Donna has been taking photos her entire life and has always felt that captured moments become inherently more valuable with the passage of time. Photographs are what we count on to relive life’s most precious and fleeting moments so that they are available for a lifetime and beyond.
Donna has been working at McMaster University for over 20 years. Concurrently, Donna completed her Applied Photography Certificate at Mohawk College in the evenings and on weekends.
As of June 2017, Donna has reduced her hours at McMaster to focus on her photography career.
Executive Director, Mark Preece Family House
Donna Waxman is that incredible combination of a wonderful, warm personality along with top notch photographic ability.
The Mark Preece Family House is a charitable organization that accommodates out-of-town families of patients being treated in Hamilton. We are funded entirely by subsidized room rentals and donations, so support from the community is essential. Donna has volunteered to photograph countless of our special events. She is always there – quietly smiling and getting the job done. The gorgeous photos that result are then shared with our event participants and donors – making them happy they attended and happy to participate again.
Donna is a fixture at our events – our participants and donors look for her and the lovely photographs that happen as a result. We are very grateful for her generous contribution of professional grade photographs.
Amy Katz & Associates, Barristers, Solicitors & Notaries Public
"It was a joy having Donna capture the precious and special moments of our wedding day. Donna's professional, charming and easy going manner made being photographed by her a fun and enjoyable experience. Donna was especially sensitive and caring to the needs of my children, some of whom particularly hate to be photographed. Donna added a certain elegance to the occasion, with her gracious and extraordanily family-oriented approach. She seemed to know where and when to be, without even having to be asked. Thank you Donna for the happy and beautiful memories which we cherish."
Rhiannon Cooke and Leo Putignano
Shakespeare's Fine Dining
"Donna, you made our newborn shoot fun, relaxing and an experience that we will always cherish. Your genuine warmth, patience and dedication to getting the perfect shot is second to none. We can’t thank you enough for the beautiful photo’s you took of our son and we can’t wait to see them hanging in our home. We would not hesitate to recommend you to anyone we know!"
Chris and Sarah
"Donna is a warm, professional, and engaging photographer. We felt immediately comfortable with her - she understood our goals and went above and beyond to create amazing photos that captured both fleeting candid moments as well as posed family portraits. Our wedding guests and family were instantly at ease with her, and we highly recommend her services. Thank you so much Donna! "
PhD candidate at McMaster University
"Donna Waxman is a phenomenal photographer whose passion for taking photos makes the whole experience of being photographed enjoyable; no easy feat. Her tireless charisma and amiable disposition brings out the best in others, and that translates into natural photographs where the lens she holds acts to enhance rather than hinder capturing the most precious of moments in life on film.
As for the photographs themselves, Donna's attention to detail is second to none. From ensuring the backdrop and lighting of each photograph acts to enhance the focus of attention, her choice of angle and lenses serves to remind us why good photography is still an art form. This attention to detail is carried forward to the editing process where her fluency of editing serves as a reminder of all the experience that she brings to the table.
With Donna, you are getting more than just a photographer. You are getting the opportunity to interact with one of the nicest persons I have come across, and an artist whose love for taking photos serves to remind us all why we should take more pride in what we do."
Owner of Relax Spa & Beauty Bar
"Donna Waxman is a point on photographer. She is talented because of her character traits. She is : understanding, happy, funny, considerate.. She feels for her clients and helps them to be comfortable in the photography session. Because they are comfortable, relaxed and happy she can help create the best environment possible for the best end result.... GREAT PICTURES !!"
In Hamilton for her son's Bar Mitzvah from Raleigh, North Carolina
"Donna did an absolutely fabulous job with our simcha. The photos were outstanding and she was very creative in coming up with different poses. Her scenes and close ups were all fantastic . I would highly recommend Donna for your next special occasion. The photos were truly memorable. Thanks so much Donna, you made our simcha."
Meagan and Matt Demarchi
"Donna has photographed so many special moments for our family. Donna has captured our wedding shower, wedding, pregnancy announcement, baby shower, and newborn session. Her dedication, patience, and creativity has allowed us to have captured the most memorable times of our lives. You will truly not leave until she has the shot of your dreams. We have found our photographer to continue to capture more memories to come."
Josh and Emily Petrie
"We booked with Donna for a lifestyle shoot after our second child was born. She was able to capture beautiful pictures by displaying professionalism, patience, mixed with a little bit of humour to get our shy 3 year old to smile! Her extremely fast turn around for edited picture returns was exceptional. I would recommend Donna Waxman Photography to anyone who is hoping to capture beautiful moments with their families."
Perth Western Austraiia
"On a recent trip to Canada a chance meeting with Donna resulted in an invitation for an impromptu sitting with one of my much-loved brothers. The resulting couple of photographs with be forever cherished.
The unassuming photos show siblings in ordinary work attire happy in each other's presence. I was asstounded by the clarity, light and imagery Donna was able to produce from just two shutter clicks.
Donna is truly a gifted photographer and an exceptionally generous person to have in the first instance offered a sitting and then to have gone the extra mile in sending the photos to the other side of the world. I will be forever grateful."