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  • Writer's pictureMadhu Niranjan

Best ways to include dogs in a family photoshoot

If you have a dog and you wouldn't include it in your family photo, it's not a family photoshoot, right? We get it.

A lot of families now own a pet and therefore as a photographer you should be acceptable to have a pet around you all time. But just like babies, dogs are a lot to take in and require a lot of patience and love to get them photographed.

Below are some of the ways you can include dogs in your family photoshoot

1. Trick or treat - Well, what's better than bribery for your furry child, isn't it? Either you trick them or you treat them. While having a dog in your studio, you must have a person who must know how to handle the dog. Bring special treats for your dog so that it is encouraged to perform well.

2. Patience - Well, it goes without saying that dogs require a lot of patience as they are always up to something. A good moment does not come without a lot of hassle. Try to keep the dog content and the session shall be as stress-free as it could.

3. Plan before - Whenever you want a family photoshoot, you must plan it. You must create a schedule based on the requirements of the pets. Talk to your clients on the phone before the session and ask about all the requirements and props that they need.

4. Strategy - Make a strategy before the photoshoot session. Which dog would you want to be captured first? How many toys would you need? What kind of treats would you require? Talk about what kind of images you want. Talk to your clients about the kind of photos they desire.

Safety first

The thing with pets that should be taken care of foremost is the baby's safety if there is any. The dog should be handled with care when there is a baby in the play. Especially when it comes to newborns. A person who is professional or knows his way with the dog should be available.

Let's get started

Now you are ready to go. If you are considering your dog to be present in your family photoshoot, then these are some of the tricks you could use for that to go smoothly. Hope we were helpful to you.

About Madhu photography

Photography has always fascinated Madhu since her early years. She found joy in capturing moments, things, people, and nature and decided to make this into a profession. She has learned professional photography from Drishti school of Photography Bangalore. After then, she started getting invested in clicking pictures of children and making memorabilia of the different magical phases of their growth.

She also has a lot of affinity towards capturing nature in different styles and forms. Professionally, she has worked under the banner Strawberry pictures and has clicked photos of infants, kids, and family portraits for a decade. Today she has started a venture of her own and is one of the best photographers we have in Bangalore.


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