I'm Tamera Goldsmith, a portrait and wedding photographer based in Colorado Springs and serving the Front Range: the Springs, Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, Pueblo and the world. I specialize in wedding photojournalism and creative lifestyle portraiture, including maternity, babies, children, families and high school senior portraits. Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

The Babers

Today we're having a blizzard! The interstate's closed southward all the way to New Mexico and northward all the way to Wyoming. It's a good day to stay home and blog something. Last Saturday (December 16th) my neighbors Helen and Lloyd Baber asked me over to take some family pictures. I've always wanted to photograph the Babers because I love how Mr. Baber, who is 87 years old, sits on the porch all day with his straw hat and watches the cars go by. My house was built in 1958 and their house is a couple of years older than mine, and they've owned it since it was new. It's always as neat as a pin, inside and out. When I first bought my house nine years ago, Mrs. Baber was one of the first people to drop by and welcome me to the neighborhood. On picture day I walked over to their house and they had their daughter Judy and her husband, plus granddaughter Jessica and her husband and toddler ready and waiting. So it was a full house! They were all pretty committed to the idea of look-at-the-camera-and-smile type of portraits, and Owen (the 20 month old) was in a tetchy mood so it was a little challenging, but I'm always happy to oblige. You have to be patient with toddlers. They generally have no clue what's going on, so it's pointless to try and force them into cooperating. At one point they had me singing the "Witch Doctor" song to get Owen to laugh (you know, "oo ee, oo ah ah, ting tang, walla walla bing bang"). I'll do just about anything for my craft but I must say that's the first time I've ever had to SING for a picture! Unfortunately my singing seemed to make him cry rather than laugh! Oh well. I did manage to sneak in a few candid moments too, in between the posed stuff. Mr. and Mrs. Baber will celebrate their 60th (!!!) wedding anniversary in a few months and they wanted a portrait of just them in addition to the group shots. I took them outside onto the porch for that, since Mr. Baber likes it out there so much. It's not a very formal portrait but I think it's nice. It shows the love and affection they still have for each other after all these years. You can see the Christmas decorations behind Mrs. Baber's head. They such sweet neighbors. Maybe I'll run over there with a camera some other time soon and get some less posed stuff.

I love this picture of Owen. For some reason I find it hilarious.

Judy and her grandson.

Playing is such serious work.

Lloyd Baber and his great-grandson. There is an 85 year age difference on this couch!

I love taking pictures of people's stuff. Mr. Baber is a WWII vet. Here's his portrait along with Helen's, from years ago.

Some of Mr. Baber's military memorabilia and decorations he received during the war.


Sunday, December 17, 2006

Laura & Elliott

Whew I'm busy! Today is Sunday and I have an album to put together, but before I do that I'm going to blog another wedding. This is so much fun! On August 6th I had the great pleasure of shooting the wedding of Laura and Elliott. They hooked up in college about five years ago. Both of them are extremely tall and athletic: volleyball and basketball, and that was one of their common ties since they both were aggressively recruited by Colorado College for their talents. (Lest you assume they're dumb jocks, consider this: he majored in mathematics and she majored in chemistry, and academically-speaking, CC is not for wimps.) Laura is over 6' 3" with her shoes on, and El is at least 6' 4". I stand under 5' 4", so I had to get creative since shooting upward is not exactly the most flattering way to capture someone. I was standing on the bed, on the stairs, on chairs and on tiptoe for most of the day just trying to get the best angle on them! In addition to being super-tall and fit, they're both hilariously funny and warm and fun to be around. And they are madly, madly in love. I have shot more weddings than I can count, and I cannot say I've seen a couple more happy to tie the knot. They were ecstatic. In fact I was so happy for them that at the end of the day my face hurt from smiling so much. Congratulations Laura and El!

The vows and Elliott's ring

Mimosas: liquid courage, girl style
A tearful hug from Auntie right before the ceremony

Laura's dad has a cool vintage truck that he used to transport her to the church.

The official wedding portrait

Laura looking very glamorous and very happy!

A hug from Dad at the end of the very long aisle at Shove Memorial Chapel

The first dance. I think the look of happiness and contentment on Laura's face says it all.

I just love this picture! I don't know what was so funny but I'm glad I captured the moment.


Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Lindsay & Cale

I really want to blog my Europe pics, but since there are so many of them I still have to hold off until I'm caught up with other things. But I still felt like blogging something so I thought I'd resume where I left off a few weeks ago. I had been blogging my summer chronologically and unfortunately in October I just got so busy that I had to kind of let it drop for a while. Anyway, the week of August 5th through August 12th I shot FOUR weddings: in Littleton, Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs and Parker. Let's just say it was a hectic week! I had a lot of fun and grabbed some great moments. This is my August 5th wedding, Lindsay and Cale. They live in Durango, which (if you're not familiar with Colorado) is literally on the other side of the state, so everything was planned long distance with lots of help from Lindsay's mom in Littleton. The ceremony was at St. Thomas More Church in Littleton, and the reception was at the Heritage Eagle Bend Country Club in Aurora. It was over a year of intensive planning for them and the whole day was gorgeous and went off without a hitch!

