Session Tips | Bringing Your Dog to Your Photo Session or Wedding | Amy Lynn Photography Studio

Session Tips | Bringing Your Dog to Your Photo Session or Wedding

We love our four legged friends (sadly that is a metaphorical we – my apartment is not conducive to additional creatures) and they are a part of your family! Naturally, you want them to be part of your engagement session senior session, family photos, or even your wedding day! And sometimes you may even want a session of just your pup! I love it when clients bring their dogs to their session and over the years, I’ve come up with a few tips and tricks for a smooth session.

Before the session – a few questions to ask yourself

  • What is your dog’s temperament? Is he chill around other dogs and people or could that be a possible concern?
  • If your dog is a puppy, has he had all of his shots?
  • Do you need a dog license for the city or local parks?
  • What location do you have in mind for your session? Many parks do not allow dogs. That said, there are some really fabulous parks that do, as well as a few very photogenic dog parks! (I did an entire senior session in a dog park once! See below!)

What to Bring to Your Session

  • your dog
  • someone else (not in your photos) who can hold your dog or take him home after that grouping of photos! This is super important as you will not want your dog present for the entire session (unless it a session focused on your dog of course!)
  • A nice collar and leash that you will not mind having in photos. Leather is always a classy option.
  • A water dish and water bottle – These portable dog dishes look awesome!
  • Small, one-bite treats
  • Waste bags

During Your Session

You’ve brought your dog to the session, you’ve got a friend to wrangle him in between shots, and the treats are easily accessible! Now what? Your dog will determine what we do next. Honestly, some of my favorite pet images EVER are “bloopers” so I just roll with it! Dogs are most photogenic when their ears are up, so be prepared for a bit of whistling/name hollering and treat giving during the session! Along the way, I do my best to nail that shot of everyone looking at the camera!

puppy with a bow tie spring engagement session

Whether your celebrating a four-legged addition to your family, capturing memories with an old friend, or commemorating your dog’s place in your family, bringing your pup to your session is possible and encouraged! With a little pre-planning and plotting, your session with your dog can be fun for all and capture that relationship with man’s best friend!

Christmas card photos at a tree farm with warm winter outfits

Bringing Your Pup to Your Wedding

One of my favorite wedding trends is couples having their dog walk down the aisle and doing portraits with their pup(s) during portrait time! Laura’s sweet Sedona has cancer and it was so so special to have her at Laura and Johnathan’s wedding! Sedona made an appearance during portraits and walked down the aisle during the ceremony. Before their wedding day, Laura & Johnathan planned who would take Sedona to and from the portrait location, brought a water dish and a gorgeous leather leash, and had a friend walk Sedona down the aisle during the ceremony.

Important note: Be sure to check and make sure that your venue and portrait locations (if different) allow dogs!

It took a little extra effort, but I know Laura & Johnathan will cherish these images!

<3 Amy