The wedding day is long so you will need a trusted friend or family member to act as a handler for a short time while your dog is coming in for photos. Make sure they have treats on hand to ensure that your dog behaves and can be easily posed for some “family portraits.” Have a game plan in place so that the handler knows exactly what time to arrive with the dog. By eliminating the time that your dog is waiting around for its turn to be in photos, it is less likely to get bored. This increases the chances that they will sit and look at the camera so we can nail our shots and be on our way.
Tip: Make sure that you and the handler have coordinated where your dog will go after photos and who will be feeding/letting your dog out during the wedding and reception.
Dogs are important members of a couple’s family and I always encourage their involvement in some photos (provided that they are allowed at the venue). A wedding day can be stressful at times and having your dog there, even for a short time, can help bring down your nerves. Just be sure to let the venue and your photographer know that you’re looking to bring them along because not all people or places are dog-friendly. I’m always up for incorporating pets into your photos, it just takes a little bit of extra planning. Having photos with your dog is a way to capture unique portraits of your family, while also providing a calming force on what is sure to be a frantic day.