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Hi, I'm Tamera, a professional wedding, portrait and boudoir photographer in Colorado Springs. But this blog isn't about my professional work; no, it's a daily love note to my beautiful city, where I've lived for most of my life. I love it here and I hope you enjoy seeing Colorado Springs through my eyes and lens!

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20 September 2017

Lizard Lips

I was doing some senior portraits in the Garden of the Gods last month, and I had my client posed on a large rock formation (go figure). There were tourists and hikers all around. I could hear a guy on the other side of the rock exclaiming about something, and then he came around to our side and told me that he saw a cool lizard and insisted that I take a picture of it. I get this a lot. "Hey you should take a picture of this!" Okay, to be honest, that can be a little annoying, especially when I'm in the middle of a shoot and I'm trying to give my full attention to my client, but in this case I ended up with a blog-worthy picture, so I'll shut up now. Anyway, my client Partha and I dutifully went around to the other side of the rock formation and, sure enough, there was a lizard hanging out in a little crevice. The situation was nearly impossible, photography wise. It was very bright outside and very, very dark in the crevice, too dark for my autofocus to work. This is not an optimal situation for getting a macro picture of a tiny lizard. But I didn't have any polite way to avoid it since the guy was standing right there, insisting, so I just snapped off a couple to make him happy. (Also, I'm not sure that the lizard appreciated my lens being five inches from his face -- he doesn't look too happy about it. Ha.) At any rate, to my surprise, one of the quick snaps was actually in focus and the lizard is sharp as a tack. I did have to fiddle with the picture quite a bit in Photoshop to make it look decent and bring out the detail, but I was surprised at how well it came out, all things considered. So here you have it, people: Mr. Lizard Lips, captured under duress when I was just trying to take some senior portraits. Not bad!

19 September 2017


Check out this awesome Impala! Looks like about a 1963, and it's a beaut! I'm not a huge fan of customization when it comes to old cars, but I have to say the gold touches work. Fancy!

18 September 2017


I hope you enjoyed last week's series of red imagery! I think I'll do all black and whites next week, but for now let's get back to our regularly scheduled programming, shall we? This photo of ivy on the weathered brick wall at 523 S Cascade (I think it's called the Trolley Car Building) was taken on Friday afternoon.

17 September 2017

Sunday Style!

This week's stylish subject is my friend Michelle, a.k.a Vivienne VaVoom. Michelle always, always looks amazing! She has a distinct retro look and she dresses like this every day. Michelle and I did a little photo shoot on Thursday that featured two vintage vehicles (see THIS post), an old train car, multiple changes of outfits, and a few different locations. This photo was taken at the Tasty Freeze, formerly the Drive-In, just up the street from my studio.

Back to Michelle: she's a professional, in demand burlesque performer (you can read a recent article about her in 303 Magazine HERE), and she also happens to look fabulous in red, which fits in nicely with all my posts from the last week! Here she is looking glamorous in retro styled clothes from Fashion Nation and a vintage necklace, brooch and earrings (the "fakelite" bracelets are reproductions of Bakelite designs). Love it! She looks so stylish!

16 September 2017

Red #6

This striking, larger than life piece of public art, created by Joan Benefiel and entitled Breathe, can be found on the northwest corner of South Tejon and Moreno. Yesterday afternoon I spent some time photographing her from every angle. If you catch her at the right time of day, when the sun strikes her just so and shines through her, she fairly glows. I love that fiery red!

I've been blogging with a red theme all week. Tomorrow I'll finish up with a Sunday Style subject who looks great in my favorite color. Have a great weekend!

15 September 2017

Red #5

This week is all about the color red. I took this picture on a retro-themed photo shoot yesterday that featured a 1955 Chevy pickup and a '56 Corvette. The wheels of the pickup had this nice red stripe around the center. What I find interesting in this image is that I'm not reflected in the hubcap! Where did I go? I promise I didn't photoshop myself out of the picture. The hubcap comes to a point, and I must have been positioned in exactly the right spot to avoid being reflected. Interestingly, I took a picture of the wheel on the opposite side of the truck too, and I'm not reflected in that hubcap either. I must be a vampire!

14 September 2017

Red #4

Another in my series this week featuring my favorite color. This photo was taken in Arts Alley on December 9, 2015.