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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!

Autumn + Vance | Engagement Photos | Boise Wedding Photographer

Anyone who knows these two will tell you they are so caring and sweet…and well, just a little bit silly.  Okay, a lot silly.  Vance is one of the funniest people I know, and Autumn just compliments (and puts up with) him so wonderfully!

The morning of their engagement session it just poured rain…like for hours on end.  This was the only day that we were going to be able to do pictures so we were a little nervous and a few prayers were definitely said.  And within a few hours the sun actually came out!  It got a little dicey during the shoot too though.  A couple times it started coming down fairly hard and we heard lots of thunder in the distance (in fact, if you check out the 4th picture down, you’ll see the raindrops coming down around them outside the barn), but that Idaho sky was just beautiful!  The mix of puffy white clouds and grey stormy ones made for a really interesting backdrop.  And I was so pleased (and a little surprised) that even though Vance had said “no kissing pictures,” there was plenty of smooching and googley eyes going on.

Well, I am just over the moon excited for them to be tying the knot next month!  Congratulations, Vance and Autumn!

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Engagement Photos in Eagle Idaho

March 13, 2014 - 6:44 pm

Sammi Clark - Oh my gosh…those are so adorable! Soooo happy for you!

March 16, 2014 - 7:57 pm

SueAnn - Great pictures, I love the old barn!

March 17, 2014 - 8:21 am

Catherine - What a gorgeous session! You can feel the playfulness and love between them. And those skies!

March 17, 2014 - 9:42 am

Tracy from Love and be Loved - They look like such a sweet couple. Love the shot with the sun pop behind her head!

March 17, 2014 - 4:04 pm

Donna - What a fun session. Love the connection between these two!

March 17, 2014 - 5:14 pm

Jennifer Parsons - Thats a really cool location! Glad the sun made an appearance for you guys. Great set of photos!

March 19, 2014 - 9:26 am

Karidan - Sometimes you just have to tell weather it isnt going to win this time :)

March 19, 2014 - 11:20 am

Rebecca Anne - So many great shots! Love the location too!

March 21, 2014 - 12:53 pm

wani - haha – that last pic is super cute. they look so sweet together. nice one :-)

March 21, 2014 - 1:53 pm

admin - Yeah!

Explaining what a DSLR is to grandpa | Boise Photography

We enjoyed a great visit and conversation with Grandma and Grandpa a couple days ago when he asked me, “Where do you take your film to be developed? Or do you develop it yourself?” …after I recovered from the shock, I commenced trying to explain that the photos are recorded on this tiny card in my camera, I then put them on my computer and tweak the exposure and contrast (among other things), then if I want them printed I send them over the internet to a photo lab across the country and they ship them to me…you should have seen his face…wow…this is a pretty incredible age we live in! #mindblown
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My Editing Style | Retouching in Lightroom

I recently posted this Before and After photo on my Facebook page, and got a lot of great response. This is not a typical kind of blog post for me, but I decided it would be interesting for my clients to see a little example of my retouching work.  I always prefer a natural, clean edit.  No one should look like they have porcelain skin!  It should be such a subtle edit that no one would ever know it wasn’t completely straight out of camera. Now, this is a little more retouching work than I normally need to do with most portraits, but I thought it would be a good demonstration.

This is my little Marshall (whom we affectionately call Marshmallow).  :)  He’s always had super dry skin, eczema, and redness no matter what over-the-counter cream we try. Well, today was actually a really good skin day so I took the opportunity to take his 4 month pictures.

The next part gets into all the particulars and is purely for the photo-nerds that may be interested.  It’s about to get geeky! You’ve been warned!

Editing in Lightroom, Clean EditI do the majority of my editing all within Lightroom 4, and only take a photo into Photoshop CS6 if it needs extensive cloning or (heaven forbid) a head swap. :)  And true to fashion, I was able to do all the edits on this particular photograph completely in Lightroom.  Now, the ’Before’ picture has already been color corrected and given a little boost of contrast and exposure because I wanted the focus of this ’Before & After’ to be on just the retouching.

All these edits were done with an adjustment brush so that I could concentrate on the areas that needed it and not on the whole photograph.  I started by reducing Clarity in order to slightly smoothing some of the skin. I then removed the redness under and around his eyes. I do this by bringing the Tint away from red (this time by -25) and reducing saturation also by -25.  You can see that he managed to scratch himself under his right eye so I took care of that with the Spot Removal tool. I also took away a bit of the shine on his forehead and cheek from all that lotion he’s slathered in by reducing Highlights by -80.

I know that some people find it difficult to understand why you’d want to retouch a perfect little baby. Well, as his mother, I want to remember him, not the redness and sensitive skin we battled today or the little scratch he accidently gave himself while trying to suck those sweet little fingers. There are plenty of everyday pictures of him, but these are the ones I will put in albums and hang on the walls of our home.

Thanks for reading! Please leave me a comment if you’d like to see more Before & Afters like this in the future.

March 11, 2014 - 6:37 am

Vaughn Barry Photography - Nicely done, nice work around the eyes :)

March 11, 2014 - 11:24 am

Rebecca Anne - What a great blog! I find clients always appreciate when you explain the process to them. I like how simple your editing style is!

March 11, 2014 - 11:24 am

Karidan - Awesome explanation!

March 12, 2014 - 11:27 am

Tracie Howe - Great job! And what a cutie-pie!!

March 18, 2014 - 6:44 am

sarah gee - love a nice, clean edit. how awesome to share this information with everyone! it’s really great for clients to know just what to expect:)

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