About Us

 

In late 2014, my wife and I had a crazy idea to start a photography studio and to call it Durango Family Photography.  Nestled in the heart of Southwest Colorado, Durango Family Photography serves clients in Durango, Bayfield, Ignacio, Pagosa Springs, Cortez, and Telluride, Colorado.  We also serve Northern New Mexico areas including Aztec, Farmington, and Bloomfield.

Since our inception, our studio has continued to be one of the fastest growing and highly respected studios in the Four Corners region.  In 2016 and 2017, I was honored to be awarded with an "honorable mention" and "runner up" (respectively) as the "Best Photographer" in the Reader's Choice awards conducted by the Durango Herald.  As one of the leading photographers locally, we also like to give back to our community.  In the Fall of 2017, I became an official photographer for an amazing group called "Magic Hour".  Magic Hour is a national non-profit organization based in Colorado that provides an opportunity for Cancer patients and their families to get a free photo session (courtesy of the photographers who donate their time) and free 5x7" prints via the Magic Hour Foundation.  We also donate our services to local schools and charities including Saint Columba School, Alternative Horizons, Shimmy Mob, Durango High School, Animas High School, Big Picture High School, Mountain Middle School, and the Durango Pregnancy Center.

Beyond the Four Corners, our studio has produced photos that have been featured nationally in multiple publications, and have won Editor's Choice awards.  In the summer of 2018, I will be attending the "Push" Conference conducted by Senior Style Guide Magazine.  This is an exciting opportunity as it is limited to only 50 photographers, and I will be trained by some of the BEST of the BEST in photography.

In the summer of 2017, we welcomed Aimee Whitmer into our studio family as one of our lead photographers.  Aimee is THE QUEEN of catching critical details, and our clients are IN LOVE with the natural, airy, sun-drenched look she is able to integrate into her photos.  She's a gem of a human, and her photos will knock your socks off.  We are so blessed to have her on our team, and we know that if you book with her, you will be beyond happy with the service and high level skill she utilizes in her craft.  Beyond photography, Aimee is an amazing mother of 5 kids who all range in age from Kindergarten to a High School Senior.  She's strong in her faith, and she's also a Crossfit junkie.  Like me, she loves what she does, and is so thankful that you are considering using her or my services.  Aimee and I LOVE what we do, and we have an amazing team who help us to focus on providing our clients not only amazing photos, but also an amazing experience.

On behalf of Aimee, Courtney, and the rest of the DFP Family, thank you so much for considering us for your portrait or marketing needs.  Feel free to contact us if you have further questions or would like to book your session!

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Gary VanDenBerg,
Owner, Durango Family Photography

 
 
 

who we are

 
 Gary - Photographer

Gary - Photographer

 Harley - Makeup and Hair

Harley - Makeup and Hair

 Aimee - Photographer

Aimee - Photographer

 Terence - Gear Maintenance & Repair

Terence - Gear Maintenance & Repair

 Courtney - Administration, Editing

Courtney - Administration, Editing

 Sean - Customer Print Support

Sean - Customer Print Support

 James - Editing

James - Editing

 Daniel - Audio/Video

Daniel - Audio/Video

 
 

What we Do (and why)

Everybody has a story.  We take the time to meet with you (either over coffee, the phone, email, etc.) to introduce ourselves to you and learn what makes you, "you".  We'll talk about photos you've seen that you love, your pets, guilty pleasures, -- you name it!  We do this because everything we do is about the EXPERIENCE.  Sure, you want beautiful portraits to hang on the wall -- but we provide way more than that.  We want to be a part of your day, whether that means a family reunion, wedding, senior pictures, or newborn photos.  Our job is to make that day memorable for not only a lifetime, but for your kids, your grand-kids, and even your grand-kids' kids! 

To keep our services genuine and unique, we offer only a limited amount of commissions each year.  It is critical for us to be able to connect with and serve our clients with the utmost attentive manner as possible.

 

Where we shoot

Our home base is in Durango, Colorado.  Depending upon your needs, we can offer In-Studio or On-Location photography services.

In years past, we have taken select high school Senior Clients to Las Vegas, Seattle, Kona, and we are currently planning our Class of 2018 Spring Break trips, which include Kona, HI and Sand Diego/LA!

Virtually all of our sessions include unlimited locations and outfit changes.  Mileage charges may occur for any shoots that require 100 + miles of driving (round trip).  Mileage is measured from our studio location to your destination(s)and back.  Standard IRS mileage rates begin from mile 101 to completion.

 
 
 

when are we available

We do not maintain regular office hours, and are frequently out on location shooting.  While we are in a shoot, we will not be able to answer your phone call.  We are, however, always available by appointment.  You can visit our contact page, or you can book an appointment using the calendar to the right.  Please note... our calendar schedules 2 hours of time per appointment.  If you are booking your senior session, you should book two slots (for a total of 4 hours) back to back.  Weddings are booked for the entire day.

 

Check Our Calendar

 

 
 

Questions?