Drum roll please….. AH. #HeartSWOON. Wedding Diaries Part IV: Engagement Photos comin’ ATCHA!! There’s no denying that working with brides can be… well, difficult. And I try my absolute hardest to be a low key bride. If there’s ONE thing I absolutely want, it’s to have amazing photos that capture the love of my life, myself and the dogs. Of course, I had to include our babies. Lady and Scooter are definitely our pride and joy so having them in a few photos was 100% necessary.
The day started out like this:
Daniel and I had to workout, of course, but also had to get ready to drive down to San Diego which is about an hour and 15 minutes south of us. We had a dog grooming appointment at noon, but had to reschedule because we actually got a flat tire on the way down. Cest le vie! No worries though, we both were in too good of a mood to let something like a flat tire mess up our flow.
We dropped the kids off at the Groomer’s (If you need an AMAZING AFFORDABLE DOG GROOMING PLACE, go to City Dog in downtown San Diego off Park Blvd) an hour late, and luckily they could squeeze us in. We stopped at our favorite deli, Rubicon Deli off India and Washington in Mission Hills. When we picked up the pups, they were adorned with cute bandanas, and happy as ever to be fluffed and cleaned.
I didn’t allot myself enough time to get ready (I have a time perception issue I’m working on) and was a tad rushed, but managed to pull myself together. And while I did NOT curl my hair and most brides would prefer this look, I waned to look back on these photos and feel like myself. I love curling my hair, but since I had it chopped in a LOB, it’s not quite the same curled.
We met our photographer, Christy Golder in Balboa Park just above downtown San Diego. It’s by far my favorite place in San Diego for its natural romantic ambiance, historical background, and beautifully done architecture. If you haven’t been there, you HAVE to go. There’s no ifs ands or buts about it!
We came with the groomed pups, toys in tow, bandanas on their necks, and snapped a few photos with them at the Pavillon.
Engagement Photo Tips with Dogs:
- Tire THEM out!! Take them to the park, run them, just do something so they are less curious, hyper or anxious.
- Get them groomed day of or day before with plenty of time. Make sure that the groomers give them a cute bandana or bow to decorate their collar.
- Arrive at the engagement shoot early if possible to let them sniff the area and hopefully release some of their general ADD-ness.
- Bring toys or treats, along with a family member to help get their attention for pictures.
- Definitely have a friend or family member who can take them when you are done capturing a few photos.
- Bring a lint roller! You will NEED it!
- Bring an outfit change, a pair of comfy shoes to walk in, makeup for touch ups.
The pups did good! Luckily Lady and Scooter are pretty calm dogs (Lady is 9 and Scooter is 8), and are use to me taking pictures with them. My parents were there and took the dogs for us after we took a few photos so we could continue our shoot with Christy.
Christy did an excellent job at capturing Daniel and I’s relationship, and made us feel very comfortable. Alright, so you ready to see them?! Let’s do this!