Arkansas Firefighter Chance

While I was vacationing down in the Hot Springs area during the summer of 2010, I was lucky enough to work with a rural firefighter from northern Arkansas, who also models and was referred to me by a good photographer friend nearby. I had met him in St Louis one evening a few months before, on his way home from a shoot, and let him know that I would be in southern Arkansas at this time, and he definitely wanted to shoot with me, so he took some time off as well and came to shoot with me in a few locations. We started off at one of my favorite waterfalls near Hot Springs…..

FF Geared Up At the Falls 1  FF Open Bunkers At the FallsFF At The Falls SmilesFF At the Falls 2

FF At The Falls Sexy



Kurt Shows Off Fire Gear

In August of 2009, I had the pleasure of working with a popular video model named Kurt…who shot with me that weekend on some underwear and swimwear work as well as some advertising work. When he saw the fire gear, he told me that he had always dreamed of seeing how it fit on him…so I told him to put it on and we would see how it looked on him….here he is putting on the gloves….

FF Putting on His Gloves              FF Hot and Friendly

FF Adjusts His Helmet                      FF Hot and Sexy 2

Kurt had the bunker pants adjusted so loose that they kept sliding off his waist and he had to grab and pull them back up…always with this little innocent smile on his face that made you wonder….

FF Hot and Sexy

FF Bunker Art                     FF Bunker StudFF Nozzle Master 2          FF Nozzle Man FocusedFF Hose Man 2FF Hose Man



FF Smoking Nozzle

FF Bearer of the Axe 2FF Hot Axe StudHot Axe               FF hot Axe and Hose Art

FF Hunky Hoodie                             FF Nozzle Hunk

FF Sexy and Sweaty

FF Kurt Wild Art

….I would say it fits him pretty good…..


Hot Arkansas Firefighter

In July of 2009, I had the pleasure of working with a  hott guy from Arkansas, who was referred to my by one of my Arkansas photographer friends. Stephen drove up one weekend and spent the day shooting with me at a few different locations, and I can safely tell you that he really looked HOTT in fire gear….

FF Adjusting His Helmet WM               FF Fireside Hunk 2 WM

FF Helmet Hunk 2 WM


FF Hoseline Stud 2 WM

FF Hoseline Stud Art               FF Hose Hunk 2

FF Hoseman WM

FF Axe Hottie WM

FF Axe Stud Art 2 WM

FF Bunker Stud WM

FF Bunker Stud Profiled WM

FF Stud In Smoke

SMOKIN` HOTT, right ?  


Cody Looks Great in Fire Gear

In May of 2009, I met a new model online one day and after an initial interview, invited him down to shoot with me….this super hot and muscular guy showed up on my doorstep a few days later, with a quiet reserved personality that developed the next few hours into a sparkling smiling natural model. Cody didn`t have a lot of modeling experience under his belt til later that day, but for a new guy I sure enjoyed working with him. See for yourself…

Patriotic Art FF

Hose Jock Hottie


Nozzle Stud

Helmet Stud

Flag Draped Hottie

FF Back Stretcher


Really enjoyed working with this guy….super sweet personality. 


Cheryl…Hot Firefighter Babe

I had the honor and pleasure of photographing a hott firefighter babe named Cheryl, back in 2008, right after I decided to bring back the RagingSensations site. I had met her on a modeling website, she was in Missouri at the time, and had firefighting experience while serving in our Armed Forces overseas…she even has a neat tattoo on one of her legs that exemplifies her fighting spirit for the fire service and her country. She was nice enough to bring her own gear, and turned out to be every bit the hott babe to work with,  but I will let you be the judge…..

Hot and Sexy                    Mischevious FFSexy Bunker Babe           I`m Ready for Some Action


FF Sexy Babe             Rear Step Bunker BabeFF Tattoo

I will add more of her images to my other site soon. Thanks for working with me Cheryl, really enjoyed it. 


