I have photographed a number of family groups over the years where the dogs are the family. That is, there are no children or it is an older couple where the children are out of the house and in many cases, out of the state.
These loving dog parents are proud of their dogs and it really tends to show strongly in the portraits. Depending on the breed of the dogs and their size I give careful consideration to the composition of the portrait so it reflects the warmth of the relationship and yet keeps in mind that sometimes we have to control the dogs behavior some during the portrait session.
This portrait of the three dogs and the couple, with the dogs spaced between and on each side of the couple make for a well-balanced portrait and the couple looking so happy makes for an image that they just loved.