If you’re interested in including your fur baby in your newborn session this post of for you! I have two dogs of my own, Deliah and Orion, and know that dogs are family too and are welcomed to be part of your newborn session. I do, however, want you to be mindful of certain things so that the focus can still be on your baby and have a successful session.
You know your dog better than anyone and I trust that you will consider their temperament when deciding. An overly exuberant dog may be better at a session when your baby is a little older and we don’t want to stress out a dog that is really skittish. However, if they are adjusting well to baby and relatively calm in new environments then I encourage you to include them.
Three tips for Preparing Your Fur Baby
- Take your dog on a long walk right before you come to the studio for your newborn session. A well-exercised dog is typically calmer and easier to work with. The more energy you can get out before the session, the better!
- Bring small treats and a toy with a squeaker. Even better if it’s a new toy or one you know they love. Just don’t squeak it yet! A well-timed squeak is a perfect way to get your dog’s eyes on me exactly when I need it.
- Make sure your dog is groomed and if their collar is worn, a fresh, new one is a perfect big sibling gift! We have these from The Stately Hound for our dogs and love them.
If you considering having your fur baby join you for your newborn session, contact us and we’ll see if it’s the right choice for your family! This is something that does need to be discussed and planned for in advance. Note, that we do prefer you have someone that can come take your dog once their turn is over.
This sweet boy had his big brother join him for his newborn session. He was so sweet and looked quite handsome in his little bow-tie collar. We did a few photos of just him and baby and then some family portraits together! The focus remains on baby, but also allows you to incorporate them into your family portraits. After all, they are family too!