Mei Lin Barral Photography

honest + reflective imagery

for couples in love + their four-legged family

& I'm sure you do too.

I believe animals are the best kind of family,

Hi there, my first name is Mei Lin (May-Lynn)
and I really love pugs.

I am a quiet, introverted soul, just like most of my couples. This helps me observe and capture the most tender moments on your wedding day without being obtrusive.

I am Pet CPR & First Aid Certified which means I'll be there for your four-legged family if something were to unfortunately happen during your wedding and animal portrait session.

You can often find me engrossed in the latest novel or memoir I'm reading (I sobbed on a train after finishing Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng).

When reading, I love to snack on popcorn or olive bread. If I need a little something sweet, I'll make a delicious vegan chocolate mousse.

When not cozied up indoors, you can find me at a local theatre enjoying a musical - I really recommend Waitress and Once.

From my French family to yours, merci d'être venu; I can't wait to meet you and your four-legged family soon!

this wonderful illustration is crafted by the immensely talented Andrea Porretta

how my love for animals began

When I was young, I went to choose a yellow Labrador Retriever with my mom. We named him Tin Tin (named after Les Aventures de Tin Tin); he was one of the most patient, kind, + trusting people I've known. I was an only child and was so fortunate to have grown up with him. He taught me how to love a dog, and how to be loved by one.

I have given a piece of my heart to so many animals, and they have in turn, given me a piece of theirs. This is why I genuinely believe that animals are people too.

Documenting couples with their four-legged family brings me incredible amounts of joy; it is made even more special when they are a part of couples' wedding day pr engagement session. That special day is meant to celebrate with one's family, and dogs are a part of that family.

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~Gypsy hates being the odd one out & will make all sorts of sounds to let you know she's feeling excluded

~Her favorite food is cheese, any kind as long as there's loads of it

~Miss Gypsy is a big fan of taking walks if she's being pushed in her stroller (shopping cart made into a custom stroller) or held in her doggie sling

~Her tongue is ridiculously long (it’s not even fully extended in the photo you see!)

Meet Gypsy



also known as "Miss Gypsy"

~Oreo has long legs so he supports his weight well (corroborated by his vet)

~He loves to "nurse" certain stuffed animals especially when he's stressed (his pig toy is among his favorites)

~Oreo loves running on the beach; you wouldn't even know that he spends most hours in the day sleeping

~He’s the pug that started it all

Meet Oreo


better known as "Bubsy"

I would like to introduce you to two


 of the most important people in my life.