Thanks so much for stopping in! I would LOVE to connect with you and hear more about you and your wedding day!

What’s my specialty? Breathtaking photos captured in a relaxed, no fuss way that maximize the joy of your wedding day. I’ll capture bright, natural, and sun-drenched photos in a fun way, ensuring you and your honey feel comfortable in front of the camera and love the way you look and feel.

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 absolutely love and photograph moments so that you can enjoy and share them for a lifetime.

If after reading through this information you have questions, or would like to reserve your date, please email me at or give me a call or text at 970.260.0888. I can’t wait to connect and hear more about your love story!

~ Vanessa, Owner & Lead Photographer

Wedding Collections

I believe every couple should walk away from their wedding day with a complete set of images that tells their love story. You’ll own all of your edited high resolution wedding images to view, print, and share forever.

Classic Wedding Collection :: $5,250

  • Eight hours of photography coverage by Vanessa AND an assistant photographer
  • Online Wedding Gallery
  • 50 gift prints
  • Includes full rights to your edited high resolution Digital Negatives on a custom USB drive, to use and print as you choose

Essential Wedding Collection :: $4,500

  • Eight hours of photography coverage by one photographer, Vanessa
  • Online Wedding Gallery
  • 25 gift prints
  • Includes full rights to your edited high resolution Digital Negatives on a custom USB drive, to use and print as you choose

* Please inquire about travel fees to destinations outside 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.

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

Engagement Session Special

~with the purchase of any Wedding Collection


I love the chance to get to know couples before the wedding day! That’s why I’ve offered to add an engagement session to any Wedding Collection for just $250. This is a highly discounted rate because I love the opportunity to meet you and build a relationship before your wedding. Plus, you’ll get some gorgeous photos to use for Save-the-Dates, guest book, or pre-wedding materials.

  • 1 1/2 hour engagement session with Vanessa
  • 25-30 edited high resolution Digital Negatives on a custom USB drive, to use and print as you choose

* Please inquire about travel fees to destinations outside of Durango, CO

Wedding Album


Wedding albums are an heirloom that are treasured, shared with family and friends, and enjoyed for countless years to come. With the purchase of any Wedding Collection, I offer to add on a custom designed wedding album ~ working with you to include photos that you love most to reflect your wedding day.

  • 10×10 20 page wedding album
  • Custom designed to tell your wedding day story
  • Hand bound album with lay flat, thick board pages and the highest quality photo printing

Frequently Asked Questions

Why choose Ginger Moose Photography to capture your wedding?

I love answering this question because I believe there is unique value that I bring to your wedding day! I believe that I am worth the investment and I think you will be thrilled with the work that I do and the experience that I provide.

The photographs that I deliver to you are edited, color balanced, with optimal exposure, and handled with the highest level of care so that every image you receive is the highest quality possible. It’s my job to provide a fantastic photography experience for you on the day of your wedding, and it is something that I absolutely love doing.

Here are a few reasons to invest in Ginger Moose Photography:

  • 11 years of professional wedding photography experience shooting dozens of weddings each year.

  • Great people skills ~ This is paramount on a wedding day! The wedding day is such a beautiful day, but it can include stressful moments, tense family interactions, and tight timelines. This is why choosing a photographer that you trust not only as a photographer, but as a great people person, is so important. I feel that interacting with the variety of guests, vendors, and wedding party members is one of the most valuable skills I bring to the wedding day. I am able to help lead and direct people throughout the day in a calm, easy going, and fun way to make the photos as enjoyable as possible. You will spend a lot of time with your wedding photographer throughout the day, so you should choose somebody that you have confidence in and great chemistry with. It will make your day so much more enjoyable!

  • Quality gear ~ I choose the highest quality lenses, camera bodies, and equipment to ensure that I capture every moment of your wedding in the absolute best way. You can rest easy knowing that I have top of the line equipment, backup cameras, and backup lenses always ready in case any glitches happen.

  • Quick turn around time ~ I know how important it is for you to be able to see and share your wedding photos soon after you return from your honeymoon, so I promise that I will ship your custom online gallery of edited wedding images within 8 weeks from your wedding date, or I will send a custom wedding album to you for free.

