While I’m on a blogging roll I wanted to present my third installment of photographing good-looking men for charity. Meet James August (can you guess which month we’re going to give him in the calendar?):
James joined Anthony for his shoot at the CSULB campus in Long Beach. James showed up ready to work! Apparently James is no stranger to the whole firefighter bachelor auction scene (who knew such a “scene” existed) so we had a pro on our hands. However, this was James’ first foray into the world of firefighter calendars so as you can imagine he was anxious to get a good shot and wanted to see previews along the way. He kept telling me he wasn’t liking what he was seeing when I would give him sneak peeks at the camera’s LCD and I was convinced he and I were not looking at the same images. I told him to trust me and let me work my magic. I asked that he withhold judgement until I sent him the polished-up best of the best via email in a few days.
I think it is fair to say he changed his tune when he saw the final images in their full glory. He nailed it. In addition to getting some great-looking photos I think we also very much captured James’ cheeky personality. His smirk in the first image below says it all:
And another joint shot of James and Anthony for good measure. I had jokingly suggested before we got started with the shoot that I would get them in the fountain by the end of it. Upon wrapping things up James saw the fountain and asked if I had been serious about the whole fountain thing. I told him if he was game I was game. He was and talked Anthony into it as well. Great success!
Without further ado I wanted to share my second installment of photographing shirtless life-saving men for charity. Meet Anthony Venti:
Once again my request to do the shoot at his station was denied (I can’t really blame them, can you imagine the amount of crap they would get from their buddies for doing a shirtless calendar shoot at the station?). When Anthony told me he lived in Long Beach the CSULB campus immediately came to mind. It was primarily all the brick buildings, which create sort of a fire station type look, that made me think of it but when I got there and scouted it out before Anthony arrived I was rewarded with a very wide variety of locations we could use for the shoot.
Anthony came well prepared with his turnout and plenty of props including a Hallagan, which is a really mean looking, crowbar-like tool that firefighters use for forcible entry and such. A great and unique prop for the shoot!
See this mean-looking tool in the first shot of Anthony below and enjoy a few others of my favorites from the shoot:
Lastly, Anthony kindly scheduled his shoot in conjunction with his buddy James’ shoot (blog entry for James follow) which allowed me to get a couple joint shots for the calendar. What’s better than one sexy firefighter? Easy, two sexy firefighters! Enjoy one of their joint shots below:
As promised, here is my first installment of photographing handsome and fit firefighters for charity. Meet Jimmy Gonzales:
The station was out of the question for the shoot so we headed down to the Balboa Pier, a location that is always easy to work with for both me and my subjects.
Unfortunately Jimmy did not have his requisite turnout on hand for the shoot. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this term (I know I wasn’t until I started working with these firefighters), a turnout is part of a firefighter’s Bunker Gear. These terms are used to refer to their system of outer protective clothing. “Bunker gear” and “turnout gear” can refer, depending on the context, to just the pants and boots, or the jacket as well, or the entire combination of personal protective equipment and personal protective clothing. The terms are derived from the fact that the pants and boots are traditionally kept by the firefighter’s bunk at the fire station to be readily available for use. There you go, you learn something new everyday.
But I digress. Jimmy did still come through though by having a sledge hammer and backboard in his truck (of course, who wouldn’t just happen to have those items in their truck??). Those items served as excellent props for the shoot.
This was my first attempt at a sexy calendar-type shoot and if I do say so myself, I think we succeeded! Thanks to Jimmy for being a great sport and a stellar model. Here are some favorites from the session: