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!

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas everyone!

It's been just wonderful. Today was so happy and relaxed! Some standout gifts included a book of crossword puzzles (which I really needed -- I find the crossword to be extremely relaxing), a beautiful piece of pottery by a local artist, and most exciting of all, horseback riding lessons! I hope you got everything on your list too.

Every year around Christmastime I try out a new cookie recipe and share the results with whoever's willing to eat it. This year it was chocolate macadamia chewies. Here's the recipe if you want to try it out yourself. [I didn't take any pictures of the cookies, sorry -- they all got eaten before I thought to! I guess that means they were pretty good.]

Chocolate Macadamia Chewies

3/4 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1+3/4 cups all purpose flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup coarsely chopped macadamia nuts
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1+1/4 cup M&Ms

Preheat oven to 350 F. In large bowl cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy; beat in egg and vanilla. In medium bowl combine flour, baking soda and salt; blend into creamed mixture. Blend in nuts and coconut. Stir in M&Ms. Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls about two inches apart onto ungreased cookie seets; flatten slightly with back of spoon.

Bake 8-10 minutes or until set. Do not overbake. Cool one minute on cookie sheets then remove cookies to wire racks.

Makes about four dozen cookies

Happy holidays from me and Pat!

Monday, December 24, 2007

Chad & Laura

I love Christmas weddings! There is something so romantic about candlelight and Christmas trees. Laura and Chad got married on Friday, December 21st at her family's church, Mountain View Presbyterian. It was absolutely frigid out, snowing and bitterly windy. That didn't stop us from having a great time!

This wedding was a long time coming. They've been sweethearts since high school and Laura was over the moon to finally become Mrs. Maxedon. She was so incredibly animated, it was a joy photographing her! After the ceremony, even though it was bitter cold, we made a quick stop on the way to the reception to take a few snaps at Bancroft Park in Old Colorado City -- I had this vision of them kissing with the Christmas lights in the background. It was 22 degrees out and we only lasted about five minutes but it was worth every freezing second, and I still can't believe Laura went for it in a strapless gown!

Happy holidays everyone! I hope you enjoy looking at these pictures as much as I enjoyed taking them.

Laura holding back the waterworks as her veil is fitted

Chad's mother Chol came into the room just as Laura finished dressing, and this was her reaction upon seeing Laura in her full glory.

It was too much for Laura! On came the tears of joy!

Laura's mom Jennifer checking anxiously to see if everyone is seated and ready for the ceremony to begin

I love this giddy exchange as the maid of honor, Alicia, congratulates the newlyweds

A very excited bride, moments after the ceremony!

This formal portrait of Laura was taken in the church's cafeteria! It was way too cold to go outside, so after we took a few poses in the sanctuary I decided to try out the plain white cafeteria wall. I tried to get a few "serious" pictures of her but she wouldn't stop smiling!

In snowy Bancroft Park

Chad and Laura's first dance

Laura and her friends Arissa and Jenny lip-synching to "Ain't No Mountain High Enough", using a hairbrush as a microphone just like they used to do in college

The guest book and the rings

To see Laura and Chad's engagement photos click here


Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Dale & Sabrina

Dale and Sabrina tied the knot on December 1st at First United Methodist Church in Colorado Springs. It was a very intimate wedding with only about 20 guests. Luckily for us the weather held up until the moment we left the church for the reception. Whew! Unfortunately, we didn't realize that the downtown annual Christmas parade was that night, so getting out of there was a bit tricky! We just managed to squeak past before the parade started. On the way to the reception at the Cliff House we drove through the Garden of the Gods for a few quick snaps, and brrrr it was suddenly very cold and rainy! That gave us some dramatic skies though, so I won't complain too much. Sabrina and Dale, best wishes and congratulations to you!

Sabrina's sister Jenna zipping her into her dress. I love the happy expression on Sabrina's face here.

Sabrina's "something blue" was this sweet little opal ring.

Dale's mom Joyce got a little emotional just before the ceremony.

Sabrina and Jenna

A hug from Dad moments after the ceremony

The official "we just got married" portrait

My good friend Rhonda Nichols did the floral design

Brrrr it was cold but worth braving it for this shot!

To see Dale and Sabrina's engagement portraits click here


Sunday, December 16, 2007

My moment of glory

Thursday was my birthday and I went to lunch with my mom. She brought me this picture of me as a flower girl many years ago.

In the picture I'm six years old and clearly from the expression on my face I'm petrified with fear! I do remember that actually -- the fear and petrification. I was not an outgoing child, this was a bit terrifying for me, everyone was watching!

It was my Aunt Linda's wedding at
Malate Church in Manila, Philippines. I remember the dress was yellow and I was wearing a wig because my real hair was very short. I loved that wig, I played with it for years until I finally realized it was made of real human hair, which for some reason freaked me out and I threw it away! How funny. And what is that giant octopus-shaped thingy on my head?!?

I also recall forgetting to strew the flower petals in the aisle. I was clutching onto that little basket for dear life and my mom had to run halfway up the aisle and remind me. The service was VERRRRRRRY LONNNNNGGGGG and boring (Catholic and in Tagalog to boot). I was bored out of my head, sitting on a wooden bench up there, and I was kicking my heels against it out of sheer boredom. It made a lot of noise, which wasn't appreciated by the grownups.

Notice the lady in the pews at left, just to the right of the wrought iron flower thingy -- she's got a handkerchief on her head. VERY Filipino thing for the ladies to wear their hankie on their head in church! I never did figure out why that is. I just noticed that and it made me smile.

Isn't it funny that I ended up in the wedding industry when I grew up? I guess this early exposure must have stuck in my head or something. I don't remember the photographer from this wedding at all, but I think he did a bang up job of capturing my terror, don't you?


(P.S. I've been a bridesmaid three times too, I'll have to dig some of those pics out if I can find them. The dresses I've had to wear! Yikes!)

Monday, December 10, 2007

Jacqui & Brian

I had a great time doing engagement portraits with Jacqui and Brian in downtown Denver about a month ago. Their uber-adorable dog Mason came along for the ride too. We just wandered around in the LoDo looking for cool locations. We got really lucky with the weather -- it had snowed the day before! It's true, Jacqui and Brian make a super cute couple, but Mason is even cuter, don't you think? Sorry guys! He's irresistable! Can't wait for the wedding!


Sunday, December 09, 2007

'tis the season for wedding albums

Like many photographers I'm in album mode this time of year! It's a slow time for me wedding-wise, so these colder months present opportunities to work on albums and the like. I just finished putting together Kim and Kent's album. It's a 20 page Kambara Nouveau Classic album and it's gorgeous. I really like the look of Kambara leather matted albums because they're the best of both worlds: very classic and traditional on the outside, yet modern and contemporary within. And they show off the pictures beautifully!