Growing Up With Santa - 8 years in 60 seconds...

There is nothing more precious than watching children grow.  Even if it is ridiculously bittersweet.

The Santa Experience started as a way to capture childhood memories, but secretly, it was a way for me to create something special for my own kiddos and watch them growing up with Santa.

We started the very first Santa Experience Christmas Event in 2014 at The 6th Street Studio. (That's not a typo- back in the day I had two separate downtown locations- one in BoDo at The 8th Street Marketplace, and one very close to 6th and Main.)

In 2015 we combined both locations into one creating The 8th Street Studio, our current location.

The location changed, and the set has evolved, but mostly TIME has flown as the children have GROWN!

Watch this video as it is very evident just how quickly it happens.  I'm pretty sure I just blinked, and they grew up.

It both warms my heart and makes me well up just a bit, as watching them grow completely melts my heart!

Elijah was 8 years old, and Azaiah was only 5 when we launched The Santa Experience.

Now at almost 17, and 14 we will be surrendering our special appointment, sob.

I know that my kids will always have very fond memories of their youth.

As a parent, I'm extremely grateful to have these precious heirlooms to cherish for a lifetime.

Truly, a labor of love, we spend over a week putting together this specialty vintage-inspired toy workshop art installation.

If you're interested in creating a Holiday tradition for your own kiddos, check out The Santa Experience at Cherished Images at the 8th Street Studio as it's unlike anything else around.

Custom-designed wall art is our specialty, as it creates the perfect visual to complement your decor by filling your home with what you love most.

Looking forward to many more years of creating memories for others, as we love to watch their children's eyes light up, and watch them growing up with Santa too.  It's amazing to be able to capture a little piece of "time" to keep for the ages.


Until then-

-Kelly :)

Falling For Fall Family Portraits- Boise is the Perfect Backdrop!

In over 23 years of business, I have yet to hear a client say, "I don't like the idea of fall family portraits."

The general consensus is that Fall Family Portraits are AMAZING!

What's not to like about a good old fashion fall in Boise?!  It is The City of Trees after all :)

Girl in fall leaves pulling boy in wagon

This year has been an odd one.  With very little rain, and temperatures that resemble more of a "2nd summer" than late fall, it has delayed the stunning display just a bit.

We always think it's better late than never though, right?!

It's almost getting bearable to wear a sweater and boots outside in the afternoon sun... almost.

What that means for you though, is that you haven't missed it!

Cherished Images is still booking fall family pictures that will both decorate your wall with stunning luxury wall art, and tell YOUR story.

As custom photographers, we are out and about scouting locations almost daily this time of year.  Looking for some of the best naturally beautiful backdrops to capture that incredible color and bring it to your home decor as personalized decorative wall art of those you love most... your family!

Spread the cheer- the holidays are near!

With the holidays sneaking up on us, it's also a great idea to check those Christmas gifts off of your list, by purchasing prints to give to those hard to buy for people (uh-huh... grandparents... notoriously hard! Checked off the list- BONUS!)

Christmas and holiday greeting cards are also made extra memorable when you adorn them with your fall photos.  Another bonus- we custom design each one, so yours is sure to be unique when it arrives in someone's mailbox.

Contact us to schedule your fall family portrait session while you still can.  Next fall is a whole year away, after all!

Call the studio at 208-331-2288 or click THIS LINK to book.

Family walking with fall colors

Sweaters, and ciders, and pumpkins... oh my!!  Can't wait to create some memories for your family this year.

Until then-

Kelly :)

Fine Art Heirloom Painted Portrait - The Story of Cormac the Cat

Fine Art Heirloom Paintings from old digital photos are a great way to commemorate the life of a loved one... even a beloved furry family member.

Every year Cherished Images donates photography services to the Idaho Humane Society.  They auction off custom photography sessions to be turned into calendar pages, as an annual fundraiser for the charity.

We had an opportunity to work with a very special request this year.

Here's the story behind the art...Before and After Digital Painting of Cat

The Story...

We first met the Studebaker family when they purchased the most coveted calendar page- the cover of the 2023 Idaho Humane Society calendar.

