Chris Gosnell Photography » Colorado Springs Wedding Photographer

There’s a new trend in professional portraiture;

Lifestyle Photography.

What are lifestyle family portraits?  It’s definitely a new love of mine.

Lifestyle portraits are just that;  showing your lifestyle.

Who you are as a family and individuals.  Often

photographing a family in their home and

neighborhood, it’s so much more than your home and

being perfect.  In fact, it’s the exact opposite.  It’s

everyday life.

Think of the moments you spend with your children that are so precious to you.

When they wake up and you get their undivided attention.

Playing with them and seeing them laugh and smile at your silly goofball faces.


Reminescent of the times when family photographs were taken in the front yard, in front of the house and often by the family car.  How many family events were captured in front of the fireplace or a decorated staircase?   This was a normal thing to take portraits in or around the family home;  it told people who you were.  Add a 2015 update to these ideas and you have a lifestyle family portraits.

We invite people to our homes to see our family, but it’s

not about posing  in front of our possessions as much

as enjoying our family connections.  We let the

photographer see us at our everyday; we’re playing

with the kids, baking a cake and giving the dog a

rawhide to chew.

What we receive in return are frozen moments in time;  the smooshy-kissy faces, sleepy babies being absolutely adorable and all the beautiful things you think of when you remember back to this time.  We put a face to it and give you a visual to the memory and share with your friends and family.


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These are the most important portraits before your wedding day!  Your senior portraits should reflect who you are, what your passions are as well as your personal style.

“How do I bring my personal style to my senior portraits?”  It’s easy to personalize your senior photos in wardrobe, props and special locations.

WARDROBE: You want to show off two sides of your personality.  The dapper, show-stopping look for the night out and your casual, everyday self.  Guys, you may be Neal Caffrey dapper, or Matt Smith bowties-are-cool; whatever it is, own it!  Ladies, Pull out all the stops – the LBD, heels and awesome hair and make-up.  Maybe your style is cute, light and flirty;  do it up!

When it comes to casual, nothing beats getting in your comfies and chilling out a bit.  Slow things down, take a few breaths and let your light shine, whether it be in the timeless beauty of jeans and a solid shirt and barefoot or Colorado flip-flops or Toms.

An extra level of awesomeness in wardrobe for your senior photos would be a third special outfit that shows your special interests.  Your martial arts uniform and weapons or your football jersey.  Perhaps you’re a dancer; let’s get in your favorite costume and show you off.   Would you rather be on horseback?  Let’s do it!  These senior photos are all about you!

PROPS:  What are you interested in?  We’re not talking cheesy things, but what goes along with your wardrobe and location to showcase your personality and special interests.  Let’s shoot horseback out on a trail, with your boots, hat and favorite shirt.  Skateboarder?  Let’s get out in the skate park and get amazing senior photos.  Gearhead?  Let’s pop the hood and show off your talent.

LOCATION to fit the mood.   Where do you spend, or want to spend your time?  In the rocks and trees, rockclimbing or hiking?  In Heritage Gardens among the flowers, pond and beautiful landscaping?  In your local coffeeshop hanging out with your friends?  Let’s focus our time on the location that makes you feel most at home.

Your senior photos are a reflection of who you are and celebrate the person you’ve become.  Personalizing your senior portrait session makes all the difference.

Give us a call and let’s schedule your amazing senior portraits!


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Most of the women my age I know are mothers in the conventional sense;  children with full names and only two legs.  What happens to the women like my BFF Tarah, and myself, who have so much motherly love to give and no mini-me to shower it upon?

We become fur-baby mommies!

Here is a little introduction to the fuzzy joy bucket that is Dora, the Cocker Spaniel/Shih-tzu mix we adopted from the local humane society about four and a half years ago.  Dora, you are an amazing little bubby, and such a loving fur-baby!


Below: Dora sleeps with me (Chris) (ain’t nobody else sleeping with me, so why not!) I often get the divine fur-mommy privilege of waking up Dora with sweet little pets and am rewarded with her turning over and giving me her belly; and this little view of her little black nose, and little black lip.

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Above:  Dora sleeps like a human; head on a pillow and everything.  She even snores a little.  Adorable!

Below:  She loves going for long walks.  Our second favorite (next to the park down the street from the house) is the Palmer Park dog run at the top of the hill where she can run around off leash and smell every. single. thing.

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Above: SnowFace.

Below: Mooooommmmmm….NO!   This is often the response to us wanting to take her picture.

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Below:  Dora’s favorite snuggle place;  getting a good belly rub. :D

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Above: Dora waiting for us to come home on her back of the couch perch at the living room window.


Happy Fur-Baby Mother’s day to all the other Puppy Mommies out there!!

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Business headshots are so little about perfection, and so much about capturing someone in their natural beauty.  A huge part of putting them at ease in front of the camera is to have them in a place they’re comfortable.   Terza and I ( thought we were going to have to reschedule due to beautiful spring rains, but alas, the clouds gave way for a few minutes and let us get some great images.

We found some open shade and colorful backgrounds.  How much your world changes just by turning around and looking behind you!  Then, we found a large lilac bush in full bloom.  Couldn’t ask for anything more!

Who says business headshots have to be stuffy?  Certainly not me!  They should be the best first impression for your clients to get to know you; the real, comfortable you.  Big smiles and all.

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I love fashioning senior portraits around the graduate’s interests.  KC had just gotten his pilot’s license the morning before his senior portrait session.  Absolutely had to show that off!

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