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, September 30, 2007

Steve & Amy

Steve and Amy got married in August at Pauline Memorial Chapel in the Broadmoor, with the reception at the Officers Club at the Air Force Academy. There's kind of a funny story behind this wedding: when they interviewed me as their potential photographer I couldn't help feeling that there was something familiar about Steve, and he kept looking at me kind of funny too. He was the first to put it together -- it turns out that Steve and I were regulars in the same nightclub scene years ago, and we hung around with the same crowd. I hadn't seen Steve in about a zillion years and I didn't recognize him! Yet it's the same old Steve. Just as cool and laid back as ever, and we still have friends in common. Isn't that funny? And Amy is super cool, just the right girl for him. Now we're all grown up, out of college and have real careers and lives, and I was so pleased that they chose me to document this happy day!

I love this moment! Amy looks so excited to finally be putting her wedding dress on for real.

Steve and his brother fooling around. Look at Mom's face, you can tell she's thinking, "Oh, those boys!"

A slightly unscripted moment during the portraits.

I thought Amy's dress was spectacular, so somehow I convinced her to run toward me like Marie Antoinette. She thought that was pretty crazy but she did it anyway.

Amy dancing with her father.

A couple of kids at the reception were dancing like maniacs!


Mike & Marcia

I shot this wedding as a "second shooter" for my buddy Charlotte, who's a talented photographer and a good friend. Her husband Mike usually shoots weddings with her, but since he injured his foot I've helped her out for a couple of events. I like being second shooter because a lot of the pressure is off of me and I can enjoy and snap away without having to worry too much about it. This wedding was lovely. Marcia is from Brazil and Mike is from here, and they are clearly madly in love! Mike had the most gigantic grin on his face all day long and Marcia was practically glowing with giddiness. There was an international crowd in attendance, including lots of extremely adorable kids. The whole event was held way up in Divide, in an aspen grove, and the light was amazing. This is my favorite time of year. We really enjoyed ourselves and I got some fun pictures -- here are a few.

Mike recited his vows in Portuguese.

I thought this little guy was so cute. He looked just like a miniature grownup in his suit.

One last peek before heading down the aisle on the arm of Mike's father.

The flower girl seemed to be a little in awe at first.

The bride and groom wisely hired a clown and a face painter to entertain the kids all day. It was a big hit!

I like this picture of Mike's dad receiving a surprise kiss.


Monday, September 17, 2007

Eboni's senior portraits

On Saturday I had the pleasure of shooting Eboni's senior pictures. She was such a treat! Eboni really wanted a fashion-y look to her portraits, which was great. We had a lot of fun. I got so many stunning pictures of her -- it was really tough choosing the ones for this blog entry. She needed almost no coaching at all, striking pose after pose with attitude! Hmmm, I think she's been watching America's Next Top Model...

I especially like this picture.

This is Eboni's homecoming dress. It looks great on her!

I love how the light falls on her face in this image.


Friday, September 14, 2007

What's on your desert island list?

I love music. I can't live even a single day without listening to at least the radio. I have a vast record collection (yes, vinyl), a vast CD collection, and am quickly amassing a vast i-Tunes collection on my PC. I go to concerts as much as possible, time and budget permitting (and sometimes budget be damned). Some shows I've seen in the last year or two include, not necessarily in this order: Weird Al Yankovic, Iggy and the Stooges, the Police, Gary Numan, the Strokes, DEVO, Gang of Four, Bauhaus, Parliament and oh jeez there are more but I can't think (FYI the above list doesn't include the 2005 Coachella Music Festival -- over 90 bands in two days, including the Chemical Brothers, Coldplay, Nine Inch Nails, Weezer...). Anyway, everyone has their own "desert island" list, the albums they must have no matter what. I have a list too, which has been pretty consistent over the years. I put some thought into it today because a Fleetwood Mac song came on the radio and Pat was kind of surprised to hear me say that Rumours was on my desert island list. So I pondered a little and tried to really pin down my list, and here is what I came up with. [Note: I only listed one Beatles album and one Talking Heads album, or else it would have been all Beatles and Talking Heads.] Here, in no particular order, are the albums I cannot live without:

The Beatles -- Abbey Road
Talking Heads -- Speaking in Tongues
The Style Council -- My Ever Changing Moods
The Sex Pistols -- Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols
The Smiths -- Hatful of Hollow
The soundtrack to the Sound of Music
Gang of Four -- Entertainment!
Blondie -- Parallel Lines

Duran Duran -- Duran Duran (or Decade, or Notorious -- a three way tie)
Morphine -- Cure for Pain

Rufus Wainwright -- Poses
Dwight Yoakum -- Guitars, Cadillacs

The English Beat -- Special Beat Service
Coldplay -- X & Y
The Jam -- Snap!
Franz Ferdinand -- You Could Have It So Much Better
The Clash -- London Calling (a close second is Combat Rock)
Scritti Politti -- Cupid & Psyche '85 (an absolutely perfect pop album)
The Sundays -- Reading, Writing and Arithmetic
Fleetwood Mac -- Rumours

The GoGo's -- Beauty and the Beat
Steely Dan -- Aja
Let's Active -- Big Plans for Everyone
REM -- Fables of the Reconstruction (it's tough picking only one REM album)
Big Black -- Atomizer (simply for the song Kerosene -- vicious guitar attack)
Smashing Pumpkins -- Siamese Dream
Depeche Mode -- Construction Time Again

The Police -- Outlandos d'Amour
David Bowie -- Hunky Dory

What's on your list? Leave me a comment with your favorites! (And please ignore the following link.)

Monday, September 10, 2007

Sara & Glenn

Sara and Glenn live in Kansas City, Missouri and eloped to Denver on August 6th. It was a tiny wedding. I mean really tiny. So tiny, in fact, that not only was I the photographer, I was the witness and the ring bearer to boot! Since not a single other person was in attendance (except for the judge), I think the photos were particularly important. After the very brief ceremony we three strolled through downtown and the LODO and had a little fun snapping pictures here and there. It was a blast and we got some memorable images! I felt so honored to be such a big part of their day, I hope they enjoyed it as much as I did. They were awfully sweet and I wish them the very best!

For those of you not familiar with the area, that's the State Capitol building in the distance.

The radiant bride...

and the handsome groom.

This one at Union Station is probably my favorite image of the day.

I like this one too! They had to kiss for a long time while cars drove past. Not that they were complaining.

Here's me and the happy couple right after the ceremony. Photo by Judge Rapaport!