Taking a second to show your love

Family Photography sessions with Allison Ragsdale are a memory-making adventure all their own. The photographs you’ll take away are just a reminder of a joyful celebration and a special time together. 

Life moves so quickly, sometimes it takes the speed of a shutter to slow it down.

When we bring a family together – watching the smiles, hearing the laughter, seeing love passing between people and generations – we want you front-and-center. This is a chance for us to capture something, not dictate it.

Starting with a planning session, Allison uses her experience and skills to help you design a session that uses everything at her disposal to ensure that your family’s photographs capture your loved ones enjoying each other in a beautiful place.

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


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.


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.

Achieve perfect portraits in 7 easy steps!

Our 7-step process to perfect portraits will guarantee portraits that you’ll fall in love with. Only at Allison Ragsdale Photography will you experience a unique photo shoot that has even the most “un-photogenic*” person feeling at ease in front of the camera.

*Allison Ragsdale Photography believes everyone is photogenic. You are all beautiful people.


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

First things first – we’ll get together to plan your session. This plan will include your session location(s), props, outfits/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, what you’re wearing, and that we will be telling your story.

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Portrait Session.

Since we have already planned the entire session, you won’t feel awkward, unprepared, or nervous during the photo shoot. Believe it or not, you’ll actually enjoy the experience; 99.999% of our clients have fun on their sessions! Our team has done this a thousand 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 studios 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 photo shoot 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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Durango Photographer Review

Allison and Matt are such a fun team to work with! They did an amazing job capturing our family photos and we will definitely be going back for more after our little one is older.

~ Andrew Family

The pictures were beyond anything we could have imagined. Allison is a photography ninja. She held my 2 y/o’s attention the entire time. We recommend her to anyone who wants the perfect family portraits.

~ Burke Family



Allison has hosted thousands of Family Portrait sessions in Durango and surrounding settings. She knows all the beautiful spots – and how the light falls, and what time of day looks best in what season. You won’t be disappointed with the scenery! As soon as you arrive, you’ll already know this is going to create something beautiful.

During the session, Allison gently guides your family with a pro’s eye toward ensuring she has all the shots necessary for the final product. You’ll love seeing the final images. 

What will you choose?

Using professional gear and making good choices up-front creates options after the session. Bring the family together again as you relive and review the photos. Choose your favorites, the best ones, or take them all – packages are available for every option. And whether you want a life-sized photo of the grandparents on a wall, a few prints to send to out-of-state loved ones, or a simple digital package, Allison Ragsdale Photography is prepared. We will transform your pictures into beautiful, lasting memories that hang on your walls, decorate your coffee table, or fill your feeds. 

When you think about family portraits in Durango – think Allison Ragsdale Photography. Let us help you make a memory, and capture it forever.

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Essential Session

  • 30 min Pre-Planning Meeting
  • 1 Hour Photo Session
  • 1 Location
  • 30 miles of Travel
  • 1 Look/Outfit
  • 1 hour ordering Appt.
  • Archived at our studio for 3 months

Standard Session

  • 1 Hour Pre-Planning Meeting
  • 2 Hour Photo Session
  • 2 Locations
  • 30 miles of Travel
  • 3 Looks/Outfits
  • 1 hour ordering Appt.
  • Archived at our studio for 6 months

Ultimate Session

  • 1 hour Pre-Planning Meeting
  • 3 Hour Photo Session
  • 3 Locations
  • 30 miles of Travel
  • 6 Looks/Outfits
  • 1 hour ordering Appt.
  • Archived at our studio for 12 months
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Frequently Asked Questions

The total cost depends on which session you choose and how you want to share & display your portraits. For Example, our sessions start at $199 and you can see those above.  We offer a wide variety of products such as wall displays, photo albums and holiday cards. The price varies depending on your needs. A lot of people ask about our digital packages which start at $749 and include a full resolution digital file and a 4×6 of each portrait.  You can also buy individual digital files to save a little money. As you can see cost depends on a lot of factors, I’d love to chat further details to give you a truly accurate quote.

Yes we do, they are digital file based and the packages start at $749.  They include the digital files, a 4×6 print of your files and 25% off any additional products purchased, such as wall art, albums or holiday cards.

That is one of the most popular questions and rightfully so.  We have made that part super easy, all you need to do is download our family what to wear guide here.  It answers all types of questions. 

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Yes you can! Dogs are part of the family after all. Treats and/or squeaky toys are good things to bring along to the session with your dog(s).

That is a popular question for us.  We have a complete guide of some of the best and most popular locations in Durango.  Download our best locations guide here.

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