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!

Monday, February 25, 2008

I can't blog!!!

I mean, I can blog, but not very well because my computer is on the fritz. I'm reduced to using my laptop until my big PC is back among the living. Unfortunately, the big PC is what I use to edit all my pictures and I really don't have anything saved on this little laptop. I scrounged around a little and found these images that I took on July 4, 2006, in La Junta. I had just bought my first digital SLR and these are some of the first images I took with it. What do you think? (Please be kind! And to clarify, these are NOT some of the first images I've ever taken, just some of the first digital images -- I have been a photographer for many years and only switched from film to digital in 2006.) I'm running a really old version of Photoshop on this laptop and the screen's not calibrated at all, so I have no idea if these pictures even look halfway decent, but I was jonesing to blog something so here you go. Hmmm, I wonder what other pictures are hiding in the hard drive of this laptop?!?

I should have my "real" computer back together again in a couple of days. Until then it'll be slim pickings blog-wise, so enjoy these...



Tuesday, February 19, 2008

What I got for Valentine's Day

I got, of course, flowers and chocolate! In fact, Pat got me two flower arrangements: a bouquet of red roses and a bouquet of tulips. Love him. Love, love, LOVE him.

Of course, being Tamera Goldsmith, I waited about two or three days for the flowers to really open up and bloom, then I took some pictures of them. These were taken in my kitchen and dining room in the late afternoon.
I generally don't use a lot of effects in Photoshop (I'm more of a purist I guess), but I decided to really cook the heck out of these and see what they would look like. Kinda cool!

As for the chocolate, it disappeared before I could photograph it. I hope you had a happy V-Day too.



The Afghan Girl

Undoubtably, if you've ever seen this cover of National Geographic (and I'm sure you have), you've never forgotten it. It's an image of a young Afghani refugee taken in 1984 by Steve McCurry. I just saw the most extraordinary program on the National Geographic Channel called "The Search for the Afghan Girl," and it details McCurry's efforts to find her 17 years after taking this unforgettable portrait. McCurry had absolutely no clue as to her name or whereabouts, and scant information to go on other than the name of the Pakistani refugee camp where he photographed her. I believe this program originally aired in 2003 so I'm a little behind the times, but I'm gratified to report that National Geographic was ultimately able to locate her. Her name is Sharbat Gula and she did finally return to Afghanistan, where she is now in her 30's and a mother of three. I assure you, she is definitely NOT living a life of luxury.

Today was a really crummy day for me. I found out that my office building has been sold and I have to find a new studio space by the end of April. The post office was closed for Presidents Day and I drove there in vain. I was grumpy because I couldn't find my favorite hoodie. Thank you National Geographic Channel for helping to put things into perspective for me. Now I don't even know what I was complaining for. They say you should count your blessings.

With apologies to Mr. McCurry I have posted the photos above and below, but out of good intentions. The plight of Afghani women has scarcely improved since Sharbat Gula first trekked across the mountains to escape the war as an orphaned child. With a couple of mouse clicks I was able to locate a very worthy cause called the Afghan Girls' Fund (
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/donate/afghan_girls_fund.html). I sent them a small check. So I'll go without Starbuck's for a couple of days. If you can part with a couple of bucks, please do. Take a close look at the suffering in her eyes on the cover of that magazine in 1985. Now take a look at the more recent portrait and tell me if you think her situation has improved at all. Sharbat Gula is the mother of three daughters (a fourth one died in infancy). Her biggest hope is that they receive an education. Maybe you or I could do just a little to make their future better than hers.


Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Erika & Andrew

Another wedding from a while back... I'm just now working on their album (it took them a while to order it), but Erika and Andrew tied the knot in September of 2006. I figured I might as well blog the pics while I'm working on them! Now that I'm designing their album, I'm really enjoying reviewing Erika and Andrew's wedding images with fresh eyes. Such a cute couple! They had actually been together a number of years before they decided to make it official, so Erika was very excited and emotional that day. She looked positively radiant. And I'm happy to report that I will be shooting her sister Dedra's wedding in April. I can hardly wait!

Erika and her two sisters, Dedra and Leah. I'll be shooting Dedra's wedding in April! To see Dedra and Joe's engagement pictures click here

The church had very strict rules regarding photography so I had to get creative. They asked me to stay three pews behind the last filled pew; since it was a full house, I ended up covering the ceremony from the vestibule! For this image I set the camera on the floor.

I love this picture! They just look so happy.

My favorite part of every wedding is those giddy moments directly after the ceremony: "We did it!"

Showing off her new ring to Andrew's Grandma.

Dedra and her good friend from high school, Anna. I shot Anna's wedding in June of 2004.

There was an awesome creme brulee for dessert with accompanying light show.


Saturday, February 09, 2008

Andreana & Rob

Here's another wedding that I shot last year and never blogged until now. Andreana and Rob were married at a private residence in Phoenix, Arizona last February. Phoenix in February is far more desirable than Colorado Springs! I was grateful for the reprieve from our freezing temperatures here.

Rob is one of those guys whose friends always thought would never get married. It turns out that he's the marrying kind after all, he just had to find the right girl! I like Andreana so much, so Rob let me tell you, you got a real catch! :o) They're so cute together -- you can see from the pictures how happy they were that day.

Andreana's friends presented her with a gift early in the day: custom-engraved wine goblets. This is her reaction upon opening the box.

I thought Rob looked very stylish in his seersucker suit!

Andreana was so glamorous! Here she is with her beloved Gigi and Gidget, retired greyhounds that she rescued.

Andreana's sister and friends did all the bouquets and flower arrangements as a gift for the couple.

So happy!

I don't consider myself a traditional photographer, but I think it's nice to capture a traditional pose like this. Doesn't it remind you of your parents' wedding picture?

The sky really was this blue, I didn't to anything to intensify it. Gorgeous.

This dog was such a character! It looks like he's waiting his turn for the bathroom!