As most people know, I am a huge animal lover and a dog mamma myself. So it is no surprise that a lot of my clients tend to be also.
As a result, many of my couples ask if they can bring their fur baby along to their engagement shoot. I will never say no to this! They are just as much a member of the family as anyone else, after all!
I am always excited to meet your pets and will probably greet them before you when you arrive for your session.
I have a one year old cocker spaniel called Blu, he’s absolutely crazy and will more than likely make an appearance if I’m on a zoom call with you, he’s rather nosy and loves making new friends.
However, there are a few things to bare in mind when bringing your pooch. Keep reading for my top 5 tips on bringing your dog to your shoot
1. Inform us!
100% let your photographer know in advance. While we are used to unexpected scenario's, knowing in advance that we will be dealing with a dog is helpful. Firstly, we can share the tips in this blog to help you prepare but it also helps us in knowing where to go for your shoot, the kind of dog and their temperament and also note any shots we would like to incorporate in the shoot.
2. Bring a dog sitter.
If your dog is going to be with us during an entire session, it is crucial to have a 3rd person present to help take care of them. While we do take a lot of photos with your dog in them, we will absolutely be switching things up to incorporate just the two of you.
3. Choose a dog friendly location.
Definitely talk to your photographer about a suitable location. The last thing you want is to arrive at your session location to see the dreaded “no dogs allowed” sign. It's also important that the location suits what breed of dog you have. A tall grass field and a sausage dog aren't going to go well as they won't be seen!
4. Be prepared!
If your dog has a lot of energy you may want to give them a walk before your shoot so they're not so hyper and will stay still for some shots. If you are able to take them to the location in advance to become familiar with the environment then even better. Make sure you pack a doggy bag with treats and water, this will help the photographer get their attention.
5. Finally, be patient.
Remember this engagement shoot is to get used to being in front of the camera, Having your pet around can make the situation a little more difficult. Your pet, no matter how well behaved, will pretty much run the show on that day. I will be working off of their mood and temperament so be patient! You may not wind up with the perfect shot but you may wind up with one that shows off your pet’s personality.
Laura Jayne is a professional photographer with a passion for showing people how beautiful they are.