5 Reasons You Must Include Your Pet In Your Family Photo Session

Professional family portraits are so important to capture. The photos can document growth, relive memories or milestones, and serve as a beautiful wall display on your family home. For most of us, the family unit includes more than just the grandparents, parents and children. It also includes our furry and feathery (or sometimes scaly) friends!

For those of you who have grown up with pets in their house, you know how special these companions are. Pets are part of the owner’s family and should be cherished as much as possible. They may have been around before your kids and they will be a huge part of your children’s childhood memories.  And for that understanding, I have listed five reasons why you must include your pet in your next family photo session.

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They are extremely amusing.

Don’t you love looking at photos or videos of animals on the internet? I most certainly do! They instantly put a smile on my face and gives me good energy. Imagine having those vibes on your family portrait. Plus, pets and kids create the most comic photos!

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You’ll have more fun!

It is certainly more fun having your pets in a documentary session. The kids can play with them and bring more life to your photos. The family dynamic may also change and create increased interaction among the family members.

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You’ll get new types of pictures.

Unless your pet is a turtle, most pets like dogs and cats don’t stay in a particular setting. They’ll run and play around. For documentary photo sessions, you wouldn’t need to manage their behavior. In fact, it’ll be interesting to capture the expressive side of your pets! On the other hand, you can also show off the commands and tricks that you’ve been patiently teaching them. This will allow you to get different and more creative types of photos.

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It’s something to remember them by.

It’s hard to admit this, but your pet won’t be around forever. We’re all hoping that our pets will be around for many years to come. But when they pass, you’ll get to enjoy looking back at images of them with your family. It’s great to get those photo opportunities before it’s too late. Photos will immortalize our time with our pawesome babies and will help with the healing process after we lose them.


Because they are cute!

Enough said.

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Check out these sweet family documentary family sessions that include their cute furry friends, here and here or here.

If you want to give a family documentary session a try, or if you have any questions about these types of sessions, please drop me a note – I’d love to continue the conversation.

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    Hello! I'm Ana, a London photographer, in love with light and with the magic of every day. I believe documentary photography transcends time and allows you not only to tell your story but also to relive once again your most cherished memories. In my blog, I share my recent work and some tips and topics I am passionate about.


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