When envisioning your dream wedding, the thought of including your beloved four-legged friends can add a touch of warmth and personalization to your special day. From energetic dogs to majestic horses, integrating these furry companions into your wedding portraits requires thoughtful planning and consideration. In this article, key tips for how to seamlessly incorporate dogs or horses into your wedding day portraits will be explored.
Preparation is key. Don’t spring it on your photographer that your 2-week rambunctious pup will be joining us or that you decided to include your wound-up rodeo horse. The more we can prepare ahead of time, the better the portraits will turn out.
Additionally, prepare your pets and animals! Before the big day arrives, ensure your dog or horse is accustomed to the wedding environment. A venue visit can help familiarize them if you are traveling to a location they’ve never been before. This allows your animal to get a little more comfortable with the surroundings and alleviates potential anxieties.
Delegate responsibility. Basically, have a handler. Even though they may be your “baby,” you need to have a wrangler nearby to help with leashes, halters, treats, doggy bags, etc. The individual you choose should be responsible for the dog or horse’s behavior overall during the portrait time so that you can stay focused on directions from the photographer and look straight into the lens.
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Attention to attire. Consider outfitting your four-legged friends with special attire or accessories that compliments your theme! Maybe it’s a dapper little bowtie, decked out halter or saddle blanket, or an elegant bridle or handkerchief. However, keep in mind comfortability is still important. When you incorporate dogs or horses into your portraits, plan their attire ahead of time and make sure you even try it on several times before the session.
Strategic Timing. Like young children, dogs and horses often have key times throughout the day when they are at their best. Keep an eye on your animal a few weeks before the wedding and communicate with your photographer to see if the timeline allows to start portraits when they are most likely going to cooperate best. It’s also important to keep the session brief to prevent too much stress or anxiety for your furry friend(s).
Contingency Plans. When it boils down to it, you have to be flexible. Animals are a little unpredictable. But you can plan ahead by having a backup plan in case your dog or horse becomes a little too unsettled or uncooperative.
By following these tips, you can create timeless and heartwarming wedding portraits that include your cherished dogs or horses. Remember, a well-prepared and thoughtfully executed plan is the key to capturing these special moments with your beloved furry companions.
For the purposes of this blog, the images with the horses and livestock were actually from an engagement session, but all of the content still applies! Want to check out the full gallery? It’s EPIC!
December 29, 2023