Whether you got your dog when you first moved in together or your pup was there when your partner popped the question or before, it’s not surprising that many couples look to include their pets in the wedding festivities like engagement photos or even wedding.

While having your dog serve as the ring bearer or flower girl may seem stressful to, there’s nothing more adorable than having your pooch pop up in your engagement photos. Here, are few tips on including your beloved companion in your engagement session. After all they are part of our families!

1. Let us know he is coming with you

Don’t go into your engagement session without letting us know about a pet appearance. Because we love them! It’ll help your pro prep for the photos (as well as plan for any unexpected incidents!) and we will prepare and think about creative ways to include your pup.

2. Confirm that pets are allowed at your shoot location

While most public parks will allow pets, we might have trouble including your pup at a shoot at the botanical gardens or on the manicured lawn of a historic estate, as well as at any indoor facility. Always call ahead of time to confirm that your four-legged ones are welcome.

3. Make sure the location will be comfortable

While a summer shoot in the city may seem like the perfect weather to showcase your little white dress, hot pavement streets might prove uncomfortable for you pet’s naked paws after some time. Similarly, a winter wonderland shoot in the snow could prove less than scenic for dogs unaccustomed to the cold, and even painful for those sensitive to the salt sprinkled on icy streets.

4. Bring treats!

I am sure they would agree with me here!  This is crucial, particularly when you’ll need your pet to sit still or lay down to pose for a photo. Give them treats to incentivize good behavior or when they’re looking like they need a pick-me-up. You think you’re the only one who’s exhausted by all this picture taking? J If you forget about the treats we will have them with us for sure!

5. Avoid long sessions

Limit pet participation to a short segment—especially if you have a young or a particularly energetic pet. After some time, they’re bound to lose interest and stop behaving altogether, giving you less of a chance for a good photos.

6. Enlist help

Unless you’re shooting the engagement session at or close to home, hire a pet sitter or enlist help of a friend to watch your dog or take them home when they’re done with their photos. This way, you won’t have to worry about them getting restless, feeding them or giving them water, and you can focus all your attention on getting the perfect photos of just the two of you.

7. Be realistic and have fun

Don’t get stressed out if the unexpected happens and your pet starts misbehaving or refuses to sit still and look at the camera. Allow your pet to get used to the new environment and play and interact with them like you do at home to get them comfortable. If your dog refuses to participate, even for a short period of time, don’t let it ruin the entire shoot. Scratch the pet portion, have your dog watcher whisk the pup away and enjoy the solo session with your partner.

At the end, we can bring our Jimmy with us and they can play 🙂

(Jimmy: “Did somebody say my name? Play? Yes! Let me just eat this hot chestnut first!”) 




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