5 IMPORTANT THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN BRINGING YOUR DOG ON A SHOOT
Apr 11, 2019 | By: T.E.P Studios
So many couples become parents to a fur baby before getting married. This means that you have a very important part of your family who probably won't be able to come to your wedding!! Your engagement session is a perfect time to capture your complete little family without having to stress about getting your dress dirty or the logistics of getting pup to you on the big day!
We love including your pup on engagement sessions but have learned some key things that will help create an enjoyable experience for you and for your furry baby!
BEFORE we even get into our tips, the most important thing is to make sure that the location you choose allows pets! If not, pick a new spot!
#1 - Bring a friend or family member
This is key! Even though you want your puppy in some of your engagement photos you probably don't want them in ALL of them. Having an extra pair of hands gives you the option to just have you and your non-furry sweetie in the photographs. Another great tip is to have someone bring your puppy later in the shoot. This is especially handy if you want to wear a more formal outfit first. Your puppy won't have the ability to get you dirty or hairy and then you can change into your casual outfit before they arrive!
#2 - Choose a familiar location
Have you ever walked a new way or went to a new park with your fur baby? They get so excited by all the smells that it is impossible to keep them on track! We suggest doing your session somewhere that is familiar to your dog. If you pick a new spot, try to take them there a few times before the shoot. This way they can sniff it all out and get comfy in the new place.
#3 - TREATS!!
I am not sure that I need to even explain this one but sometimes couples forget. Yes, treats are bribery, but when you are trying to get your sweet puppy to cooperate it is essential!! Same principle applies later in life with toddlers:). This may be the perfect time to dish out the special treats that your pup might not get all the time.
#4 - Do What Comes Natural
The hardest poses are going to be the ones where all three of you are looking at the camera. So instead of focusing only on those poses, you can do some "poses" that feel more natural. Walking is a great one because it gives the candid feel and your puppy will love the chance to move! Another great one is to give your doggie some love. Kisses and snuggles look adorable in photographs and pup is going to eat up all the attention!
#5 - Choose a Photographer Who Likes Dogs
I know what you are thinking, "Isn't everyone a dog person?". Nope! And some photographers may say they like dogs but do not own any of their own and are a little uneasy around them. Just ask your photographer up front if they own dogs and enjoy being around them. It makes all the difference to have someone who is comfortable and knowledgeable with working with dogs.
Other Considerations -
Bringing props are a great addition! You can make signs that hang around your dogs neck or that they hold in their mouth. Putting a flower crown on their heads or around their collar is adorable.
We recommend that you groom at least 5 days before the shoot and not any closer. Most pets shed a bit after grooming so giving a 5 day buffer ensures that all that fur doesn't end up on you!
Other items to bring are water/water dish, leash, poop bags, and a toy that gets their attention.
Well there you have it! 5 tips that will help create a great experience for you and your fur baby! If you ever have specific concerns or questions just ask your photographer! We are here to help!