Taking the cover shot for a magazine is an exciting and challenging process that requires a lot of creativity and effort. As a kiter, I understand the value of a magazine cover as it holds something special and carries great significance. When I traveled to Brazil I knew I had all the ingredients to capture that one special shot for a magazine cover.
The mangroves are incredibly beautiful and provide a unique setting for kiteboarding. However, this brought both advantages and disadvantages. One disadvantage was the overwhelming number of picturesque locations for taking pictures, making it difficult to decide where to begin. Fortunately, it didn’t take very long to get some unique photos that would perfectly complement the cover. Still, the thought lingered in both of our minds: "If only we could capture that perfect shot."
The only challenge was that Michael had to swim to get those shots. Now, this wasn't a significant problem in itself, but he had to handle a very expensive camera while swimming. Eventually, after a nerve-wracking swim and maneuvering through numerous branches and mangroves, he reached the desired spot. Although it was far from ideal, we had to act quick. We strategically planned the shoot to coincide with the perfect lighting, tide, and wind conditions. After about 5 minutes, he had to swim back, hoping that we had successfully captured the image we envisioned.