Some of my favorite childhood memories include the dogs I grew up with. And while it is becoming more common to see senior portraits with dogs, I love these sessions from Toronto lifestyle dog photographer Terri J Photography, highlighting the bond between kids and their dogs. Of course, safety is always the number one priority. Always supervise young children and dogs while teaching your children to respect dogs and interact appropriately with them.
From Terri: “Nothing beats the joy of having a best friend who loves you unconditionally, and few friendships can compare to the bond between a child and their dog. For children, the bond with their family dog is a special part of their lives. Dogs are their playmates, confidantes, protectors, adventure buddies, and just simply best friends.
Capturing photos of your kids with their dog offers priceless memories as you document your family life. The main goal of kids and dogs photography is not just to create beautiful memories but to capture the special interactions between the children and their dogs.
First up is the sweetest kid, Brielle, with her Malinois, Dakota. I think that the love between them is beautiful to witness and so priceless! Brielle’s parents run a dog training business, so it is no wonder that this little one can handle her large dog so well. It’s amazing to see how well he listens to her!
Their session was on-location at a family farm in Ontario, and it was the perfect setting to showcase this little one with her beloved dog.
Then we have young Olivia with her new Bassett Hound puppy, Ladybird. Don’t you just love that name, Ladybird? Our photo session was at the family home. Ladybird was not quite 12 weeks old at the time of the session.
The bond between this little girl and her dog is just developing, to be sure, but already it is clear that this puppy will become one of Olivia’s best friends and companions!
Please note that while the children in my photos are hugging and kissing their dogs, that’s because the dog is their family dog, they know each other well and live together. I will not encourage this type of interaction with an unfamiliar dog.”
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About Terri J Photography: Terri is based in Toronto, Ontario, as well as South Florida. She creates images of dogs and their families.
Amber Myers says
It’s always sweet to take photos of kids and pets. I need to do this with my kids. Maybe our cats would allow it. The guinea pigs would!
Nikki Wayne says
Kids and dogs are so cute together. Great job on these photos!
What a lovely pic they look both adorable such a beautiful photos!
Wow this is such a cute idea! I would love to do a photoshoot with my cats too and display them in our home.
Kids and dogs are so beautiful. Sometimes it seems that they speak the same language.
Kelli A says
These photos are so cute! I really need to get some pet photos done of our pups and the kids. Just had a granddaughter this past January, can’t wait to see how they all grow up together!
These photos are so beautiful. I love these so much. Kids and dogs have such amazing relationships. These are so lovely!
Briana Baker says
So cute! We adopted our first baby from birth at the same time we got a puppy. They were the cutest babies together! Always laying on each other!
melissa major says
These are a wonderful way to include both dogs and kids in portraits! My mum does this with my kids and her Airedale terrier!
These are so adorable pictures with both dogs and kids, They are having cute friendship. My kids also want dog. I will get them too. May be this summer.
Anosa Malanga says
I love kids and as well as dogs. Looking through the pictures is really mesmerizing and I so love how it was perfectly captured.
Danelle St. Clair says
Nothing compares to a child and their dog. That bond is so strong and so beautiful. I have photos of my Boston Terrier laying and hugging my belly when I was pregnant with my son, he knew that was his baby before he was even born. He was at my son’s side like Velcro from the moment he came home from the hospital.
Jana Rade says
Kids and dogs can be such a wonderful combination. And the photos are stunning, as always.