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There is one thing that can make an engagement session instantly adorable and also add a ton of stress at the same time! Normally when we shoot engagement sessions, our couples show up with a little bit of nerves just because they are about to be professionally photographed for the first time! Nerves are normal! However, adding a DOG into the situation adds a whole new level of stress to the situation. I totally get it, Michael and I would have had Bokeh in our engagement pictures if we had had him back then!!

The stress is WORTH it! However, it doesn’t HAVE to be stressful. There are several ways to decrease the amount of stress that comes from adding a dog into an engagement shoot and we’re sharing some of them in today’s video!! I’m sharing 5 tips for BRIDES and 5 tips for PHOTOGRAPHERS! I’m loving this video because Michael let me put Bokeh in it for 5 seconds! :)

Before watching, there was ONE thing I need to point out! When I say that photographers need a “WIDER APERTURE”…. I meant HIGHER! :) After 8 takes, my brain was fried. Just wanted to point that out so that I don’t get emails about it!! :)

 

 

 

xoxo, Katelyn
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  1. Megan Kelsey reply

    Great tips Katelyn!! I am loving these videos so much! I just did a shoot on the beach in Hawaii and my couple brought two little dogs with them and I agree with all of these tips so much! Thanks for sharing!

    P.S. Bokeh should be in every video. @Michael :)

  2. Moriah Ortega reply

    Great tips and I love the quality of your videos! Keep ’em coming!:)

  3. Anna K. reply

    Katelyn I LOVE this! Thank you so much for taking the time to make a video about it!

  4. Lauren Swann reply

    You’re so cute!! Love this video blog!!

  5. Loren reply

    Love this! I have an E-Session next month with a furbaby and these are killer tips!! Thanks, KJ!

  6. Melissa Farmer reply

    We are excited about having Simba in our shoot so this was very helpful to make us feel better in advance about the idea!!
    Thanks!

  7. Alicia reply

    Granger is sad she didn’t get her Katelyn James close up featured on this post ;) ;)

  8. Tina reply

    These are GREAT tips but I really am just dying to know where you got that adorable cardigan from :) I would just love a post all about where you get your adorable clothes and if you dress for your business on purpose! Hope that makes sense! lol

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