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!

Sunday, April 29, 2007

A great day for soccer

Today I had the pleasure of attending a soccer match with a bunch of seven year olds! I volunteer for a great non-profit called Compassion for Kids (http://www.compassionforkids.com/). It's an awesome organization and it lets me use my photography to help people, which is great. CFK serves to support families that have kids undergoing chemo. As a photographer I'm assigned a family, and my job is to document their journey in any way they like. So today my CFK kid, Amber, had a soccer game and I went to grab some snaps of the big event. I'm not much of a sports photog but I did the best I could! It was great to see Amber running around and having so much fun. She is a GREAT soccer player, really aggressive and fast. She's really into it! Amber is seven years old and was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia about a year ago. Since then she's been in chemo and had some ups and downs. I'm happy to report that she's past the worst of it and is now in what they call "maintenance." She still has to do chemo, but not as much and not as intense, and she still has to get spinal taps, only not as frequently. There is light at the end of this long tunnel she's been journeying through.

I had a great time taking these pictures today. We had gorgeous weather and everyone was in good spirits. Disclaimer: on some of the pictures I did that goofy Photoshop fade-out black and white/selective color thing because there was a lot of distracting stuff in the background (like, ahem, minivans) and I was trying to make it easier to spot Amber. Enjoy!

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Amber's really good! She took five shots on the goal today.

Her hair is really short because it's still growing back from the chemo.

She's so funny -- if Amber sees a camera pointed at her she will smile and pose, even in the middle of a soccer match!

Traditional post-game celebratory run

The Lardinoises, from left: sister Isabelle, mom Tina, Amber (with ball), dad Scott, and brothers Marquis and Brendon.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

April snow showers bring May weddings!

On April 7th I had an appointment to shoot the engagement portraits of Michelle and Steve. They both have extremely busy schedules so this was our only window of opportunity to squeeze it in before their May nuptials. Unfortunately it was freezing cold, snowing and sleeting! We had decided to do the sitting at their home because they had to leave town for an event in Denver directly afterward. Michelle and Steve live way out in the county, about 45 minutes from my house. Because of the weather we stayed inside and did some fairly controlled, posed portraits, but after a while I coaxed them out onto the back deck for a few minutes. The photo above is one of my favorites from the shoot. Very romantic and yes, it was cold!

On the way home from Michelle and Steve's, Pat and I couldn't help but stop and take a few pictures of the icy landscape. Of course, living at 6,000 feet we often get this kind of weather during the cold months, but it's unusual for the ice to stick around for more than a day. The whole weekend was like this. It looked like something out of the Nutcracker. Eerie and beautiful.

The other engagement pictures are from a sitting I did on April 1st, Karen and Erick. We had much warmer weather that day! We all had fun going to Cheyenne Canon and enjoying the scenery. They make a cute couple, don't they?

And finally, I couldn't resist posting a few pics of my cat, Lilo Pearl. What a diva! I think she's actually vogueing!

A lonely cow wondering who the crazy lady with the camera is

I think this frozen tumbleweed looks like coral.
Look at these tiny bird tracks in the snow on our front sidewalk!

Karen and Erick

Lilo vogueing it up for the camera


Monday, April 23, 2007

A spelling bee for grownups

The last time I participated in a spelling bee was in the 7th grade, and apparently I won though I don't remember a lot of hooplah about it (it was on paper, not in front of a big crowd). The Vail Literacy Project hosts a spelling bee every year with teams sponsored by local businesses in the Vail Valley. My friend Jenn participated last year on a team with her coworker Randy. The teams are supposed to have three members, and when their other team member had to cancel this year Jenn and Randy asked me to fill in for him. I've always been a good speller, but then again I rarely venture out of my comfort zone! Jenn e-mailed me a link to a study list that turned out to be 800 pages long, so I did my best to ignore it. On the night of the bee I was so nervous! It's easy to spell a word when you're writing it down, but it's much harder to spell it out loud -- especially when it's 15 letters long and completely alien to you and there are 100 people watching and listening. Gulp! Long story short: the team sponsored by Gallegos Construction had won every year for 12 or 13 years running, only to be conquered by Jenn and Randy's team last year, so we were the defending champions on Friday night and... we WON! It was so cool! When it got down to the two final teams, us and Gallegos, you could hear a pin drop. Randy got the winning word: paduasoy. I don't know what the heck it means, but he spelled it correctly and the crowd roared when the judges nodded their heads! It was so exciting! Some of the words we were up against included: arachnophagous, sacalait, agglomerate, kathak... I don't even know what most of those mean but rest assured, when 10 teams in a row misspelled sacalait and it came to me and I actually got it right -- let's just say that now I will never forget that a sacalait is a fish, like a crappie. (You know, you catch it and fry it up for dinner.) BTW the teams got to collaborate on the spelling of the words, so please don't give me any credit. It took three brains and Randy was the most prepared for this! Jenn studied really hard for it too. I was the only slacker on the team -- without them I would have been a total loser. Anyway, I had a blast and I can't wait for next year. I think I'll actually STUDY for this next time...

Jenn was actually really sick, but not too sick to spell arachnophagous!

The huge irony was that they misspelled my name at a spelling bee. Everyone does that :o(

2007 Spelling Champs! Randy, Jenn and me.

I figure Randy should get all the glory since he spelled the winning word.


Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Sorry everyone!

I know it's been AGES since I've updated my blog! Just wanted to let everyone know I'm still out there and I plan to take some time next week to finish editing and blogging my Europe stuff, then I'll blog some of the fun pictures I've been taking lately. 'Til then, ciao!