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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 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 are ready to book a session, just click the "Contact Me" form above!

Nampa Idaho Family Photographer | The Campbells

I’m getting out of my blogging (or lack thereof) slump with this gorgeous family! The Campbells found me through a mutual friend, and I’m so glad they did. They are the sweetest couple and their little man…let me tell ya…smiles for days! His adorableness cannot be contained! He’s almost 6 months old so they wanted to capture this milestone and his bright personality coming out. And it sure did. The location we picked for their session was  Wilson Ponds in Nampa, Idaho. It is a new location for me this year, and quickly becoming one of my favorites.

As a side note, many of you are aware that my family is headed to Pennsylvania at the end of the summer. I have just a few spots left for family portrait sessions so contact me soon to secure yours. I’d love to see you before I go!

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Wedding Wire Couple’s Choice Awards | Portraits by Cynthi

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There are a few parts of my job as a wedding and portrait photographer that are not my favorite. Particularly the part that entails a LOT of sitting at my computer. Seriously. When I started this business 5 years ago, I had NO idea how much of my job would be spent staring at a screen. But this post is not a poor me, pity party post because I want to tell you about the BEST part of my job! :)

For a long time I always described my favorite part as being the actual wedding day. When all the preparing is behind me and I get to see a couple on the most beautiful day in their lives, making vows to each other for the rest of their lives. It brings me to tears every time. The day is filled with overwhelming joy, with a tad of stress and adrenaline thrown in because you just never quite know what is going to happen! And I love that too!

But recently I realized that while the wedding day is amazing, it will always be a close second to the joy I get from seeing and talking with my couples after they first see their wedding images from me. When their eyes fill with tears as they are put right back in that amazing, beautiful, joyful, and even a little bit stressful day. They suddenly remember the little things like the flower girl running back down the aisle to pick up the petals she’d just dropped. Or when the bride’s aunt was brought out on the dance floor, wheelchair and all. Or when the guy in the golf cart sped past and photobombed the wedding party photos. :) They’re surprised when I’m able to capture something at their wedding that they never even knew happened. Like when two teenage girls, who had just officially become stepsisters shared a tender hug with tears in their eyes.

See…capturing those moments is a blessing. But getting to hear the reaction from brides and grooms (now wives and husbands) about the images is what is by far the BEST part of this job!

Some of them have been so kind as to leave me a review on a third party site for brides called Wedding Wire and I was just notified last week that I was awarded one of their Couple’s Choice Awards for 2016 because of the 5 star reviews I’ve received for demonstrating excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. Awards like this are always a nice little pat on the back, but getting to share in the those once in a lifetime “I DO!” moments are the REAL reward! If you’d like to check out more of my Wedding Wire reviews and you’re not on a mobile device just slide your mouse over to the left and you’ll see them pop out from the left sidebar, or just head on over to their website here. OR if you have been a Portraits by Cynthi bride in the past, you can definitely leave your review there as well. Thanks! I already can’t wait to work with my 2016 couples!

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January 12, 2016 - 7:41 pm

Tashena Shaw - CONGRATS !!! Wishing you a great 2016 as well. <3

January 17, 2016 - 9:01 pm

Jaqueline Faria - Congrats!!!

May 9, 2016 - 12:16 pm

آتلیه عروس - Nice article! Initially when I started out as a wedding photographer almost 18 years ago, I was drawn to the field based on the the inspiration of greats such as David Ziser, Jose Villa and Elizabeth Messina but realized many years later, that I could never BE them…meaning I had to find my own way, my own niche. Running a photography business was much more difficult than I initially thought too, so many ‘business’ aspects that I developed as I went along seemed to take over the photography – creativity seemed to be such a small aspect in comparison. At any rate, that too settled in and the business side has become second nature, photography becoming central again. It takes a long time to master the art of the wedding photography business and I believe I have finally reached where I wish to be! I even recently found the time to develop a blog for the “romantic heart” as a way to satisfy my own creativity and help others in their own search and struggles to become a great wedding photographer; it has become one of my favourite pasttimes. Romantic photography is in my soul…its a part of me – I hope others too in the field are able to find and KEEP that same joy…

May you continue to be inspired as I have…

Take care,

Carrie Lynn
My Love Light Lace
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June 24, 2016 - 9:24 am

Paula Dias - Hello. I’m looking for a photographer for a wedding reception on July 2 from approximately 4:30 to 8:30 PM at the Willis building near Middleton high school.Any chance you might be available and do you charge by the hour or the event? Thanks, Paula Dias-mother of the bride

July 2, 2016 - 11:55 am

Cynthi - Hi Paula! Look for my email shortly! :)

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