I love it when a couple incorporates their pets in their engagement sessions.
It can be tricky to incorporate our four-legged household members and make them perfect models, so here are some excellent tips for getting your pets comfortable and being a star in front of the camera.
Choose a pet-friendly location.
I know this seems obvious, but you would be surprised at how many places do not allow pets. You can normally find out this information on their website.
Include your fur-baby in a portion of the engagement session
I would always recommend us photographing with your pet first when they have the most attention.
Dogs are excited and want to sniff around new places. So I would suggest getting there early and allowing your pet to acclimatise to the area so that they are more focused when it’s time for the shoot.
Get them groomed
You want to look your best for your engagement session, and so should your fur-baby. A nice fresh groom will really make them happy and picture ready!
It is always best to have someone who can care for your pet whilst we are shooting. The sessions can last around an hour, so you’ll want to bring someone who doesn’t mind hanging around with us and taking care of your pet whilst we finish up your session.
Props, Signs & Bows
You may have a bowtie or a sign saying “My Humans Are Getting Married” to wear around their neck. It’s always good to have a prop to hand.
Make sure you arrive prepared with the following things in case you need them.
- Extra Waterbowl/Water. If we are going to be shooting outside in the middle of July and it’s hot, your Pet will get thirsty, so make sure you bring water for them to drink.
- Pooper Scooper. Enough said, really…
- Lint Roller. Dogs tend to shed, and we don’t want dog hair all over you in the remainder of the photos.
- Your dogs’ favourite toy/treat. Bringing this along will help keep their attention focused and help when posing them for a photo.
I do encourage bringing pets to your session and including them in this special moment in your life. Drop me a message for any specific questions you may have regarding your session and bringing along your four-legged friends.