Hey there! With Halloween behind us I wanted to share with you some pics from our fall photoshoot to give you ideas for your holiday photos! It's that time of year that many people get their holiday photos taken and I'm always looking for new ideas or inspiration! Here are some couples photo ideas + photos with doggies that I thought would be fun if it gives you some ideas for your holiday photoshoot!
We got these taken a few weeks ago and the big pumpkin patches weren't quite open yet so we loaded the fam up and met our photographer for some nature scenes! Oh boy.....so we knew (ok who are we kidding...there's no WE...) I knew that I wanted to wear fall outfits so Leeroy and I coordinated a few tops and I kept my same boots and jeans on to make the outfit changes easy...in the woods...LOL
Well...we're in Dallas and it was still freaking 90 degrees....so we were sweating our booty's off during this shoot! We met at "golden hour" which is the time of day when the sun is starting to set so you get the really pretty warm light and some of the sun beams that came through the trees.
We had our little guys Charlie (Charlie Bear) and Max on their harnesses and Jake on his regular leash.....that worked for about 10 minutes and then Max (the small black one) somehow scooted out of his harness and into the woods he ran! Luckily I had put some treats in my bag and we were able to coax him back and put his harness back on....well then Jake decided that he wasn't going to let Max have all the attention and he somehow got out of his leash! Needless to say by the end of the photoshoot with the dogs Leeroy was about ready to kill me! LOL...I told him it would SO be worth it once we got the photos!
Here are my top 10 tips when planning for a photoshoot that involves you and your significant other and your fur baby crew:
Top 10 Couples/Doggie Photo Tips
1. Coordinate with your significant other on what you are going to wear. It doesn't have to be crazy complicated. Just make sure you coordinate and at a minimum make sure you don't clash
2. If you are going to change clothes and you're in a location where it may be difficult to have privacy (like there's no bathroom in sight) consider just swapping out your top and shoes and keeping your bottoms the same so you get a different look with a quick change. When I have a photoshoot and know I won't have a bathroom to change in I usually wear a bandeau bra (it looks like a strapless bathing suit top) so when I swap out shirts I can do so and not have to worry about having too much privacy
3. Before your photoshoot look in the mirror and see what angles/sides of your face you prefer. A lot of times theres one side of your face/an angle that you may prefer over another and if you can identify that then when you pose you can make sure to pose with that side/angle facing the camera versus just posing and having no clue which angles/sides you like better
4. Smile with your eyes not just your mouth - the camera will tell on you! Look into the camera as if it was another person's peepers and let your eyes crinkle up and bam you have a great shot! If your eyes aren't smiling with your mouth you can look stiff or disengaged from the photo or the people you are with
5. Be You, be confident, and turn your mind off! Enjoy the moment and turn off the voice in your head that says you look silly or this was a dumb idea. Trust me when you get your photos back you will appreciate the fact that you took the time and made the effort to capture these memories
6. When shooting with doggies or kiddos for that matter decrease your expectations on how perfect things are going to go or look...trust me... sometimes the cutest most bestest shots are the ones that just happened in the moment. If you have a good photographer like we did they appreciate the crazy moments like dogs getting off leashes and kids crying and they get busy taking photos and start capturing the moments. They are memories you'll look back at and laugh at...after the photoshoot but even the hubbys will laugh at the dogs getting off the leashes and sweating their booty's off at some point!
7. Quit waiting on your spouse/significant other to say they want photos taken or to tell you it's a great idea...girl it's not going to happen! Make the appointment and just tell him you have a date planned and that's that. Leeroy never would think to schedule a photoshoot and if I asked him if he wanted to go to one I'd likely get a dirty look. Instead, schedule it and they will usually go along with it. They will however love the pics and I guarantee you they will want prints for their office/desk ????
8. When you have dogs and/or kiddos involved be prepared and pack snacks/treats/leashes/water and bowl/etc....especially if it's hot outside. For our dogs, they got crazy excited and even if it wasn't hot they were ready for some water. The treats helped to focus them and get Max back when he got off his harness
9. Get the dog/kiddo pics done first before you have a potential meltdown and then you can keep them busy while you get a few couples shots
10. Ladies...likely your guy is going to be more stressed/out of his element than you are so especially if you have kiddos/doggies involved, try to be super calm and cool even if the crap hits the fan and your dogs are misbehaving or the kids have a temper tantrum. The last thing you want is to get in an argument. Jake was so hyper during our shoot but the more calm we/I was the more he fed off that energy. Once the photoshoot is over you can let it all out but try to keep it together so you don't all lose it
Whew! That was a long post but I hope that helps if you are taking pics this holiday season and are looking for couples photo ideas or taking photos with doggies!!????