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Capturing Precious Moments: Family and Newborn Photoshoots at Home with Pets

As a newborn and family photographer, I have had the privilege of witnessing so many beautiful family moments firsthand, and let me tell you, something special happens when there is a family dog or cat in the mix! It brings another element to the photoshoot... a bit of chaos, a sprinkle of comedy and wonderful family moments!


Family photoshoots at home offer a relaxed and intimate setting, allowing everyone to feel comfortable and at ease. But what about our beloved pets? they’re cherished members of the family, and they deserve to be included in the memories too!


Newborn Photography with Pets: A Perfect Blend of Love

Documenting the early days of a newborn's life is so important. But we should try to include family pets in these moments too! They are part of the story of the family.. the story of the newborn baby! Whether it’s a loyal dog or a curious cat, pets have a unique way of adding warmth and charm to the photoshoot.


newborn baby with dog

Benefits of Including Pets in Family Photoshoots at Home

There are countless benefits to involving your pets in your family and newborn photoshoots, especially when done in the comfort of your own home. Here are just a few:

  1. Authenticity: Home is where the heart is, and including pets in your photoshoot adds an authentic touch to the images. It showcases the genuine love and bond that exists within your family.

  2. Comfort and Familiarity: Pets feel most comfortable in their own environment, which translates into relaxed and natural poses. This helps create a stress-free atmosphere for both you and your furry friends.

  3. Emotional Connection: Pets are more than just animals – they’re cherished companions who hold a special place in our hearts. By including them in your photoshoot, you’re capturing the deep emotional connection that exists between your family and your pets.

  4. Memories for a Lifetime: These photos aren’t just snapshots; they’re memories that will last a lifetime. Years from now, you’ll look back at these images and be reminded of the love and happiness that filled your home.




children with dog

Top Tips for Including Pets in Your Photoshoot

Now, you might be wondering how to ensure a smooth and successful photoshoot with your furry friends. Here are some top tips to consider:

  1. Preparation is Key: Before the photoshoot, spend some time grooming your pets and making sure they’re comfortable with the camera equipment. A tired and well-exercised pet is more likely to cooperate during the session.

  2. Patience is a Virtue: Just like children, pets can be unpredictable. Be patient and allow them to acclimate to the environment at their own pace. Treats and toys can be helpful in keeping their attention focused during the shoot.

  3. Safety First: Always prioritize the safety and well-being of your pets. If your pet is feeling anxious or stressed, don’t force them to participate. It’s okay to take breaks and give them time to relax.

  4. Let Me Handle Them: As someone who loves pets nearly as much as children, rest assured that I’ll take care of your furry friends during the photoshoot. I understand their behaviour and know how to capture their unique personalities on camera.


In conclusion, family photoshoots at home are a wonderful way to capture the love, laughter, and joy that fill your everyday moments. And when you include your pets in the mix, you’re creating memories that truly reflect the essence of your family. So, let’s embrace the chaos, cuddles, and cuteness together – because life is better when shared with those we love, both human and furry alike.

Sinéad xx



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