So you want to bring your pooch to your engagement session...
Great! We love dogs and would love to have your furry friend join us for your engagement session. Here are a few guidelines to ensure your engagement session goes smoothly.
The Doggie Bag: What to Pack for a Successful Engagement Photo Shoot with Your pooch
Treats, treats and more treats
Favorite Toy - Preferably a squeaky one
Water + Bowl
Leash + Collar
A friend (to hold your pooch while he/she isn't in the photo)
5 Doggie Tips: What to Expect When Bringing Your Dog to Your Engagement Session and How-To Prepare
1. Walk or Run Your Dog Before the Shoot
If you have a high energy dog we highly recommend walking or running them before the shoot to relieve some of their energy. In our experience, dogs tend to listen and behave much better after a nice long walk or run. Don't worry they will still smile!
2. Have the "sit" command mastered!
It's important that your pooch can sit for his/her portrait. If you haven't trained your furry friend how to sit yet...consider it! Check out none other than the dog whisperer himself, Cesar Millan's, 5 essential commands you can teach your dog here.
3. Treats or Favorite Toy!
There's nothing better than a nice "beggin strip" reward for a well behaved dog. As well, sometimes treats are a good way for the camera to get the attention of your pooch.
4. Bring a Friend
Expect to have your dog participate for about 1/4 of the shoot. When your pooch is not involved with a shot it is necessary to have someone hold the leash while the couple is photographed.
Remember... your dog is a dog. Smile for the camera means nothing to them. Please be patient as your photographer works his/her magic with your dog.