We’ll Help you Capture Your Best Memories

Family photos are so much more than having a photo for the yearly holiday card or to have something to place on your desk.

Family photos are a way of saying to the people that you love the most “You’re one of us. You matter. We love you.”  

When children see themselves in a family wall portrait they feel part of a tribe that will care for them for many, many years.

When grandparents look into the faces of their children and grandchildren in a breathtaking canvas print on their wall they see family resemblances and a history of a life well-lived.

These photos are more than pictures; they are pieces of priceless art to the families that display them! We are so proud to be part of creating this art for families for the last decade.

Let us capture the perfect memory-making adventure and create an outstanding family portrait for your family whether you are a native or just visiting Durango.

A successful family portrait begins with planning. If you’re already worried about what to wear, where to go, and how to get there, don’t; we’ll walk you through everything start to finish.  Part of our job is to help you understand all the moving pieces of coordinating a family photo before we’ve picked up a camera.

We do this by having a planning meeting to go over every detail, from when to do the session, to what to wear to what to expect after the session is over. We take out all the guesswork and the stress, so all you have to do is show up with your favorite people and smile.

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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 family portraits in 7 easy steps!

We know that when people feel at ease, they photograph beautifully. Even clients who tell us that the “aren’t photogenic” are amazed at how great they look in our portraits.

We also know from years of experience that family photos become effortless when we lead you through our 7-step process.  We’ll be there to help from envisioning the photos on your walls to hanging them on your walls for you!


(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



Colorado offers so many breathtaking views, but some locations are better than others for portraits.  A camera sees differently than the human eye! We know all the best places in Durango and the surrounding area that afford the best scenic vistas that photograph well. We know when the light is exactly right so that you can see faces and views in the photograph, and we have the right equipment and know-how to capture them.

We also take into consideration our subjects, so we never make grandparents or small children have to hike into areas that are difficult to access. Our knowledge of this area means that we have an understanding of where the best places to take photographs are in every season.

Your Portraits

We have many different packages to suit every need. Whether you want a large wall print, a custom wall print grouping, just a few prints, or digital package, we’ve got it for you. We will happily help you fill your walls, your frames and even your social media feed with the photos that you love the most from your session. Our goal is that you are 100% satisfied!

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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, for your favorite 10, 25, or all images in full resolution format with a 4×6 of each, plus you get 25% off anything else you’d like to order.  You can also buy individual digital files. 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.

We do! Portrait packages are popular because you get the best of both worlds; a full-resolution digital file and a 4×6 print of each portrait ordered, of your favorite 10, 25, or all, starting at only $749. This allows you to share online and display or gift your prints! We also offer 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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