This shoot turned out to be fun for the entire family. Finding the dogs was easy but finding a floating wooden dock was not. My search for the dock began locally but I came up empty and had to expand my search. There is a well-known lake about two hours from home - Lake Winnipesaukee - that still has an old-timey vacation feel. I thought I might find my wooden dock there. I didn’t not but I did stumble across a young black bear that I thought was a very big black lab walking towards me! Luckily, when the cub noticed me, it was more scared than I was and took off. Plan B? Trolling Craigslist to find a rental with the perfect dock. I hit pay-dirt with a lake house in Maine and decided to take the entire family along for a 3-day vacation. The house was an old rustic fishing camp. Us parents were thrilled to be without the internet and tv - our kids, not so much. A nice family rented the camp next door and brought along their Golden Retriever and Jack Russell which thrilled our dog-loving daughter. Since I had the luxury of renting a place with its own wooden dock, I shot in the morning, in the evening, with clouds, in the wind, and, finally, during a beautiful sunset, which ended up being "it". The labs were shot back at home, at a local playground, where I outlined the exact dimensions of the dock on a basketball court, then measured and set the camera at the same elevation I had when I shot the dock. Everything came together seamlessly in post resulting in a great photo and fun family memories.
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