  • Beautiful Couples Photos ~ One of the areas that I feel I am strongest in and stand out among other photographers, is my ability to capture breathtaking and intimate photos of you and your spouse to be. I make it a priority to carve out time during the wedding day to
    capture photos of just the two of you together and I believe that these photos will be some of the images you cherish most for years to come. It is my job to produce gorgeous, well lit, and stunning photos of you and your spouse. It is one of my absolute favorite parts of the day!

  • Guiding you through planning ~ I care so much about taking care of my brides and grooms and want to be available to help you throughout the wedding planning process. Let’s face it, wedding planning can be stressful at times, so I want to be a resource and friend to turn to when you have a question or hit a roadblock. With my vast experience serving brides, I love helping you create a wedding that you will absolutely love. You can count on me for recommendations for venues and vendors, how to create an ideal timeline, and how to plan a memorable Colorado mountain wedding. I will be available and always excited to help throughout the planning process via email, phone, and text.

  • Safe Backup ~ When I come home from photographing your wedding, I will make 3 complete backups of your images on three different hard drives to ensure that your photos are never lost or damaged.

  • I absolutely love what I do and I think that reflects in every step of the wedding process! From the first phone call, to the last delivery of wedding prints, I will invest my whole heart in serving you. I would be honored to be your wedding photographer!

How would you describe your style of photography?

Bright. Authentic. Intimate. Natural. Sun-Drenched.

I photograph weddings in a fine art style mixed with photojournalism. This means that photos have a shallow depth of field (subject in focus, background blurred), will include a portrait session with the couple, will include all the details of the day, and will together form a cohesive collection of photographs that tell the story of your wedding day. During the bride and groom’s portraits I often direct and help pose in order to create the most beautiful photos possible. The wedding event itself is photographed mostly in a documentary/journalistic style so as not to disturb the flow of the day, and to capture the important moments as they happen naturally.

Will you make sure to get photos of just the two of us?

Absolutely. These are my favorites from the day…hands down, and find that they are usually the bride’s favorites as well. I prefer to have 30 minutes alone with you sometime during the day. This short portrait session gives couples their most personal, emotional and intimate photos of the day. You might consider scheduling a First Look—a short meeting before the ceremony. I will also pull you away for a few minutes as the sun is setting to create portraits in the best light of the day.

Do you photograph formal, posed family portraits?

Yes, these portraits are important to your family’s history and should be documented. I suggest creating a selection of groupings so the formal portraits can happen in a timely way; this way you can fully enjoy your wedding celebration. I try to make the formal portraits easy, fast and enjoyable for everyone.

Where do you live? Do you travel? What are the costs?

Ginger Moose Photography is located in Durango, Colorado and specializes in documenting weddings in Durango, Telluride, Pagosa Springs, Ouray, and throughout western Colorado. I also travel throughout Colorado and the U.S. for destination weddings. Please inquire about your specific wedding date and location for associated travel costs.

Is Vanessa the only photographer?

Vanessa will be the lead photographer at your wedding and the person who you will be in contact with throughout your wedding process. There is also an option to add a second photographer to your wedding collection, who will photograph and help assist throughout your wedding day.

How many photographs will you take?

The number of photographs varies greatly depending on the collection choice, length of the event and number of guests, but generally your gallery will include 400-600 images.

How long before we see our pictures?

Your entire collection of digital images will be ready and shipped to you on a custom USB within 60 days of your wedding date. If your wedding collection includes an album, it will be delivered within six weeks of your approval of the final design. I accept a limited number of weddings per year to ensure that you receive your photos in a timely fashion… I know how important these photos are to you! You getting your wedding photos back quickly is of utmost importance to me. 

Will you give us the digital files?

Yep, absolutely! You will have your own personalized online gallery of photos AND a flash drive of all of your high resolution digital images. In fact, you can share your personalized online wedding gallery with all guests, family members, and wedding party members where guests can download any of the full-resolution digital files for free.

Do we need to feed you at the reception?

I can assure you that feeding me and my assistant (if included in your collection) will keep us energized throughout the evening. Caterers will often provide vendor meals at your request.

Do you come to the rehearsal dinner?

This is an option that you may add to your wedding collection. Otherwise I do not attend the rehearsal dinner.

I accept a limited number of wedding commissions per year to ensure the highest level of service and attention to each of my clients. Click below and contact me to reserve your special day!

Thank you for stopping in to Ginger Moose! I can’t wait to connect and hear more about you and your wedding!

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