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, March 31, 2008


I took these portraits of two year-old Jack and his moms Deb and Linda last week in Huntington Beach, California. I am absolutely in love with this child! He's about the happiest baby ever.
Just look at that curly hair and those twinkling eyes! We had a great time running around on the beach and a nearby park, following Jack as he did his thing. What a little cutie, and what a joy it was for me to capture his two year-old self!

A man and his bike: it's a sacred thing.

Jack makes the cutest faces for the camera!


Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Janet, Ethan and Rachel

Greetings blog readers! Thanks for your patience while I was out of town for a week -- I haven't updated my blog in nine days and I think I'm going through withdrawals! Pat and I took a trip to Las Vegas for the WPPI convention (that's about a jillion photographers converging all at once on the strip). It was great fun and I learned a lot. After Vegas we headed for southern California where I did a number of portrait shoots, including this one.

Janet is one of my oldest friends. In fact, we've been buds for 25 years! She, her husband Ethan and their daughter Rachel live in a wonderful community in Orange County. Since they were nice enough to let us crash at their house during our stay, I repaid their kindness with some fun, casual family portraits on the beach. These were taken at sunset, the proverbial golden hour, and the light was fantastic. Rachel is six now and I can't believe how she's grown! And she's gorgeous.

Thanks Janet and Ethan for being such awesome hosts! Next time you'll have to come to Colorado!

I may be a little biased but I think Rachel is a beautiful child! Ford Models is meeting with her this week, so we took a few head shots too.

Janet and me -- still the closest of friends after 25 years!


Saturday, March 15, 2008

How's this for inspiration?!?

This is Allison, a personal trainer, marathoner and fitness model in Boulder, and she is the fittest person I've ever met in my life! Allison needed some new pictures for her portfolio, and we had so much fun today going to different locations in Boulder as she skipped rope, cycled, ran, jumped and contorted herself into various yoga poses without ever breaking a sweat! This is one seriously fit human being! Once I got over the awe, I was able to appreciate how hard she works for that perfect body. Now I'm inspired!

Allison did multiple pull-ups for the camera. She made it look effortless. I can't even do half a pull-up!

No one should be allowed to look this good while running!

A couple of head shots for her book


Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Nora & Grant

These two know how to throw a party! Nora and Grant are some of my favorite clients. I shot their wedding at the Cordillera Spa in Vail in August of 2003, and ever since then I've been privileged to document their growing family. They been such a treat, and for me it's fun to watch their lives progress.

For their 30th birthday(s), Grant and Nora decided to throw a great party at Mizuna on Capital Hill in Denver.
They asked me to document a couple of hours of the event. Funny, I recognized a lot of the faces there from the wedding! And I've even shot weddings for some of those people since!

The party was stylish and fun, just like Nora and Grant. Cheers to you guys on your 30th! It's going to be a great decade.

The menu reads, "La Vie de Nos Reve" -- the life of our dream. I love how the first course is mac and cheese with lobster. Genius!

The happy thirtysomethings

Their youngest, Mireille. I think she senses that mac and cheese is on the way!

The talented kitchen staff at Mizuna. Grant and Nora really appreciate great food and wine.

All the girls...

And all the guys!

That's Grant's dad Geoff on the left -- he's a hoot!

Some snaps from their Vail wedding, August 2003. These are fairly low res scans (from film!), so please excuse if they look a little fuzzy!


Wednesday, March 05, 2008

A thousand words

Someone just pointed me at this excellent article on the RealSimple website (I love that magazine). I thought it was so dead-on that I had to post a link to it here: http://simplystated.realsimple.com/life/2008/03/unforgettable-a.html

There are almost no professional portraits of me from my growing up years, save for my annual school portraits, which of course are awful. There's one professional portrait of my whole family from when I was in the fifth or sixth grade, and boy is it boring! It's not that my parents were negligent, it's just that it probably never occured to them to have professional portraits taken. It just wasn't done all that often. Things have evolved so far since then! These days people have recognized the value of having wonderful portraits of their kids. They grow so fast! But it's not just kids -- a good portrait of any loved one, no matter what their stage in life, is a thing to be cherished.

It's so nice to see my work hanging on the walls of my clients' homes. I always ponder the importance of these images. A truly good portrait transcends the generations, and I'm not talking about a stiffly posed group standing in front of a painted library backdrop, I'm talking about images that show togetherness and reveal the personalities of the subjects.

I agree that random family snapshots have their importance, and everybody's got a digital camera. But there's no substitution for an artfully captured professional portrait. Hire a pro, spend the money to get someone who knows what they're doing and has a photographic style that meshes with your aesthetic. Someone who understands light and has the instincts and experience to capture your loved ones beautifully. You'll be glad you did!

Cheers all!