How to Add Pets to Engagement and Couples Portraits

Pets are one of the most important presences in the lives of a lot of couples, and it is only natural that they might want to include them in engagement or couples portraits. Of course, adding a rambunctious dog or the like to the mix can make your job substantially more difficult. So, how do you satisfy the desires of your clients without pulling out your hair? This helpful video tutorial will give you some useful advice. 

Coming to you from Salazar Photo & Film, this great video tutorial discusses how to add pets to couples and engagement portraits. No doubt, adding a dog or other pet to the mix can be a great way to get more shots and will certainly make the couple happy if they requested it, but doing so takes some additional considerations. Nonetheless, it is not just additional difficulties. Pets make people happy, and they make it easy to get some worthwhile natural expressions, especially if you are working with shy subjects. Just be careful if it is a pet who is dirty or who sheds a lot, as you will probably want to get some shots before you add the pet and things get messy. Check out the video above for the full rundown.

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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