Your dog is basically your baby—you let them sleep in your bed, have a curated slideshow of them on your phone, and couldn’t imagine any part of your wedding without them. Naturally, you want them to be in your engagement photos.
But photographing your pup is never easy; getting them to make eye contact with the camera is something of a Herculean feat, as anyone who has ever tried to Instagram their dog can attest. “In my experience, dogs get very weirded out by the sound of the camera shutter,” says Jenny Fu, a wedding and lifestyle photographer based in New York. “They can only look at the camera for a short amount of time before they are ‘over it’ and just want this to stop. It’s already hard enough to get the perfect photo and emotion you want out of humans, adding a dog to the mix makes the task that much more difficult.”
But that’s not to say it can’t be done. We talked to the experts to get their best tips for including your precious ball of fluff in your engagement photos. Peep their advice (and some adorable inspiration photos) below.