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!

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Jay & Aleisha

I am so behind in blogging! Sorry, loyal readers! I've been shooting so much that I haven't had much time to do fun stuff -- I'm spending all my time trying to keep up with the editing! Anyway, here's Aleisha and Jay, high school sweethearts that will be tying the knot at the end of next month. We actually shot these almost two weeks ago. What a cute couple! We had so much fun on this shoot. It was almost like we were doing a Gap ad or something (I love my job!). Some of the pics were taken at America the Beautiful park (such a cool sculpture/fountain there), and some were taken in my favorite alley south of downtown. These guys were up for anything photographically speaking, so we tried a bunch of different stuff. Can't wait for their wedding -- you know it's going to be fun and different!

Look, we all wore the same shoes!

Aleisha is going to be a beautiful bride.


Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Ian & Julie

I shot the most wonderful wedding on Saturday! Julie and Ian have been together seven years and they're madly in love. Julie was the maid of honor at a wedding I shot in January of 2003, and we hit it off like gangbusters. She then proceeded to refer several brides to me over the years, so when Ian finally proposed to her I was very excited that they chose me to be their photographer. I had been waiting for this day a long time! When it finally came, it was spectacular -- every girl's dream come true. Beautiful bride, handsome groom, amazing scenery... The ceremony was emotional and the party was so much fun. Julie and Ian, I'm so happy for you and I'm ecstatic that your big day was perfection!

Ceremony: Immanuel Lutheran
Garden of the Gods Club
Newberry Brothers
Wedding planner:
Bella Dia Events

If Julie looks ecstatic, it's because she is!

Flower girl Maddie couldn't resist trying on the garter

Julie's mom Mary watches as maid of honor Rose helps Julie with her necklace.

Julie & Rose exchange high fives as the awestruck flower girls, Madeline and Maddie, admire the bride in all her splendor.

They took their train-holding job very seriously!

Julie and Rose have been best friends since high school. I shot Rose's wedding way back in January of 2003. Julie was the maid of honor then; now their roles are reversed.

Julie's dad Dennis giving her away. I think Ian looks a little nervous!

I think I have a new favorite picture.

Here's what the bridesmaids did immediately after the ceremony!

Julie's mom Mary congratulating her while Ian's mom Lynne looks on.

The amazing view at the Garden of the Gods Club

I love this picture of Julie running in her gown. It's just cool.

Their first dance was to "Over the Rainbow" by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole. Everyone cried (including me!).

We had a little visit from Bambi!

Julie dances with her father as Madeline looks on.


Monday, May 05, 2008

I just made a micro loan!

Actually I made two of them!

My New Years resolutions included trying harder to help the less fortunate people on this planet of ours. No matter how much I complain about the bothersome little things life throws at me from time to time, I realize that I am about a jillion times better off than 95% of the human race. I have a roof over my head, running water, good health... we take these things for granted here, but other people aren't so lucky. So I resolved to help in small ways, because I don't have the resources to help out in big ways.

I found this website, http://www.kiva.org/, where you can loan small amounts of money to people in third world countries who need help with their small businesses (anything from raising goats to selling fruit at a market, whatever it may be). It's a loan, you're not giving the money away -- they pay you back. You can loan as little as $25, which is about what the average American spends at Starbucks in a week but is a giant sum of money for someone in, say, Malawi. So I loaned some money to Saletagaloa Salelologa Centre (large photo), a group of farming women in Samoa, and to Tumainis Garicheni Group (small photo), a collective of clothes selling women in Tanzania.

I'm anxious to see how the money works out for them! Once they pay me back I'll go ahead and re-loan it to some other people who need it.

I highly recommend this. If you are having a bad day, helping someone in need is the best way to feel much better about yourself, and any positive impact you can have on the world, no matter how small, is a wonderful thing.

My other New Years resolutions I'm still working on! Cheers everyone!


Saturday, May 03, 2008

Marianne's wedding!

My beautiful cousin Marianne is getting married next month! Today was her final dress fitting at Danelle's Bridal. Wow! What a fantastic dress! It was my first time seeing it, I was having a hard time visualizing it from Marianne's description so this was exciting. And she looked so pretty! I can't be at Marianne's wedding because I'll be shooting Bobbi and Sean's big event that day, but I'll be doing a "day after" shoot with Marianne and Mel and I can't wait. I'll blog those pictures too!

Marianne is not just beautiful, she's smart as a whip, accomplished and successful. We're all very proud of her and happy as can be for her and Mel. Love you sweetie!

She's going to be a gorgeous bride!

Marianne has great taste! I think her Maggie Sottero dress is unique and stylish.

Danelle's Bridal is awesome! I couldn't get enough of the beautiful gowns and accessories there, and the white glove service. I highly recommend it if you're gown shopping!

A quick snap of Marianne's rather awesome diamond...

Okay, this dog has absolutely nothing to do with Marianne's wedding but I had to blog his funny face! His name is Hershey, and he's one of the house dogs at Best Foreign Used Auto Parts over on the west side. Pat and I were looking for a hubcap for our Volvo and this was our welcoming committee.

A face only a mother could love! This is Hershey's buddy Omar. There was another funny dog there named Irwin but he was too much of a spaz, I couldn't get a good shot of him. Anyone who has goofy dogs like this is all right in my book.