We LOVE getting pets in the frame. Afterall, the whole point of a documentary family session is to document your family’s life, and that includes your pet(s). Here are the DFP community’s top 5 reasons why you should absolutely include your pets in your next family photo session.
1: THEY ARE PART OF THE FAMILY
Your pet is one of the family. They may have been around before the kids, and they will form a huge part of your kids’ childhood memories. As Long Island documentary photographer Lauren Kamenitz puts it:
“Would you send your baby to Grandma’s for a photoshoot because they’re in the way?!?! The pets are just another one of the kids aren’t they?!?!”
2. THEY CHANGE THE FAMILY DYNAMIC
Our pets hugely impact the way we interact as a family and the daily routines that make up our family life. Can you imagine your life without your pet? It would be pretty different, right? A documentary family photographer aims to capture the reality of your life, and that includes your life with your fur/feather babies.
3. THEY ARE HILARIOUS
Let’s face it, animals are funny and kids are funny. Animals + kids = hilarious.
4. THEY WON’T BE AROUND FOREVER
It’s a sad fact, but our furred and feathered friends just don’t live as long as we would like them to. So documenting their part in the family is super important to keep the memories of their all to short time with us. As community member Lisa Robinson-Howeler expresses it:
“Having photos of [our late dog and cat], while bittersweet, is important to keeping our memories of them alive, but also to the healing process after we lost them.”
5. BECAUSE THEY WON’T GET OUT OF THE DAMN FRAME, ANYWAY!
Need we say more?
If you’d like to document your family’s real life, pets and all, check out our map to find a documentary family photographer in your local area. If you are a documentary family photography yourself, come join our supportive community of documentary family photographers on Facebook.