Meaningful Moments and Love Stories Told

Our goal as Durango wedding photographers is to create classic, candid, and romantic photos that transport you back to your wedding day every time you see them on your walls.

 Our wedding photos are about love, no doubt…but they are also about vistas and views and vows.

  • Candid and narrative stories from getting ready to your dance coverage 
  • Thoughtful photographs of friends and family celebrating your day
  • Creative use of line, color, and landscape incorporated into timeless portraits
  • Bold and breathtaking views to the tiny details; all are captured

Every Detail Matters

Our style combines interactive styling and posing with a dash of classical portraiture. The result is that you have beautiful portraits that are not overly stiff or posed but feel and look organic and timeless.

Our Process for Perfect Wedding Portraits

  • We work with a 7-step process that we have specially designed to ensure that you love your portraits and have beautiful photos to feature on your walls and social media
  • Several planning consultations help us get to know you and your style
  • Complimentary Engagement Session in the Durango area (with full-day coverage) is included, so you get comfortable with us!
  • From planning through delivery, you can expect top-notch service and professionalism
  • Our goal is that you love every single product you purchase, or we’ll make it right

Plan.

(n). the act of making a dream a reality. 

First things first – we’ll get together to plan your wedding. This plan will include your location(s), props, style and how you might want to display your portraits. The planning step is crucial and the easiest way to avoid bad portraits. You will leave our studio confident in knowing exactly where you’re going to met us, what important for us to capture, and that we will be telling your story.

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Wedding Day.

Since we have already planned the entire day, you won’t feel awkward, rushed, unprepared, or nervous during the wedding. Believe it or not, you’ll actually enjoy the experience; 99.999% of our clients have fun at their wedding LOL! Our team has done this a hundred times. You won’t even realize we will be guiding you to get completely natural moments and you will love the way you look.

Still a little skeptical? Don’t be. (Because Photoshop)

All portraits are professionally edited so they look perfect before you view them.  This is an important step along the way. Don’t be tricked by photographers that don’t edit their photos before they are presented to you.  Seeing your edited photos shows you a more accurate depiction of the final photo.  This is critical when it comes to the next step and removes the guess work…

Customize your order – in person.

We will get together after the wedding and go through the photos you love the most.

Once we have helped you pick your favorites, we will talk through where to best to display your portraits in your home and help you pick the best size and style of wall art for your space.  We understand that purchasing and arranging art isn’t something you do everyday and it may even feel a little daunting. The good news is that arranging portraits IS something we do every day and we would love to answer any of your questions and share with you what we’ve learned over the years. We would also love to show you all of the other various options that enhance your order like albums, books, cards, prints, etc. You will be blown away when you see what we can create together.

Attention to detail.

Now that we have your favorite photos picked out, we’ll send your photos back to our Photoshop wizard for retouch to remove any imperfections. So don’t worry out about the little things, like the wind in your hair. Our Photoshop wizard has 21 years of experience in retouching portraits and he knows exactly how to remove any nonpermanent imperfections to make your skin look flawless but not plastic. You won’t even realize Photoshop has been applied to your skin because you will just looks like your natural, beautiful self.

Professional printing.

Your portraits aren’t just any old photos you can get printed anywhere. We send your photos to our lab that specializes in professionally printing portraits. Your products will be archival (meaning they will last forever) and are guaranteed to be individually hand printed and quality checked. Our lab are masters in printing on a variety of materials, which is crucial as you have a variety of print and display options for your portraits.  These prints reflect the beautiful parts of your life and our goal is for you to leave our studio with a high-quality, finished product

Special Delivery!

We will get together to deliver your portraits that will last a lifetime (and then some!) We can have your portraits shipped directly to you if that’s the most convenient option or if you don’t live in the area. Other options include scheduling a pick up at our studio or we can even come hang your portraits on your walls for you!

We promise that you’ll be just as excited about your portraits the day you pick them up as you will be many years later, after countless compliments from your friends and family.

Rest assured, we will back all of your decisions and guarantee that if you decide the style or size is wrong; you can bring your portrait back and we will reprint it to perfectly match your home.  Our ultimate goal is to make sure you are 100% happy with your photos, forever.   

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Let’s schedule a free consultation and we can begin to plan! Each wedding is personalized and we want to answer all of your questions.

Plan

If history tells us anything, it’s that people who have a plan are more successful than those who don’t. We will walk you through our 7-step process to perfect portraits.

Display

Adorn your walls, create an album, and send out prints to your friends and family. Display your pictures anywhere to be reminded of how beautiful your life is.

Stress-free Wedding Day

As the groom, I played the role of smiling and nodding when asked about many decisions. But I was a vocal supporter of hiring Allison from the first meeting, where she showed us portfolio pictures of different local venues to help us with selecting location.

That decision was rewarded with a stress-free wedding day (at least when it came to the photography). Allison and Matt were a calming presence. Organized and prepared, they were able to accomplish all the photos we requested – from lead-up to family and scenic shots – in time to get us to the reception with time to spare.

I’ll repeat that, THE RECEPTION DIDN’T HAVE TO WAIT ON US AT ALL!!! They knew the local spots. They knew how to get us there and posed. All the while encouraging us to have fun with the process, which was impossible not to do with them at the helm.

Your wedding day is going to be great and memorable no matter what happens. But I have no doubt that it will be better, and that you will be able to look back on perfect photos for generations to come, with Allison and Matt behind the lens.

