July 13, 2020
If you follow me on Instagram, you have probably seen pictures of my golden retriever, Finn. I, like many pet owners, consider him to be more than a pet, but rather a small furry being that considers me— in his precious little doggie mind—his mom!
Finn is the piece that completes Will and I’s family, and I know many of our couples think of their furry friends in the same way. That being said, we love when our couples want to include their pets in a sweet way for their engagement portraits– and sometimes even on the day of their wedding!
However, when planning your engagement session to include your fur babies, there are a few things to consider:
First, your pet will impact the location(s) we choose for your session. While dogs and other pets are welcome in most parks and even in downtown areas, it may not be best to choose a location like the Birmingham Botanical Gardens that has a policy against pets. Don’t be too sad about missing out on that gorgeous location though— there is a solution for that too!
You may want to have a friend plan to join us for our session together, both to hold onto the pet when they aren’t included in the shot as well as to take them home once we have gotten all of the shots with him or her that we wanted. Then, we will be free to finish out the remainder of your session at any location we choose.
Speaking of holding onto your pet, consider picking up a neutral-colored leash/collar for your pet for the session (as well as the big day!)! This will make it easier for us to keep them controlled on the leash but also not have a bold and brightly colored leash sticking out in your portraits.
Just like you will be looking your best for your portrait session, you may want to pamper your pet a little extra too! Having their sweet faces cleaned up and groomed will help them to look their happiest during your portrait session.
Have a furry friend in mind you’d like to include in your portrait session? Tell me all about them in the comments below!
All images shot by Olivia B. Photography, an Alabama wedding and portrait photographer. Interested in having me capture you and your furry friends? Reach out to me here!