During the consultation, as we were discussing what they would like their custom cover photoshoot to look like, we heard the most amazing story.  A story, that absolutely melted my heart!

The family has several pets, including a couple of GORGEOUS and exotic designer animals, that would have been super fun to photograph!

However, they felt strongly that one pet, in particular, would be the most appropriate to be featured in the IHS calendar...

Cormac- a cat that was adopted from the Idaho Humane Society.

The Challenge...

The only problem with photographing Cormac is that he's up playing with the giant ball of yarn in the sky.

Cormac had recently passed away.

You see, they adopted Cormac as an act of mercy, as he was already well advanced in age when they brought him home.

Typically, most people would go to the shelter to pick out the most cuddly adorable kitten available.

I mean who doesn't want to bring home a tiny little snuggle bug to love on?!

But the truest form of selflessness is adopting an animal that might otherwise have been put down.

They rescued a pet that had been deemed  'well past his prime,' a pet that they knew they would have limited time with.

Cormac received the gift of a second chance, and the family received a gift of their own... an addition to the family.

With his sweet nature and the most adorable freckle on his nose, he quickly became part of the family.

Cormac even has his own Instagram that their son set up in his honor.  This cat was very LOVED!

The Art...

The family had taken some very nice iPhone photos of Cormac through the short years he spent with them.

Upon discussing options, we arrived at the idea of commissioning a painting to be crafted from one of the snapshots.

What a great way to remember his legacy, and have something stunning for the cover of the calendar and their wall!

We ultimately decided that an environmental style painted portrait would suit their tastes.  I went to work digitally compositing, and then painting each and every pixel by hand.

Blending an inside cell phone snapshot with an outside scenic image was no easy task!

Hours and hours (maybe even days) went into this painting commission.  We came right down to the wire of the submission deadline, but we did it!

The Finished Products...

I am anxiously waiting to see the formatted and printed calendar!

What a fun surprise it will be when production is complete and the calendars are ready for sale!

But my very favorite... the finished wall portrait...  It's incredible!!

The fall colors blended with the sky, the handprinted flowers, and oh... those whiskers!!  Cormac had the most amazing whiskers!

Thanks to the Studebaker family and the Idaho Humane Society for extending me both the honor and privilege to custom create this artwork.  Starting from next to nothing, and envisioning what the finished product "could" look like, takes a leap of faith.

I'm grateful that all the hard work paid off, and am very proud of the finished painting.  The wall art will live on as a true... Cherished Image.

- Kelly

Want to leave a legacy or commemorate a loved one? Can a Fine Art Heirloom Portrait be right for your family?  Contact Cherished Images for a complimentary consultation.


The Santa Experience- Christmas in July Special!

Looking for pictures with Santa in Boise?

Would you enjoy a more personalized and specialized approach, resulting in something WAY better than just those awkward mall-style "Santa photos"?

We can help!

Unlike some professional photography studios who just use a Christmas theme or printed background, we actually build and create Santa's vintage inspired workshop... from scratch!

It takes a full week to set up, but results in some of the best child portrait photography... EVER!

We actually turn The 8th Street Studio into 360 degrees of pure holiday magic.

Honestly, you have to see it to really believe it, but better still... you can experience it for yourself.

The Santa Experience 2022 is booking NOW!

Smiling Baby With Santa

Christmas in July Special Offer

Christmas, in July?! I know, I know... who wants to think about the holidays when it's 100+ degrees outside?!

But here's why you SHOULD consider scheduling your session now...

Book your Boise Santa Experience before July 31 and you get extra $$ to spend later!

On top of the best Christmas Cards EVER (24 personalized, luxurious cards and envelopes come with the experience!) you also get an EXTRA $50 in portrait credit to spend on those storybook quality prints you purchase from your child's session. It's simply the best value that we offer for this VERY limited edition event.

Better still... Easy Gift Giving!

Watch your children's eyes light up AND check those 'hard to buy for people' off your Christmas list.  Win-win!

Oh... we even make it easy to 'gift yourself' with that heirloom style wall art to enjoy in your own home.  You deserve a statement holiday art print.  You've worked really hard this year, right?!

