WWII Fashion Shoot at the Legacy Flight Museum

I had the incredible opportunity to go to the Legacy Flight Museum in Rexburg, Idaho to take pictures of models wearing actual WWII uniforms. To me this was a special tribute to all of my uncles and other family members who have served in various branches of the military, as well as my dad, who raised me on the stories of the brave men and women who have courageously served.


Army man standing outside the jeep

NIKON D3300, 42mm, 1/125, f/4.5, model was wearing an Army uniform.

For this fashion shoot, the great people of the Legacy Flight Museum not only provided us with the uniforms, but they also allowed us to bring some of the vehicles and planes out onto the tarmac to take pictures outside. There were quite a few distracting moving trucks behind him, so I got in closer and got low to the ground to eliminate most of those. What was left in the frame I cleaned up using the clone stamp tool and the spot healing brush tool in photoshop.

Soldier sitting on the bumper of the jeep

NIKON D3300, 24mm, 1/80, f/3.5


Army man sitting on the wing of a plane

NIKON D3300, 50mm, 1/250, f/1.8, Nathan Forsgren wearing an Army Uniform

In this picture he is sitting up on the wing of Section-Eight, one of the military planes at the Legacy Flight Museum. To light this we used a speed light with a Rouge Flash-bender to reflect the light.


Too young, the face of a soldier

One of the craziest things about our military in the World Wars and Vietnam, like the picture featured below, was how young they all were. To even fit into the uniforms at the museum, our models had to be pretty small because of how young the original owners were. I remembered the image shown below when we were at the museum and I wanted to capture a similar image that focused on the haunted youth of the wars and their unique sacrifice of youth and innocence.

An American soldier wears a hand lettered War Is Hell slogan on his helmet, Vietnam, 1965

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Navy Plane with officer half light

For this image, I wanted to use split lighting, where only half of the face is exposed, to help create a more dramatic picture. The plane featured is actually blue because it is meant to fight over water with the Navy.

For more fantastic photography from this shoot, check out Kade Atwood, Shallyn and Emily Johnson‘s work.

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