The Santa Experience - Professional Pictures with Santa in Boise!!

We are SO excited to announce that we finally got around to gathering some of the very favorite moments and memories from last year's Santa Experience into one really sweet 2 minute video. You can find the video below and then make sure to check out the website TheSantaExperience to get more information as to how to book your appointment for our 2019 event. November 9th, 2019 is the date and this event is exclusively by appointment. This Difference Maker Event sells out every year and we have only 3 time slots still available as of today, however we are starting a waiting list for a potential evening event happening the week after the 9th. If we get enough interest we will add one more day! Fingers crossed! Ronald McDonald House of Boise is once again going to benefit from your support, so check out the new video and see exactly why so many moms chose to create lifetime storybook memories for their children from one of Boise's best photographers at Cherished Images Fine Art Portrait Photography located in The 8th Street Studio.

Cherished Images ** 20th CELEBRATION Party ** Date Announced!


Cherished Images Fine Art Portrait Photography at The 8th Street Studio in Boise, Idaho is turning 20!!

You're INVITED!!

A little party never killed nobody- so let's kick our heels up and party like it's 1922- Cherished Images style!!

What: Our Roaring 20 Year Celebration Party!

When: October 3, 2019 - First Thursday in October -

Time: 5pm-9pm

Where: The 8th Street Studio 521 S. 8th Street, Boise, ID 83702 - Downtown Boise

Details: This Roaring 20's themed party is family friendly. Dress up is encouraged, but not required. Call the studio at 208-331-2288 for more info!

Whimsy - FUN - Memories Galore

Happy Birthday to one of the best photography studios in Boise!

We're not old... just experienced! ;) And we're gonna show off a bit - so we need an audience! Come join us!

1999 - 2019... and still going strong!

Time flies when you're having fun! Don't miss this one!!


Destination Sessions Available - McCall - Labor Day 2019

Cherished Images Photography will be in McCall, Idaho over the Labor Day Holiday photographing family portraits!

LOCATION: McCall, Idaho

DATES: August 31st - September 4th, 2019

Children and professional pet portraits, as well as High School Senior Portraits are also available.


High School Senior Girl by lake in McCall Idaho

Family Portrait with beautiful flowers in McCall, Idaho by Boise Photographer, Cherished Images


We LOVE traveling, and Destination Photography is one of our favorite ways to do it!

Call Cherished Images at The 8th Street Studio for scheduling and availability 208-331-2288

Make summer last forever at one of Boise's favorite vacation spots!

Cherished Images Celebrates 20 years!!

Cherished Images Fine Art Portrait Photography is celebrating our 20th Anniversary! Happy Birthday Cherished Images! 1999-2019… Where has the time gone? What a journey!


Family Photography isn't always about good times, but about real life relationships...

The news nobody WANTS to get...

Beautiful Maternity Portrait by Boise Baby Photographer Cherished Images


I just got the news today that a client of mine lost a baby.


Her Reveal And Order Appointment to view the images from her maternity session was scheduled for a few days ago, but when Phil greeted her at the door of the studio she was frantic and on the verge of tears. She quickly and politely explained that she had to go “right now” to the hospital. We didn’t exactly know what was wrong, and most certainly didn’t want to pry, but even from the back office, I knew… something wasn’t right.


I reached out yesterday with a text, explaining that I didn’t even need a reply, but I wanted to just let her know that I was thinking of her. I’m not sure how I knew, but my gut knew something was wrong.  And then this morning, I got a text confirming the worst.


They had lost the baby. She had to have a C-section, so they are still in the hospital. They never even got to view their maternity portraits.


Maybe it was for the best, as the pictures are simply stunning.  The love that I felt from that couple, the moment they arrived, I just knew they were going to be great parents. The images captured so much emotion, so much feeling, so much joy… all to have it ripped away from them. One can’t help to feel as if they have been cheated out of a tomorrow, never to be.


My heart just aches for them.


Over the 20 years I’ve been a professional newborn photographer, I have certainly seen my fair share of untimely deaths. Yet each one hits me just about the same. It never gets any easier. Even as an outsider, sometimes meeting people only a handful of times before getting the fateful news… It’s still painfully hard.


I want so badly to do something. So badly to help. In ANY way that I possibly can.Modern couple holding a pair of baby shoes


At times- as photographers -we can... providing images for the funeral as lasting memories of a living soul that they can never get back. And then sometimes- we feel helpless.


If it hurts this bad, as an outsider, oh how I hurt that much more knowing what they must be feeling. The grief, the confusion, the anger, the heartbreak… the untold story…


Years ago, I had a client who lost a baby at 38 weeks. His name was Max. I didn’t meet her until she was pregnant with her “second” child- A Rainbow Baby. She didn’t do maternity pictures the first time around, and she had regretted it, so it was really important to photograph her second pregnancy, then the newborn photos, and then the Year to Cherish program… and then her “third” child and all through those early years. Those kiddos are 10 and 7 now. Max would have been about 12- the same age as my son.


