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How to Include Your Dog in Your Photo Session


Dog resting head on the bed looking at newborn baby boy during newborn portrait session in Silver Valley in Maple Ridge with Meliza Orellana Photography

A Guide: 5 Ways to Include Your Dog in Your Photo Session


When clients ask if their dog can be included in their family photo session, the answer is always yes! Your furry friend is always welcome! Here are few easy tips to help you set your pup up for success when bringing your dog to your newborn photo session.


1. Prepare your dog for the photo session

Dog looking at baby on bed as a way to Include Your Dog in Your Photo Session

Take your dog for a walk before your photo shoot. It helps the dog tire out a little bit - they're kind of like toddlers in that way. Dogs can get SUPER excited that a new person is in their home making them feel like they need to 'show off'. If they tire out a bit before the session it'll make it easier for everyone to keep your doggo calm and want to participate!




2. Choose a comfortable location for your photo shoot


Consider having the photo session in a familiar and comfortable location for your dog, such as your home. This will help them feel more at ease.


3. Bring dog treats and toys to the photo session


Use treats and toys: Bring treats and toys to the photo session to help keep your dog focused and engaged. This can be

Family of three sitting on couch with dog showing how to include your dog in your photo session

especially helpful if you want to get some shots of your dog interacting with the newborn. Having the toy handy allows me to capture your doggo's attention and get those sweet puppy dog eyes looking right where we want them to look!


It's a good way to reward your sweet dog for doing what we ask them to do. For example in this portrait →

I had everyone look at baby and I got mama to say the doggo's name so it would appear as though even the dog was looking at baby. Good job doggie. Here's a treat!



4. Get your dog groomed before your portrait session

This is a special occasion. You're doing what you can to look your best and you want the whole family to, also! If going to the groomers isn't possible, brush your dog's fur and make sure they're clean enough to join you on the couch or bed. Here's a list of some of the best dog groomers in the Vancouver area!



5. Be patient with your dog during your photo shoot


Be patient: It's important to be patient and take breaks as needed during the photo session. If your dog is getting anxious

Family of three with their dog sitting on bed with white sheets showing how to include your dog in your photo session

or restless, take a break to give them some attention and let them relax.


Overall, including your dog in your newborn photo session can be a fun and memorable experience. Just be sure to prepare your dog, choose a comfortable location, and be patient during the session!


Have more questions about including Fido in your portrait session? Fill out my contact form here.




A note about family, maternity and newborn sessions; they book several months in advance. For newborn sessions, please be sure to contact me while you are still pregnant. Maternity sessions generally take place between 31-34 weeks. Newborn portrait sessions are generally when baby is between 1 week and 2 months old. I offer a limited number of sessions each month to be able to accommodate the unpredictable nature of child birth ;)


Be sure to contact me as soon as possible to reserve a date for your family photo session.












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