Tips For Including Pets In Your Photos

Hudson Valley Family and Newborn Photographer

How to Have a Successful Session with your Four Legged Friends

Whenever clients tell me that they have pets, and they want them included in photos, I get so excited! There is really nothing better than documenting that bond between a pet and their family. I love to know about any pets going into our session, so that I can give tips to my clients to give us the best chance of success! Some of my best advice:

  • Have treats or a toy on hand to give an incentive to your pet to get into the frame.

  • Exercise and/or keep pet happy before our shoot- Feed them, run them around so that they are more inclined to behave and be relaxed for our session.

  • Be patient and spontaneous- great shots can happen at any moment, so be ready and engaged with your pet during the session

  • Communicate ahead of time with your photographer any pertinent info about your pet- behavior considerations, favorite commands, etc!

Pets are such an important part of a family and deserve to be documented! I’d love to hear any thoughts you have about including your pets in your family photos.


I wholeheartedly believe in the power of authentic documentation. Our stories and truths are not only a gift for ourselves, but also through the generations, becoming treasured keepsakes as proof of our place and time. My passion lies in storytelling that focuses on your present moments. Whether our adventures take us deep into the Hudson Valley, high in the Catskill Mountains, or within the comfort of your home, it is always about where you are meant to be and where you feel the most alive.