Merry Christmas Mommy ;)

It only happens once a year, and only for 2 days!

This years portrait event will be held Saturday, November 12 & 13th, 2022.

Yes- that's NOVEMBER (not December) to allow enough time to create the stunning prints and cards for just in time for holiday gifting.

Haven't heard of The Santa Experience by Cherished Images?  Click HERE for more details!

We are over half booked for our 2022 season, but even if there are spots till open... Who's ever heard of "Christmas in August"? (Me neither!)  So call by 7/31/22 to save! 208-331-2288

Can't wait for you to experience the difference that experience makes!

Cheers- Kelly :)

A family portrait with their motorcycles

A family that rides together, stays together!

The Vision

One day I got this Facebook message from one of our clients which said roughly, "Our whole family just got motorcycles, and I think we need to get a picture of that!"  My mind began to ponder all the possibilities that a family portrait with motorcycles might provide... and how cool would that be?  

This client has brought me many wonderful session ideas that she wanted over the years and this one was no exception!  At Cherished Images at The 8th Street Studio, we love to create art that reflects a family's culture and personality!

The Plan

As with every session, we first talked about the vision behind the session. The overall vision was an open sky and an endless horizon...everything a motorcycle enthusiast loves and let that be the backdrop to this family portrait.  Secondly, we talked about clothing.  Jeans, T-shirts, and riding gear were undoubtedly the best choice for this session.  We then had to find the perfect location to bring it all together.  To top it off, we talked about wall space and what would the finished product might be, and where would it be displayed.  

With all of that in mind, we scheduled a family portrait with motorcycles session and prayed for good weather!

The Session

On the day of the shoot, the weather was perfect, soft light from the west with some clouds.  It couldn't have been better!  I invited my good friend Bryan Bowermaster to come with me and capture some videos while I was working on this session.  Not only did he get highlights, but subsequently he got a great testimonial from Diane, the client, as well.

Finally, we had the privilege of hanging those finished portraits in her home once everything was completed!

Many thanks to Bryan of Bowermaster Productions for creating the video of the highlights of this session.  Thank you Diane for the fun concept and the kind words, I'm looking forward to our next photographic adventure!

Phil White M.Photog, CPP

Why Cherished Images Is Your Best Choice For Newborn Photography

There are SO many choices for Newborn Photography!  Here's what to look for...

You're busy nesting, a bit sleep deprived, and feeling the need to take advantage of every moment you have left to get some stuff done.  You know you want to capture those precious moments after you bring baby home, but when you sit down to type "Newborn Photographer" in the search bar, about a zillion links come up.

How is one to choose a baby photographer?

The process can be overwhelming!

We'd like to make your search just a little easier, by not just showing you pretty pictures, but allowing you to see some of the reasons why Cherished Images might be a good fit to create frame worthy artwork for your wall.  Keep scrolling to find our what makes us different...

Newborn Baby Girl in Basket


Nationally award winning artist, Kelly Zimmerman has over 23 years of experience photographing newborns and their families.  Having 3 children herself, she knows first hand just how important it is to earn your loyalty and trust, so that you have a professional photographer that you can count on.  One of the most rewarding aspects of her career is watching those babies grow!

Health and Safety-

Our professional studio, established in 1999, is warm, cozy, and clean.  The health and safety of your child is our number one priority.


More comfortable in your own environment?  We also offer in-home lifestyle photography services, if you find that more convenient.  Siblings and families are always welcome to join in on the fun, with no extra fees to participate.


During your complimentary clothing and style consult we will show you all the props, backgrounds, and wardrobe options we have available for you to use.  We do as much as the leg-work as possible, so you don't have to.  This can include personal shopping, coordinating clothing options, or finding specialty props. We never want your portraits to look like anyone else's, so we custom design your session from the ground up, based on your personal style and preferences.

Promise of quality-

We want you to LOVE your portraits, and will do whatever necessary to make sure that happens.  Ensuring your complete satisfaction is always our goal.

