Spring Session Styling | Colorado Springs Child and Family Photographer

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It’s no secret to anyone that Spring is right around the corner, and it is a perfect time to get family portraits done outdoors! When you think of Spring, you think blue skies, pretty flowers… allergies ( jk, kind of. πŸ™‚ ) With the perfect scenery provided by mother nature, whether it be an overgrown field of wildflowers or perhaps a nautical beach setting, you’re going to need the perfect outfits!

That’s where I come in.

As a photographer, I’m often asked what I think my clients should wear for their sessions. In all seriousness, I was not nearly as good at answering them when I first started. Even for my own family’s portraits, I’m a basket case trying to figure out what to dress our kids in, and trying to convince my husband to *not* wear his tennis shoes. It is clear to me now that every.single.woman. goes through this. So with the Spring season coming up, I have decided to showcase some portrait outfit ideas over the next few weeks. Basically each week, for about 4-6 weeks or so, I will pick one store and compile a whole family’s outfits into boards that I will share on here as inspiration for both clients and anyone who, like a lot of us, know what we want but maybe are unsure of how to put it together.

You.Are.Welcome. πŸ˜‰

This week, I am showcasing outfits that are all currently available at the Gap. My own children’s closets are no stranger to baby Gap, and now that Trinity is older I am actually having to shop for her clothes in the actual kids’ section of the Gap (lΓ¨ cry). My husband also LOVES their v-neck t-shirts. And for women, their jeans are phenomenal. A variety of fits and washes based on your body type and preference, and I’m a girl who loves options. πŸ™‚

* This is not a sponsored post. The Gap has not one clue who I am, and I am not being compensated for my opinions in any way.

Let’s start with the women πŸ™‚

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These outfits are perfect examples of how you can take a few casual (and comfortable) pieces and really give them your own spin. I always encourage moms and wives/girlfriends to accessorize and give me color with their outfit choices. It’s easy to think of color for the kids, it implements their innocence and youth, but usually the moms will tell me that they think that something is a little too bold for either their age, husband’s taste, etc. Spring means COLOR. Embrace it and be BOLD. πŸ™‚

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*Flip flops were the only shoe choices available for men. Sorry guys!*

Guys are always the hardest to convince to add a little color to their wardrobe. I have a hard enough time with it when it comes to my own husband, and I know I’m not alone. There is just something about seeing a guy in colored pants that just really puts a smile on my face. Wearing a bold color either as a shirt or pants seethes confidence, and it makes for a great portrait session (and an even better canvas cluster in your living room) to have the husband stylishly confident.

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Girls are so much fun to dress. They’re at that age where you can add more depth to their wardrobe without it necessarily being all cutesy. All of the pieces above could easily be mixed and matched to your little girl’s personal style. Can you tell that I like a bold, printed bottom? πŸ˜‰

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Boys are about as hard to dress as men are, except the fact that most boys do what their mothers tell them and just wear the dang outfit! I always urge my clients to ensure that boys clothing is kept moderately logo-free. There are some you can’t avoid, like the Ralph Lauren insignia or the American Eagle tiny eagle (or the one in the pink shirt above)… Others are not as subtle, and it can really take away from the picture. For instance, I once wore a Wacky Pack bracelet for a school portrait. My mother had no idea I had it on, and while it didn’t totally ruin the picture, it wasn’t necessarily the ideal focal point.

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Can I just say that nothing is better than dressing a baby for pictures? Seriously, the immense possibilities from not just Gap, but ALL other stores too. So. Many. Choices. ❀

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I absolutely love these yellow rain boots for baby boys. Above ^ you can see that it also works for baby girls, so if you have boy-girl multiples and want them to match, it’s a definite recipe for cuteness! And that “hi” hat? I die. ❀

Here are a few examples of putting the outfits together for a family portrait session.

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I hope that this post leaves you feeling inspired and ready to plan your Spring portrait session! Whether you’re booking with me or another photographer, thank you so much for reading!

xoxo

Jeri Layne

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