Life is Ruff! Bringing fur babies into your family session


November 9, 2022

Have you ever considered bringing fur babies into your family session? As a Washington, D.C. family photographer, I’ve captured many families with their pets, and it’s always so much fun! Not only is it a great way to get some unforgettable photos of your whole family together, but they always add an extra bit of cuteness and personality. Here are a few reasons why you should consider bringing your fur babies into your family session:

Fur Babies Are Part Of The Family

Your pets have been there through it all – the good, the bad, and the ugly. It is no surprise that many people consider their animals to be part of the family, so why not include them in your family photos? I always love seeing the different dynamics between families and their pets. Family photo sessions are a great way to capture those unique relationships. Whether it’s cuddling on the couch or playing fetch in the park, I’ll help capture those special moments between you, your family, and your pets in a natural and candid way.

A family and their dog sitting on a blanket at 48 Fields in Leesburg, Virginia.

Pets Add Personality To Your Photos

From Rosie the Rottweiler to Mr. Snuggles the Chihuahua, all pets have unique personality traits that can be used to add interest and dimension to your photos. For example, if you have a dog who loves to play fetch, we could use that in your photos by capturing him running after a ball or frisbee. Or, if you have a cat who likes to perch atop high places, we could use that in your photos by having him perched atop your shoulders or on a bookcase behind you. Pets can really help add some fun and creativity to your family photos!

Bringing Fur babies Into Your Family Session Help You Relax

It’s no secret that animals have the power to help us relax. Studies have shown that spending time with pets can lower our stress levels and blood pressure, as well as increase our levels of oxytocin (the “love hormone”). So when you’re feeling nervous about having your photo taken, your pet can be there to help ease your anxiety and make you feel more relaxed. In fact, many of my clients say that they actually enjoy having their photos taken more when their pets are there with them!

A girl kissing her dog at a family session at 48 Fields in Leesburg, Virginia.

Great For Candid Shots

Pets are also great for candid shots. They tend to be much more relaxed than humans, which means that they’re less likely to get tense or stiff when the camera comes out. This results in more natural and candid photos for your family photoshoots – exactly what we’re going for!

Schedule Your Family Sessions With Your Pets Today

When it comes to family photos, don’t forget to include your furry family members! As a Washington D.C., and Northern Virginia family photographer, I would love to help you capture some beautiful and candid moments with your whole family – pets included. Contact me today to schedule your session! We can chat about your vision for the shoot, as well as figure out a time and location that works best for you. I can’t wait to meet you and your fur babies!

  1. Stacey says:

    These are too cute! Such a sweet family and beautiful pup! Looks like they had fun!

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