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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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30 June 2015

A bicycle built for three

Look at this cute family! They flew past me on their tandem bike last week in front of Wooglin's, greeting my camera with a wave and a smile. I've seen tandem bikes for two but I've never seen one for three riders. It looks like their little "caboose" is running out of steam ;^) 

29 June 2015

A stylish set of wheels

This photo was a candidate for our last theme day, stylish, but Audrey Hepburn edged it out! (If you missed that post, it's HERE.) Scooters are a very stylish way to get around, don't you agree? I've been toying with the idea of buying a Vespa for many years, but I have to find just the right vintage model with the right size engine. Until then, I'll dream and take pictures of the stylish scooters I see around town!

28 June 2015

Sunday Style!

Today I'm featuring my stylish friend Jaime! She always looks gorgeous. I've never seen her not looking 100% coiffed. But not only is Jaime beautiful and chic, she's also immensely talented: she has mastered five musical instruments; she can cook or bake anything; she's incredibly worldly and well-traveled... and she can sew like a fiend. In fact, she made that skirt she's wearing! If you look closely you can see a smiley face painted on it. It's a cheeky reference to THIS scene in the popular TV series Sherlock. I also like her cute Kate Spade shoes (check out the heels!)  and those groovy designer sunglasses! Looking beautiful as always, Jaime!

27 June 2015

A very, very big day

Here are the west-facing stained glass windows in the historic Community Congregational Church of Manitou Springs, captured yesterday around 3:00PM. This afternoon, I will be shooting a wedding there. A guy and a gal, in love and making a lifelong commitment. Maybe someday soon I'll be shooting a same sex wedding there: a gal and a gal, or a guy and a guy, in love and making a lifelong commitment. Yesterday was certainly a big day for the United States. Just going by the many, many overjoyed Facebook posts and tweets inundating my feeds yesterday, I think it's safe to say that a large majority of people are not only in alignment with the Supreme Court, they are fairly bursting with joy and pride over the historic decision handed down yesterday. However, I certainly understand that many people are still not comfortable with the idea, and in fact stand in strong opposition. All I can say to that is this: it must have been equally weird or even repugnant (terrible but true) for many Americans in 1967 when the Supreme Court ruled that the few remaining anti-miscegenation laws in our country, all of them in the South, were unconstitutional. But now, just a generation or so down the line, no one thinks a thing of interracial marriage. Yes, of course there are still racists out there who have vile things to say, but most Americans embraced it long ago. Similarly, no doubt there will be continue to be people with anti-gay sentiments. But over time, the majority of us will simply move forward with the new status quo, and years from now will look upon the struggle to legalize gay marriage as the "old days".

As for me, I think it's been a long time coming. To my many gay friends, some of whom I've known for as long as 30 years: CONGRATULATIONS! I am so happy that you finally, finally have the right to marry the one you love!

And readers, if you need an extra dose of happiness, please take a moment to visit my friend Shauna's blog HERE. Shauna lives in Dallas, Texas, and the minute she heard that gay marriage had been legalized she rushed to City Hall to document the many overjoyed couples formalizing their unions. Her photos are incredibly happy and emotional. I too had the same instinct to grab my camera bag and run to City Hall, but because our annual Hill Climb Fanfest (huge street party) was going on downtown, I figured it was a lost cause. GREAT pictures, Shauna!!! 
Love is love!

26 June 2015

Skywatch Friday

Is it already Friday again? The last couple of weeks have been a blur! Here's a cool building that's situated behind Wooglin's Deli, on the alley. I couldn't help but think it'd make a cool background for a portrait, until I noticed the word DRUGS spelled out in giant letters. Ha ha! I like it anyway, despite the socially unacceptable message. Anyway, the other side of the building is kind of cool too, for what it's worth.

Check out other Skywatch Friday pictures from bloggers everywhere by clicking HERE. Have a great weekend!

25 June 2015


I met my friend Jaime yesterday for coffee at Montague's, one of my favorite little restaurants. Of course you can't go to Montague's without having one of their delicious desserts, so I purposely skipped lunch so I could indulge in my favorite coconut cake! Mmmmm! And totally guilt-free, right? ;^) 

24 June 2015

Hot dog? Respite for thirsty pups!

Don't despair, thirsty Old North End dogs! This house on San Miguel Street between Nevada and Weber has some ice cold water waiting for you! I spoke to the homeowner, Vic, for a few minutes and he told me that his own dog passed away a couple of years ago, but he continues his daily summertime habit of freezing blocks of filtered water in a dog bowl and putting it outside for thirsty neighborhood pups. What a nice thing to do!