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Have you considered doing your engagement photos with your dog? I am always excited when couples bring their dog along for the engagement session. Pets are such an integral part of our lives, and quite frankly, they make such cute subjects for photos!

I’m very much a dog person, having two of my own and I realize how important they are. So, here’s a couple tips for taking photos with your dog.

Engagement Photos with Your Dog

Tips for Doing Photos With Your Dog

 

1. Bring along rewards and distractions.

Pets don’t work for free! If you can bring along some of their extra favorite treats or a favorite toy to get their attention, they’ll have a much better time.

There is nothing that a dog loves more than the most annoying squeaky ball you own.
Dog Engagement Photography

2. Bring a leash

Your dog may always be by your side. However, when we start to take engagement photos with your dog, there could be some distractions…SQUIRREL!! So, it’s always a good practice to keep your dog on leash at all times. We can always hide the leash, or even Photoshop it out after the fact if it’s distracting.
Celebration Florida engagement photos with a dog

3. Bring a friend that the dog knows.

As much as we all love our pets, they can’t be the star of every photo. So, I ask every couple to bring along a friend who the dog feels comfortable with. That way, that person is taking care of the dog while I’m taking photos of you.

If I bring along an assistant, they are there to help me with the photos and aren’t responsible for the dog. The car in Florida is not a place to leave the dog either, no matter what time of year.

4. Take the dog for a long walk beforehand.

A tired dog always makes for better pictures. There is always that excitement and anticipation when a dog goes for a car ride. There are so many smells to check out when they get out of the car. The last thing the dog is going to want to do is lay down for photos.

I usually recommend to do the photos with the couple first, while your friend takes the dog for a long, long walk. After he’s had a chance to check out everything, we can do the engagement photos with your dog.
Orlando Engagement Photography with a Dog

5. Enjoy the photo session.

Most of all have fun. Don’t worry if your dog isn’t “smiling”. It takes a little bit of patience, but we will definitely get their personality to come through.

Dogs are always reading their masters and if they know you are having fun, they’ll settle in and have fun too!

Wedding Photos with your Dog

Many of the same suggestions also apply when it comes to having your dog as part of your wedding. Just make sure that there is someone who can watch your dog all day. It’s fun to have them at some point during your wedding. However, I’d suggest that there is also a place that they can go to escape the hustle and bustle of the day.

Also, make sure that your dogs were recently groomed, so that their nails are filed. The last thing you want is your dog tearing your dress with their sharp nails.

Wedding Photographs with a Dog

Kelly’s miniature pinscher came to the reception for a few fun photos.

Rock the Dress Photos with your Dog

Rock the Dress Wedding Photography - Winter Garden Florida - Chapin Park - Dog Photographer
If you really want to do a lot of fun wedding photos with your dog, I suggest you set up a rock the dress session for a later day. Their dog stayed home during the wedding, but Miranda and Jeff were able to bring their dog along to the rock the dress photo session.
Rock the Dress Photos with a Dog

I reached out to Denise to contribute to this blog post. She, along with her husband Glenn, did a Rock The Dress photography session with us last year. Many people are obviously apprehensive about jumping in to the Atlantic Ocean in their wedding gown. I wanted to hear why they did the photo session and wanted to hear more about the experience from their perspective.

Rock the Dress in Cocoa Beach


I had only vaguely heard of a “Trash the Dress” photo shoot prior to getting engaged. Once I got engaged and joined a wedding planning forum, many brides were talking about it and once I saw some examples of the pictures I knew I would want to do one of my own.

Originally I thought I would just buy a cheap dress from Goodwill to do it with because I planned to sell my gown after my wedding, but once the wedding was over, the bottom was pretty dirty already so I decided, might as well use my own dress since it’s already dirty.

Trying to explain to my parents and in-laws what I was going to do was difficult, they just couldn’t fathom why I would want to “trash” my dress. I tried to explain to them about the awesome picture opportunities that we would get from doing the session and that I saw no reason to clean and preserve a dress that was just going to sit in my closet for years serving no purpose like they did with their dresses. Once I explained that, they kind of saw the point, I mean, I spent a lot of money on this gorgeous dress, why not get a second chance to wear it and use it and the pictures are proof as to what a great sacrifice “trashing” my dress was!