~ Zach Knott

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We Capture Your Must-Have Moments

We’ve been doing weddings for more than a decade in Durango, and we know every detail you’ve dreamed of is important. For that reason, each of our packages includes planning consultations.

Instead of using some mass-produced wedding checklist of the internet, we work with you in our planning sessions to create a customized itinerary of the essential parts of your wedding day.

These planning sessions are invaluable to both of us; we get to know what you like and want well before the wedding day to minimize time away from friends and family while still getting all the photos you desire. And, as seasoned pros, we can tell you what needs to be done prior to the wedding to achieve those goals, so there are no surprises.

  • Step-by-step we go through your day, and what you want captured 
  • We can help with timelines, locations, and even transportation tips
  • We work in tandem with all your other vendors to make sure we’re all on the same team
  • We’re always here to answer questions as they come up during the planning process

On your wedding day, we’ll take the photos while you enjoy the happiest day of your lives. It’s a perfect match!

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Laid-back and awesome!

Allison and Matt are so good at what they do. They communicated effectively, worked in a professional manner, but were always flexible and able to adjust to whatever was happening. Our photos turned out beautifully! I felt very natural and that I could just be myself. They capture people and families at their best!

~ Lauren Taylor
Glacier Club Wedding in Durango Colorado of Krista and Zach

Allison is wonderful!

We are so glad we used Allison Ragsdale to capture our wedding day. She listened to our needs for the day, made us feel comfortable, and most importantly, she captured our excitement and love of each other. I would definitely recommend her to everyone.

~ Krista Knott

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DURANGO WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY PRICING

Essential Collection

$2750
  • Up to 4 hours of coverage on your wedding day
  • One Photographer
  • 2 – One Hour Planning Consultations
  • Personal Website for Guests
  • Wedding Images in Digital Format on a USB drive
  • (Full Resolution, Print Ready, Shared Copyright License)

Standard Collection

$3750
  • Up to 6 hours of coverage on your wedding day
  • Two Photographers
  • 2 – One Hour Planning Consultations
  • Personal Website for Guests
  • Complimentary Engagement Session
  • 50 Save the Date Cards
  • Wedding Images in Digital Format on a USB drive
  • (Full Resolution, Print Ready, Shared Copyright License)

Ultimate Collection

$4750
  • Up to 6 hours of coverage on your wedding day
  • Two Photographers
  • 2 – One Hour Planning Consultations
  • Personal Website for Guests
  • Complimentary Engagement Session
  • 100 Save the Date Cards
  • Luxury Wedding Album
  • Wedding Images in Digital Format on a USB drive
  • (Full Resolution, Print Ready, Shared Copyright License)
Beyond My Expectations

Allison photographed our wedding and we’re so happy we chose her to capture our special day. Our photos turned out better than we could have hoped for. She was incredibly easy to work with!

It was really important to me that the photos captured the beauty of Colorado, and she went above and beyond my expectations. She took us to some breathtaking spots around Lake Vallecitos and the pictures turned out incredible. We will cherish these pictures for the rest of our lives. For anyone getting married near Durango, I highly recommend Allison Ragsdale Photography!

~ Andrea Vaughan
Durango Wedding at Purg

Photos Speak for Themselves

Allison and her husband Matt were a delight to work with. So glad we made the decision to place a wedding photographer as a high priority for our wedding. There might be other aspects of our wedding that we have buyers remorse about but in hindsight hiring Allison and her team was the best decision we made and now that we are in the process of printing our pictures we now fully realize that. Allison and her husband both connected with our wedding party and families without a hitch. They had a warm presence and energy which was so important considering the occasion. Their photos speak for themselves.

~ Luke Rogers
Durango Fall Wedding Photography of Bride and Groom. Private Ranch

Frequently Asked Questions

Wedding days vary quite a lot depending on the number of guests, locations traveled to and the number of hours we are with you on the day. Rest assured that we make sure to capture every part of your wedding day within the time frame we are hired for without concern to the number of photos we take; our goal is to tell the story.  However, in general, you can expect about 100 photos per hour of coverage.

All of your wedding photos will be professionally edited to look their best. We pay attention to every photo that leaves our studio! Some photos such as portraits may have more enhancements such as light retouching of skin or stray hair removal. In general, we remove nonpermanent imperfections but also offer more advanced retouching services if needed.

Your photos will be featured on a private wedding website for you and your friends and family to view and enjoy. In addition, we also provide a customized USB drive of all your finished, full-resolution print-ready photos from your day.  You will also receive a statement of shared copyright license, which means that you have the right to reproduce and share your photos.

We’ve been doing weddings for more than a decade in Durango, and we know every detail you’ve dreamed of is important; that’s why we build in planning consultations into all our packages. Instead of using some mass-produced wedding checklist of the internet, we work with you either in person or virtually to create a customized checklist of the essential parts of your wedding day. These sessions are invaluable to both of us; we get to know what you like and want, and as seasoned pros, we can tell you what needs to be done to achieve those goals, so there are no surprises.

They are not necessary, but they sure are fun! For our full day coverages, we include a complimentary engagement session because we find our couples enjoy them, and it gives us a chance to get to know each other a bit more before the weddings. We also find that couples who do engagement sessions are much more relaxed during portrait time at their wedding because they know what to expect. We are happy to make suggestions on great places around the greater Durango area to do your engagement session.

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