Jimmy Gonzales (AARBF Firefighter Bachelor Auction Participant): Newport Beach, CA
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: