dog in middle of couple kissing by a water fountain

Best Engagement Photos With Dogs

Sep 5

engaged couple at Wickham park hanging out with dogs and drinking champagne

Best Engagement Photos With Dogs

They say a dog is a man’s best friend. A lot of times if you’re going to get married to a dog lover, you better make sure the dog loves you! For many of my clients, their dog is the first member of their family so doing an engagement session with them is a must!

I love this idea of the best dog wearing the “Best Dog” bandana thing that Kevin and Kristen got! I love this beagle Tucker. Tucker is such a ham! We had lots of fun doing the engagement session at Southford Falls in November. Thanks to Kristen’s sister who was Tucker’s dog sitter for our session, and all prepared with his favorite dog treats, hot dogs!

Plan for Time to Have Your Dog for Photos

To make sure that we get the best photos with your dog, it’s ideal to allot extra time (maybe an extra 1/2 hour or more) into your engagement session. We love variety of backgrounds, looks, and also just plenty of free time to play around with Fido! For clients that book a wedding collection with the Fun & Free Engagement Session, we can’t stop laughing over some of the great shots of their favorite furry friend. Plus, it’s a nice memory to make with eachother.

dog and couple at Gillette's Castle Park walking in forest path

Why Include Your Dog in your Engagement Session?

blue tick coon hound with engaged couple on the dock

If you feel that your dog is important to your relationship with eachother, and also an important being in your life, it’s nice to have professional photos done at some point! Tristyn and Matt’s first dog together, Daisy, was born with a defect in her kidneys. You could never tell that Daisy, a bluetick coonhound, had any imperfection in her health! I’m so glad that we spent this time with Daisy, and when finally the kidney failure took over several days before their wedding, we had images to look back on to comfort the grieving heart.

Just Hang Out With The Dog

Sometimes we want that perfectly posed photo where the dog is stiff and looking at the camera, but I feel that the candids of you playing with your dog is the best! One of my favorite sessions was when Madeline and Matt bought pup cones from Ferris Acres Creamery in Newtown, CT.


I also this shot of Kim and Nick with their black lab puppy (then), Murphy. Congraluations to Kim and Nick, who are now expecting! Kim I can’t wait to see you in a couple weeks for your maternity session in my wildflower meadow!

Inspirations for Photos With Your Dog

Here are some of my favorite photos for more to inspire your future session with your dog!

After a day in the water, it’s time to just lay around and dream about sloppy wet kisses and warm fuzzies by the fire pit!

This is great wide open space at Julie and Beau’s wedding venue, Candlelight Farms Inn in New Milford, CT.  If there’s a wide open field on a hill, it’s a perfect opportunity for some “leading” shots along with the dog running along! But what can be better than photos during “golden hour” (1 hour before sunset) and capturing your favorite furry friend.

dog in middle of couple kissing by a water fountain

Oh my heart…! it’s Australian Shepherd mix Chase! Some of my favorite shots from Colt State Park in Rhode Island. Look at that look on his face!

We had little Colt here for the engagement session at the Pomfret chapel, and it was great practice before the wedding day! Colt is Brynne and Don’s baby, and he was so perfect for some photos on their wedding day! Next blog post will be photos of dogs on the wedding day!


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