Incorporating Pets into Your Family Session
Family Photography | Inland Empire | Heidi Grace Photography
If you are planning on bringing a pet to your session this year, I have a few things that will make the experience a lot easier. I love furry friends and always have such a good time when Fido is included! Here are some things you should remember to bring when pets are included in your family session:
This will help you keep your pet near to you and where you want him or her for photos. Be sure to bring a thinner leash, as they are easier to hide or edit out if necessary. I also prefer a solid black or darker color leash. That way if it can’t be edited out, it’s not as distracting in pictures and won’t clash with what your family is wearing.
Treats are great bribery for your animal. It will help keep your pet still and focused on the camera. I love giving my dog carrots or apple slices. These work well and won’t cause your dog to have stomach issues hours later from eating too many treats.
The noisier the better. This is also a great tool to help keep your pet’s attention on me. We can also use it for a fun game and get some fun interaction shots. And be prepared to hear me use my highest most annoying voice ever when trying to get your pets attention. It may make your skin crawl, but it does the job.
A small to medium size plastic bowl and a bottle of water is necessary to keep your dog hydrated and from becoming distracted because of thirst. Especially if we are doing the session during the spring and summer month, temps can still be in the 90’s during the evening hours.
Comb or Brush
You only need this if your pup has medium to long hair. A quick comb through right when you arrive at the location can help get hair out of his eyes or make his little beard look clean and neat.
Booking Your Session
Just remember when booking your session to mention that your furry friend is coming along. Some of my location are better suited for dogs than others. Generally, I like to have sessions with pup included at a more private spot. This will usually cut down on running into other dogs and large groups of people. If your furry friend is super obedient and well behaved, then I don’t mind going to a busier spot.
Hopefully these tips will help you when including your pet in your family session this year. I can’t wait to see all the pups this fall!!
Hi! I’m Heidi with Heidi Grace Photography. I’m a wife, mom and family photographer that adores living in Southern California. I love capturing moments over poses for families in some of the most beautiful locations in the Inland Empire. Children and family photography is my jam! Can’t wait for our session together!
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