It was such a joy to photograph Andrea + Timothy Hillen in downtown Winston Salem earlier this summer, especially because their ridiculously adorable puppy came along. If you’re anything like me, pets are a part of your family. They accompany you to daily activities, vacations, and you guessed it – portrait and engagement sessions. Including your pets in your portrait session is a fun way to add variety to your images. Pets also have a natural calming affect, so including your pets is a sure way to counteract any anxiety you or your partner might have about being photographed.
If you’re thinking of bringing your furry friend, there’s just a few things to consider to ensure your portrait session is an enjoyable experience for everyone. First, while your pet may be very well-trained, bringing a leash is essential for keeping them safe and close. This is especially important if another dog makes a surprise appearance. Treats and favorite toys are other useful items to bring along; anything that might help direct your pup’s attention to the camera.
It’s important to know how well your pet does with new people and new places. If being in unfamiliar territory causes them distress, lets discuss some ways beforehand that might help alleviate that! As with portrait sessions in general, always expect the unexpected, goofy smiles included. Most importantly, remember to let your true selves shine through, and have fun! We’ll be capturing memories that you’ll treasure always.