The portraits I take look for the place where our soul connects with the numinous. Working in nature, or in a location that is filled with spirit and story, my subject and I reach into the liminal space where anything is possible, and work from there. I always hope to achieve a sort of magic realism - a feeling that something mysterious is happening in the frame or just beyond it. Often there really is something almost supernatural occurring. It is a great privilege to witness it.

Cynthia August is a magic realist fine art portrait artist and the creative force behind Lux et Umbra Art. Her emotional, light-filled portraits are taken in nature. She is available for commissions and she also frequently runs workshops and retreats that feature mini-sessions. Find more of her work at

Portrait Photography

Transformative Portrait Rituals

Ex Animo Portrait Experiences

Retreats and Workshops

Cynthia's Events


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