Easier Decisions-

With our specialty software, we have the ability to show you what your portraits look like on YOUR walls before you ever purchase them.  With just a tiny bit of "homework" you can ensure you choose the most appropriately sized wall portraits for your space.  We never leave you to try to sort through bunches of un-retouched files, struggling to find the "best of".  We will help you make the best choices possible with our fun shopping experience during your Reveal and Order Session.  In home design consults are also available.

Frame Installation-

No hammer and nail necessary!  With the purchase of framed wall art, we will send out a professional installer to hang the portraits on your wall, ensuring everything is level and spaced evenly.  No more "honey-do's" that may or may not actually get done.

Full Service, Finished Products-

Be honest, how many incredible and amazing memories do you have hanging out on your phone or online?  Probably too many to count!  Too many files and not enough time in the day equals memories that may, or may not, be readily accessible in the future.  Digital media is where memories go to die.  We make sure that you have physical prints to touch, hold, and feel... Memories that you can pass on for generations to come.  Busy moms love Cherished Images because we help to take tedious tasks off of their plates.  Yay for checking things off of the never ending to-do lists!

Professional Retouching-

Babies have tender skin that is subject to flaking, scratching, and temporary imperfections.  Every image you order is professionally retouched with the utmost care, to make sure your baby is as "perfect" (without looking plastic- LOL!) as you remember.  And mom, if you're in the picture, isn't it always appreciated knowing that blemishes, stray hairs, tired eyes, and muffin tops can be camouflaged?  You will still look like "you", just you on your very best day!

Sharable Social Media Files-

We know that sharing your joy with friends and family is super important, so we include a complimentary sharable social media file from any image you purchase a retouched print from.

Extensive Archiving-

Although we only "guarantee" to hold images for 90 days, currently we have years and years of our clients memories in storage... just in case.  We aim to be a Memory Keeper studio.  Over the years we've helped numerous clients retrieve images that would have been otherwise lost due to flooding, fires, and even spilled orange juice that seeped into table top frames.  So even though we can't make promises we aren't able to keep should an unforeseen circumstance, we do promise to do our very best to make sure your memories are stored, both on and off site, should the need ever arise.

Year to Cherish-

Both our favorite program and the very best value we offer.  Our Year to Cherish Portrait Milestone Program is AMAZING!  We capture all the major milestones during baby's first year.  Sleepy newborn, 4 month smiles, sitting up at 8 months, and of course, the classic 1 year standing and cake smash pictures!  Wow what a journey, and we make sure that even the busiest of moms gets to remember them for now and for always.  Check out more details HERE.

It's our privilege to have photographed hundreds of newborns over the years, and even more of a privilege when they come back with their own little ones!  That's what being "Your Family Photographer for Life" really means.  We'd love the opportunity to work with you and your growing family.

Call the studio at 208-331-2288 to schedule a complementary consultation to find out if Cherished Images is a good fit for you and your family.




Winter Wonderland Portrait Sessions

Do you wanna build a snowman?  (No snow or frozen fingers required!)

Winter Wonderland Magical Snowman Sessions are designed to capture some of your very favorite cold weather memories.

From the creators of The Boise Santa Experience, Cherished Images at The 8th Street Studio brings you a magical new way to experience winter fun, any time of year!

  1. Initial captures are photographed against a plain background in the comfort of our warm and cozy studio.
  2. Award-winning artists will digitally handcraft an extra special surprise by adding the snowman and other winter elements.
  3. You get an heirloom quality wall portrait to be treasured for years to come.

Mom and child playing in snow

Playtime = Quality Time!

Children and families alike will enjoy these super fun and interactive sessions.

With a little planning, and a lot of imagination, you can have memories that warm your heart!

Not creative?  No worries!  We have all the imagination that you need.  We're here to help you every step of the way.

Cherished Images offers an exclusive promise of quality on every piece of art produced.

We know you will LOVE it!

Due to the custom nature of the photography and the extensive digital artwork required, a retainer towards your wall portrait is required when reserving your session.

Framing, albums, gift portraits, and custom greeting cards are also available, as accessories to your custom painting.

P.S. Do you already have a digital image that you think would be perfect for this project?  We'd be happy to look at it and discuss the possibilities!