Photo Sesson


The actual photo shoot was a blast. Since I knew I was going to be getting wet and sandy, I was so carefree and at ease, unlike my wedding day when I was paranoid about anything getting on the dress prior to the ceremony and reception (we had done first look pictures so there were a few hours of photographing prior to any of the guests seeing me in my dress, so of course I wanted it to still look clean and brand new). We decided to do the shoot at Jetty Park on Cocoa Beach and the weather was beautiful. The wind was slightly blowing, which for the most part helped the idea of beachy pictures and we took so many fun pictures just on the beach itself, on the lifeguard stand, and on the rocks.

We also took this opportunity to capture an announcement. My husband and I had just recently found out we were expecting and knew we were going to be announcing it to our friends and family the following week, so we took a very cute picture of us and in the sand we wrote “and Baby makes 3” – which later in the week was a big hit as we sent the picture out to share the news! Glad we decided to do the shoot when we did, because in a few months the dress isn’t going to fit anymore πŸ™‚

After all the sand and beach pictures, it came to the part of getting in the water, it was a little chilly, I won’t lie. I wasn’t really sure what to expect for most of this part, but my husband and I just had fun splashing each other and wadding in the water in addition to the posed shots that DSWfoto wanted to try. It was a ton of fun to literally be swimming in my wedding dress in the Atlantic Ocean!! (Getting out of the ocean on the other hand was definitely a task with my dress that now felt like it weighed 100 lbs!)

We finished the night with taking some beautiful sunset shots. It was also fun to see all the people at the beach watching us do the shoot. Some of them even praised me for being so brave to get into the water in my gown. About half way through the shoot, another couple started with their TTD shoot as well, so it was fun to see another couple mimicking all the fun we were having by having it themselves πŸ™‚ Overall, for any bride that wants to do something fun and not totally ruin their dress, I highly recommend doing a TTD shoot with water, it was so much fun and the pictures are amazing!

And for the record, my dress can still be cleaned and preserved because it’s just sand and water and depending on the material of your dress, you can still save it, I did some research on the subject and found some good info about the different types of material that are “safe” in the water πŸ™‚

Photos


Here are some of the photos from their session. To see more, please check out the blog post – Denise and Glenn – A Cocoa Beach, Florida β€œRock the Dress” Photo Session

Rock The Dress Photo Session - Cocoa Beach, Florida

Rock The Dress Photo Session - Cocoa Beach, Florida

Rock The Dress Photo Session - Cocoa Beach, Florida

Last month, I posted photos from Miranda and Jeff’s wonderful wedding at Lakeside Hall in Orlando. Several weeks later we met the couple again in Winter Garden to have a “Rock the Dress” session. To see photos from their Orlando Wedding, please Click Here.

Jeff is a firefighter with the Winter Garden Fire Department. Initially when Miranda said she wanted to do a rock the dress session, my response was, “Can we get the truck?” When I arrived at the fire station, I was excited to use the fire truck as a background for some of the initial photos. Jeff put on his gear for some of the photos as well.

Jeff changed out of his firefighter gear, and we picked up Abby for some more photos. Abby is a black labrador retriever who loves people and will lick you to death if you let her. We headed to Chapin Station in Winter Garden to take a few photos with their lab.

We ended the day with a beautiful sunset over Lake Apopka followed by some delicious pizza at Winter Garden Pizza Company.

We had a great time and it was so much fun doing this rock the dress session with these two.

I hope you enjoy these pictures!

Rock the Dress Wedding Photography - Winter Garden Firefighter
Rock the Dress Wedding Photography - Winter Garden Firefighter
Rock the Dress Wedding Photography - Winter Garden Firefighter
Rock the Dress Wedding Photography - Winter Garden Firefighter
Rock the Dress Wedding Photography - Winter Garden Firefighter
Rock the Dress Wedding Photography - Winter Garden Firefighter
Rock the Dress Wedding Photography - Winter Garden Florida - Chapin Park - Dog Photographer
Rock the Dress Wedding Photography - Winter Garden Florida - Chapin Park - Dog Photographer
Rock the Dress Wedding Photographer - Winter Garden Florida - Dog Photographer
Rock the Dress Wedding Photographer - Winter Garden Florida - Lake Apopka Sunset
Rock the Dress Wedding Photographer - Winter Garden Florida - Lake Apopka Sunset