know they were taking. They truly captured the excitement of the whole entire day! I could go on and on about how amazing Donae Cotton is. It has been 3 months since my wedding day…and I still look through our pictures all the time. She is a very talented photographer and such a fun person to be around. Thank you for everything Donae!
Allison and Brett



22 March 2010

You were great Donae. With you positive attitude towards my wedding it made me feel so much more excited just talking to you! Keep your sincere attitude and interest in photography and weddings as you grow in your business. That is what sold us! When talking/looking at other photographers it really felt like a "business" and I was the "customer". You made the experience feel personal and special. Also, your flexibilty in cost, sites, packages, everything is something that no one else offers. I am recomending you to anyone I know who is getting married! More...



19 February 2010

Donae's photography is truly one of a kind. She's a great person to work with and that shows in her pictures. Her photographs aren't just pictures of our day, somehow she was able to capture the emotions that my husband and I were feeling throughout the wedding and reception. She's reasonably priced, but she doesn't really have to be because what she created for us is priceless. Book her today! More...



9 February 2010

Donae is very personable, and her talent for photography is incomparable! Our wedding pictures were fantastic, so we knew the pictures she took of our newborn daughter would be too... and she did not fail!! We are lucky to have found Donae! More...



5 February 2010

Donae is seriously a ray of sunshine! She makes everyone feel comfortable in sometimes awkward situations. We laughed so much together. She has the ability to see things other definitley do not; which is why her photos turn out so well. She is an artist. I never want to lose touch with her because she is such a beautiful person inside and out. She will be my friend for life! More...



30 December 2009

Donae is great to work with. Very down to earth and very motivated to get good pictures. She provides you with hundreds of photos to look through so you're guaranteed to have a lot of wonderful photos. She was very organized yet open to our own suggestions of things we wanted for our wedding day. More...



15 October 2009

I spent hours and hours searching the web for the right photographer. It seemed as though most photographers were either really good, or really bad and the really good ones were outrageously expensive. However, this wasn't the case with Donae Cotton Photography. Donae's photos are high end, but her prices are very reasonable. She is a professional all the way, but also very personable. A true joy to be around.
Another bonus is that she releases the photos immediately so that you can print as many as you like without having to pay extra. She is also very fast when it comes to editing the photos. We got married on a Saturday and by Sunday she had sent us a sneek peek of some of the images. Within 2 weeks we had all of our photos.
Did I mention the photos are BEAUTIFUL!!!! I've recieved many compliments on her work. She gave us a wonderful mixture of creative shots and traditional shots. Only downside is that it is so hard to choose which ones to get framed because there is so many to choose from:)
Bottom Line: Hire her. She's awesome and you won't regret it. It was the best decision we made throughout our whole wedding planning process.



10 October 2009

She is an awesome photographer. She is very friendly, makes you comfortable around the camera, and gets into your heart for the rest of your life. My in-laws are a pretty big family and they said she is the best they had ever seen. If you look at other photographers you are just going to miss out on Donae's beautiful work! The cost is VERY reasonable! :) More...



1 July 2009

Wonderful photographer, would recommend her to anyone



26 June 2009

We were incredibly pleased with Donae's photography! She has a 'take-charge' attitude, but also has a wonderful way of connecting with the guests. She spent time with us before the wedding, planning & prepping. She wanted to get to know us, and I think that helped ease our minds! We knew she'd handle things, and when we got the photos back, we were so happy. Her style is sort of 'photojournalistic', she captured some of the best moments. Overall, she was wonderful! More...



24 June 2009

very easy to work with,her prices are reasonable also.



23 June 2009

Donae was amazing and did a wonderful job. We had a great time with her and were so happy that we decided to go with her. I recommend her as an amazing photographer and she has a great personality to make the pictures so fun.

Thanks so much Donae.

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