Just another day in calendar’s 25-year history
It’s a pretty low key affair.
Firefighter Bjorn Constable gets himself ready for the camera with a workout in the Auckland City Fire Station gym.
Then there’s five minutes with the makeup artist before heading out the back to a waiting photographer and makeshift set.
All this seems to go unnoticed by the firefighters on duty at the station. It’s been happening for the last 25 years so they’ve seen it all before.
The calendar was born in 1991 as a way for firefighters to fundraise to get to the World Firefighters Games.
It’s produced by the New Zealand Firefighter Sports Association and its proceeds still help fund international firefighting events.
One dollar from every calendar printed is donated to the Child Cancer Foundation. The relationship with the charity was formed 24 years ago after an Auckland firefighter’s child died from cancer.
There were about 30 applicants for the 2015 calendar, project manager Tony Scott says.
He and his wife Heather Stanley, who is the association business manager, select the lucky lads.
But it’s the photographer who gets the final say.
‘‘He can see a lot of things in them that we can’t. We don’t always see eye-toeye,’’ Scott says.
It’s different to the early days when the successful models were selected by strutting their stuff on a catwalk set up at the Auckland City station.
‘‘Their wives and friends would cheer for them. We don’t do things like that these days,’’ Scott says.
The calendar is a respected brand and well supported, he says.
‘‘In the beginning even my mum was sceptical, but she buys one every year now.’’
The shoot takes all weekend. The team have spent much of Saturday taking photos at Auckland Airport.
The female calendar photo shoot happened on Sunday.
The concept for the 2015 calendar is to recreate the 12 best shots from previous editions.
It doesn’t take long to get the right photo of Constable.
He’s a first-timer but he’s relaxed in front of the camera. The 23-year-old volunteer fireman from Napier is also a bodybuilder. He competed at the 2013 Mr Universe competition with the New Zealand team.
Being in the calendar has been a good experience, he says.
Calendar duty: Fireman Bjorn Constable features in the 2015 New Zealand Firefighters Calendar.
On set: Bjorn Constable strikes a pose for the camera at Auckland City Fire Station.