I am Chris Gosnell, vibrant photographer in Colorado Springs, CO
I am an unashamed lover of God and people, snuggler of dogs and happy consumer of coffee and can often be found at my local coffeeshop. I'm a bona fide hippie's daughter and proud of it.
I am a graduate of the Art Institute of Colorado and hail from the city of the purple mountains' majesty. (Colorado Springs, CO) I love to spend time with friends, enjoy a good cup of coffee and laugh hysterically at the movies.
I am not often asked to take senior portraits since my main client is the Colorado Springs small business owner or solopreneur. It’s nice every once in a while to take a bit of a mind break from business, headshots and video to dabble in other artistic expressions.
Here are some of the more recent senior portraits I’ve taken; enjoy!!
What’s it like to film in studio with me? Here’s a behind the scenes look!
Business Coach to Financial Advisors, Arlene Moss of Kimberlite Coaching bravely let me film one of her video sessions with my little iPhone. (my other cameras were in use, so don’t critique!) It’s a little long in comparison to what I usually post, but you do see from beginning to end, the unedited time we spend capturing a video.
When this film is finished through editing, it’ll be well under 2 minutes. You’ll never know how many takes it took, never see the flubs, laughter or expletives.
Not everyone is as smooth at delivery as Arlene here, but the ideas are the same.
Do your homework and write out what you’d like to say, either in bullet points or full on.
Take it one bite at a time. You can always say it again if you don’t like it the first time!
Breathe, and stay calm when you’re talking. Talking in video needs a little slower cadence than face to face conversation.
Be you! Your personality needs to come through on video, not perfection. Perfection is a facade. People need to meet the real you; perhaps a little polished, but the real you, none-the-less.
Leave the rest to me. That’s the beauty of filming in studio with me; You get to come and talk about your business and leave all the heavy lifting to me! You get a finished product that is clean, crisp and ready to share with the world.
If you’d like to see more Video Espresso films, click the website video link at the top of the page. Custom video is available too!
Alrighty. I am a power-packed blonde who grew up as a teen in the 80’s and wished my hair would do the Farrah Fawcett feather. Lord knows I used enough Aqua Net that would make Trump look like an amateur, but still, no great 80’s hair. Didn’t stop me from trying, though!
Today, I am a grand total of 5’5″ and absolutely not petite. (smile) I cut my hair short and dye it pink because it turns out I don’t have a good head of hair. (Thanks Dad!) I figure it’s more fun to have fun with it than try to make it something it’s not. Besides; pink suits me. A lot.
<Steps up on soap box, taps microphone>
I am not, never was, and never will be your classically beautiful, blonde bombshell. Oh, I can hear you now; “Awww, don’t say that!” I hear it all the time. I’d rather say what’s on my mind than cower to popular belief.
What’s on my mind is you.
You, who looks at your portrait and expect to see flaws.
You, who is surprised to see your reflection captured in a photograph.
The dear heart who sees first the bags under her eyes, the laugh lines and rounder face and overlooks the beautifully stunning woman before her with a heart-warming smile and sparkling eyes.
I have a bit of a shock for you; for us all. We do not know what we look like. WE DO NOT KNOW WHAT WE LOOK LIKE. Everyone else, every single other person on this planet who sees you, sees ALL of you. They get the 360 degree view and know exactly what you look like. Unless they’re an insecure bully, they’re going to see the best in you and love you for it. They accept you as you are, all of you.
Mentally chew on this one; when your friend shows you a portrait of them, what do you point out? What do you tell them? Would you speak to them as you do yourself? Look at those bags under your eyes! Oh my gosh, look at those WRINKLES! You look like a GRANDMOTHER! Need I go on? Even the most blunt wouldn’t be one tenth as nasty as we are with ourselves. Why? If you wouldn’t say it to someone else, why on God’s creation would you say it to yourself?
The enemy of your soul wants to steal, kill and destroy not just you personally, but anything about you, your influence on others and legacy you would leave in those on this planet. Why? Because we are created in the image of God Almighty and that makes our enemy angry. “Don’t you dare,” he says, “reflect any glory or show any beauty.”
I say look that fear in the eye, stare it down with the surety of Dirty Harry and go ahead and shine. Shine. SHINE!
I leave you with a powerful quote.
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. -Marianne Williamson.
Business coaching website videos. How do you, as a business coach, explain certain things without giving away the farm? With short videos, of course, that whet the appetite and get your potential clients wanting to click for more.
More could be more videos, more information or more of whatever it is they saw first. Something you said through your website video made them connect with you personally or your message and want to hear more of that. Show them!
When you’re using business coaching website videos on your social media, it not only gets people engaged with you but involved in your message. Your potential clients get to meet you, hear your voice, see your mannerisms and hopefully, connect with you on a personal level. This is a huge thing for business coaches. Having a personal connection to your potential business coach is a decisive factor, to be sure. Being yourself and presenting valuable ideas on your website video is a low-cost, high-yield way to start making that connection.
I love how Arlene Moss of Kimberlite Coaching seems to reach out through her business coaching website videos and give those introverts a big, uncomfortable hug and lets them be themselves. Being an extrovert myself, I was in awe of her ability to identify with and comfort those introverts in her field and help them get some good coaching to better do their business networking.
You, lovely business coach, who is thinking of doing your own business coaching website videos, take a few notes. Be yourself. Let your light shine. Fly your flag. Every moment you are being your unique self, you are either attracting your ideal client or repelling those who are not. So, next time you find yourself in front of the camera to make some business coaching website videos, remember to take a deep breath and just be you.
Natural smiles in business headshots; is it possible? It is certainly made much easier with a little helper!
NSI Partners, an amazing local marketing company sent their staff in to get headshots for their website recently. When the owners, a husband and wife team came in, they had their little man in tow. He was sitting about a foot away from them off to camera’s left. Once I got the light set up and happy, little dude jumped in and “helped” show mom had to smile really big. She was doing just fine on her own, but don’t you just believe his help gave us so many natural, laughing smiles!
When it was dad’s turn in front of the camera, he was a little stiff, as 99% of people are the moment the big eyed monster camera comes out and stares you down. I asked little dude to come tickle dad and don’t you know; the BEST natural smile! Of course, I sat him down right next to dad and had him still tickling just right out of the camera’s frame and just look at that gorgeous natural smile! Now, THAT’S a GREAT business headshot!
So keep this little story or another one of your own in mind next time you find yourself a bit intimidated in front of the camera at your next business headshot sitting. Laughing makes the BEST natural smiles and of course, you want your potential clients to see your best self. Don’t worry about being perfect; it’s unattainable. The faster you come to that conclusion, the faster you can relax. Instead, to get the best natural smiles in your business headshots, focus on something funny. Take a deep breath, think of your little kiddos being goofy and adorable and let the laugh come! It will reach all the way to your eyes! Sure, your eyes may close a bit, but don’t worry; the expression on your face says a million dollars!
Natural smiles in business headshots; not so hard!