Spokane >Photographers > Cora's Portrait Studio
4208 S. Garfield, Spokane, WA | Directions 9920347.615376 -117.398122
Neighborhoods: Moran Prairie
My family's "official" photographer – As a busy mom of 3 daughters, I've been blessed to be able to have lots of photos made of my girls. We visited Cora for the first time about 10 years ago. Our photos were amazing! That is what initially made me come back. Since then, my family has fallen in love with both Cora's gift to capture the BEST shots, and with the artist herself! We have happiliy followed Cora through, now, 3 different locations of her studio.
She is the ON LY photographer who can ALWAYS get a great shot of all three of my girls - both in group shots, and individual shots. (And parents, you know that's not easy - someone is almost always looking off somewhere, or making a goofy face.) Cora has taken Christmas, Easter, Halloween, birthday, and everyday shots of my girls. She has photographed my family on several occasions, including taking my maternity shots of my third pregnancy. Cora also took great "professional" headshots of my husband for his use in his business and on his website. Cora is always open to hearing & understanding the kind of shots I'm imagining, and then going above and beyond!
Gift certificates to Cora's are one of my family's standard baby & wedding gifts.
Cora does have a BIG PERSONALITY, so my guess is that a person expecting a demure, quiet photographer, might be a bit taken aback by her. However, after all this time, the Cora I have come to know is not only an extremely gifted artist, but also has one of the biggest hearts, and most compassion of anyone I've met. She is just amazing. It makes me sad for the folks who wrote less favorable reviews, that did not allow themselves to see that sweetness.
Very Unprofessional Service – This was the third year we went to her for Easter pictures. When we arrived for our appointment and the people in front of us left... she began to talk about how gross the woman was who was just there and how she smelled. During our photoshoot I was trying to get my baby to smile and she kept telling me what I was doing was wrong the whole time (she was freaking my 6 mo daughter out and making her cry). Then when my daughter was finally hysterical I said lets take 5 minutes and I'll nurse her quickly to calm her down, Cora was okay with this, no one else was there. While I was nursing, the people who were coming called and said they were running a few minutes late and had gotten lost. She gets off the phone and starts "bitching" about how her house is easy to find (it is not) and that the people are obviously stupid and she is annoyed because they have FIVE kids. WOW. All this time... my two and four year old are playing with her teenage assistant have fun and laughing... back to pictures now. We take a few more and wrap it up. I went to pay her and and when I told her I just wanted to buy the one picture for now... because my baby hadn't been smiling... you should have seen the look of disgust on her face! She was obviously displeased. Sorry.... Im not spending $17+ on a sheet of pictures where my kids are not happy. So we are leaving and my friend is coming in right behind me to get her kids pics taken. After an hour she calls me and tells me that Cora proceeded to talk horribly about me and how awful my kids are.. TO MY FRIEND!! I have never been more disgusted or dissapointed with any service before. This lady was way out of line. I will never go back again. I had been loyal and even brought business to her... dang... I will take my own pictures from now on!! GO SOMEWHERE ELSE :(
Awesome Photographer! – Cora took our son's graduation pictures and recently took our daughter's graduation pictures. She made them feel so comfortable with her sense of humor that the shots are amazing! She strives for the best shot and genuine smile; and she gets them! She has such an eye for what looks best for the individual and makes sure all the little things are in place before she takes the shot (hair, clothes, is it flattering, etc.). We had so many wonderful photos it was really hard to choose! Since it was so hard to choose just one, she showed us some options and put together a beautiful collage for us and for the grandparents. Don’t have just anyone take your once in a lifetime pictures. I highly recommend Cora if you want pictures that you will always cherish. You'll be amazed at how photogenic you are when you have Cora taking your photos!
Amazing dedication and quality! – My family has been going to Cora as long as I can remember, and we've never been dissatisfied. She took my senior pictures and prom photos--and everyone in the prom photos got to see every shot she'd taken and had their pick of a number of really affordable packages. The reviewer who gives her only one star must not have been to the same photographer, as the Cora I've experienced is funny, and sets people of all kinds at ease. She has a stream of jokes, all targeted to her audience, and her humor is what really gets those real smiles from us.
I've been to Cora for Santa Christmas shots, and for those of us who have been regulars, Cora remembers our names and makes sure that "Santa" asks us questions that make us think he's really the one. (I know better now, of course, but as a child, Cora's Santas were always real) Everything is so thoughtfully put together, that even though she's a one woman show, the result is amazing. When I have kids someday, I'll be going to her.
PS It may be true that some kids don't like live rabbits, but I have to tell you, those rabbits make my sister's faces light up and Easter pictures really come to life. We've never had a problem, and I have allergies.
Great Photographer! – Cora is probably the best photographer I have ever used. Whether taking pictures of children or adults, she always gets a smile, and a genuine one at that. The pictures have always turned out amazing. We did senior pictures with her and there were so many amazing pictures it took forever to pick out which pictures we wanted to you use, and the subject vehemently declares himself to be non-photogenic. Cora's has great pictures, personality and especially price!
Best Photographer We Have Used – We have used Cora's portraits for all of our four children since the oldest, now 25, was just a small child. Our youngest two have had bunny shoots since infancy and we love them. We do Santa shoots, father's day shoots, have done senior portraits and family shoots. Never a disappointment in terms of the pictures or Cora's interactions with the children. Can't wait for the first wedding that we can call Cora for!
I will never go back....dont bother – We recently took my grandaughter to coras portrait studio. I do not think that I have ever been treated more rudely by a photographer EVER. She promised us a half hour when we were scheduled, we were asked to come early, when we did as we were asked, we were left standing outside (the door was locked) while she chatted on the phone...nice... She was using live rabbits. I asked her if they had had their shots, her reply was to ask me if my 14 month old granddaughter had had hers...WOW. I took that to mean that no they had not. Her website promises to work hard until she gets that shot. She had double booked and had people coming in both doors. My granddaughter was of course distracted as she does not have a private area for the photos. My granddaughter did not like the rabbits on her, I told this to Cora who replied rudely "I KNOW!!" That didnt stop her from trying to put it on her lap again a few minutes later, even though it scared my granddaughter to death. This whole time she has new customers coming in both doors asking where to get changed as she has over booked due to her Easter pictures. She spent about ten minutes trying to take the picture, this includes setting up the set and trying to get the rabbits to stay in the buckets. She took a whole whopping 3 pictures. She did not get a smile from my granddaughter and really didnt try if you ask me. She was more worried about getting to the 5 other customers milling around her waiting room. She did not deliver as she and her website promised. She also expected me to buy pictures without even seeing the shots. We did decide to buy at least 1 because it was too late to get an Easter picture any where else, when it came back of course it has a flaw in it. I bring this to her attention and she just tells me it is her hair bow, SHE WASNT wearing a hair bow. They did have it replaced, but when we tried to pick it up for 2 weeks, they were only opened for a couple of hours a day so couldnt get the pic for 2 weeks. Lets just say she was extremely rude, her picture did not deliver, and we will never be back. If I were you, I wouldnt even go in!
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