Ok so to explain Airsoft to those of you who don't know much about it...let us refer to the wonderful words of Wikipedia:
"Airsoft is a recreational activity in which participants eliminate opponents by hitting each other with spherical non-metallic pellets launched via replica firearms.
Gameplay varies in style and composition but often range from short-term skirmishes, organized scenarios, military simulations, or historical reenactments. Combat situations on the battlefield often involve the use of common military tactics to achieve objectives set in each game. Participants typically emulate the tactical equipment and accessories used by modern military and police organizations."
Much more eloquent than Brianne's description: "It's like paintball on steroids and it kinda scares me..."
We were, however, introduced shortly after to an enthusiastic and extremely welcoming group of guys who participate in both the local group, as well as groups across Canada. We learned a lot about the strategy, the equipment (which there are copious amounts of, all of which are very realistic looking), safety gear and the rules/regulations. By the end of the shoot, Brianne even picked up one of the guns without flinching...this was big...
But onto the photography part...Typically images that involve guns/weaponery can often go two ways: creepy, or cheesy-neither of which we, the magazine, or the guys involved would have wanted. So we came up with the plan to simply highlight Airsoft for what it is. We wanted to keep the background simple and non-distracting, and really just highlight the equipment and camo gear used during the games and let that be the focus.
What we ended up with is certainly something new for us, but we were happy with it. Check them out and see what you think... The shoot itself turned out to be a great evening and we certainly learned a lot. And if you want to learn more about Airsoft, contact the local group through their Facebook page -Airsoft Yukon.