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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!

Boise Family Photographer | The L Family

If you’ve ever had a 2-year-old you will know this story all too well. You’re running late for family pictures because the toddler won’t put her clothes on, then she refuses to wear shoes (even though there’s thorns on the ground), and of course, she’s shy and clingy and wants nothing to do with sitting still for a camera.

As a mother of five, I can tell you that all my kids have gone through the terrible twos phase…though for some of them it was threes or fours…well, some of them just never grow out of it I suppose! And it’s a pretty regular occurrence that kids show up to their portrait session feeling very shy, apprehensive, or just downright grumpy. No worries, mom! Because the secret to getting them to open up to me and, yes, even smile and have fun is to take away the pressure. This bit of advice goes for toddlers as well as teenagers: If you (their mom) relax…they will too! But for some reason if getting the perfect family portrait is making you super stressed, it will totally stress them out too and no one (especially Dad) will enjoy the process. That’s why it’s always been my goal to not only capture beautiful portraits for my clients, but also to give them a great experience to look back on!

When the L family showed up at the Caldwell orchard for their family portraits, a little bit late and just a tad stressed, Chloe was…well…acting like any two-year-old does. I quickly realized I needed to make sure she knew she was in control and this was going to be fun! We soon found that she loved the apples! And the combination of getting such a novelty snack and getting to be silly and play games with her family lightened her mood. As we were almost done with the session, I told her mom, “Now just so you’re aware, in most of her best photos here she is holding an apple. I know that’s probably not what you had in mind for your family photos. What do you think?” And as any great mom who’s had to weigh the choice of which battles to fight with such a passionate tiny human…she shrugged it off. :) And in the end, I think the family came away with beautiful photos, and fun memories…like how Chloe laughed like crazy when she got to hit her big brother in the head with an apple. Hee hee :)


September 25, 2015 - 3:50 pm

Donna - What fun! Love the colors and gorgeous memories you made! Beautiful work!

September 29, 2015 - 10:28 am

sarah - nice work getting this two year old to turn it around and have a great time! this really shows how fun a session with you is! what a great memory you’ve given this whole family. love the colors and the light. (and mom’s dress is awesome!)

September 29, 2015 - 10:38 am

Arica - A great mix of posed and candid photography for this family! Well done.

September 29, 2015 - 8:36 pm

Cynthi - Thank you, Arica!

September 29, 2015 - 8:36 pm

Cynthi - Thank you, Sarah! (I love her dress too!) :)

Lindsay + Hernan | Boise Idaho wedding photographer

Lindsay and Hernan’s romance started way back in high school. (And they had the awesomely awkward high school pictures at their reception to prove it!). But after high school, they went their own separate ways and it wasn’t until 15 years later that they reunited.

As they began planning their wedding, they really wanted to make much of the focus of be around their kids since they would be coming together not only as husband and wife, but also as a new family unit. The kids were their bridesmaids and groomsmen, and even gave their own toasts! Those speeches only made their mama cry a little bit. :)

Their wedding day was gorgeous and Creekside Affair was the most beautiful place for it! Lindsay was stunning and Hernan couldn’t take his eyes off her during the ceremony. I also loved how she really made the day about the people in her life that she loves. Hernan’s niece played the saxophone as they walked down the aisle, Lindsay’s jewelry and handkerchief were from her late grandmother, the cake cutting knife was from her own mother’s wedding, and the décor was largely DIY. So many personal and perfect touches that really made the whole event all about family.

Venue: Creekside Affair, Parma, Idaho

Photography: Portraits by Cynthi

2nd Photographer: Tamra Lords

Florist: Flower Girls, Meridian Idaho

Baker: Gimme Some Sugar, LLC

Caterer: Rolling Hawg Smokers

Dresses/Suits: David’s Bridal, JCPenny


September 15, 2015 - 6:36 pm

Ashley Durham - Aw, I love the heart shaped cinnamon cookies! Beautiful wedding. :)

September 16, 2015 - 12:09 pm

DeserRai - Gorgeous! Loved the details shots you captured!

September 17, 2015 - 9:54 pm

Claudia - Beautiful wedding – I especially love your detail shots!

September 18, 2015 - 9:39 am

Donna - Stunning images! Such a beautiful bride! Congrats to the happy coupld!

September 18, 2015 - 10:12 am

amanda - What a bright and happy day! Some amazing moments captured between the bride and groom :)

September 20, 2015 - 9:11 am

jeanine - Beautiful Boise wedding photography! Gorgeous captures of this beautiful couple and the details of their day!

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