The Parhams // Family Portraits with Puppies

I’ll be honest: I don’t shoot a lot of family portraits, for the simple reason that I tend to gravitate more toward weddings and individual portraits. However, the Parhams are a very special family; we’ve known each other for quite some time. I even used to sit for Lila Grace and Claire when they were younger. So, when Mr. Parham approached me about doing some family portraits with their puppies, which I got to help deliver, I couldn’t have been more excited.

Puppies grow up FAST. It feels like yesterday that these puppies were born. They’re 6 weeks old now, and considerably more mobile, and energetic.
While taking pictures of puppies is absolutely adorable and possibly even a little bit therapeutic, here are some tips for all of you who are thinking it’s just a walk in the park.

1. Puppies like to chew on everything. Including the shoes on your feet, your camera bag, and possibly even your camera, if you’ll let them.

2. Puppies are under the impression that they can run under your feet and nothing bad will happen. It is completely up to you to avoid stepping on them.

3. Puppies are very good at adorable candids. They are not so good at posing (but that’s okay).

Despite these (admittedly adorable) challenges, we managed to get a few lovely family portraits, and a lot of fun shots of the puppies just being puppies.

Puppy family portrait session in Greenville, SC

Puppy family portrait session in Greenville, SCPuppy family portrait session in Greenville, SC

I couldn’t imagine a much more fun family session than this one! Thanks, Parham family, for letting me capture this crazy, hectic, adorable time in your life. 🙂

Family portraits with pets in Greenville, SC