Chris Gosnell Photography » Colorado Springs Wedding Photographer

I have come to LOVE working with local Colorado Springs business owners to promote their passion, their skill, their businesses with intro and promo videos.  Below is one such lovely woman I’m proud to introduce you to;  Marla Koupal with Vibrancy!   (

I had the pleasure of learning more about Marla and her work with clients using the LENS (Low Energy Neuro Feedback software) and the Bio Mat.  She’s seen dramatic results with kids, adults and seniors and talks about many of them in these videos.

She and I had a blast filming these intro and promo business videos in her office;  I think we laughed more than we filmed, which only lends to the natural presentation she gave and allows you to see a bit more of what it’s like to work with her.

If you’d like to learn more about business video intros for your website, YouTube channel and Facebook, please contact me.  Many videos are as low as $125!!

Contact me below!

Chris, your amazingly vibrant business intro/promo videographer!

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Coordinate wardrobe without being matchy-matchy
Khakis and polos, right?  Everyone in jeans and a white shirt?  (Oh, I’m so holding back on the “The 90’s called and they want their clothes back” jokes.)  (okay,  maybe not holding back that much.)  The fastest way to timeless photos that won’t go viral for “family photos gone wrong” is to think coordinating colors, and stay away from matchy-matchy.
A. Start with Mom.  Find your favorite dressy/casual outfit.  Something that fits well and flatters your frame.  What colors are dominant? Blues and greens?  Choose clothing for the rest of the family that fits those two criteria:  They’re comfortable and fits them and have some of those same colors.
B.  Let everyone have their own style.  I’ve worked with clients whose kids are all diverse as I’m sure yours are.  One family I recall had a teen boy in jeans and a button up shirt.  The second teen boy all dapper in his suit, minus the jacket while one teen girl was beautiful and radiant in summer clothes and an older teen cowgirl in jeans and boots.  It all works.  If they’re comfortable, you’ll  be much more likely to get great images, and ones that THEY like!  PARENTAL WIN!!
C. Avoid extremes.  Digital cameras have troubles with certain things.  Makes its little sensor freak out a bit.  These offenders are neon colors, itty bitty pin-stripes, red and other extremes.  Best to stay mid-toned (not bright white, not dark black, but anywhere in the middle.)  Solids are great. You want your photographs to focus on your faces and connections, not necessarily your clothing.
So, let’s raise a camera (it has glass in it!) to timeless family portraits you’ll be proud to share for years to come!
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Keep calm and feed on.
Keep calm and feed on. Good rule of thumb for everyone in the portrait, whether child, teen or adult.  Everyone gets cranky when their blood sugar gets low.  Coupled with the stress of getting a family dressed, out the door and to the place on time, who wouldn’t feel a bit “Why do I even bother?!”  Here’s a couple of tips I hope help keep away the grumpies in us all.
A. Make sure everyone’s fed.  Even if it’s a snack, offer it to them before you leave the house.  You too, super-mom!  If your sugar isn’t at rock bottom, you’ll be less likely to be there too.  ‘Nuff said.
B. Pick out clothes BEFORE time to leave.  Including socks and shoes.  This will help get the surprises (shirts bunched up in a corner, big rip in the pants, etc.) out of the way before they become last-minute freak outs.  Ain’t nobody got time for that.
C. Fudge the time.  Tell your family they all need to be in the car 15-20 minutes earlier than is necessary.  Make time for the last minute potty trips, where’s-mys and whatnot’s.  Then again, maybe you should give them thirty minutes.  Better to be early and not rushed then to be late and woman with her hair on fire and scowl on her face.
D. Have some fun!  In the car, get the mood going by playing some music, singing along to horrible songs, and just having a fun time.  Don’t rush.  Do what you can to have the family arrive at the shoot happy, healthy and not in fear of a spanking.
If mama is happy, everyone is happy and your portraits will show those beautiful faces.
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Focus on Connection, not Perfection
You know those photographs of people that make you take a double look and then smile?  The ones I’ve seen that get the most attention and “oh my goodness, this is an amazing photo of….” comments on Facebook are ones where the family is smiling and laughing, connecting with each other and (gasp!) not being perfect.
Gone are the days of Glamour Shots with their painful poses and you’re-taking-waaaaay-too-long smiles.  I love watching my family clients interact with each other and capturing that connection.  It’s the daddy’s girl, and the way you can tell she melts his heart and has him wrapped around her little finger.  The sweetness of a mother with a baby, kissing on him and snuggling close.
It’s the genuine, unconscious smiles that come when you’re taking a moment to connect with your family in front of the camera.  Mastercard ain’t got nuthin’ on this kind of priceless.
We may get eyes squeezed shut and mouths open in a heartfelt belly laugh.  You may have a bit of squishy face in a hug so tight it conveys all the love in a little boy’s heart.  You’ll also have a moment frozen in time of your family’s love.  The visual memory of his toothless, open-mouthed grin before he gets too cool to smile for the camera. And yes, the little girl in the princess dress singing “Let it go” until you wish you could, but fully believes she is a princess because her parents tell her she is.
Connection, not perfection;  that’s definitely the way to go.
Our next Portrait Day is coming up April 11th & 12th!  
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It’s been said that when you photograph someone in color, you photograph their clothes. But, when you photograph someone in black and white, you photograph their soul. In that celebration, our Soulful portrait day is coming up Sunday, March 29th.

Click here to schedule your portrait session!

So, what does this look like? Stunning in its simplicity. A gray seamless background and beautiful light. Viola!

See you Sunday!

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