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  • Cynthia August is a Portrait Photographer in Boston.

Environmental portrait of Janet and her cats displayed at Darkroom Gallery in Vermont

Environmental portrait of Janet and her cats displayed at Darkroom Gallery in Vermont


I’m pleased to say that one of my portraits has been selected to appear in a juried exhibit on environmental portraiture at Darkroom Gallery in Vermont. This is not the first time I’ve been honored to show at their space; a few years ago a photograph from my piece on farm-to-table was selected for an exhibit on food. Check that picture – with its impossibly blue sky – here.

It is extra pleasing to be chosen for the environmental portraiture exhibit, since so much of my work focuses on just that. I love this image of Janet, someone I have known for a while and have seen in all states of being. Here I captured some of the kinetic magic that she creates just by being in the room.

I’ve been busy, busy, busy! But a terrific honor like this one is worth stopping to be grateful for.

Thanks, Darkroom! Thanks, Janet!

AirYou know that awesome image of yourself that you held in your heart as a kid? The magic one. Yes, that one. I bet it just came into your head. The one where you were a superhero, or royalty, or a wild untameable spirit. Maybe a wolf. Or a butterfly. Or president. Remember the way it made you feel?

Where is that image now? Did it stay back there in your history, left behind like so many of the things we shed as we become adults, becoming dusty and clouded? Wouldn’t it be great if you could reach in to your soul and grab it back, clean it up and light it up and use it to show the way?

What if I told you that I believe you can, just by having your picture taken?

That vision of yourself is as much a part of you as anything else. And if it hasn’t disappeared, its yours to keep forever. It just might be the very thing you need. Okay, maybe not a *actual* picture of you in a cape fighting crime (although I’m down with that if its where you want to go) – but a photograph that represents all that confidence, optimism joy and power that is in your soul, displayed for the world to see and believe in too.

Sounds good to me.

So let’s take it, okay? That picture. Let’s do it. Relight that lamp. Get your Vision In Focus.



Updating website photographs helps keep the look fresh

Effective website photographs create excitement, grab attention and motivate potential customers. These unique sets of images are ideal for advertising, social media, websites, blogs, etc. They are an essential part of a marketing strategy – a set of high-quality, professional, eye-catching pictures that can be used at a moment’s notice.   From staff portraits, to architectural images, to still life shots, we do it all. When a business changes their storefront, or re-brands, or launches a new website or even a logo, taking new images to support the change is essential.

Website photographs in Boston

Love the motion and color at this lively salon

One of my most recent projects was a web gallery for Kenzo, a hip and sleek hair salon on Boston’s North Shore. Self described as chic and upbeat, it is all that and more – and an action-packed place! I spent a few wild days dodging scissors and blow dryers to document and celebrate their commitment to beauty.

Cynthia August Images Commercial Photography Boston

Literally dodging!

It always helps when your clients are fun, smart and creative. The energy of Kenzo (owned by master stylist Kenneth Romano) is bright and clean, colorful and cutting edge.  Creative direction on the shoots by super-skilled and mega-talented  Anne Damphousse-Feilteau of Stormship  made the pictures simply pop.


But the real magic came afterwards! As I mentioned above, these libraries are absolute gold for image building on websites or social media. The wizards at Stormship took my work and created a wonderful website that is as exciting as walking into the actual salon. Doesn’t this site make you want to have a makeover?

Website photographs for businesses in Boston

Scrolling images are fresh and interesting

A new set of website images is just like a new haircut – it gives you a fresh perspective and energizes the way you present yourself to the world. And makes you…dare I say it…a cut above?







Happy Halloween!

Boy, do I love a good scary story. It sharpens the senses and, especially in the Fall, makes me treasure the warmth and light of home.

Lately I’ve been looking for ways to marry my theatre past with my photography future. I want to take all that great theatricality I’ve learned and use it to create evocative, unusual and (hopefully!) breathtaking portrait and fashion photography. The search this month for inspiration led me to a couple of terrific places… A concert in Boston by the band Caspian (hop on over to their site and click on a sample – trust me, it is worth it) whose intensity and occasional cacophony totally rattled my bones. Then, a long meditation with some Pre-Raphaelite paintings really gave me a kick start to this project.

So, armed with tunes in my head and a storyline sketched out on an envelope, the photographer in me ventured out arm in arm with the theatre kid in me to try and spook you all a little.

Without further ado, Autumn Eternae. If you don’t know your Latin, that’s Eternal Autumn.


Fall Photography Fashion Portraits Boston


  • Richard Thomson - Beautiful pictures. Reminds me of Northern New England (about 450 miles north of you). It also sparks an interest in me. I have a wall in my living room that is blank and looking for the right decoration. When i saw your pictures, i got the vision of putting up smaller pictures showing various things that inspire me. Yours inspires a desire to be out in nature and feel each season as they come and they will go. Just as our lives ebb and flow, so do the seasons. Do you sell framed pictures?ReplyCancel

Every day

I walk. A lot.

In fact, everywhere I go with some regularity, I create and keep a route. I have one in Sunset Beach, North Carolina, and one in Chicago. I have one in Brooklyn and one in Boston. St. Louis. And of course, home.

The one at home is the most frequented, since I manage to take it at least 4-5 times a week when I’m around. In all weather, at any time of day or night. (I own snowshoes and enough personal illumination to make me a convincing parade float.)

But all the routes I’ve created over the years hold memories and emotions like a sponge, and each time I walk one I both experience the past and create another layer with the present.

The indigenous Australians have something wonderful called Songline or Dreaming Track, where the way across vast distances is understood by knowing a song that, when sung in the right sequence, recounts water-holes, landmarks, and other natural phenomena. Sometimes I feel like my daily walk orders my soul so I can move around easier.

I always bring my camera, because hey, I’m still a photographer. The path is a meditation, but also a gentle exercise in seeing – both within and without.

Here’s a few views.