I want to start this post explaining a bit of a side project I have been running for some time. The project is an ongoing collection of portraits from across different jobs in the Air Force. In time I hope to grow the collection to include many of the jobs across the Air Force and other services, or even other nations! The idea is that in a couple years I will be able to compile the images into a book to help show that the military is not just all warfighters but a large community of many different professionals. I will continue to post the events behind capturing the portrait for the book on here so that you can see all the other photos I snap in the process. Feel free to look through my service portfolio under portfolios to have a look at the other images I have already captured for the project here!
Last week I had an amazing opportunity to work with the DAGRE guys and two medics from the 353 SOSS on Kadena AB. These guys were something special, being a cop myself it is really cool to see them getting some awesome tasking and doing bigger things with the special operations group. The images below were captured during an event to teach regular cops some more advanced shooting drills and later during their own training in a MOUT facility on camp Hansen.
Thanks for the opportunity guys and for being apart of the project.
We started the day walking through the facility getting a look at the rooms and doing some dry runs without gear to go over some recently changed tactics and ways of operating.
After some chit chat it was time to get down to business. The facility has an overhead walk way for instructors but these guys prefer to walk in behind eachtoher to see everything happen from an equal perspective. I used the dry runs to capture some interesting angles that I would not be able to do once the live fire and flashbangs started coming out.
After a few runs and some corrections it was time to gear up and prep the facility for live fire drills.
For the most part they would go in with groups of two, 10 pushups per missed shot. speed was important but being smooth was the key. a phrase you will hear in the military a lot, "slow is smooth, smooth is fast". seeing the level these men operate on was impressive to say the least, smooth was indeed fast and the groups spoke for themselves.
Eventually I had to swap positions from the catwalks to try and capture something different, minus taking a flashbang that bounced wrong it worked out well and I was able to capture them going into the facility.
In between runs the guys had acouple minutes of downtime to joke and share tips. it is during these moments you can catch people with their camera guard down and snap some really genuine images.
After some good runs it was time to grab a little grub and gear up for a second round of shooting.
time for round 2!
We ran a few more drills for the day and then i got out some flash equipment to take some nicer posed shots of the guys for possible use in the project.
and we can't forget the docs!