Schedule your very own Winter Wonderland Magical Session and artist commission by calling the studio at 208-331-2288.



Rainbow Baby Newborn Portraits- Celebrate!

Every birth is a miraculous journey.

Beginning from nearly nothing and then transforming into a living, breathing human being?!

The gift of new life is incredible!

However, some birth stories are a little more unusual than others…

Such is the case for this little babe...

He is a Rainbow Baby!

Rainbow Baby Newborn Portrait

If you don’t know what a “rainbow baby” is, check out THIS LINK that explains in detail.

If everything would have panned out, this baby would have had at least 4 siblings by now.  Yet this was not in the cards for his adoring parents, who tried again and again, without success.

After a few miscarriages, uncompleted fertility treatments, an unsuccessful attempt by a surrogate- finally a hero arose!  Another surrogate from the agency offered to give it one last try… and it worked!!

A miracle happened!  These parents were blessed with not only a wonderful relationship with the surrogate but a beautiful baby boy!!  A Rainbow Baby!

This couple and his doting grandparents live in Northern California and traveled back and forth to Boise, Idaho during the pregnancy.  There were no limits to what they wouldn’t do for this little one, even before he was born!

They came across the Cherished Images newborn photography website, and after an initial consultation, we all knew it was meant to be.  I would have the privilege to document this extra-special part of their lives!

It was such an honor to be part of their amazing journey! Creating something extraordinary for them, became my top priority!

Looking to pay homage to both their Indian descent and the road they’ve walked thus far, I scoured the internet for inspiration.  Leaving a bit disappointed, I found a lot of "the same" reused ideas.  The artist in me wanted more...

So, I started visiting local craft stores and came up with a concept that required only a little bit of tissue paper and a wire hanger.  The elephant I found was a huge bonus, as I thought it might be fun to have him “blowing” a rainbow heart from his trunk.

Success! They loved the concept, and this portrait will be forever adorning their walls as a large canvas heirloom print!  A reminder of just how far they’ve come.

Going above and beyond to make EVERY newborn photoshoot different from the one before, this one will forever be unforgettable!

With just a bit of legwork, some creative thinking, and a beautiful precious newborn, I am left smiling as the legacy of their story will live on!

Cherished Images prides itself in capturing the JOY of each family’s journey with luxury portrait art- meticulously crafted by our professional photographers and master-level artists.

We LOVE what we do!

Here’s to celebrating ALL of the Rainbow Babies out there!  The miracles, the moments, each cherished detail- we’re here to create for YOU!

If you're expecting a rainbow baby of your own, we'd love to create a meaningful masterpiece designed exclusively with YOUR story in mind.

Click here for more information or call 208-331-2288 so we can chat more!

Precious now, Priceless Later… Photography by Cherished Images in downtown Boise is anything, but ordinary.

Always and Forever-

Kelly Zimmerman

Cherished Images at The 8th Street Studio - Boise, Idaho

5 Reasons Why You Should Do Summer Family Portraits In Boise

It is time for summer family portraits!

Face it, there is always a great time to do a family portrait, however, summertime offers some unique and wonderful opportunities here in Idaho for summer family portraits!  Here just a shortlist of great reasons to plan your family portrait session now!

1) Boise is Beautiful!

Lush greenery takes the place of all the spring flowers, however, if you have your heart set on flowers, they can still be found! Cherished Images knows how to scout the perfect location for your custom family portrait session!

2) More Predictable Weather-

Yes, sometimes the phrase, “If you don’t like the weather, just wait a few minutes!” still applies during the summer months, but it’s much more consistent this time of year than most others. Golden hour can be especially magical for those perfect family memories of the long, but fleeting days, that summer has to offer.

3) No School!

(Eek! No school?!) But as most parents understand, it’s one less thing to have to try to schedule your family photos around.

4) Summer Color-

With all of the amazing locations to be found, Idaho offers some spectacular recreational outings! Whether by the river, the pool, the golf course, or the trails, our lightly sun-kissed skin can be a fond memory of our adventures! Sunscreen up, but if you’re enjoying Idaho outdoors, that vitamin D will surely filter through just a bit.  Almost everyone enjoys the way they look when they’ve had just a little touch of sun.