Today, this client is one of my very best friends who I cherish dearly. Her story touched my heart, and then “her story” became “our story”.

Our children are close, we’ve done playdates and swim parties, even Disneyland. But my personal favorite that I’ve come to look forward to most… a holiday tradition of getting the kids together every Christmas to bake and decorate sugar cookies. That family has changed my life in a wonderful way.

Sugar cookies have now become a Christmas tradition


Out of tragedy something good was born. A beautiful friendship.


So, after hearing the news this morning, with my heart very heavy, I offer to them the only thing that I have to offer... HOPE, prayers for peace, blessings for new beginnings, and then… well, who knows what exactly the future holds. But I am here. I am listening. I am praying. And when, and if, they chose to have their own Rainbow Baby, I will give them the very best I have to offer... the gift of capturing precious moments in time, each unique, some bittersweet, but all treasured and cherished.


A visual storyline of whatever part of their journey they chose to allow me the privilege to be part of.


As a family photographer, our business is all about relationships, and in any relationship, it means taking the good with the bad. Today, the news is bad… but I have faith that each passing day will bring new light for a better future.


Blessings for tomorrow. HOPE for today. One day at a time.


I’m here…



Celebration of Smiles 2018- SAVE THE DATE!

Celebration of Smiles- A Difference Maker Charity Photography Event- Details Announced!


This year's annual Difference Maker Event, Celebration of Smiles, will be formatted differently this time around! So pay close attention to the details spelled out below!

**Please NOTE: If you have participated in the past... There are NO appointments necessary this year and the event will be held offsite, not at the studio, we will be setting up our mobile studio at the address below. All you have to do is show up! :)**

What is it? Celebration of Smiles is an annual event sponsored by Professional Photographers of America as a collaborative effort to benefit Operation Smiles, a charity that is able to perform cleft palette surgeries to children in need. Our photography studio, Cherished Images at The 8th Street Studio participates every year because we believe that EVERYONE CAN BE A DIFFERENCE MAKER!! For every 10 smiles that we photograph (or for every $240 donation that we receive) Operation Smile is able to perform a life changing surgery!

Who can participate? Anyone! In this fast paced, appointment free environment, we photograph a headshot of just about anyone! We do request that babies be able to sit fully on their own, and that any pet that participates is mild mannered. We are looking for a bright and beautiful close up image, focusing on what we want to give back to others... a smile!

When is it? Saturday, April 7th, 2018 from 10am-2pm, 1st come, first served! NO APPOINTMENTS NECESSARY!

Where is it held? This year we have a gracious host we are working with at Bauter Dentistry Aesthetics, which is conveniently located in Boise at 210 W. Mallard Dr. Boise, ID 83706

How much does it cost? For a minimum donation of at least $24, you will receive a complimentary, individual, head shot session and a desk-sized print that we will gift to you!  ALL donations will go directly to PPA Charities to benefit Operation Smile.

What should I wear? Clothing should be primarily on the simple side of things, avoiding lots of bold patterns, stripes, or logos. Longer sleeves are usually recommended for anyone over the age of 12, and because these are close up images- you can relax- Phew! Bottoms and shoes aren't too much to worry about! Colors that are solid, neutral and flattering tend to make for the most timeless portraits.

When will my portraits be ready? It will take approximately 2-4 weeks to process and package your portrait, at which time we will call you to arrange an appointment time to either pick it up at the studio, or for $4.25 we can package at ship it to your home.

May I purchase more prints? Of course! When you pick up your portrait, an order form will be enclosed, that entitles you to special event pricing, should you need any additional copies of the portrait you receive.

Do I get my file? We are a full service, finished product studio, and we believe fully in the value of professionally printed portraits, we also understand that everyone loves to share! Therefore, a watermarked web file can be posted, by request, if you purchase any of our special edition event packages.

Anything else we should know? Yes, these are quick sessions, and due to the limited nature and availability, we will only be photographing individual, close up images during this event. As much as we LOVE to get creative with full body images and family group portraits, space and time dictate that that kind of fun will have to be saved for custom sessions scheduled at a later date. Think of these sessions as really, REALLY good, school type photos.

Are we going to get a good picture from a quick session? As professionals, photographing for over 20 years now, we are very well seasoned and will do everything possible to ensure you get the best quality available to you. And as with everything that Cherished Images does, satisfaction is always guaranteed, for any situation that we personally have control over. 2 year olds melting down in a puddle on the floor, and dogs that only want to chase squirrels will be given 100% effort and a promise to do the very best we can ;)

Still have questions? Please call us at the studio at 208-331-2288 and we will answer any additional questions you may have!


**New** The Santa Experience Video Posted!!

The Santa Experience By Cherished Images is BOOKING NOW!!

