For many people (including myself), dogs are furry members of the family! It comes as no surprise that they want to include their dog (or cat, or...) in their family photos. Including your pet in your Santa Barbara family photo session does require a little extra preparation, but it is certainly doable and worth it!

Below are a few tips to prepare you for your photo session with your dog


Dogs can get very excited when new people are around so let your pup become acquainted with your photographer beforehand. Bring treats and toys that your dog enjoys so that you have something to use to grab their attention if necessary. 

Keep a leash or harness ready, just in case. Even though your dog might be well trained, it never hurts to be prepared. You may also want to arrange your poses so you can hold onto your pup securely without it looking like you are hanging on for dear life. Your photographer will help you with this.

As a pet owner you probably know how perceptive your animals are to energy and emotions, so it’s important that you are relaxed when you get to your photo session.

For the best results, try and work with a photographer that has previously worked with animals (ME!). This will help make the process of photographing your pets even more enjoyable.