I photographed Melanie Kratovil in the summer of 2011 on board the boat “West Wind.” The boat is a working lobster boat, moored in Biddeford Pool, Maine. It’s owned by the hard working, fearless Randy Desmarais. Randy has been a lobsterman since the age of 9. He is friends with Kyle, my buddy since childhood. Kyle has a Maine fishing charter. Kyle organized my photo shoot on the West Wind so my girlfriend and I could experience a few hours on a lobsterboat.
I brought my profoto 7B, and a medium softbox. Before we went in for the day, I asked Randy to pull the boat in front of the Wood Island Lighthouse, off the coast of Biddeford. We shot some pictures of them on the back of the boat, then near the cockpit. I really liked the photos, and quickly shared them with Randy and Melanie.
A whole winter went by when Melanie contacted me about Maine Magazine representatives seeing the photo on her Facebook account, and being interested in using a photo from that day as their next cover. I uploaded a few images to photoshelter so the editors could preview a few photos. I always had a hunch someone would appreciate the pictures, and was excited to see them land on a great Maine magazine.