Donna Marie

PHOTO CO.

Including your Pet in your Photo Session

Including your Pet in your Photo Session

I often get asked by couples if they are allowed to bring their pet along with them to their adventure session, wedding, or elopement. Real talk: Your fur baby is absolutely allowed to any photo session you book with me! I love being able to document not only the love you have for one another, but the love you share with your doggo, kitteh, or any other beloved non-human family member. I’ve got a slew of pet-friendly locations in my back pocket at the ready for anyone who does want to romp around with their pet for a photo session or exchange their vows. Not to mention, I too, will spoil and shower your pet with attention to get some of those highly loved pet glam shots.

Tips for when you bring your pet to your sesh:

—Make sure to bring treats! This can definitely help bring attention to directions given, or get your pet to look toward the camera.

—Bring a toy or two that your fur baby absolutely loves! This is especially important if we’re shooting in a location that is brand new to your pup!!

—Posed portraits, if you want them, take lots of patience when you include a pup. With so many new sights, sounds, smells and person (or people depending on location) it can be somewhat difficult to get them to settle long enough for a posed shot.

—If you’re able, and you’re going to a new place for your session, check out the location ahead of time with your pet so it’s not completely new to them. A week, or even a day before may help depending on your pet! Doing this may help them settle in a little faster on the day of your session.

—On posed shots, I much prefer capturing you interacting with your pet over posing, because of the movement and emotions displayed when you’re having fun with them.

—Make sure to shower that fur baby with lots of love during your session!

And seriously, suuuuper bonus points from me if you include your pet into your wedding celebration.

Enjoy some of my absolute favorite shots of pets with their humans!

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