Photography is a passion for Gary VanDenBerg of Durango Family Photography (DFP).  As a fifth-generation native to Durango, Colorado, Gary has been photographing families & children, engagements & weddings, high school seniors, and business products & events since 2002.

Senior Photos are our specialty! It's our most popular niche and no doubt our favorite! We make sure you get a combo of photos that range from super edgy-and-cool to grandma-approved.

High school seniors

You're only a high school senior once (we hope!), and we make it an experience you'll treasure forever.

Whether you're a single family, or having a 20+ family reunion in Durango, our photographers are perfect for your occasion!


Families & Children

Why is Gary so good with kids?  His best guess is that it's because he can so easily think like one.  His wife, Courtney, agrees.

We don't tack on an extra 500% because you mention the words "wedding in Durango". We can help with everything from small engagements to 200+ guest sized weddings!

Weddings & Engagements

The only thing you'll love more than your fiancé is our photos of you and your fiancé!

We're more than just commercial photographers in Durango.  We're also SEO-Geeks and we've got B2B solutions that offer results you can track.



Headshots, Products, Fashion Editorials, Real Estate Photography... there's a TON that goes into all of it, and we're better than any other studio at it.

Durango's Community Photographer...

Without question, if you're looking for the most passionate and hardest working photography team in Southwest Colorado including Durango, Bayfield, Ignacio, Telluride, Cortez, Pagosa Springs, and even Farmington, NM and the rest of the Four Corners area - you've come to the right spot! 

I am Gary VanDenBerg, the owner of Durango Family Photography (DFP) and I absolutely love being able to use the artistic talents of my team (makeup artists, photo-editors, and yours truly) to help our clients capture and create images will last for generations well beyond our time.

I'm passionate about photography, and also about the area we live in.  Beyond accepting commissions from some of Durango's shrewdest families and businesses, DFP is well known for our active community involvement.  From being the official photographer of the Durango Pregnancy Center, to being asked to take the portraits of 9 different Centenarians (people who are 100+ years old) this last spring - you can be sure that when you hire our team, you're also hiring a small business that cares deeply about their community.  Our latest project includes working with the Southwest Women's Resource Center on a campaign called #ProjectBeYOUtiful which is aimed at elevating middle school and young high school girls' self-esteem.  In the last year, we've also hosted interns from Mountain Middle School, Durango High School, Animas High School and Ignacio High School.

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...dedicated to providing only the best!

Beyond being an active member in the community, Gary and the DFP team work hard to ensure that their clients always get the very best experience and photo products possible.  Our dedication to quality assurance has us constantly re-evaluating our products and services to make sure we are meeting the demands of our clients.  Our fair prices offer clients services that are within reach of virtually any income, yet also allow us to constantly re-invest in the very best continuous education and gear.  This helps to ensure that DFP clients are getting top-notch VIP service that will exceed customers' expectations.

We've gotten feedback by way of customer reviews around 50-60 times between Facebook and Google.  The really awesome part is that there's totally a common trend with what our customers say.  Our clients tell us that they love our enthusiasm, our fair prices, and our ability make them feel comfortable.  We're rated 5.0/5.0 on both Google and Facebook Reviews and we take what our customers say VERY seriously! Here are just a couple examples of what our clients are telling their friends about Durango Family Photography.

Gary did an amazing job making us feel comfortable while taking our pictures! I was very nervous to have my photos taken, but the whole experience was fun! Thank you guys for an awesome time and wonderful photos.
— Mary Duthie Wood
What a fantastic family business! Not only did Gary take beautiful pictures of our daughter, but it was the most comfortable and fun photo shoot she has ever had. Gary is great with recreating your photo ideas, but I think his greatest talent is seizing opportunities with light and angles, making gorgeous photos. We couldn’t be happier—not only will we use Durango Family Photography for future family photos, but also highly recommend them to anyone looking for a fantastic photo experience.
— Sarah Levine