When: November 11th, 2017, limited appointments available

Where: Santa's Vintage Inspired Toy Workshop at The 8th Street Studio in Boise, Idaho

Who: Children of all ages! Kids between ages 3-9 enjoy the most magical experiences, however Santa loves babies, dogs, and even older siblings who are well past the age of "magic" have been caught rolling on the floor laughing by Santa's bantering and witty humor. We even have ways of working with the young toddler who is easily frightened or won't sit still for anything! Working with experienced staff leads to the best possible outcome, even when the subjects aren't necessarily on their "best behavior"... Santa doesn't put anyone of the Naught List here ;)

What: The Santa Experience is a completely personalized and interactive journey! Your child is greeted by Mrs. Claus and lead into Santa's workshop where they can explore the floor to ceiling holiday toys and surroundings and then be shown how they can call Santa in for a visit with the shake of the magical bells from his sleigh. After Santa arrives they spend time talking, playing, asking questions or hearing stories, in this child directed meet and greet, all while our nationally award winning professional photographers capture the wide eyed looks of wonder and joy throughout their custom experience. After waves and hugs goodbye to Santa, Mrs. Claus presents them with special treats right from her very own kitchen that leave them licking their lips, as they smile, with heart warming tales that will be treasured forever.

Why: Because making childhood memories that they will cherish for a lifetime is priceless! (And YOU get to remember it with some of the best Christmas Cards and speciality Holiday Wall Art, EVER!!) Parents have told us on numerous occasions that they aren't sure who had more fun, them or the kids :)

The Charity: This is a Difference Maker Charity Event that helps to benefit The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Idaho. Each participant who brings in a new, unwrapped toy or gift card (valued at $25 or more) will receive an exclusive custom ornament from their session.  The gifts will be presented to The Ronald McDonald House for their own "Santa's Workshop" event and help touch the lives of many families.

How: Call Cherished Images Fine Art Portrait Photography at 208-331-2288 for more details and booking opportunities!



Press Release Kelly Zimmerman Photographer of the Year for the state of Idaho

Kelly Zimmerman was named Boise's best photographer by bringing home top honors during Professional Photographers of Idaho Event

Boise, Idaho.—August 2, 2017—Cherished Images Fine Art Portrait Photography located in The 8th Street Studio, is proud to announce a remarkable showing by the company’s owner, Photographer Kelly Zimmerman. This past year, during the Professional Photographers of Idaho annual convention and state print competition Zimmerman exceeded expectations by winning 3 judges choice awards, Idaho Photographer’s Choice, Court of Honor, Best of Show, and ultimately earned the title of-




Kelly didn’t stop there, her images also went on to compete at Western Districts and took The Sunset Print Award by LexJet and from there, on to the International Print Competition held by Professional Photographers of America, where 2 of her images were chosen for the exclusive Loan Collection to be represented in a professional showcase next to some of the “best of the best”.


This phenomenal showing qualifies Kelly for further recognitions and sets a precedence that Idaho has some of the Nations Top Photographers.


Kelly was modest and almost teary eyed when accepting her awards. “I feel everyone did an excellent job, I am truly honored. By working together we can accomplish even more”.


Established in 1999, Cherished Images is now one of the longest standing professional photography studios in the Treasure Valley. Kelly Zimmerman, with the help of fellow Master Photographer, Phil White of CsiPhotoDesign, operate The 8th Street Studio, a full service photography studio where nationally award winning artists preserve moments in time, as memories, for generations to come. Standing for both quality service and integrity, Kelly is a remarkable example of a true entrepreneurial spirit and continues to demonstrate another success story for women in today’s business world.

Dog Days Of Summer- Charity Photography Event- Keep Your Eyes Posted For 2018 Dates!


Fill a Bowl... Be a Difference Maker.  Thanks to all who participated in our 2017 event!!

What: The Dog Days of Summer Limited Edition Difference Maker Photography Event

Where: Cherished Images Fine Art Portrait Photography, inside The 8th Street Studio

When: select dates during the month of July

Who: Your dog, cat, lizard, rabbit (anything with 4 legs) really...

Benefitting: Idaho Humane Society Pet Pantry

Cost: $50- and a bag of dry pet food (which should be valued at a minimum of $25 and will be donated to The Idaho Humane Society)

You Get: a 10-15 minute pet portrait session of your favorite pet AND a 5x7 print of your favorite image... and access to Limited Edition Exclusive Packages!

How: Call to schedule your appointment (208)331-2288 or ask any questions!

Dog Days Of Summer Photography Event Details

Be a Difference Maker.


May Flowers- Limited Edition Portrait Event Booking Now!


At The 8th Street Studio, we are all about Fun... and memories... and FUN!  And what could be more FUN?! Your child + their ART = FUN for them, special keepsake for you! (Oh... and grandma too!  Yes, Nana needs one of these!)

Session includes: Individual Painting Experience for each child, 12 Note Cards with envelopes & portrait credit! $129- spaces are limited.

**Call Cherished Images Fine Art Portrait Photography at The 8th Street Studio to schedule your appointment today!! 208-331-2288**Cherished_Images_Photography_May_Flowers_3 Cherished_Images_Photography_May_Flowers_2 Cherished_Images_Photography_May_Flowers_1

**Call Cherished Images Fine Art Portrait Photography at The 8th Street Studio to schedule your appointment today!! 208-331-2288**