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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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01 May 2016

Sunday Style!

My unrequited love affair with stylish Asian tourists continues unabated! I captured this photo and the one below at Hoover Dam near Las Vegas a couple of weeks ago. They stood out in such contrast to the American tourists. (Those shoes! Yes!) And the bottom picture is Gabby, who works at the Neon Museum and was a great help to me while I was there doing a fashion shoot. I thought she was so stylish herself, I had to get a picture of her before I packed up my gear and left!

30 April 2016

Spring is on sabbatical

Spring has gone on a brief hiatus and is expected to return next Wednesday. I don't know about you, but I've got about three or four inches of soggy white stuff in my yard. The roads are fine, however, even though yesterday it snowed continuously and heavily from morning until after the sun went down.

Here are a couple of nice pictures I took yesterday afternoon. The one above was taken by the library downtown, and the one below was taken over by Palmer Park. Have a super weekend!

29 April 2016

Snow, rain, snow

It's the end of April and our usual fickle springtime weather is giving us all fits. Yesterday it was chilly and damp. By afternoon it was snowing, but the snow stopped by 4:00, which was fortuitous since I had a small wedding to shoot downtown. After the brief ceremony we did a few portraits by the Pioneers Museum. As you can probably tell from this picture, we were freezing! But that's okay, we got some great pictures anyway, and the Pioneers Museum is photogenic in any kind of weather.

28 April 2016

Adam's Mountain Café

Back to posting about my lovely city! Technically, today's pictures come from Manitou Springs, not Colorado Springs, but no matter. Adam's Mountain Café is one of my favorite restaurants. It's a local institution that's been in business since 1985. In fact, several of my friends have worked there over the years! I love the menu, which features creative takes on all kinds of cuisines, and also offers delicious vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options. Everything is a locally sourced as possible. I took my mom to Adam's for lunch yesterday. I had the vegetarian burrito and she had the Senegalese vegetables (spicy!). For lunch we shared a flourless chocolate cake drizzled with warm caramel sauce. Yum! Apologies for the bad cell phone pictures. After taking several days off from photography and blogging only vacation pictures for the last week, I completely forgot to bring a real camera with me. Later today I have a small wedding to shoot, so it's back to the proverbial grindstone for me! But no complaints here -- I love my particular grindstone :^) 
Another great reason to dine at Adam's is the large collection of Charles Rockey paintings. Rockey is a local treasure. He paints images of Manitou Springs almost exclusively, in a style heavily influenced by Van Gogh. It's lovely, lively and beautiful work. I have always wanted to own a Rockey painting! You can see at least a couple dozen of them adorning the walls of Adam's.

27 April 2016

Las Vegas trip [Part 7]

I'm posting the last of my vacation pictures today. I hope you've enjoyed them over the past week! Tomorrow I'll get back to pictures of Colorado Springs, but right now I'd like to show you Utah's unique and rugged beauty. We've made this drive before, but always at night so we never knew what we were missing! It's a long haul home from Las Vegas to Colorado Springs, over 800 miles as a matter of fact. But this stretch of I-70 is breathtaking -- it really breaks up the monotony of a long drive. Absolutely lovely. We were so inspired by all the natural beauty, we decided to take a vacation in Utah sometime soon!
What a view! Can you see the tiny 18-wheeler making its way west on I-70?

26 April 2016

Las Vegas trip [Part 6]

On our last day in Vegas, I rented the Neon Museum (a.k.a. the Neon Boneyard) for one hour to do a fashion shoot, something that had been on my photography "bucket list" for quite a long time. I had a blast! I've always wanted to see the museum, let alone do a shoot there. As you can see, the building itself is a mid-century modern masterpiece. It's the former lobby of the long-defunct La Concha Motel, designed by Paul Revere Williams. Atomic era architecture at its finest!

If you've never heard of the Neon Museum, let me sum it up for you: it's where all the famous neon signs go when the old casinos and hotels are demolished to make way for the new. As you know, Las Vegas is always in a state of flux. It's constantly being torn down and rebuilt. It would be a pity if the old signs were destroyed, so the museum was created to house them. The Neon Museum does guided tours, so if you're ever in Vegas and want to see the collection, all you need to do is get in contact with them HERE and reserve your spot.

Pat took a lot of the pictures in this post. I was busy shooting my model Christine, so the only time I had to wander around and take a few snapshots of the signs was when she was changing her clothes. I'll have to go back there the next time I'm in Vegas so I can enjoy the collection without the distractions of a photo shoot. A very cool place!

25 April 2016

Las Vegas trip [Part 5]

If you follow this blog regularly, you know how much I love old cars! I go to a lot of car shows, but the one at Viva Las Vegas was probably the biggest one I've ever seen. With the exception of the "celebrity" cars (see THIS post from a couple of days ago), there were no vehicles newer than 1963 on display. I was particularly fascinated by the rat rods, which you don't normally see at car shows, and the little personalized details like pinstriping, custom stick shift knobs, hood ornaments, monograms, and the like. And all that gorgeous chrome! At the bottom of this post is a 60 second slideshow featuring our favorite photos from the event. We didn't get to see all of the cars because we ran out of time (and because I have black hair, and hot sun with black hair can get a little uncomfortable after a while so I needed a break). But what we did see was pretty cool, so do take a minute to watch the slideshow. Enjoy!

Here's the slideshow! You can also view it HERE on YouTube if you prefer.