Dogs are truly members of the family, so as an Austin family portrait photographer my clients will sometimes ask if they can include their four-legged friends in our session. My answer is YES! I know dogs are often your first “baby,” so I welcome families to bring them for both outdoor and studio sessions.
Often dogs can be a lot like having a toddler at a session. You really have to embrace that sweet but unpredictable nature, especially with puppies!!
I find it always helps to make sure Mama (and the rest of the family) are well-prepared prior to any session. With dogs, its no different! Even if they are really well-behaved, it helps to keep a few things in mind when you include dogs in your family sessions!
You know your pup’s personality more than I do, so its important to keep realistic expectations when incorporating them into your session.
Your dog may get distracted being outdoors around other people. They also may not lay right next to a new baby like you hope during a studio newborn session. My top priority is baby’s safety so if a pose isn’t working with your pup, we may have to try something else.
Don’t worry- it will still be adorable!
Having someone you trust to hold your dog’s leash is a huge help! During a session, I will take many photos of your family and pup together. But, there are times when we’ll want to give your dog a break!
This is when a friend or family member comes in handy! They can hold the leash and let your dog explore, allowing you to focus on just your kids for a few moments.
If your pet is unfamiliar with the session location, it can be helpful to take them there a few days before your session to let them explore and take it all in.
Treats are a must for a session with dogs! We’ll use those as a positive reinforcement.
Please also bring extra potty bags, a water bowl, and a nice leash and collar. I recommend bringing the compact pop-up, silicone water bowls. This is especially important for the warm months here in Austin!
For your pup’s collar and leash, it really helps to have simple, solid colored options. Leather tends to photograph better than a nylon collar or those with reflectors. Leashes are required for some venues so be sure to check that prior to our session date!
Whereas toddlers tend to struggle when overtired, dogs are much more calm! Go for a long walk the morning of the session and be active with them as much as you can!
Have your dog groomed or give them a bath with conditioner a day or two before your session. It will make their coat shine!
Limit food, especially before a car ride if your dog doesn’t fare well in the car!
Sessions with your dog are so much fun! Don’t let yourself stress if they aren’t perfectly behaved. Documenting both their personality and your family dynamic is one of the best parts!
While I can’t always promise your pet will look at the camera, I can promise to provide beautiful images that speak to you as a family.
If you’re interested in having your pet join you for your newborn, maternity or family photography session in the Austin area, contact me! I’d love to work with you!
I am so glad that you are here to get a peek at a family session with Sana Ahmed Photography. Every session is carefully curated and customized for each client. From client wardrobe, hair and makeup to fine art products, every aspect of your portraits is taken care to create an enjoyable and stress free experience for your family.
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