I am blessed to have the opportunity to show how hard these teams train year round to keep our communities and country safe. Then something else occurred to me – I even get to see and share things that their own families and friends never see. At a recent training, I photographed in Fort AP Hill, Virginia I was on the hip of a special operations soldier who allowed me to document a building search in the dark of night to experience the adrenaline and skills required to find a suspect in a large building with his dog. It was a unique experience to be sure. It was also “just” a training exercise and I witnessed something that even his closest family and friends will never see. To say that this was special doesn’t cover it. It was scary, intense, and inspiring. These soldiers and law enforcement officers go into places with their dogs and it is life or death. They are the real deal heroes and my dream is to continue to bring those stories into the light to show the world how unique and incredibly brave these teams/units are and they do it with humility and strength and dedication…
It is not the critic who counts;
not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena,
whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood;
who strives valiantly;
who errs and comes short again and again;
who knows great enthusiasms,
the great devotions;
who spends himself in a worthy cause;
who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement,
and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly
so that his place shall never be with those timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. -Theodore Roosevelt
To continue to do the work and show these amazing team in photographs I have a Booster campaign where you can purchase a t-shirt and fund the overhead costs of donating my time to photograph these heroes. Go here to purchase your t-shirt today! My goal is to sell 100 t-shirts by August 7th.
Canines on Duty is sponsoring a tuition scholarship to attend IrondogK9 Street Tactics Seminar May 5-8 2015! Submit nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org with Name of Handler, K9, Unit, Email and Mailing Address by April 27th. Tuition covers $440 fee to attend. We will cover the seminar cost and winner will provide transportation to and from event and lodging costs. Hope we can get a deserving team a great training spot!! https://vimeo.com/116346594
K9 Guardians the movie is set to release in July 2015. During the filming I have been documenting the work of these amazing k9s and their handlers in stills to show the intensity and drive these police teams have to work the streets every day.
George Quinlan, owner of It’s All About the Dogs Training, is a host of a weekly television show in Biddeford, ME sharing training philosophies, dog sports and more. I was featured on an episode for my work on K9 Guardians and my animal photography in general. Here is a little clip the K9 Guardians team sent out to social media…
We want to thank Dawn Norris from Canines on Duty and George Quinlan for speaking about our upcoming documentary, set to release in July. Dawn currently works with us capturing amazing pictures of our dogs in action. Dawn is becoming the Ansel Adams of the working K9 world :)Please follow the link to watch the full interview “It’s All About the Dogs” with George Quinlan. https://youtu.be/_ZM9qhA_JDY Or go to;www.facebook.com/caninesonduty to see her amazing work
This past month I was given the opportunity to join the team filming an independent documentary called :: K9 Guardians.
As an official photographer for the film I’m seeing the amazing and intensely hard work that goes into training a K9 unit. Paul Ludwig, Sam Edmonds, and Drew Barrow are moving mountains to help educate the general public about the exposure and training that is necessary for the working dogs of America’s K9 divisions. Drew Barrows, filmmaker, is privately raising funds to produce this film. DONATE HERE BY CLICKING HERE:: http://bit.ly/k9guardiansdonation