Raging Sensations Models 2003 to 2008

In 2003 I photographed Mike Otto, long time friend and model in fire gear, which he really enjoyed modeling in….we were playing around with some new backdrops and ideas for artistic posing…

FF Hottie                 FF Profiled

…and in 2006, still looking for a new backdrop for fire images, I pulled my old background projection system out and set it up in my studio and had Jeff, a local firefighter who had done some modeling work for me,  return and shoot with me to see if it would work out. It wasn`t bad, but you could tell it wasn`t real looking and really lacked some punch to it, although Jeff did a great job with it…..and the last one shows him at an actual fire, too…..thanks for the help Jeff….

ready to fight              Helmet under arm

hot and sweaty

Firelit profiled              firelight profiled

Halligan and helmet profiled                bunker gear stretch

Hay Bales Dogwood Blos Rd Jeffrey Click


…and discovered yet another new model during 06…a young farmboy named Wade, who I was able to help get into several opportunities along the way…

FF Adjusting helmet              FF Hott as hell

FF Intense and Hott                          Air bottle FF stud

Smoking hott

…and the following year Wade returned to shoot some poster work with other models as well.

Then in 2007 I made a push to photograph several newer models on location to have some posters made up to market at big events to see if we could make a go of it once again….I have several firefighter friends who own their own fire trucks, some of them are antique trucks and some are not antiques at all….they allow me to photograph models on their trucks using their equipment alot….Jenn was the first female model that I worked with midway through the year…she was a real trooper, and besides her modeling work ethic and sheer beauty, I also admired her for her passion and work in cancer cure research…beauty and brains both…

Sexy and Wet Babe Jenn           Fire Coat Teaser

Axe Bearing Babe Jenn             Jenn Ready to Go

I even got her to work with new model Vince that day too and they worked under extreme conditions that day, cooled down by deck gun spray….

Save of the day             High Spray

..and she looked good against my new backdrop in the studio setting as well as swirling smoke…….

Fire babe                 Fire babe in smile

Smoke babe


Tim was the first male model I worked with with a new backdrop that was naturally backlit by sunlight, and a new backdrop called Lava, that a good friend of mine painted for photography work….I started out shooting it with front light only as you see below….

FF Airpack stud           FF Art profiled

FF Rescue ReadyFirefighter Sexy WMD

Hott boiHott and sexy

…and then decided to backlight it and boy did the colors and ” fire ” pop then….

FF Sexy Smirk


Vince was my next model, from the KC area, one of those hunks thats easy on the eyes and while new to modeling like Tim was…both were naturals at it as well…and Vince produced some nice poster work as well….

Firefighter Hunk Smiles 2


Cooling down              Halligan master

Vince smiles                       HOTT firefighter

Hot Stuff           DSC_0147

Hott Art                         Hott firefighter smiles

DSC_0172                               DSC_0183

FF Wet Art 2


A few days after Vince came down to shoot with me, I had the pleasure to work with a hot young lady named TyAnn, who hailed from northern Missouri and needed some portfolio work done…I had her try on the fire gear to see what she thought and she instantly fell in love with it….talk about a doll to work with….

Fire Coat Babe

Fire Coat Tease                     Fire Babe Twister

Ready for Action Babe Tyann                           Ready For Action

Action Ready


Dan came to me from the St Louis area to work in some portfolio work and after seeing his look and build, I suggested he give modeling a try…on his second or third trip out to model for me, I suggested he try on some fire gear and the rest is history….

Smoky FF

JC was another model that came out to shoot some portolio work with me and liked the idea of shooting in fire gear too….another natural model with a lean swimmers build….

FF Wrangler              FF Picking up

FF Dressing for duty


Nick was another hot guy with a toned build and a flair for modeling as sexily as possible….all very natural for him too…he pulled it off well and was a lot of fun to be around….here is one of his best images….

