Pets in engagement sessions are the best. Leah & Dana found their kitty as a kitten only a few days old, abandoned as the runt of the litter in the bushes of their apartment. Even though Dana is allergic, they took her in and bottle fed her. She’s about a year old now. We started their engagement session in their apartment, then continued onto Papago Park in Tempe, AZ. I love shooting couples in their homes- it’s perfect to get used to being photographed and brings a lot of your personality into the session. Your home doesn’t need to be perfectly decorated either- don’t be pressured by those unattainable Instagram-perfect photos. Being yourself and documenting life as it really is will be awesome to look back on in 10 years. It’s also awesome to do a combination home + on location session like Leah & Dana did and it’s a great way to incorporate pets who might not be able to go on location like cats. Plus, pets usually provide the comic relief- see her creepin’ in the background of the photos, and when she smacked poor Leah in the face when she tried to cuddle with her. Life with cats summed up in one photo!!