P.S. Today is my birthday. Happy birthday to me!

Lindsay's little sister Amanda gave a very emotional toast.

I just had to get them out on the links for a couple of shots. We're lucky we didn't get brained but it was totally worth it, what a cute picture!
Lindsay has attended St. Thomas More Church since childhood. It was very important to her to be married here.
I think my favorite moment of every wedding is that little reality check just moments after the ceremony when everyone realizes, "We did it!" Hugs and joyful tears usually follow. Just look at the relief and excitement on Lindsay's face!
Look at those eyes! Wow!
A tender little moment. They chose not to see each other before the ceremony, so the portrait session was their first real time alone.
If I'm patient and I wait around, I'm usually rewarded with a kiss during dinner.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Bon jour!

I went to Europe from November 2nd through the 11th and every single last person I know has been bugging me to see the pictures I took! Sorry guys, but for now you're just going to have to make do with this one because I came home with over 1200 pictures taken. (1196 digital images and one roll of good old-fashioned TMax, which I will take great pleasure in developing by hand. When I get around to it.) Anyway, my first obligation is to my clients, so dealing with those Europe pictures will have to wait a little bit longer... in a couple of weeks I should be all caught up and then I'll be able to start blogging all the cool things I saw in England in France. I will also continue blogging some of the pictures I took this summer -- weddings and portraits. 'Til then, cheerio! CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE POST.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Emily & Ramiro

I had a couple of weeks off from weddings during the middle of July, whew! Then on the 23rd I photographed la boda de Ramiro y Emily. She's from here and he's from Mexico and they are very, very cute! Since Ramiro's family couldn't make it to the wedding, these pictures are especially important. Emily walked up the aisle to the strains of latin guitar in honor of Ramiro's heritage. I thought that was pretty cool! Although it was a small wedding, poor Ramiro was so nervous I thought I was going to have to give him a paper bag to breathe into! But it all came off beautifully, nerves notwithstanding. Oh, and they had some seriously cute flower girls.


Thursday, October 19, 2006

Alex & Melissa

July 13th was a Thursday, and my third wedding in six days. You'd think that I would have been really worn out and unmotivated, but actually I was stoked to work with Melissa and Alex, I just like them so much! She's from a tiny farm town in Nebraska, and he's from southern California: yes, country girl meets surfer dude. They've actually been together for over nine years, so when someone wrote "at last" in their guest book I had to get a picture of it. Melissa's "something borrowed" was an antique, hand-embroidered hanky that had belonged to her grandmother. I thought it was a sweet gesture in honor of Grandma. This was a fun, relaxed family get together. Great food, great company, great party. I had a lot of fun.


Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Jennifer & Brandon

It's not often that I have a wedding at 10:00am on a Monday, but June 10th is a special date for Jennifer and Brandon. They were high school sweethearts and now they're in their early/mid-twenties -- to me they look so young, but maybe it's just me feeling old! St. Mary's Cathedral in downtown Colorado Springs is a beautiful church to be married in. I love the pink groin-vaulted ceiling and the antique devotional statuary. The reception at the Sheraton featured brunchy food, yum. Jennifer is a full time nanny to two autistic boys who happen to be twins. The funniest part of the day was when, in the most solemn part of the ceremony, one of Jennifer's charges firmly announced from the peanut gallery that he did not want tater tots for lunch. The sweetest part of the day had to be the father-daughter dance. Jennifer is a self-professed daddy's girl, and everyone got a little teary eyed to see them dance together. And then we all made it home in time for Oprah.

Jen and Brandon's first dance. They waited years for this!

Monday, October 16, 2006

Leanne & Jose Gabriel

July 8th turned out to be another multicultural wedding! Leanne met Jose in Venezuela on a mission, and they fell in love. Since she's from here, they decided to get married in Palmer Lake at the Pine Crest Event Center. It was rainy but we worked with the weather instead of against it -- I think rain is romantic! Since Leanne was in Venezuela during the entire engagement period and her friend Jesse in Dallas designed and sewed the wedding gown, Leanne had her lone dress fitting in a bathroom at the Dallas airport during a layover on her flight home! The dress turned out perfect, so kudos to Jesse. And uh by the way, I must also mention that, umm, it turns out that Venezuelan guys are extremely handsome! And they smell so good! And such beautiful hair! Jose had the handsomest brothers and cousins and uncles and who knows what at this wedding! The only bad part was at the end, when I accidentally backed my car into a ditch in the dark when trying to leave. All these hunky guys had to come out and rescue me. So embarrassing! I swear I didn't do it on purpose.