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About Me

Hi All,

I'm Erin Donalson

What else is out there? 

 My wish is to find surprises all around us and capture them with my camera.   What didn't I notice before?  What is the story behind it?  Did I miss the extraordinary in something ordinary?  

When I'm looking, there are always gifts - colors or light, history or a smile, a turtle swimming by.  Something new to see and wonder about.  Something to inspire a question, a deep breath, or a moment of peace and reverence. 

 I was born and raised in Southern California, where I still reside with my husband Mark. We raised our sons and daughter here, their sense of adventure and love of travel a constant inspiration.  

I primarily work in nature photography including landscapes and underwater images.  I also love to capture people out living life.  I've studied under Bryan Peterson, Kathleen Clemens, Robert LaFollette, William Yu and Jim Patterson.   My work has been used by interior designers and appeared for USA Today, Fodors, BBC and AP Images.  I'm thrilled when one of my photos causes someone to pause - to breathe, to reflect, to wonder, to smile.

Please enjoy.


To notice the extraordinary in the ordinary, to capture a moment in time and to celebrate the stories around us! 

I am forever buoyed by my supportive family, my fun and

brilliant friends, and my home where laughs are provided daily by our ridiculous dogs.  

Camera in hand, I love travels on land and under the sea.  

To see some of the crazy talent I'm surrounded by, check out 

I hope you enjoy a look through my lens.


I shoot with Canon and Olympus equipment.  Canon on land, Olympus  underwater.  Love them both.

career highlights

My favorite highlights are seeing my photos add life to someone's space.  And it's always fun to see my images in such varied places as the Maui Ocean Center, Forbes or Reader's Digest. 

I was honored to have work recognized by Travel Photographer of the Year, the Monochrome awards, and juried art shows.  

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