Bringing Your Pet To Your Engagement Session | Minneapolis Wedding Photography | Tips for Brides

I LOVE animals and I know I am not the only one! I love cuddling with my two cats who I swear have two goals everyday : one- must eat the moment their humans wake up and two- keep their humans lap warm! No complaints from me!(said human)  

Pets are part of the family! So I understand when you want to have them in your engagement photos; I have a couple of tips to make your fur babies photography experience great!


Bring a third party to look after your animal once they are done with photos! Majority of the time  your animal will only be in 1/3 of your totally engagment session. The other 2/3 of the time you want to focus on just you too and nothing with take up more time and attention then a cute distracted bored animal! To keep your focus on you having a third person their will keep everything running smoothly! 


It doesnt just have to be your dog in the photos. Dogs are the most common for sessions but you are welcome to bring any pet that you want to incorporate into your photos ! For bigger animals like horses it may be easiest to plan on going where they are housed over bringing them to your engagement spot ! 

Have treats at the ready. A photo session is exciting for even the most well behaved of animals. Having their favorite treat will help keep them motivated and help me to get their attention when he is the star of the photo!  


Bring a leash for all animals! Nothing would be more horrifying than losing an animal during the session! When we are out shooting in public, it is new territory for your pet and that can be intense for any animal. To make sure their fears and uncertainties don't cause them to flee , play on the safe side and put them on a leash or a harness to grab them at a moments notice if they get too overwhelmed.  If your pet is new to the harness definitely have them wear it a couple of times around the house to get used to it before the shoot! It is one less thing to trigger stress on the day of the shoot!

Same Tips Apply for the Wedding Day! <3

Do you have any helpful tips to add? Please leave a comment below to fill us in on things I over looked!  


Oijiway Park Engagement Photography | Rose & Zack

Zack and Rose shared a mutual friend, who Rose constantly has to fight over for Zacks love. Rose has won the war even though the battles rage on. Through their friends, Rose was invited to Zack's birthday party. It took a lot of convincing,  but eventually Rose begrudgingly agreed to go. 

While out celebrating through bowling,  everyone knew Rose just was not in the mood to be there. Knowing that Zack still put himself out there and tried to charm Rose.  As both of Rose and Zack's roommates started dating, Zack found more and more excuses to be over at Rose's apartment! Through persistence and adoration, Rose finally gave into Zack's advances. And that is where their adventure together began. 

This session was a little different from my usual engagement sessions. Rose and Zack wanted to have their little family to be featured in their engagement shoot! So in these photos you will be enjoying the faces of Rose, Zack, Scout,  Bugs the Pug, and Hinata the Cat. 

Jennifer & Tom | Home Engagement Photography

Sometimes the comfort of your home is the place you just be yourself  I always encourage my couples to choose places that are comfortable; it makes it a little easier to have someone photographing you! It gives you the best memories with the person you love in a location you love! Jenny and Tom wanted to shoot within the comfort of their own home.

With a mutual love of family, board games, cats, and fine dinning Jenny was smitten with Tom from the beginning. 
As Jennifer and Tom's relationship grew deeper their love has grown stronger.

These two lover birds enjoy spending time over board games together and with friends; both being notoriously competitive, things tend to be a little crazy at times. Tom is satisfied with losing as long as in the process he beats Jenny. Despite his best efforts, Jenny will win on occasion.