If you’ve ever wondered if you should include your dog in your engagement photos, my answer is yes! A picture is worth a thousand words, so I’m sharing some awesome dog-friendly engagement photos for inspiration along with a few tips.
Tips for Beautiful Dog-friendly Engagement Photos
As I’ve mentioned previously, probably the most important part of including your dog is choosing a pet-friendly photographer. You can always tell if the photographer loves dogs when you see photos like these!
Early on in the planning, you and your photographer should discuss location ideas. If you’re bringing your dog, make sure that dogs are allowed and that your dog will be comfortable there. If your dog has mobility issues or anxiety, consider taking some photos at home or in the backyard. In addition to being up to date on their vaccinations, it is a good idea to carry proof of rabies certification if you’re going to a state or national park. Blue-green algae is extremely toxic to dogs. Be vigilant in keeping your dog out of the water if you are unsure if there is blue-green algae.
If you have a well-trained dog, then you’re going to have a fantastic time! But, if your dog is like mine, an extra pair of hands will help. If possible, bring someone your dog knows and trusts. Practice some basic skills before the day of the engagement shoot. Bring treats with you along with your dog’s favorite toy. Squeaky toys are a great way to get a dog’s attention.
Nobody likes to be hangry, including pets. Schedule the shoot around the best light, but give your dog an early supper if needed. Engagement sessions often run longer than anticipated because they are so much fun!
I love seeing dogs in bow ties and floral collars. If you purchase something new for the shoot, be sure it fits your dog comfortably. Give your dog some time to wear it (or something similar) at home so you don’t overwhelm with your dog with too many new experiences at once. I am a huge fan of Save the Date signs, but again, be sure your dog is okay wearing it or sitting next to it before the shoot. You don’t want to spend your engagement session trying to coax your pup to wear the sign.
My dogs are okay at the groomer, but it would be stressful for them to be at the groomer’s and then go to a photoshoot. I usually schedule their grooming appointments a few days before a photo shoot.
If you need more inspiration for a dog-friendly engagement session, check out my Engaging Tails Pinterest Board.