One of my friends was doing the pre-training to become a marine in the Dutch armed forces. This day was the Finex, the final day of the pre-training and the last day before being officially admitted to the real training.

And of course I could not resist taking my camera to this special occasion. Every celebration should be captured to become a lasting memory to look back on.

It was raining yet the sun was shining, families, friends and strangers had gathered to share this special day. The mood was very special.

The guys walked in so tired, their eyes were almost closing during the speeches, but they stood tall during it all. It was not until they were dismissed by their captain that some fell into the arms of their loved ones.

The rain, the crowds, the emotions. It was a new challenge for me, but just like the guys before me, I was up for the challenge!

My work:


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