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Engagement Photos with Dogs

We are DC destination wedding photographers. That is our profession, and we love what we do. Hiring us gives you two people who are 100% committed to giving you the very best in wedding photography. Why? Because it brings us great satisfaction to help couples like you preserve memories from your wedding day. Knowing that the pictures we take for you will help you relive your nuptials forever feeds our souls. It makes us feel like we have contributed to something bigger than ourselves. That we have given you something permanent that will allow as-yet-unborn generations to experience your marriage celebrations. This is what fuels our passion and keeps us working hard to give you wedding photos that will touch your hearts.

Destination Photographer & Animal Lover

Like most people, though, we are more than just our job. In addition to being destination DC wedding photographers, we are also animal lovers. For as long as we have been a couple, we have had pets. They have been important parts of our family and our relationship. We cannot imagine our lives without them.

At this point, you might be wondering why should this matter to you as a potential client? Because if you are among the millions of people who have pets, you might want to find ways to include them in your wedding celebrations or engagement shoot. If so, you are not alone. We get questions about this all the time! And as pet parents ourselves, we understand completely the desire to make them a part of your nuptials. Forget understanding it, we encourage it! We even offer clients and potential clients tips on how to make an engagement shoot with your pets great.

Why do we suggest that couples include their beloved pets in their wedding and engagement photography? It has to do with the approach we mentioned above. Our mission is to tell your love story with our photos. It is also to tell the world the story of the new family you and your future spouse are creating. By marrying, the two of you are officially becoming one new entity. But that process started long before you met at the altar. You met, got to know each other, started dating and passed many significant milestones before getting engaged. Your cats and dogs have probably played an important role in that process. For many couples, getting a pet together is a significant step in their path to the altar. It is a sign of commitment and an intention to build a future together. Getting our first cat was certainly that for us! She was a huge part of who we are as a couple. Similarly, your pets are a big part of your love story. And showing that aspect of your relationship on film is very, very important.

Our aforementioned personal experience in this area makes us an ideal choice for highlighting this element of your love story. Not only do we know how much your cats and dogs mean to you, we also know how to show that. Anji got her start as a pet photographer. We also spent a few years taking pictures of feline patients at our veterinarian’s cats-only clinic. We know how to photograph pets. We know the unique challenges they present. We know how to keep them focused and engaged. Most importantly, we know how to show how important they are to you and your relationship.

Engagement Photos with Dogs

That starts with capturing your interactions with your pets on film. Pictures of you and your future spouse with your cat or dog standing or sitting somewhere nearby do not really show very much. There is no emotional content and no story. For a viewer to grasp how much you love them, they need to see how your pets make you feel. They need to see your face light up when they come near you. They need to see the tenderness with which you pet them. They need to see the joy with which you play with them.

Showing those interactions is a little trickier, however, when they take place during a couples portrait session. Why? Because your wedding and engagement photographer also needs to capture on film you and your future spouse interacting with one another. So your pets need to be a part of the scene, but they cannot be the entire show. They should complement and enhance the beauty of your love, but not distract from it. They should be included in your focus, but not the sole recipient of it. It is a fine line to walk, but the best Washington DC wedding photographer can do it.

When everything comes together well, the results are magical. As they are in this particular image. We took it for a lovely couple during their destination engagement session in Hannover, Germany. The pair had a delightful labrador by the name of Sir William Cooper (who has one of the most adorable Instagram accounts you will ever see). They wanted him to be a part of their engagement session — an idea we supported wholeheartedly, of course! As cute as Sir William Cooper was, though, he also had lots of energy. The poor couple was devoting a lot of their energy to trying to keep him focus and a part of the shoot. Those efforts were pulling their attention away from each other.

Because both of us have had dogs in the past, we knew the best way to deal with rambunctious dogs: tire them out! Get them running around and chasing things. That will burn off any excess energy and help them become calmer and more cooperative. So we had the couple start throwing sticks for Sir William Cooper to fetch. As this played out, we saw a great opportunity to capture images that showed how this adorable pooch was a part of their relationship. So we asked them to hold hands while one of us took a turn tossing a stick. The other then crouched behind them and took pictures of Sir William Cooper galloping back to them. The results were photos like this. Images with dynamism (the dog running), emotion (the look of joy on his face) and connection (the hands of the humans clasped together. It neatly and effectively tells the story of a critical piece of this couple’s love story.

Location: Bothfeld, Hannover, Germany.

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