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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!

Jewel + Jake | Boise wedding photographer, Barber Park wedding

You might recognize this beautiful couple from their fantastic fire truck engagement session this spring, and I always pinch myself when I get to work with such wonderful people! Not does Jewel have a great eye for detail and DIYed much of her own décor, but she is just so genuinely sweet and kind and Jake treats her like his princess.

They chose Barber Park Events Center (one of my favorite wedding venues!) for their special day and we couldn’t have asked for more beautiful weather! The ceremony was lovely. They personally wrote their own vows and actually, one of my favorite shots ended up being of the flower girl who was so thorough with her job she wanted to go back and pick up the petals she had dropped during the processional. She was adorable! And I can’t forget to mention Jewel and Jake’s first dance! It was choreographed by the groom himself, started off slow and romantic, then jumped into break dancing, flips, and ballroom! And the best man’s toast? Well, if you make your little brother your best man you can count on a couple great embarrassing childhood stories being told. When it came time to party, there was no shortage of dancing! Juan at DJ AV Mobile DJ Services brought the incredible music, but Jewel and Jake’s friends brought the party! Even grandparents knew how to get down to Uptown Funk.

Well, needless to say, choosing my favorite images for their blog post was torture, so prepare for a bit of image overload! :) Thanks so much for having me be a part of your wonderful day, Jewel and Jake!

Venue: Barber Park Events Center

Photography: Portraits by Cynthi

2nd Photographer: Krystal Wagner

Florist: Boise at Its Best

DJ: DJ AV Mobile DJ Services

Wedding dress and Tuxes: Sweetheart Manor, Boise, Idaho

Bridesmaids’ dresses: David’s Bridal

Catering: Famous Dave’s


September 25, 2015 - 7:10 pm

Lewis McKenzie - Whoa! So awesome!! Thank you!!!

September 28, 2015 - 1:54 pm

Catherine from Open Shutters Photography - So much beautiful energy in your images Cynthi! It is a talent to capture emotion as well as you do in your photography work. Well done!!

September 28, 2015 - 4:39 pm

Donna - Stunning wedding, love how you captured all it’s beauty! Gorgeous!

September 29, 2015 - 6:25 am

Lolo - Beautiful photos of a wonderful day! Full of love and energy!

September 29, 2015 - 10:50 am

sarah - what a gorgeous couple! and your images are on point! what a beautiful documentation of their day. i really, really love that one with the flower girl during the ceremony. and it looks like their dance was tons of fun! great work here!

September 29, 2015 - 8:35 pm

Cynthi - Aren’t they gorgeous? Thank you for your kind words! It was such a fun, beautiful day to capture!

September 29, 2015 - 8:37 pm

Cynthi - Thanks for those sweet words, Catherine! It was a wonderful wedding!

October 1, 2015 - 3:42 pm

Ashley Durham Studios - Looks like a beautiful day!

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!) :)

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