Chris Gosnell Photography » Colorado Springs Wedding Photographer


“You never get a second chance to make a first impression,” as the saying goes, and so it is. Your business card given from a referral, your LinkedIn profile, your Facebook business page post shared from a friend, and of course, your website. These are just a few ways your first impression will happen, and you won’t know about it or have any control on when it happens. You can, though, help form that good first impression with a great business headshot.

People will do business with those they know over a stranger. When a potential client sees your business headshot, they will have decidedly strong impressions of who you are and feel they’ve already met you. When you’ve met a couple of candidates for a position, you’re likely leaning toward the one you liked a bit more than the others. Perhaps your personalities may have clicked, and there’s just something about them you like.   It’s subconscious to begin to trust someone you know and like. At the very least, you give them the benefit of the doubt because you’ve met them and gotten along. You expect better than average service and it all started because they feel they’ve met you through seeing your business headshot.

A good business headshot takes a giant leap forward in the know, like, trust factor and puts you in the lead from the rest of the non-photo, blank business cards and website pack.

For the potential clients that take a second look at your website or LinkedIn profile and seen your business headshot, there’s something they connected with. Maybe you’re their age, and they feel you know who they are. Do you have a warm, inviting smile that makes you someone they want to talk to?

Your potential client will have a distinct thought of who you are and how you make them feel from the first moment they see your business headshot.

How comforting is it when you have a problem with your home, to call a trusted friend? You automatically know you’re going to be well taken care of and probably given priority treatment. Perhaps they’re going through a stack of business cards, see your business headshot on your card and remember you and your conversation. That will make your phone ring versus your competition.

Isn’t that what it’s all about? Making a great first impression that sets you apart from your competitors and gives you the advantage.

Now you can get your business headshots taken during your lunch hour! Five minutes will yield 2-3 great images; within ten minutes, we can capture two different looks, a business and casual for instance and give you 4-8 finished images.

All starting at $50!  

Want more information?  Fill out the form below, and it will be sent!

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If your family photo session was a dog, which breed would it be?


The Chihuahua

Small, cute, and definitely full of personality, the Mini Portrait session is the tiniest of portrait sessions.

Chihuahuas love being dressed for the season and Mini Portrait sessions love taking advantage of the weather and beauty all around.  You’ll find them playing in almost every season, with sunny summer sessions, colorful fall foliage family photos and happy, joyful holiday festivities.

The Mini Portrait sessions are economical companions, as they don’t cost much in time or finances and are a good choice for first-time portrait takers.


The Lab

Labs are full of energy and always happy to see you!  They run to the door and greet you with enthusiasm whether you’ve been gone all day or just walked back in the door to pick up your keys.  The custom portrait session is a great choice to celebrate your latest graduate, new baby or the yearly family portrait.

They are truly man’s best friend and at their happiest when engaged in family activities.  Like labs who aren’t well suited for couch potatoes, the custom portrait session loves families full of activity and life.  Bring your personalities, big and small.  Connect with each other and have fun goofing around and laughing with your nearest and dearest.  We’ll capture it all and give you your favorite, most requested portraits of all time.

Labs are a breeze to train and are very intelligent.  We’ll customize your portrait session to fit your needs and your family’s personality.  We know the best locations in Colorado Springs for family portraits and when the light and weather is best. Have special requests?  Bring it on!


The Great Dane

You may think these larger than life dogs crave the outdoors, but the Dane is a bit of a couch potato.  The Lifestyle Family Portrait session loves hanging out with you in the house, on the couch or playing with the kids on the floor.

Their size may seem intimidating, but the Dane is a lover, not a fighter.  The lifestyle portrait is there to fold right in with the family’s daily lifestyle, capturing your interactions, feeding the toddler, rocking the baby and is friendly and fantastic with kids.

Does your family life center around the kitchen?  The Lifestyle Family Portrait session has a voracious appetite and eats up all the love that flows around the family hub.

The Lifestyle Family portrait session just wants to be your lapdog and thanks to their friendly nature, they want to curl up on the couch with you.


Interested in an upcoming Mini-Portrait session?  Let me know, and we’ll talk!   Portrait contact form

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Such gorgeous engagement photos among lovely purple lilacs ~ what could be better on a spring Colorado Springs day?


Bryan and Angela met at work;  he was kind and attentive, she, radiant as ever.  It wasn’t long before he had her heart and soon after, they were planning their life together.

Angela had one request for their engagement portraits: Lilacs!  In Colorado Springs, there are lilac bushes dotted around town, but only one spot I know of that have a long stand of them and I know where to find it!  They brought their two fur babies, Timmy and Lego who had more fun barking and threatening the local squirrels than holding still for photos.  However, they let us get a few great family portraits.

Be on the watch for their wedding photos later this year; couldn’t pick a more gorgeous time in Colorado than mid October!  Blessings to you both!

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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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