National Guard GX magazine feature

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Been excited to share this one for awhile. The fun thing about commercial photography is, sometimes you gotta wait until it’s in print before you can share it. 🙂

a few weeks ago, I was asked to do a shoot for the National Guard’s GX magazine- yes, THE National Guard, and yes, they have their own magazine!

The shoot only required one final image, of staff sergeant Michael Byers, a local national guard officer who was one of the first on the scene when the 2011 Joplin Tornado hit. His story was this month’s selection for GX mag’s regular feature, ‘I was there’, which showcases military personnel who were present during major disasters.

If you’d like to read more about Michael & his story, you can check it out on page 22 of this virtual issue of the magazine. Michael is an incredibly humble individual- someone who certainly never asked for the spotlight,  which makes him deserve the recognition all the more.  I enjoyed chatting with him about the Guards and life in general, and sharing experiences from that day in May 3 years ago.

For the image itself, I scouted for a bit to find the perfect spot. I needed a location that conveyed a hint of the destruction that took place, but also featured an element of hope and moving on.  I found that spot across the street from the new high school that’s being built- the rebuilding is in the background, while a pile of leftover rubble still sits in the foreground. Spots like these are still a reality that certainly exists in more than one spot in our city.

Here’s the official selection from the article, as well as a few outtakes.

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