It’s been an exciting time at Northwood Rings with a new addition to our family and team – Parker the Barbet (French water dog) puppy! This cute little girl is capturing the hearts of all who meet her and as you can see she’s very photogenic! Some aren’t so lucky to have pets who love the camera as much as Parker, but hopefully the tips below on how to include your pet in your engagement photos will help a few of you out!
Pets are an important part of many people’s lives. They’re a member of the family after all, so it only makes sense that many want to include their furry friend in one of the most exciting times of their lives. There are many videos across the internet of dogs and cats serving as ring bearer or flower girl at weddings, but if the idea of training your pet for such an important role stresses you out, or if it isn’t allowed at your venue, your engagement photos offer another opportunity to incorporate your beloved companion.
Although this may also sound a little intimidating, below are some tips that you can use to help you get some super cute shots of you, your love, and your furball to celebrate your engagement.
Notify your photographer
If you’re considering incorporating your pet in your engagement photos, run it by your photographer (if you’ve chosen one already) so they can prep for the shoot. This also helps in deciding on photoshoot locations that are pet-friendly and is a general common courtesy should the photographer or any additional shooters have allergies or be uncomfortable around certain animals.
Choose a comfortable location for all
Although a photoshoot location might seem perfect for the humans involved in the day, it’s important to consider how the environment will be for your pet. If your photoshoot will be outdoors consider the environment at the time of year your photos are being taken. Hot pavement in the summer months or snow and ice in the winter can cause your pet a great deal of discomfort, and even be painful for those unaccustomed to the conditions or prolonged exposure to extreme temperatures.
Dress the part
As long as it won’t cause your pet any stress, consider having your pet dress for the occasion whether in a tux or bowtie, or a coordinated outfit to match yours and your partners. Just remember to keep it safe and remove any choking hazards or toxic items, such as specific flowers that can be harmful to animals if ingested, and be respectful of your pet by not keeping them in any clothing they aren’t used to for prolonged periods of time.
Bringing your pets’ favourite treats will help in getting them to cooperate for the photoshoot. Whether trying to get your pet to sit or lay down, treats can be the crucial incentive to get your furry friend to go with the flow without disrupting the photoshoot. Treats can also be a little pick-me-up for your pet since the production will likely be just as tiring for them as for you, if not more. That is also a great reason to keep your session from going too long. As more time goes on your pet will likely lose interest or can stop behaving altogether. It’s best to limit pet participation to short segments at a time.
Bring a helper
Unless your photoshoot is at or close to home, bring along a helper to watch your pet or take them home when their portion is done or if their behaviour takes a turn for the worst. This way you can focus on getting the most out of your photoshoot and not having to worry about bathroom breaks or their food and water situation.
Go with the flow and have fun
Your pet is just that, a pet. If they aren’t cooperating exactly how you imagined, don’t stress or hold it against them. Most pets aren’t used to photoshoots to begin with, not to mention the often new people and environments that are part of the experience. If your pet refuses to cooperate, don’t let it ruin your entire shoot.
Hopefully these tips can help those thinking of bringing their pets into their engagement photo sessions and some great photos and memories are made as a result!