5) Visiting Family!

If you haven’t gone out of town to visit them, maybe they’ll come to see you?!  And if that’s the case, don’t miss the opportunity to schedule an extended family photoshoot while your loved ones are all together!

Children spell love TIME clock graphic

BONUS: Memories and Entertainment-

Children spell “love” T-I-M-E, and time spent hanging out and laughing with their families is a common side effect of a FUN family session with our photographers!  Most kids find the portrait experience one they truly enjoy and have fond memories of.  Why not check something off of the to-do list AND have a great time doing it?!

Click here for more information on Family Portraits at Cherished Images!  Call Cherished Images Fine Art Portrait Photography at The 8th Street Studio to schedule your summer family portrait adventure with one of our award-winning photographers.  208-331-2288

8 reasons why you shouldn't wait to do your fall family portraits...

Thinking about a fall family portrait?  Autumn in Idaho presents some wonderful opportunities for great memories, however, the fall colors are only here for a limited time!  Despite all the doom and gloom that 2020 has brought, fall reminds us of how beautiful our world is and also provides a stunning backdrop for a family portrait session with Cherished Images.

After everything that everyone has been through this year, aren't you ready for "normal" again?!

Here are 8 great reasons to schedule your family portrait this year:

  1.  Having family pictures taken in the Fall is a "normal" event!  Taking the time to invest in a family portrait has always been important.  Time marches on, kids are still growing, and let's face it, we're not getting any younger. Despite how it feels, COVID didn't push the pause button on LIFE.   There is no better time to get that family portrait taken than now!
  2. Fall in the Boise Valley is beautiful and it's a perfect time to photograph your family!  Boise is the City of Trees after all!
  3. When you view your new portrait, you won't remember how hard 2020 was, you'll remember the memories you made.  You'll see everyone together, and happy.  Every day your portraits will remind you about how important your family is to you, what could be more important than that?
  4. We make it easy!  Enjoy our complimentary clothing consultations, location scouting, and customizing of all of our portrait sessions.  You don't have to worry about the details, we help you with all of that!  We can even offer optional hair and makeup services in the studio, for your added convenience.
  5. Lifetime guarantee of your wall portrait!  Yes, you read that right... we have rolled out 3 new archival print options, a canvas, and two different fine art papers that you will love!  All 3 options will last up to 200 years when properly cared for.  The vivid colors and detail will be noticeable at first glance and your wall art will adorn your home or office in ways few other prints can.  When you use our custom framing service, if anything happens to the print, bring it back and we'll replace it a no charge to you.
  6. New frame selection!  We have a newly curated selection of specialty frames to suit your unique style.  Whether you prefer vintage, modern, timeless & classic, shabby chic or eclectic...we have a frame just for you!  Choose from our selection of hand-picked mats, frame liners, fillets, and glass options to complete your vision for your decor.  Put your hammer and nails away!  As a bonus, we'll come out and hang your wall art in your home.  Why hassle hanging your own portraits when we can do it for you?  Did I mention that a lifetime guarantee comes with our framed archival prints?
  7. We have implemented a number of protocols in the studio to help ensure your health and safety.  At The 8th Street Studio, we work exclusively by appointment. This gives us the advantage of being able to socially distance and still provide the 5-star service that you have come to enjoy.  We routinely sanitize the studio and monitor the health of our staff to ensure that you will have a comfortable and safe experience with us.
  8. We miss you!  If we haven't seen you in a while, we miss you!  Our clients become like family to us, please reach out and let us know how you're doing! Our thoughts and prayers are with you!   ~Kelly and Phil

The time is now to schedule your portrait session...

Fall is here for a limited time only!  Don't let the events of the past 7 months cloud the joy that your family brings to you every day.  Now is the time to book your session!  Call the studio at 208-331-2288

Phil White M.Photog, CPP is an award-winning photographer and artist at Cherished Images Fine Art Portrait Photography.  Phil can be reached at 208-331-2288 or