Engagement Sessions with Dogs - Cuteness Attack! | Denver Wedding Photographer

December 05, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Tom and I have been blessed to have many of our couples include their dog(s) in their engagements sessions.  Now this is not without a little extra planning and time, mind you, but the results make you say "Awwwwwwww!!"

After doing a few of these "first baby" (aka doggie) shoots, I started to notice what works well and makes for a successful shoot with your canine.  Here are some tips:

  • Pack all the necessities for your dog, such as water, water bowl, leash, favorite bone etc.  Think about the temperature and plan accordingly.
  • Have a third person come along.  Usually only a small part of the shoot will involve the dog.  It is also common that we move fairly far away from where we park our vehicles so putting your puppy in the car is not always convenient or safe.  Have someone there to bring your dog in and out of the scene as needed.
  • Bring treats, treats and more treats; this is the key to getting your dog to look at the camera.
  • Have a clean and color coordinated leash and collar and remove any ID tags, etc. from the collar.  Have a neutral leash like black or tan or have it match the color scheme of your clothes.
  • Plan for a place and time that will keep distractions to a minimum if possible.  Weekdays in the park are quieter than weekends due to the amount of other people (and dogs) around.
  • Does your dog have difficulty standing still?  Let’s plan for motion posing; shooting while walking or playing is great.  
  • Consider a dog park at a time when there are no crowds, or other enclosed area so your dog can run freely around you.  Keep in mind that dog parks are good for action shots, but may not have the best backgrounds. 
  • Consider your own home or yard if your dog is like ours, and has absolutely no manners.  Dogs are much less likely to be difficult to handle in their own environment.  Sitting on your porch or in the yard can produce great images and then we can head to our next location while Fido takes a nap.  
  • If you want to tie a save the date sign around your dog’s neck or use other props, practice in advance.  Don’t wait until the shoot to find out that your dog freaks out with the sign or that your ribbon is not long enough.  Practice a lot and make the prop equal treats!  At the shoot, I will use the treats to focus pup to the camera while the two of you are worry free and having a great time.

Take a look at these photos! ~ Lucy

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