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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!

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!!!

Boise Senior Photos | Zoe

During these cold, dreary winter months I love looking back on my fall sessions. Zoe’s session was one of my favorites! I adore senior portrait sessions, and Zoe was amazing! She trusted me completely, which is always a photographer’s dream!

Whenever I photograph someone I gradually begin to see their natural self coming out throughout the session. I’ll often try several different things and see what brings out that twinkle in the subject’s eye…what makes them shine! And there’s usually an AH-HA moment when I squeal like a little school girl and scream, “that was it!”

Well, there were several of those moments with Zoe! Let me just tell you about one. I spotted a more woodsy area off the path that was covered with gnats. To anyone else this probably seemed gross and a place you’d want to avoid especially if you’re trying to get beautiful photographs. But my experience has shown me that with the sun at just the right angle, these annoying little bugs become SPARKLES! :) Thankfully, Zoe took me at my word and stomped right into the thick of them just trusting that these nasty bugs surrounding her would look like glitter through my lens! And I absolutely loved the result! You must scroll down and see!

If you like what you see, please feel free to contact me. (see that little ‘CONTACT ME’ tab at the top…you know you want to click it). :) I would love to photograph you, we would have so much fun!


January 4, 2016 - 9:07 pm

Donna - I love this senior session, the colors are beautiful and she’s a natural in-front of the camera!

January 4, 2016 - 9:21 pm

Nick T - Wow! These senior portraits will truly be cherished. Great job Cynthi and best wishes to Zoe!

January 4, 2016 - 10:02 pm

Cynthi - Thank you, Donna! Yes, she was. :)

January 7, 2016 - 3:37 pm

Joanna - Gorgeous senior photos, what a pretty young lady in a lovely location. Great job!

January 7, 2016 - 8:34 pm

Cynthi - Thank you, Joanna! She was wonderful to work with!

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