Many of us welcome a pet into the family before a child and I love it when my clients invite their dogs to participate in their pregnancy announcement, maternity, and newborn sessions, because I think it shows just how much their pets mean to them and that they are an important member of the family.
I recently had a fun time capturing this expectant parents’ first pregnancy announcement, starring Lulu, their family dog. Lulu is a 4-year old Rhodesian Ridgeback and Pitbull mix, who was adopted by her loving parents when she was a puppy. When they arrived, Lulu was so shy and nervous that her tail was down between her legs for a while. When her parents told me that she will not take any treats from strangers, I started to worry a bit. This means that I can’t bribe using treats… What if she doesn’t stay or pose and look at the camera? I ended up spending more time getting to know and comforting Lulu than photographing her during this photo session. =) But look at Lulu! Strike a pose! Doesn’t she look adorable?! Towards the end of the session, Lulu loosened up and took some treats from my hand! She was happy to enjoy treats after I snapped the perfect shot! I felt like we connected and that really made me smile!
The mom was at 16 weeks when I photographed her and wow, they had already picked a name for their baby! The baby is due 5 days before Lulu’s birthday in July! How exciting! They are going to have a big celebrations together for years to come!
I am so honored that I was able to help this family share the happy news! I am so excited for them and I can’t wait to capture more precious moments at the maternity and newborn sessions!
Here is the announcement card that I put together for them. I’ll bet you can’t resist smiling at these!