If Only I Were A Royal Hound

With all the buzz about the “Royal Wedding” I got to wondering what William and Kate were thinking; they didn’t hire us to shoot their wedding. I am sure that my dad and mom could do as good a job as any photojournalistic wedding photographer they could find. So, I laid on my dad’s pillow a little longer than usual thinking about this and trying to figure it out.

Is it because we are commoners? Nah, that can’t be it because we used to have a Land Rover, and I think it would be fun to have a walk-about for some grouse.

Is it because I don’t bark with a sophisticated British accent…well maybe but I doubt it.

Hmmm…what could it be?

The cost of the wedding is fascinating to me. The price is estimated to be $32 million! Did you know that the cost of the cake is $80,000 (that is 290 years of dog food)? I wonder if I would like a bite of an $80,000 cake? Would it taste good? Could I eat the whole thing or would it make me sick? I have been told I don’t make the best gastrointestinal decisions.

Kate’s gown is $434,000…it better be pretty (1,502 years of dog food)! The flowers are $800,000. Woof, that’s a lot don’t you think?

Wait a minute…could it possibly be? I think I’ve figured it out. Real Deal Wedding Photography’s basic package is only $1200 and it’s a really good price. BUT, those Royals want people who are way overpriced therefore we don’t fit the bill. I wish I could talk because I would tell them that hiring an affordable wedding photographer is the smart way to go. They seem to think that overpriced = better quality…silly Royals.

I had my heart set on sniffing some Corgi, but we will just have to watch the wedding on TV like the rest of the world. As for us, we will be quite happy doing a really good job at a really affordable price. We make our couples feel like royalty!

Sir Beauregard

They call me Houdini

Most of the time my posts are about my dad, mom and photography however, this one is all about me.

We were in one of our favorite anchorages by Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Pub and Moore’s Stone Crab Restaurant off Longboat Key.  It is very beautiful there and as a side note, we saw an amazing dolphin show on Sunday morning.

The day started out nice as I got my “swim” on in the morning, off the back of our boat using the special step that allows me to get into the boat all by myself.  I think my parents were trying to tire me out so they could leave me on the boat while they went exploring.  I figured out what was going on when they put me below and closed the companion way doors.  As they boarded the dinghy I sat on the top step crying, thinking they might take pity on me and let me go with them.  Sometimes it works…sometimes it doesn’t. This time it was not to be.

They have left me on the boat many times before and I normally use that as an opportunity to get a nice long nap.  For some reason it seemed different on this day.  I contemplated the situation and came up with the idea to climb over the louvered doors…after all it works for Spidey!

Here I go off the back of the boat

After my great escape I stood in the cockpit looking for Mom & Dad around the anchorage.  Not seeing them, I did what any self respecting Lab would do and jumped in the water.  Thank goodness Dad had left my “special step” down.

I swam from boat to boat just knowing I would find them.  Unbeknownst to me, people get alarmed seeing an unaccompanied dog swimming around the bay.  Some nice people on a wave runner picked me up and took me back to our boat.  Since my parents were still not there, I figured the thing to do would be to swim some more.  You know…when the cat’s away…

After jumping on and off a few times I started to get tired. A nice man named Matthew was watching me from his boat.  He must have known somehow that I was getting tired because he got in his dinghy and came to rescue me.  His lady, Julie tried to call my dad but Dad had left his phone on the boat.  Not knowing what to do with me they decided to get a table for three at Mar Vista and have me join them for dinner.  The nice people at Mar Vista gave me treats and a bowl of water.  I laid down to wait wondering when my peeps would return.

I saw Julie and many other people in the anchorage waving their arms and yelling my dad’s name at an approaching dinghy.  HOORAY!!! It was my mom and dad and boy was I happy to see them.  Now I know what those kids that lose their parents in the mall feel like.

All’s well that ends well thanks to my new friends Matthew and Julie.  I understand they write a blog too, so for their take on this adventure…give it a read at Matthew and Julie sail away.

Beau Out
(I’m dog tired)

I kissed a bride and I liked it

Engagement sessions shot on the sailboat are some of my favorites because I get to come along and help. Couples seem to like coming to the Twin Dolphin Marina and meeting me. The humans sometimes walk around downtown Bradenton and up by Mattison’s . They look all cute and lovey dovey. Then they join me on the boat for plenty of sniffing and petting. We then leave the dock and motor out of the marina. Usually this is near my dinner time because dad says the light for making pretty pictures is the best then. I think I should get fed before we go. I’m just sayin.

Our pretty people move all about the boat while dad holds the camera in front of his face and mom drives the boat. A little later, when I am really hungry, they often sit in the cockpit and that is when I make my move. I start slowly and use one of my cute looks that guarantees more petting, when the time is right I move in for the kiss. The guys don’t get threatened because, after all, I am just a dog. Blair and Joey were just here and my dad got this photo of me implementing my plan. If I had my own laptop it would be my screen saver.

Woof at ya later

Not your mama’s wedding photographer

My dad says choosing your wedding photographer is really a big deal. You want to pick someone who has the style you are after. We shoot in a photojournalistic style because my dad went to college to learn how to shoot for newspapers. Granted it was back in the stone age when they went to a place called a darkroom. I hear they would shoot 20-30 rolls of stuff called film at one football game! The processing is now done with the lights on, and dad sits in front of an iMac for long hours, but the shooting is still the same.

He approaches a wedding as if he were assigned a story to shoot. He begins with the brides primping and and the grooms complaining about uncomfortable shoes and collars too tight. Those are some of his favorite moments. Then there is the ceremony and on to the party. Dad does suggest shooting some “formals” because Aunt Susie still really wants to have those, but he is very fast and can get those done in a half hour or so.

At the end of the day it is the candids that capture the true feeling of your wedding day and that is where his training and work for the associated press really pay off. There is a timeless quality to well composed photographs that don’t rely on photoshop trickery. Think of your kids looking at your album in 20 years and not laughing because all of your appliances are avocado.

Dad says there are as many styles of wedding photography as there are Florida wedding photographers.
Some emphasize the formals with meticulous posing and largely “say cheese” plastic smiles.

Some seem to just shoot weddings so they have a lot of material to “over-photoshop” using the latest filters and plugins to really jazz up their photos. They abide by the motto that everything can be “fixed” in photoshop. Some may have a style but their fundamental shooting technique is so poor that it is hard to see what it might be. Shooting sunset beach photos is a challenge to do well. You have to know how to balance the natural light with flash or a reflector. Some look “over-flashed” or way to dark. You know this is if you have tried it yourself.

Take at look at his portfolio on the website www.realdealweddings.com and see if our style is what you are after.

Woof at ya later

I may be laying down but I am in charge.