Including Dogs In Your Family Photo Session

I am super lucky to have so many Calgary clients who include their dogs in their Family Photo Sessions year after year.

I was super excited when Jennifer reached out for a Family Session and mentioned that she wanted to include her dogs. An Australian Shepherd, just like I have, and a Brittany, my husbands second choice of breed if we had not settled on an Aussie. What were the chances?! So I suggested one of my favourite places where the dogs could roam free and have access to the Bow River. Where the family could relax and not worry about the dogs. We went for nice long walk and explored and ended our session with a family snuggle on a blanket by the river. We had so much fun! I love how naturally this entire session unfolded.

A few words from Jennifer about our Session: “Sue was amazing to work with. We did a family session with her this fall, and she suggested a fantastic location, and we were able to comfortably include our two dogs in the session as well, which was really important to us. The session felt very natural and organic, and we were comfortable just being ourselves with her. The photos turned out great, I’ve had so many people comment to me on how lovely they are and we would absolutely use Sue again the next time we have photographs to take.”

Are you thinking of including your dogs in your next session? Make sure to scroll to the bottom for 3 tips to ensure a fun and relaxed session.

As with any session, there are simple preparations that you can do to ensure a fun and relaxed session. Here are just a few tips.

1. Exercise before the session- It is so important that the dog gets acquainted with the new surroundings so I always suggest to clients to come a bit early and go for a walk. It’s amazing the world of difference a 10-20 minute walk can do before a session. It will help your dog relax, be focused and will make for awesome photos!

2. Bring treats and toys- Just like I always suggest to parents to bring little snacks for the kids, because no one wants hangry, the same goes for dogs. Break out the good stuff! I have yet to meet a dog who didn’t pay attention for a cookie or the squeak of their favourite toy.

3. Enjoy the Session! I promise you that we will incorporate the ENTIRE family into a natural and comfortable experience. I ask my clients not to worry if your dog is misbehaving. Just like I would never want your family to feel stressed I will never stress your pet out either. My goal is to capture all the fun and tender moments between you and your family, including the family dog.

Have any questions! Feel free to reach out! And if you’re looking to add to your family, check out the incredible AARCS- Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society. We adopted our Moose from there six years ago and he’s a dream dog!


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