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Five reasons why you should include your dog in your family photoshoot

I often get asked “Should I inlcude our dog on our family photoshoot?”  The answer is “Absolutely, yes!”  Here are five reasons why. . .

Montage of 3 images of a family outside with their dog during autumn


1. Dogs are such an important part of our family . . .   As a dog owner myself I know what an important member of the family our four legged friends become.  Here’s Barney – my energetic labradoodle looking rather bear-like in the snow!  He comes everywhere with us – even on holiday – an I couldn’t imagine having family pictures without him.

Labradoodle dog jumping in the snow

2.  Dogs can take the focus of you or your children . . . Don’t get me wrong – I mean this is the nicest possible way (!) but dogs can take the focus of you or your children or teenagers.  They are a welcome distraction and they provide a focus – especially with shy children –  almost acting like a prop and they’ll give you something else to think about during your shoot.

Family waking in the sunshine with their dog on a family photoshoot

3.  Pets put a smile on everyone’s faces . . .Let’s face it, dogs really do change our family dynamic – they provide plenty of laughs for all members of the family and make a great addition to photo shoots.


4.  They give you something to do with your hands . . .  Hands can be awkward things and people always ask me what they should do with theirs during a photoshoot –  dogs provide you with the answer – hold their lead, stroke them or snuggle up close to them and give them a huge cuddle.

Family photoshoot with twin boys and their dog

5.  They won’t be around forever . . .Sadly our four legged friends won’t be with us forever – we tend to take lots pictures of our pets but not so many of us together – let me capture those precious memories for you!

Two siblings cuddling their dog on a family photoshoot

Booking your Family Photoshoot with your dog

If you’d like to book your family photoshoot and include your dog simply contact me here:  Contact Alex – I’d love to hear from you!

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