Through the years Paige and I have photographed dozens of sessions with DOGS in them. Big dogs, small dogs, brown dogs, white dogs, crazy spastic dogs. All of the cuddles, sniffing and big wet kisses. Here are the top five reasons why we think you should bring your dog to your session!
1. Dogs are great comedians: Whether a dogs decides to tear through a giant mud puddle, roll in something yummy smelling or poop right in the middle of the path dogs just do them. Sometimes this can provide some much needed comic relief during your session and allow me to capture some pretty hilarious moments.
2. Dogs are apart of the family: Let’s face it, dogs are apart of the family! We love them. We spend time walking them. Sometimes we let them sleep on the bed or watch movies with them on the couch. We buy them treats and give them baths. We might get them as puppies or adopt them from the humane society. They are there during different seasons of our lives and love us unconditionally. If you have a dog or dogs that you love, they should definitely be apart of documenting the big moments in your life.
3. Dogs bring out genuine emotions: We are documentary style photographers and focus a lot on documenting genuine emotion. Our dogs can be a huge part of eliciting genuine smiles, our smooshy face and part of the story we often share with one another as a couple or a family.
4. Takes the focus off of you for a minute: Dogs are a great distraction! Sometimes getting your photo taken can feel a little nerve racking at first. Just interact with your dog for a moment and forget all about us being there.
5. They’ll love it too: You should bring your dog because even though they might not be able say it they love being apart of your session! Taking a few minute to love on them during your session or taking them for a walk through the neighborhood or the foothills and having photos of your WHOLE family will be extra special and meaningful.
When you’re bringing a furry friend to your session make sure to bring a human friend as well to help hold their leash while you are taking the rest of your photos. Treats make good bribes to get them to sit. Water and a water bowl for the hot days. If its wet and muddy outside or if their is the possibility of your dogs paws get wild bring a few old towels for the ride home!