Tips for Bringing Your Dog to an Engagement Session or Wedding Photos

We know that the loving bond we feel with our pets is incomparable. Our pets stick with us through thick and thin, loving us unconditionally. That being said, we know that you might want to include your loyal companion in your engagement session – after all, they’ve been there from the start, and they’ll play an integral part in your lives after you tie the knot, helping your house feel like a home and a couple feel like a family.

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Ready to feature your furry friend in an engagement session photos and end with wedding photos? We love all pets – we’ll even photograph your guinea pig! But here are a few tips to consider when adding some extra paws to your engagement session:

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1.    Bring a Dog Wrangler (i.e. friend or family member)

We’ll need to get some intimate couple’s photos, so having someone to tend to your pet allows you to concentrate on being present when they aren’t in photo. They can also walk them around or even take your pup home halfway through if need be while your session continues. 

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2.    Exercise.

Take your pup to a dog park or open area to run ALOT before your session. Bring ball or whatever it takes to get all that energy out before photos so they are too tired to be crazy.

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3.    Bribe.

If your dog responds to treats, bring some for the photographer to reward them for good behavior. Also consider bringing squeaky toys for your “wrangler” to use to help your dog focus – position them behind photographer’s head to direct your dog’s attention to the camera.

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4.    Always Bring a Leash.

Many public spaces are not leash free, and a leash will help your wrangler. Even if your dog responds to voice commands, you never know what could happen, and you’ll feel more relaxed knowing your dog is close by and safe at all times.

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5.    Dog Friendly?

Don’t forget to confirm dogs are allowed at your engagement session location, especially if it’s a privately-owned location. Many do not allow pets. Make sure to bring bags and clean up after them, and be mindful of keeping your dog in pet-friendly areas.

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6.    The Wedding Day!

If your furry friend does a good job at your session, consider them hired for the wedding! You could even get them cute doggie tuxedos or special collar floral wreaths, as seen in these weddings below!

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