We are dog people and there’s no hiding it! We’ve also found that many of our clients love their pets and just want to have them around all the time… and they want to include them in their photos.
If you’re engaged, you might be wondering whether you should bring your furry friend to your engagement session. When it is possible, We are HUGE fans of having dogs in engagement sessions! Including your dog is a great way to personalize your session, and it can be a wonderful opportunity to have professional portraits taken of the two of you with your pet. It also adds a sense of ease and comfort for many people who might otherwise feel camera-shy. After all, it’s hard to feel self-conscious when you’re playing with an adorable pooch!
Here are five things we suggest you do if you would like to include your pet in your engagement session:
While we’re personally a fan of including dogs, your photographer might have reservations (or allergies). And even if they’re thrilled to have your pup in the shoot, your photographer will still need to know ahead of time so that they can prepare to make the most of the opportunity. We like to ask whether our clients would like to include a pet in their engagement photos on our ‘Getting To Know You’ questionnaire right after they book with us, but if your photographer doesn’t bring it up, make sure you DO!
No matter how much you adore your dog, you probably want a significant portion of your engagement photos to focus just on you and your fiancé. So ask a friend or family member (who is already comfortable with your dog) to come along and take care of your pup during the dog-free portions of the session. This way you get all of the joy of including your dog without having to worry about them when they’re out of the frame! Typically we like to do the first half of the shoot with the dog and the second half without, so it often works great to have the friend or family member take the pup for a walk at the half-way point.
This sounds like common sense, but when you’re thinking about whether your outfit goes with the one your fiancé is wearing and what the traffic will be like on the way to meet your photographer… well, it can be easy to forget to bring pet-necessities. So plan ahead and have a little go-bag prepared to accompany your dog to the session. This can contain: a water dish and bottled water, treats, a toy, and waste bags – anything your dog needs to feel safe and well cared for at the session!
Just because a location is outdoors doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a good fit for your pooch! It’s best to choose an outdoor location with lots of wide open space. Parks, trails, and fields are always great choices.
One of the reasons you want your dog to be part of your engagement session is because they’re already a part of your family. So let that connection shine! Don’t be afraid to have fun with your fiancé and your pet! The happiness and comfort you feel together will show in your images.
We always feel so blessed to get to document a couple with their furry family members! We know that the resulting photos will be shared and smiled over for years to come. So if you have been wondering how to include your dog in your engagement session, we hope these suggestions help! If you are planning your engagement session and would like to include your furry friend, connect with us and we’ll talk about your plans and help you get your engagement session booked!