As an avid animal lover, ever since I started my photography business I have always encouraged my family photography clients to include their pets in their sessions. We are so fortunate that in Nottinghamshire we have such stunning countryside right on our door step. Children and dogs together in beautiful countryside is always a fabulous combination for parents to see and for me as a family photographer to capture!
Over the years I have photographed so many differing breeds and dog personalities. From gentle, elderly labradors to as fast as a speeding bullet jack russells. Beautiful border collies to cute as button schnauzers, whether they are calm, or hyper, fast or leisurely I have photographed them all as part of their family.
And up until last year I assumed I would only photograph animals as part of my outdoor family photography sessions… until I got a call from a client who wanted a photography session for her 7 month old baby and his best friend.. a french bulldog called Reggie. As a rule of thumb I photograph babies in my studio, where all aspects of baby’s safety and well being can be monitored and controlled by me and baby’s parents. So that would mean a studio session with a baby and a dog… I had never done that before. However, when I met Reggie and his human best friend Arlo I just knew everything would be fine.. and I was right. It still remains one of my favourite sessions from the whole of last year.
Photographing Reggie was such a wonderful experience that I couldn’t wait for my next challenge in dog photography… photographing a larger dog and an older child. In early March my dream came true when a German Shepard called Duke, his human best friend Logan and his Mum came to my Mothers Day Mini Sessions. Despite being big enough to knock me flying Duke was without doubt the calmest, gentlest dog I have ever met and it was so clear how much he is loved by Logan and his Mum. We created a beautiful hand made multi aperture frame with colours to match Mum’s home decor from all the gorgeous images we took. I cannot wait to see it on the wall, knowing that the family will look at those images and love them every day.
Since Duke and Reggie I have gone on to photograph lots of other dogs and their families in my studio, from flat coat retrievers to boxers to pugs. Each session is so much fun, everyone is so at ease and the dogs are without doubt the stars of the show! I have had so many clients contact me requesting family photography sessions, both in studio and outdoors with their pets.
For many people their pets are their family. They are their sanity, their companions and the reason to enjoy life. I never underestimate how important your pet is to you and how much they are part of your family. Especially in times like these where we are often separated from loved ones. That is why family photography is so important, it reminds us of all that is important in life and why they make us happy!
Obviously in the current times of COVID 19 and lockdown photography sessions are not taking place… we are following the guidance of staying home, staying safe and staying well. We are missing you all, missing your smiles, missing your pets.
- Update! As of 1st June 2020 my outdoor photography sessions are restarting! Due to my professional camera and lenses I am able to ensure I am well over 2m away and can observe contactless outdoor photography sessions. Many of my available dates are being booked up already as people are keen to capture time with their loved ones after being apart from so long. Click here and we can chat about your photography session!
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