Donna Marie


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I'm Donna Marie

An inclusive adventurous destination wedding and elopement photographer livin' in upstate New York. I'm here to empower all couples to create an intentional wedding day that focuses on the experience and the feels.







Engagement sessions capture an important moment in a couple’s love story. It also allows you the chance to practice being in front of the camera. Most importantly, it gives you the opportunity to start really building your relationship with the photographer who will be with you on your wedding day.

If you’re trying to figure out an engagement session location and keep it local to the Watertown Area, I’ve gotchu. I have a few locations that are guaranteed to help you bring your portraits to life. Your session doesn’t have to involve a lengthy car ride, and you’re not required to make a full day event out of your session (though it’s never a bad idea to turn your session into a date night!).

So here, I’ve compiled a list of places in or close to Watertown that you could use for your own engagement session.

1. The Jefferson Historical Society
During the summer, the groundskeepers ensure that the gardens, hedges and flowers all look their best-making this location a prime choice for vibrant portraits. In the winter, it makes for a beautiful backdrop as the building itself is breathtaking.

2. Thompson Park
With overlooks, fields, forests, and trails, Thompson Park is a great choice for your Watertown engagement session. It’s pet friendly, easy to find, and it’s open year round. There are also a few little hidden gems within Thompson Park that I love to use when photographing there.

3. Paddock Arcade
Literally the second oldest covered shopping mall in America, the Paddock Arcade is a stunning location for engagement portraits. Catch a drink at the Paddock Club while you’re there and enjoy some cannolis from Europe Cakes!

4. Downtown Watertown
Lined with scenic buildings from the late 1800s, early 1900s, the Public Square can be a fantastic choice. There are plenty of alley ways, iron gates, parking lots, and local shops with amazing glass window fronts that can really provide a scenic backdrop.

5. Black River Trail
If you’re searching for something that’s a little more woodsy, and features some water consider the Black River Trail. The Black River trail is on the outskirts of Watertown, but can make for a fantastic location for your engagement session. It’s pet friendly, bike friendly, and offers some amazing views year round.

As I’ve gotten to know the Watertown area, I’ve found a number of special locations that I happily share with the couples and families who opt for a session with me. Are you ready to start exploring Watertown for your engagement session? Get in touch!





Best Places in Watertown for Your Engagement Session

"The moment I spoke to donna I knew we'd made the right choice by reaching out—she was instantly so invested in capturing our lovestory and couldn't be more pleasant to work with."

Claire + Justin