It takes a team of volunteers
The calendar work begins months ahead of the photo shoot itself held each spring. CFBTS volunteers begin by creating concept sketches for each year and discussing them with the photographer. Each year we try to find new exciting locales and scenarios for the shots. A photo shoot team is then pulled together, usually the same faces from previous years, consisting of a photographer, photographer assistants, and a makeup artist.
Locations must be scouted for the shots and arrangements made for the use of all the props in each shot. The Firefighters Museum of Calgary, Calgary Firefighters Antique Brigade, Rocky Mountain Phoenix and STARS Air Ambulance have all been involved over the years.
The firefighters receive minimal makeup, often with just charcoal and oil on their bodies to bring out definition and give some mood to the look.
Numerous different images are taken of each firefighter with smoke and coloured gels added as needed. In some years, we have created controlled fires to enhance the shot. CFBTS member, the production crew and a select group of volunteers then help select the best image of each firefighter to be used in the calendar.
Then at long last, the calendars are available to the eager hands of people who have supported this cause for so long!