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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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17 December 2017

Sunday Style!

Today's subject is my beautiful mom, Aurora! She's always been the most well dressed woman I know. At nearly 82, she takes just as much care now with her appearance as ever. You just never see her looking sloppy. NEVER. On Tuesday she treated me to lunch at Marigold for my birthday, and I liked her Christmas sweater so much that I asked her if I could photograph her for the blog. My mom has a great sense of humor and is aware, of course, that Christmas cats on a sweater are a little bit corny -- she takes a tongue in cheek (and devil may care) attitude to it all, which I love. And notice her beautiful white hair! Alas, my hair will probably never be totally white like hers. It's gorgeous!

By the way, Marigold at Christmastime seems to be a tradition with beautiful older ladies in holiday-themed sweaters. Every time I've ever been there in December, it's like a sparkly, festive parade! You should go and take in all the holiday joy (and some delicious desserts while you're there too!).

16 December 2017

Cloutier Fotographic

The building that houses Cloutier Fotographic, owned by my friend Jeff Cloutier. It's a photography supply and camera store that evolved from Godec's Photo Supply, which in turn evolved from Tejon Photo. This establishment has been in business continuously since 1950! But not always in this location, which is still new. When Jeff bought the business  two or three years ago from his boss, Gary Godec, he had to relocate it, but he sure did find a cool building to put it in! I love the distinctive mural that he painted on the side of the building. You can find Cloutier Fotographic right next to Antlers Park, near the old depot.

15 December 2017

Skywatch Friday

The Garden of the Gods always makes for a good Skywatch Friday post! November 16th was a good day to be there with a camera.

For more Skywatch Friday images from bloggers everywhere, click HERE. And have a great weekend, you!

14 December 2017


This street scene, captured on October 27th at Platte and Circle, is almost completely devoid of all colors other than red, yellow and orange. It's weird how that can just randomly happen.

13 December 2017

It's coming along

Have you ever driven past a brand new building or skyscraper in your city and thought, "When did they build that?!?" Especially if it's in a part of town that's not in your usual orbit. It's like buildings pop up overnight! This happens to me all the time. On the other hand, if it's a construction project that's going on in your immediate neighborhood, it seems to drag on FOREVER. Like this apartment building that's been slowly coming along on the corner of Wahsatch and Colorado. It feels like they've been working on it for decades. In fact, it's probably been less than a year (see THIS post for some perspective). I took this picture from the parking lot of the building behind it. I must say that it's progressed quite a lot in the past few weeks, but I can't wait for it to be finished so I won't have to drive through a cone zone anymore.

12 December 2017

Bumper sticker du jour

Okay this really isn't a bumper sticker so much as it is bumper graffiti, but I think it qualifies. My mom and I saw this truck today while we were out shopping. I know the bright reflection makes it difficult to read, so I'll transcribe it for you: "OK please don't tailgate 😊 Be Neighborly." Gotta love the polite request and the smiley face! Also, you can't see it in this picture but there was a bumper sticker on the bottom right that said "Arms are for hugging." Not to stereotype, but I'd say that on balance when you see a big GMC pickup around here, the bumper stickers can be a little less friendly. This was a refreshing change of pace.

Hope you had a great day, readers! For those who celebrate it, Happy Hanukkah!

11 December 2017

We are in this together

I love this mural on the west side of the Cottonwood Center for the Arts. The words at the bottom left read, "What you say to someone with depression can change everything. #FindYourWords." On the bottom right is a website address, letstalkco.org. I'm a big fan of such positive and helpful messaging. We need more of this in our lives.