Monday, June 16, 2008

Boulder Fire Fighters

I was asked by a client if I would shoot a fundraiser for the Children's Hospital Burn Unit. Are you kidding me? Of course! My pitch to the AD was to combine the expected safe "sexy" look of the firemen with an edgy "heroic" look. They liked the idea and we were off to the races. We spent days scouting and shooting.  The above image is just a basic test from the shoot... I'm still playing around with where I'm going with these images in post.

I'll have to split this shoot into several blogs... the job is huge.

Part of the honor of shooting this job was a tour of the Children's Hospital Burn Unit. I walked through the halls with last years calendar Firefighters and got to see first hand what this huge effort is going to help. It was awesome and frightening at the same time. The unit is a harsh reality I hope to never visit with my kids.

We met a boy (about 11 years old) who wants to be a weapons designer when he grows up. He filled a huge squirt gun with gasoline, trying to build his own flame thrower. Instead, he built his own napalm bomb which melted and shot flaming gasoline all over his legs. You get the picture. Ouch. Reminds me of the time when I was his age and some friends and I were playing tennis with a gasoline covered flaming tennis ball. It's a wonder any of us are alive. Part of the effort of this calendar is to educate kids to be smarter than I was.

Anyhow. This was a fantastic project. What guy didn't at one time want to be a firefighter? What girl at one time didn't want a fire fighter ???

Our first shot was a sunrise shot at the top of a training tower.  We had to lug a couple thousand pounds 5 flights up to the top.  Firefighter do it all the time.
My top secret lighting here is the 6x6 ScrimJim to cut down the ambient light, two Uni400s with grids on booms for back rim light, a Profoto 20" softdish reflector with grid and then a Profoto top secret multi-million dollar (insert laugh) custom grid pictured below.

Boulder is beautiful in the morning.  I love my job.

This is the tower and we are setting up for the next shot... a firefighter named Tony in the bucket of a ladder truck.

Meet Nicky Lee, she is a rockstar stylist and a papillon.
In addition to the "action shots" we shot each firefighter on a stationary second set for the option of a cutout.  

Here we are about to drench this firefighter with water from above for a sexy shower shot... yeah baby!

this shot is smokin'.  LOL

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