The Blog

The Blog

embracing marriage {magnifying beauty} following the light

WELCOME

We're Tyler & Melanie Dexter, Colorado Springs' husband/wife photography team and we're thrilled you're here! We hope you enjoy browsing our latest work, finding helpful wedding day advice, and getting a little peek into our life!
About Tyler & Melanie

When we’re not behind the camera, you can find us hanging out with our daughter Livia at the park, Nana’s house, or Chic-fil-a. We really like coffee and we make it a goal to have a date night every week, even if it’s just to go grocery shopping together (sans munchkin). Melanie is a retired professional ballet dancer and still loves to take class every chance she gets. Tyler loves “gourmet” cooking and DIY house projects.

We met in ceramics class in college and tied the knot in 2009. Our mutual interest in photography started in college in Oregon, and we shot our first wedding together in 2011. TMDexter Photography officially became a business in 2013 and we feel blessed to get to do what we love!

Tyler says: my first love of photography came from sitting in piles of slides, looking through the many thousands of images captured by my cousin, a photographer whose wildlife work has seen publication. Creating and taking my own pictures before the digital revolution was only so-so; film was delayed gratification and my youth demanded immediacy. I was born for digital. My journey began when I graduated high school and got my first digital camera. Everything took on a new light and I had a new angle in expression. In college cameras wove their way into my major, while Melanie minored in art – the subject of our first meeting. Her creative talent is inspirational. I marvel at seeing the world through her eyes and love having a gifted photographer as a wife. Together we love playing with daughter, drinking coffee and tea, taking photos, and encouraging each other to become the best artist we can be.

Melanie says: I grew up a lover of Beauty. Artistic expression has always been my favorite way to communicate. I love dance, color, ceramics, design, and of course, photography. Tyler and I met in a ceramics class during college, which is where my love for him and photography began to grow. We tied the knot in 2009 and shot our first wedding together in 2011. I started ballet lessons when I was 3 and never looked back. In 2014 I retired from my professional dance career to have our first little girl. She is one wild child and pushes me daily to become a better person. Life is about growing – changing, allowing yourself to be molded like a piece of clay, even if it’s uncomfortable. Photos capture the moments in the midst of our growing lives and allow us to look back and remember. I love being a part of capturing that beauty! I am always honored to take the photos that allow people to look back and remember one of the biggest moments in their lives.

Sara + Geoff
Sara + Geoff
Sara + Geoff A Picnic Inspired Wedding in Manitou Springs We had a wonderful time this past weekend celebrating with Sara and Geoff! Tyler actually...
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Lindsey + DeVon
Lindsey + DeVon
Lindsey + DeVon A Breakfast at Tiffany's Inspired Wedding at Stonebrook Manor We first met this couple at our engagement session with them, where we...
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The Mining Exchange: A Downtown Colorado Springs Styled Wedding
The Mining Exchange: A Downtown Colorado Springs Styled Wedding
The Mining Exchange A Downtown Colorado Springs Styled Wedding We loved being a part of this styled shoot originated by Katie Corinne Photography last spring...
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Courtney + Cory
Courtney + Cory
Courtney + Cory A Pinwheel Themed Wedding at the Denver SPACE Gallery We LOVED that this couple wanted to get married in an art gallery!...
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What to Wear: Outfit Tips for Engagement Sessions
What to Wear: Outfit Tips for Engagement Sessions
What to Wear Outfit Tips for Engagement Sessions One question we get asked all the time as photographers is "what should I wear?" - outfits...
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Nicole + Taylor
Nicole + Taylor
Nicole + Taylor A Tiffany & Co Themed Wedding in Downtown Colorado Springs I have been waiting forever to share more of this wedding! It...
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Adriana + Chris
Adriana + Chris
Adriana + Chris A Garden of the Gods Couples Session I know Adriana a little bit through a photography group we're both a part of...
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Shelby + Alex
Shelby + Alex
Shelby + Alex Rock Ledge Ranch Engagement Session We were thankful for some beautiful weather at Rock Ledge Ranch last Friday for this engagement session...
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Sara + Geoff

Sara + Geoff A Picnic Inspired Wedding in Manitou Springs We had a wonderful time this past weekend celebrating with Sara and Geoff! Tyler actually worked with Sara’s mom a few years ago, so it was fun to make the connection again and photograph their wedding. The ceremony took place …

Lindsey + DeVon

Lindsey + DeVon A Breakfast at Tiffany’s Inspired Wedding at Stonebrook Manor We first met this couple at our engagement session with them, where we had a blast hanging out with them and their two cute French bull dog pups, Penny and Sheldon! Lindsey and DeVon met in downtown Denver …

Courtney + Cory

Courtney + Cory A Pinwheel Themed Wedding at the Denver SPACE Gallery We LOVED that this couple wanted to get married in an art gallery! We were so excited to see how it would all come together and we were not disappointed – the incredible detail with which Courtney and …

What to Wear: Outfit Tips for Engagement Sessions

What to Wear Outfit Tips for Engagement Sessions One question we get asked all the time as photographers is “what should I wear?” – outfits can really make or break the overall outcome of your final images! Determining the overall sense of style you want for your engagement photos beforehand …

Nicole + Taylor

Nicole + Taylor A Tiffany & Co Themed Wedding in Downtown Colorado Springs I have been waiting forever to share more of this wedding! It was incredible, to say the least. We got connected with Nicole and Taylor through a co-worker of Taylor’s, who happened to have been a bridesmaid …

Adriana + Chris

Adriana + Chris A Garden of the Gods Couples Session I know Adriana a little bit through a photography group we’re both a part of – she’s an amazing photographer herself (AND published author!!) and we were so happy to do this session with her and Chris (you can check …

Shelby + Alex

Shelby + Alex Rock Ledge Ranch Engagement Session We were thankful for some beautiful weather at Rock Ledge Ranch last Friday for this engagement session with Shelby and Alex! We hadn’t had the chance to interact with them much before their engagement session – so first off I have to …

Grant + Laura

Grant + Laura a Hebrew Wedding at Cielo at Castle Pines We loved being a part of this Hebrew wedding, it was our first one and there were so many fascinating elements in it I wish we could watch it all over again! Laura and Grant grew up as family …

Shoot & Share Contest Results

Shoot & Share Contest Results The Shoot & Share Photo Contest is the world’s only free & fair photo contest. Anyone can enter up to 50 photos in 25 categories. Voting began February 1st and the results are in! This year was the first year we entered into the Shoot …