I realized that all my newborn sessions this year so far have included dogs. I absolutely love including dogs in sessions and thought I would give you some tips for making your newborn session with your 4 legged family member as successful as possible.
Take your dog for a walk before the photo session
This will help burn off extra energy so your dog is more likely to be calm during the session. My arrival inevitably causes excitement, but if they already got some energy out it can help them calm down quicker.
Let your dog get used to me
I have grown up with dogs and volunteered in a shelter when I was younger so I am very comfortable with dogs. When I arrive at your house, I will spend a few minutes letting your dog greet me and get used to me. My goal is for them to get most of their excited energy out before we start photographing them.
Don’t expect perfection
Your dog isn’t used to staying still for a photo. You may want to practice a few commands at home in the days leading up to the session, but it’s ok if they don’t sit or lay down on command for long periods of time. We will try to take some photos standing still, but my favorite ones usually are when they are playing and interacting with your family
I will follow your and your dogs lead
You know your dog best and know your comfort with how close you let your dog get to the baby. For some families, this means letting your dog sniff and lick the baby; for others, this may mean the dog is sitting next to a parent holding the baby or in the room away from the baby. I will also never force a dog to get closer to a baby than it is comfortable with. We may try enticing your dog with treats, but if they aren’t comfortable then we won’t push it. I never want to make your dog uncomfortable or put your baby in an unsafe situation.
Your dog can feel and feed off of your energy, so relax and enjoy spending time with your family.