Katie & Corey Garner
It has been over four years since I last had a session with a couple. FOUR YEARS! I didn't realize that it had been so long since I had a couple in front of the camera until Katie contacted me for a session a few months ago. But Katie and Corey put their trust in me, all of us nervous, and the session was perfect!
We started at the Bark Park in Murfreesboro, so that we could make sure their dog Layla was apart of the session. Dogs like Layla, are definitely family, so they should always be included in family pictures! While it was my first time to have a dog to photograph, I have loved how the pictures with Layla turned out! She is super cute! Check out the tips at the end of this blog for tips on photographing dogs.
Then we moved on to the Stones River Country Club to get some pictures on the course. And I have to say, these were some of my favorites from the session. One of the best parts about having a golf course as a location, is that there are so many great spots to check out and use. And you can get around easily with a golf cart. It also helped that they had several friends who were playing golf that day to get them to laugh, smile, and loosen up if they weren't already.
For my first couples session since moving to Tennessee, I am very excited about how this session turned out. I know Katie and Corey were also nervous being in front of the camera, but don't they look great? I know it definitely helped starting the session out with Layla, and having the session in familiar places.
A few tips for photographing dogs:
-Have the owner(s) bring the dogs favorite toy, preferably one that squeaks
-Make sure there are treats to reward good behavior and to get the attention of the dog(s)
-Try and use the distractions around you as a way to get the dog to pose for you. Ex: if there is a person on a bike about to go by, snap the pictures as the biker goes behind you so the dog is looking in your direction
-Let your client know that not every picture is going to be perfect, but try to get them to play with their dog(s) and get more of a lifestyle session out of it