Photography With  Heart

Wedding and Family Photographer
in the Mountains of Durango, CO

Hi, I'm Vanessa

I’m a Colorado lover. An ice cream addict. A mountain biking aficionado. An outdoor enthusiast. A lover of impromptu dance parties. A huge fan of good food and good friends gathered around a kitchen island, fire pit, or homemade skillet pizza. I’m a traveler, photographer, wife, mom, child of God, and one happy girl.

Photography with heart

I LOVE capturing the heart and authentic emotion in people through bright, beautiful images. I want you to have an experience you will enjoy and photos you will treasure!

Married to my college sweetheart

He's my best friend, adventure buddy, and all around favorite guy. We love to hike, bike, cook really good food, explore Colorado, play board games, eat ice cream, travel, and have fun together.

Meet my family

I'm Mom to two beautiful, creative, adventurous, loving girls. They fill my life with so much joy!

City raised, mountain based

I grew up in St. Paul Minnesota ~ but am so thankful to call Colorado home for the last 15 years. I am thankful for so many outdoor pursuits right out my front door! A few of my favorites: mountain biking, hiking, fly fishing, rafting, and skiing!

38 projects and counting

We didn't exactly know what we were getting into when we bought a 120 year old home in the heart of Durango. We've jumped into renovating it one project at a time ~ and thanks to YouTube, we're on our way. Blood, sweet, and tears. We've experienced a little bit of all of them.

Always on the hunt for the next great recipe

I don't just like food, I LOVE it! I like ending the day with a glass of wine or whiskey, my Old Time Dinner Music playlist on Spotify, and garlic sizzling in some olive oil on the stove. Mmmm ... what's for dinner????

I've got you covered

I love using the best lenses, camera bodies, and gear to capture you! You just show up, I'll take care of the rest.

Wedding Gallery

Flowers and mountain wedding

Ridgewood Event Center

Flowers and mountain wedding

River Bend Ranch

Flowers and mountain wedding

Purgatory Resort

Dante's Purgatory Resort Wedding Session

Dante's at Purgatory Resort

Clients Love Ginger Moose

from Katie

Vanessa made us feel very comfortable
in front of the camera. The photos
turned out amazing and we already have
them hanging in our home!

from Jennifer

Absolutely wonderful experience!!
Vanessa was kind and fun!
The pictures turned out PERFECT!

from Kristen

Vanessa was completely organized,
genuine, and calm, which made us feel so relaxed
and ultimately this led to very natural, beautiful photos.
We cannot believe how lucky
we are to have found her!

from Hannah

I cannot say enough great things about Vanessa!
She is the sweetest human being
and made me feel on top of the world
on my wedding day. We will cherish
our photos forever!

Family Gallery

Flowers and mountain wedding

Fall Family Session

Winter Family Portrait

Winter Family Session

Family Reunion Portrait

Family Reunion Mountain Session

Family Vacation Portrait Session

Family Vacation Session

What’s my specialty? Making you feel comfortable in front of the camera so that you get genuine, bright photographs that you absolutely love. I’ll capture authentic moments in a relaxed, no fuss way to maximize the joy of your wedding day.

I’m here to serve you and be your guide to all things wedding photography ~ from timeline recommendations to lighting tips. I’ll walk alongside you to capture a wedding day that you fully enjoy and photograph real moments that you can enjoy and share for a lifetime.

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