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  • Hi! I'm Cynthi (yep, it's short for Cynthia). I'm a wedding and portrait photographer serving the Treasure Valley in Southwest Idaho. I'm a lover of beautiful light, sweet glass (nerdy photographer lingo for camera lenses), and the whole creative process that each and every session brings!

    I have a casual and relaxed approach to sessions. I'm a pretty mellow kind of girl...until I nail a really killer shot...at which point I've been known to squeal and/or scream. :) Have a look around and if you have any questions or are ready to book a session, just click on the "Contact Me" form above!

My curly-haired, bright-eyed angel

My little angel is 2 and can be difficult to catch with the camera these days, but I’ve got to capture these moments…those blonde curls and beautiful eyes.  I had the camera out to get a picture of our dog who had just come and laid down by the baby.  It was the cutest thing!  So of course she got up and walked away before I could snap the picture.  :(  But then this little sweet face comes up to me and says, “Mommy, take a picture ME!”  And as soon as she hears the shutter… “me see! me see!”

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Engagement Portraits at Still Water Hollow | Trish & Forrest

The weather channel was saying a high of 25 degrees on this late December day…and she still brought this amazing strapless dress and heels!  Trish is hardcore and I love it!  But she did have a pretty awesome guy there to help keep her warm. :)

This beautiful couple has been planning their wedding out at Still Water Hollow in Nampa, so we agreed that it would also be the perfect place to do their engagement portraits.  This was my first time out to Still Water Hollow and I have to say I was so impressed!  The church, barn, bridge, and all the beautifully maintained grounds are a photographer’s dream.

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April 16, 2014 - 3:11 pm

Arica - Definitely a dream location! Congratulations to the happy couple. I really like the signs they made. Adorable!

April 18, 2014 - 4:35 pm

Ashley - What a perfect, snowy engagement session! I love the portrait with their sign and cedar garland! You did a lovely job with their session. :)

For over 9 years he’s had to put up with me as his mother, poor kid | Caldwell Family Photographer

Ask any photographer and they’ll tell you that photographing your own kids is way harder than anyone else’s.  Try photographing 5 of your own.

Well, I realized earlier this year that in some ways I had just kind of given up. I mean, I take lots of pictures at home (mostly with my phone) and a few at the milestone times, dance recitals, etc. But as far as taking them on an actual photo shoot (with “the big camera”), that hasn’t happened in…well, a very long time.  It’s pitiful.  Especially for a professional photographer like myself who is often jabbering on about how you have to take their pictures now because they grow so fast!

So I’m here with yet another photography goal this year.  I am taking each of my kids individually out for their own personal photo shoot/date with mom.  I’m tossing away any idea that the photos will be perfect, and am often just letting them take the lead.  It’s an opportunity for me to capture who they are right now…because I know…they really do grow up so fast!

This is my oldest.  He’s such a creative and smart kid.  He’s the kind that’s really pushed my limits as a mom.  I’m just so proud of him and I love watching who he’s becoming.  He chose to bring along some Legos on our photo shoot and rather than make a spaceship or dragon like he usually does at home, he wanted to make a Lego brick…out of Legos (creative, I tell ya).  And of course there was plenty of tree climbing and silly faces too.  Love this boy.

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April 9, 2014 - 3:15 pm

Larianne - Awww your son is adorable! I don’t have any children yet, but I look forward to whipping out “the big camera” for them to document them each year :)

April 9, 2014 - 4:07 pm

Lolography - What a sweet series! I can imagine it’s not easy, I don’t have kids yet though. :) His personality really shines through those last images. I love Lego, too, I could play around with it for hours! ;)

April 9, 2014 - 4:21 pm

Jessica - Adorable! Love the set of funny faces!!

April 9, 2014 - 8:46 pm

Angela - Cynthia, these are adorable! What a handsome young man–and those eyes! Are you kidding me with those!? I love the funny faces at the end. I could see those making a great wall portrait series, Mama! <3

April 10, 2014 - 9:34 am

Melissa Avey from Cambridge Ontario - Great shots. I love how natural they are yet so eye catching and amazing :)

April 10, 2014 - 10:19 am

Claudia - It’s so true! I am glad that you are making it a priority to take images of your kids this year. It’s so important and it also sounds like fun bonding time. :) You did a great job capturing his personality!

April 11, 2014 - 9:19 pm

Arica - This is beautiful. You are going to be so happy you took the time to capture your own kids and their fun personalities. Great job!!

6 month old Amelia | Baby Photographer | Boise, Idaho

Ahhh…6 months…the perfect age.  One thing I’ve learned from having my own 5 kids is that there is just something magical about being 1/2 a year old.

This is the time when a baby’s personality is really beginning to blossom. She lets her feelings show. Whether it’s lots of smiles, grumpy frowns, or silly faces because she knows it’ll get a reaction out of her mom–6 month-olds are just fun!  They’re usually beginning to sit up and *wow!* their world looks so much different from this angle!  They’re also beginning to be able to pick things up and hold onto them.  Little Amelia was enthralled with the grass beneath her and kept trying to pull my blanket out of the way so that she could get some of that grassy goodness in her mouth.  Silly girl.

Oh, one other reason I love this age…they’re not quite mobile yet.  I’m pretty sure the next time I see little Amelia I’m probably going to be chasing after her.  But I can’t wait.  Because next to 6 months, 9 months and 1 year old are my favorite ages. :) Baby Photographer Boise 6 month old01Baby Photographer Boise 6 month old02Baby Photographer Boise 6 month old03Baby Photographer Boise 6 month old04Baby Photographer Boise 6 month old05Baby Photographer Boise 6 month old06Baby Photographer Boise 6 month old07Baby Photographer Boise 6 month old08Baby Photographer Boise 6 month old09

March 31, 2014 - 1:35 pm

Donna - What a cutie! Just love her smile! My favorite is that last one…to cute not to be a big ‘ol print on the wall!

March 31, 2014 - 2:47 pm

Emily - Beautiful images. Love the one on the bottom with her reaching… I miss that age!

March 31, 2014 - 6:38 pm

Linda Kahle - So cute! Love the one on the bridge <3

March 31, 2014 - 7:46 pm

Jessica Downey - Such pretty,soft post processing.

April 1, 2014 - 10:59 am

Jessica - What a cutie! Those and and those cheeks! Love these images, they’re beautiful!

April 1, 2014 - 11:15 am

Catherine - She’s adorable. Love the last shot!

April 1, 2014 - 12:21 pm

SueAnn - Very cute!

April 1, 2014 - 12:54 pm

Tim Poole - What an incredibly cute and adorable child. Lovely photographs.

April 1, 2014 - 5:12 pm

Joanna M - Gosh, she’s cute! I love all the different expressions you captured!

April 2, 2014 - 6:20 pm

Arica - She is darling! Great job capturing the cuteness!

April 3, 2014 - 6:11 am

Anne - Very sweet – I love all of her expressions

April 4, 2014 - 2:56 pm

Amanda - So cute! What a little dollie!

April 5, 2014 - 7:14 am

Ashley Durham - How adorable!

April 6, 2014 - 9:42 pm

Leon Bailey - She looked like she had a great time on that walk way. Good job capturing these photos!

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