Puppy Love: Engagement Photography Sessions Featuring Man's Best Friend

Everyone knows the saying that dogs are man's best friend, and we couldn't agree more! So, today we want to focus on the newer trend of featuring your best friend in your engagement and/or wedding photoshoots! The idea couldn't be any more perfect: it's a photoshoot that already features two people so in love, that they chose to spend the rest of their lives together.  So, why not include the non-humans that have been there for you throughout all of your ups and downs?  The ones who have sat beside your bedside when you weren't feeling well. The ones who are always so excited when you walk in the door from work. The ones who are just as excited for your wedding day as you are. We are saps for a good love story here at SanDiegoWedding.com, and adding dogs to the mix just makes us melt. Check out our list of top San Diego wedding and engagement photographers who would be tail waggingly happy to do your engagement session with your best furry pals! 

Photographer: MKL IMAGES

MCAS Miramar Engagement Shoot Summed up in Two Words: Elegantly Honorable

San Diego, California is proud to be home to many of our armed forces and those that serve. So today we give our military couples an idea on how to incorporate this large part of their lives into an engagement session.  Engagement sessions are where couples are able to show their true colors through photography and Luke and Regen Ward's true colors just happen to include red, white, and blue! In order to properly show the world what is important to them as a couple, the Wards wanted to have their first location during the engagement session to be where Luke works, MCAS Miramar and we are in awe over how their photos turned out.

Local wedding photographer Brit Jaye Photography  managed to perfectly capture not only the Ward's rugged and patriotic side, but also their soft and romantic side. We salute this gorgeous engagement session and as always say 'thank you for your service!' to all our armed forces and their spouses and spouses-to-be! 

Adorable engagement shoot with barn cats and horses down on the farm

If you follow us you know we love dogs in engagement photos! But we are finally able to give some equal attention to cats in this charming engagement shoot captured on a beautiful farm replete with barn and yup even a horse. 

Thank you to oden + janelle wedding photography for this love and fur filled day!  

Says the photographer "We had a sweet engagement session with Jennifer and Anton at Black Star Farms - a winery and Inn where Jennifer's sister is the wedding coordinator. The little barn cat followed us around throughout the session which gave us the shot of a lifetime!" We have to agree as that cat stole the show by photobombing the couple at just the right moment.

Surprise Engagement Proposals

Proposals are a whirl-wind of excitement, nerves and head-over-heels joy. All that mixed in with tons of action, in a few short moments - it’s no wonder professional photographers are the best choice for capturing the festivities. Having great record of this often emotionally blurry yet pivotal moment is something no couple regrets.

*This may be an article you print out and “accidentally” leave for your future fiance to find.

Photos by: Derek Chad Photography

Be sure to communicate that you want to hire a photographer that will be excited, not terrified and nervous about the proposal. Be sure the photographer is aware of as many pertinent details as possible. Date, time, location, hiding spot and back up plans are all important to discuss.

This is a high stress photo job. Having as many variables planned out and all questions answered before it all goes down will still not fully prepare your photographer. But, hiring someone confident in their skills and having a good understanding of what is about to happen will prepare them to adapt for any situation.

This isn’t about a huge social obligation for guys to spend a ton of money on a proposal. The gesture of getting down on one knee and asking to spend the rest of your days together, is epic enough. It certainly doesn’t need to be completed with a flash mob. Be simple and genuine. Go with something very intimate to you. And later share the incredible moment through your awesome pictures - like these by one of our fave photographers Derek Chad. Check out our directory of amazing San Diego wedding photographers here.

Love is great and dogs make it even better. A Del Mar beach engagement photo shoot with bride, groom and... dogs!

Toby and Daisy are so adorable together! And so are their humans Syd and Zachary who couldn't possible imagine an engagement session with out the whole family. 

Captured by wedding and engagement photographer Derek Chad on the beach in Del Mar, California (just near Powerhouse Park) we think this engagement shoot has all the ingredients for a fun and loving portrait of true love.

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