Couples Session at Anchorage Trail in Louisville, KY

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Daniel + Amanda’s Couples Session with Their Dog Wally at Anchorage Trail

There’s something truly special about capturing the love shared between a couple and their beloved dog. As a Louisville wedding photographer, I recently had the pleasure of photographing a beautiful session that highlighted not just the bond between two people, but also the affection they share with their furry friend. Here’s a glimpse into that heartwarming day at Anchorage Trail, along with some valuable tips for anyone considering including their dog in a photo session.

The Session

The sun was just beginning to set, casting a golden glow over the park where we met. Daniel + Amanda arrived with Wally, their energetic Golden Retriever, who instantly won me over with his wagging tail and joyful demeanor. It was clear from the start that Wally wasn’t just a pet—he was family.

We started the session with some candid shots of the three of them walking together under the trees, Wally happily leading the way. His playful energy added a dynamic element to the photos, creating a perfect balance between posed and spontaneous moments. As we moved through different settings—the park, a picturesque bridge—each location offered a new way to showcase their bond.

The highlight of the session was undoubtedly the series of photos taken as the sun dipped below the horizon. The soft light illuminated Daniel + Amanda’s faces as they held Max close, creating an image of pure love and contentment.

Tips for Including Your Dog in Your Photo Session

  1. Choose the Right Location: Select a dog-friendly location where your pet can feel comfortable and relaxed. Parks and open fields are great options. Make sure there’s enough space for your dog to explore without getting distracted or stressed.
  2. Timing is Everything: Schedule your session at a time when your dog is typically calm. Early morning or evenings often work well. Avoid the midday heat, especially for dogs with thick coats.
  3. Bring Treats and Toys: Having your dog’s favorite treats and toys on hand can help keep their attention and reward good behavior. Treats are especially useful for encouraging them to look at the camera or sit still for a few moments.
  4. Plan for Breaks: Dogs can get tired or restless, so plan for short breaks during the session. This will help keep your pet happy and cooperative throughout the shoot.
  5. Incorporate Candid Moments: Some of the best photos come from unplanned, candid moments. Let your dog be themselves—running, playing, or cuddling with you. These natural interactions often capture the true essence of your relationship.
  6. Coordinate Outfits: While you don’t need to match exactly, coordinating your outfits with your dog’s accessories (like their collar or bandana) can create a harmonious look. Stick to colors and styles that complement each other.
  7. Stay Relaxed: Your dog can sense your emotions, so staying calm and patient is key. If you’re relaxed and enjoying the session, your dog will likely mirror your attitude.
  8. Communicate with Your Photographer: Let your photographer know about your dog’s personality and any specific shots you have in mind. A good photographer will be adaptable and ready to capture both posed and candid moments.
  9. Safety First: Ensure your dog is safe at all times. Keep them on a leash if necessary, and be mindful of their surroundings. Safety should always be a top priority.

Including your dog in a photo session can add a layer of joy and authenticity to your photos. It’s a wonderful way to celebrate the bond you share and create lasting memories. As a photographer, these sessions are always a joy to shoot, capturing not just the love between two people, but the unwavering loyalty and affection of their furry companion.

Final Thoughts

The session with Daniel, Amanda, + Wally was a beautiful reminder of the special place pets hold in our hearts. Their genuine connection and the playful spirit of Wally made for a series of photos that truly tell a story. If you’re thinking about including your dog in your next photo session, embrace the adventure and cherish the moments. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words, but a photo with your dog? That’s worth a million smiles.

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