Your fort collins & estes park Photography

I'm here to make your session absolutely effortless from start to finish. Family photo sessions shouldn't be full of stress and anxiety, but instead a time to make even more family memories. I make space for you to play together, laugh together and just as important, snuggle and love together. I go beyond the "holiday card shot" and capture true authentic moments that happen organically with your family. 
I pride myself on making sessions fun for everyone and often hear parents and partners say "this was so much more fun and easy than I thought it would be". What better way to have beautiful art on your walls and to share with friends and family than a session where you had the best time with those you love most and a beautiful backdrop too?!



I'm excited to hear from you and learn all about your family! Who is being photographed? Are you bringing the family dog? 
Depending on your preferred method of contact, I'll reach out via phone or email to gather a bit more information and explain the experience you can expect when hiring me as your family's photographer. Once we know we're a good fit we'll go over all the details to get the perfect date and location for your family. 

1. Say Hello

2. all the details

Once we have secured your date on each of our calendars we will get down to details. 
I'll send you guides on what to expect, location choices and steps to styling your family for your session date. Just remember that I'm here to help! If you have difficulty deciding on a location I'm happy to send you more photos from those spots to determine what fits your family best. You will have access to my client closet to make styling you and your family easy. We can also video chat to "shop your closet" and pick out the perfect session outfits for everyone. 

Woohoo - it's session day! 
Whether you're a bit stressed or excited, I'm here to make everyone feel at ease so you can sit back and enjoy the whole experience. 
You'll be armed with all the details: what time we'll be meeting, the map pin, parking instructions and even photos to describe the location with my stellar drawing skills when necessary. 
I take a few minutes to get acquainted with everyone while we walk to and get settled in our spot. Your session will take 60-75 minutes and will pass so quickly because we'll be having too much fun. 

3. session day is here

You can expect your gallery to be delivered within 3 weeks of your session date and most often before that timeframe. 
Depending on the collection you've chosen, you will choose your favorite photos and within 72 hours you'll have those photos in your hands to download, print and share! 
If you have chosen a package that does not include all the edited photos, you'll have the opportunity to purchase additional digital files if desired. Although not required, you will have the option to order prints through your gallery via a professional printing lab.  

4. gallery delivery

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business branding sessions from $500

senior/graduate sessions from $275

family sessions from $400

You'll have a choice of 3 different collections to choose from that fits your family and photography needs best. With each collection you'll receive access to my styling closet, digital files and a print credit starting at $25 to fill your walls with the people you love most.

The details


This session option is perfect for those families that want the full experience and all the photos (50+ images); newborn in home sessions or those seeking an adventure session.

~ 60-90 minute session 
~ Access to client closet and optional Zoom for personal styling
~ $100 print credit 

**Estes Park, Rocky Mountain NP and Boulder are all considered mountain sessions

Front Range - $775

mountain - $1050


the short story



This session option is perfect for couples and engagement sessions; high school seniors and college graduates, and families with children of all ages.

~ 45-60 minute session 
~Choice of 20 images from a gallery to download, print & share
~ Access to client closet and optional Zoom for personal styling
~ $50 print credit 

**Estes Park, Rocky Mountain NP and Boulder are all considered mountain sessions

This session option is perfect for families, couples and seniors that still want a storytelling session, but on a smaller scale.

~ 30-45 minute session 
~Choice of 10 images from a gallery to download, print & share
~ Access to client closet 
~ $25 print credit 

**Estes Park, Rocky Mountain NP and Boulder are all considered mountain sessions

the poem


mountain - $675

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While booking the session, Christa was the epitome of kindness and grace for determining best dates and solving the inevitable problems that can arise when scheduling a session. She was supportive and empowering with styling and choosing a location for a setting. During the session, she did an amazing job capturing our family's expressions and helping everyone be at ease and comfortable during the session. Christa captured so many real and beautiful moments of our family and we will treasure them for our lifetime and generations to come. Thank you Christa!!!

Estes Park, Colorado

Kristen S. 

Absolutely in love with each and every photo taken. Christa is phenomenal and we loved our session with her. Looking forward to booking more sessions.

fort collins, Colorado


Saying Christa is amazing is an understatement! She absolutely made my vision come to life and more. She is great behind the camera but also such a sweet soul and great person. She has given me moments with my daughter that I will cherish forever. Don’t hesitate to choose her for your photographs. I promise you won’t regret it.

Fort Collins, CO


Christa Pastenbaugh is an incredible photographer. I've admired her work for a long time and found out she was relocating to Colorado, and decided to book with her immediately. We live 2 hours away and drove to her to have an amazing experience with my family. She was such a pro and made the entire experience so much fun for us. Our photos are stunning. I cannot wait to print them and showcase them as the main pieces in our home.

estes park, CO


Scheduled my first shoot with Christa in 2020 the summer we moved to CA, and just had our last shoot with her the night before we left CA. She has photographed our family through adding a baby and watching both kiddos grow, she did my maternity photos, and she did my branding photos. Every single time I am blown away! Even when the shoot feels chaotic (#toddlers), she gets the shot. I tell her she’s magical, because she truly is. In addition to being incredibly talented, she is so much fun and easy going. Can’t recommend her enough!

Fort Collins, CO


I cannot say enough wonderful things about Christa! Not only is she a delight to work with (professional, a great communicator and so kind) but also her work is stunning! I had so much fun during our shoot and I couldn’t be happier with our pictures. You can tell she really puts her clients at ease and it shows in her work. She even put up with our goofy dog who wanted to be in every photo. She had so much patience with my newborn and got the most amazing photos. I can’t recommend Christa enough!

Fort Collins, CO

mary elizabeth

Christa is amazing!! She was so wonderful from the start with helping us decide locations and outfits for our family pictures. She answered any and all questions and had tons of very helpful suggestions. Our shoot was so FUN! She was attentive to our little ones and showed she really cares about making the experience special. She is super patient and encouraging, and just made the whole experience a blast! The results of the shoot were absolutely stunning. The hardest part was narrowing down which pictures to use for cards/prints because we loved them all! Overall, we were so pleased with the whole experience and can’t wait to use Christa for photos in the future!!

Fort Collins, CO


book your session

Now that you're ready to book your family's or senior's session I just need to gather a little information via the link below so I can get you on my calendar! 
I normally respond within 24 hours so we can start planning your session ASAP. 
Let's do this!

to hear from you
 and work with your family!