5 Ideas for a Family Portrait with Pets


The best part about doing a family portrait is including the whole family, especially the pets. I love getting to know each member of the family and learning the family’s dynamics and personalities. Pets, especially dogs, add so much fun to the session. I also love how curious and protective they are of the baby.

Here are a few ideas on how to include your family pet in your family portrait session   successfully:

  1. Make sure to familiarize your photographer with your pet. Inform your photographer how to best handle your pet. Parents always have useful tips and can share a lot about their pet’s personality
  2. Pets are usually very curious in the beginning of the session, but become calmer and more obedient as the session progresses. It is therefore best to incorporate pets into the sibling and family photos towards the end of the session after they have already observed the photographer  interacting with rest of the family and became more comfortable.
  3. For the more active dogs, some exercise before the portrait session is strongly recommended so that they are more relaxed and calm for the portrait session. Perhaps they need to go for a walk to release some energy.
  4. Plan in advance where the pets can and cannot be photographed so the portrait session goes  smoothly. Some dogs may not be allowed to go on  bed or living room furniture. Some cats may only wish to be by the window, etc.
  5. Be flexible and have fun. Trust your photographer.  The photo may be different than what you may have originally envisioned but it will be an organic moment made more complete with your pet.

I hope those tips are helpful to you. Enjoy viewing those photos

family portrait with pets and babyfather and the baby at home session
hoboken family photo session
cute dog in the family portrait with pets
baby with the airplane toy
father and the baby hugging lifestyle portrait
baby and the dog pose as the best friends for a family portrait with pets
happy baby in mom's arms
baby boy on the bed during the photo session
mommy kissing her baby boy for a portrait
baby boy with his brown dog in a family portrait with petsbaby boy playing with his father on a bed
Play time with mom, daddy and the baby at homesnuggle time with the baby boy and the cozy dogmom and dad laughing at the family portrait with the dog and the baby in NYC
family portrait with the pet and the baby at home on the white bed


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