Poetic Storytelling

Hi, my name is Cindy and my heart has always been held by the history that photos tell, the memories they keep and the journeys they can take us on. They tell our story. They tell of bonds that span a lifetime of love, struggle, heartache, joy and memories. It's all those moments when tied together that tell the story of our lives. It's the thought of letting those moments slip by without documenting them that inspires me capture the poetry of your story in a beautiful and authentic way.

I am a natural light emotive family and child photographer (visual storyteller) located in Sacramento CA. My true north is family photography and giving families an amazing experience filled with tender moments, fun, & adventure in stunning locations both near and far. I am a photographer for families full of wanderlust and heart. Mama’s looking to capture their family’s story in an authentic and raw way. Real moments, not posed. There are two things that truly feed my soul; family and the peace, beauty, and harmony of nature, and by combining them both we can weave beautiful photographs that tell a story full of heart and connection. I would love the opportunity to be your storyteller. It would truly be an honor.

Words of Kindness from Happy Clients

Cindy, I am in tears, these are soooo beautiful! Thank you for creating such magic for us... and that spot - just WOW! Our session was breathtaking. Thank you, thank you, thank you! You are so incredibly talented and we had such a wonderful time!

Brittney Norris

Love, Love, Love the photo!! And OMG... I am in tears, I absolutely love the video!! It’s perfect and I will cherish these memories. So thankful for Cindy, she captured all our chaos and love beautifully. I know I will miss this & I know how fast time goes and I never want to forget the crazy rock jumps and sandy feet!

Vanessa Olsen

OMG Cindy!!! They are Fabulous!!!!! Tears are streaming because there are so many that are so beautiful.

Samantha Teutsch Bristol

Such a unique and wonderful experience! Even before we had the photo shoot I was helped in creating these beautiful moments. I loved the guidance in picking outfits, the research of a gorgeous location and her willingness to work with my crazy family of 5 young children. I’m pretty sure this is the first time my kids had fun at a photo shoot.

I’m not sure how she did it, but Cindy captured my family so well. She created works of art that I will cherish forever!

Stacy McEwan

Cindy, I just got the first glimpse of our gallery I am in tears. You captured my new little family so beautifully. - Cindy made our photoshoot so comfortable and enjoyable even with a “quarantine” photoshoot. She made our session so effortless & fun that we were able to relax and be ourselves. My husband doesn’t always enjoy taking photos and after our session, he said that he had a really good time! We were able to just enjoy spending time together and Cindy caught some natural moments that were so special. Nothing was forced or posed and because of that, the photos really capture “us” and feel so real. The photos she took are some that I’ll cherish forever.

Jillian Yagel

OMG! Cindy, I am in tears. The photos are so beautiful and perfectly timed. It was so nice just to have a reason to get dressed up and so wonderful to have something to look forward to. I love the way they came out. I love that they are in our home that we have worked so hard for, and I love that they are through the window and will truly document this unprecidented time in our lives. Thank you so so much! You are so talented and we can't wait to do another session with you!


Cindy did an absolutely amazing job capturing pictures of my family. I love how they were natural and fun and not your normal set positions. She helped us find a beautiful location to have our photos taken and was so patient with us. We met her when we received the photo session as a gift while my 2 yr old was going through cancer treatments. Along with her amazing portraits she has a special place in her heart and so generously did our photos for us. We love seeing them on our walls daily, and our family loved receiving them as well!

Leah Tirado

Thank you so much for providing such a beautiful session for my daughter Leah, my son in law and their babies. 

 Diana Guldelach

THANK YOU! It was an amazing day yesterday. Thank you so much for capturing my daughter's beautiful spirit.

Mariah Ernst

Cindy is absolutely amazing. Each time she has taken photos for us, she has tailored the sessions to what my kids like and their personality. She is patient and there is thought that goes into each photo. She goes the extra mile to get the most beautiful locations. The experience from the day will be as meaningful as the photos that capture that moment. Thank you Cindy for finding the beauty in each and every person you work with. Thank you for giving a something that will last forever. ❤️

Traci Aoki

“The Facebook post you did made me cry. I am so glad you started taking pictures again. You are so talented and fun to work with”

Brandy Johnson

We’ve used Memory Box Photography at least once a year for the last three years. Cindy never lets us down. Her sessions are relaxing and fun, we never feel rushed or “posed”, she lets us enjoy our day together while taking photos, it’s really cool. I’m always so anxious to get our photos back and I am in love every time! Thank you Cindy!

Jacquie Kelly

We have used Cindy at Memory Box Photography 2 times for senior portraits and family portraits. On both occasions, Cindy really took my children's personalities and interests into account. She researched and suggested fun locations and she didn't mind traveling a few hours away from where we live to get just the right setting. She did an amazing job capturing the moment! She worked with some challenging weather conditions with grace and enthusiasm! The pictures turned out beautiful. The turn around times to see the proofs and to get final prints were very quick and reasonable. The pictures are beautifully displayed in amazing boxes that match each of my kid's style and personality . I highly recommend Cindy and Memory Box Photography. These pictures are a treasure to me and my family!!!

Jennifer Seifert

I’ve used Cindy two times, once for a branding session for my business and once for a multi generational family session. Cindy was always professional, fun and had great ideas for portraits. She found a way to include all 14 members for the family shoot ranging from infant to 80 years old and was very considerate of any mobility and safety issues. Both sessions were more fun that I ever thought possible, as I do not enjoy getting pictures taken. But Cindy knew exactly how to go me talking and laughing. The photos that resulted from both sessions were a dream come true. They captured the essence and intention of each session. I highly recommend Cindy and Memory Box Photography to anyone looking for incredible customer service and results.

Heather Woodhouse

If a Picture is worth a 1000 words, then just think of the STORY we can tell.

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Memory Box Photography - 916-834-7020 - mymbvp@gmail.com - Located in Sacramento CA

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