Hot n Sexy FF



Laina was one of the hottest blonde babes I ever had the pleasure of working with…she came to me for some portfolio work, wanting to get into a website organization known as The Firehouse Girls…which unfortunately did not last very long, but because I was shooting alot of fire service themework, she found me online and asked me to shoot some images that she could submit to them with her application and I was more than happy to help her out…she became one of my favorite models to work with back then, returning a few times to work with me on other shoots….another natural at it…





DSC_0089              Gorgeous Bunker Babe

DSC_0173               DSC_0184

DSC_0243           Bunker Babe Art Form copy

Fire Line Tape Babe copy                  All Taped Up copy



Shane came up and worked with me a few weekends…another hot Oklahoma boy that was nicely built and had a great attitude, needed some portfolio work done….I was able to keep him busy for awhile….

Shane with axe               Hottie with axe 2

Grabbing an airpack Shane

…and I met Alex in the Joplin area when I was down there for some shoots…shot him in the waterfall and then he came up to shoot with me up here at my studio and on location as well….

Sexy FF Alex 2

Sexy FF Strips DownSurrounded by Fire


…and then photographed yet another Alex on a privately owned fire truck the very next day….

Hosebed Hotboy             Hosebed Hottie


Ethan was yet another hot guy I found online and worked with a few times afterwards…he then got into some video work on his own and I never heard from him again….

air bottle FF                      FF Roped stud


In the fall as I was preparing for my annual trip to Arkansas for my fall vacation, I discovered a gorgeous gal modeling in the southern area that I planned to visit, and was able to talk her into modeling for me at one of my favorite waterfalls in that area…Destiny was just starting out in modeling work and was great to work with…..

Bunker Babe Flirts by WF                 Coming out of Bunkers

Babelicious Babe in Bunkers                          Babelicious WF Bunker Babe

Bunker Pants Babe 2

Can I Get Some Assistance                  Roped and Ready

Coming with me                Are You Ready

Gorgeous Takes a Break         Georgeous Scenery


…and when I returned from my vacation, I found yet another gorgeous gal from central Illinois to work with…her name fit her like a silk glove…Starie….talk about sexy and hott rolled into one fine form of gorgeous and sensuous beauty…..I recall my test session with her lasting a few hours in addition to the couple of hours I had suggested…she was that smokin hott to work with….

Heat Resistant Babe Starie

Bunker Babre Starie Flirts               Bunker Buster Starie

Ready for Action 2

Bunker Babe Starie              Sexy Fire Coat Babe


A few days later, I found a hot local guy named Chris, that had a very sexy look and defined build as well, in his thirties…unusual to find a guy in his thirties that looks as good as guys in their twenties these days….

FF with Air Bottle             FF with Axe


…and then early into 2008 I discovered yet another sexy Illinois guy, Tim…who was into body building and had a great look and build both…and turned out to be yet another natural at modeling….

Bunker Stud Tim


Its a Dirty Job Tim               Hot Bunker Boy Tim

About a week after photographing Tim, I met up with a firefighter near the KC area and photographed him as well, some in my studio setting and some with one of his fire trucks…

Defined UW FF



…and along the way we took some group shots as well….which became posters later on….

Tool Time Men RSHD RT Smaller

Hott Crew

Now Look Guys

Hose Training

Tim and Wade Rescue Ready RT2


Raging Sensations Guys




During the latter part of the spring of 08 I found three new models, Jae, Jason, and Phil, and worked them into the mix as well…..

Hoodie Hott Boi


Hott Hoodie

Firelight Stud Phillip




In May of 08, I had the good fortune of traveling to Kentucky and was able to photograph a beautiful antique pumper down there, with a couple of my models, Jackie and Justin from south central Kentucky, with it… are a few images from that shoot, for more, look for the story called Antique Pumper in Kentucky….

Pretty Girl and Pretty Truck RT Posterized 5

Hard Suction Twist

Wow I Like This New Captain RT

Just Tell Me What To Do_edited-1



In June, I worked with yet another local model…Jimmie Sue who turned out to be gorgeous and stunning to work with….

Lets Go              Fire Babe

Gorgeous Firefighter

Bunker Babe Smiles

Bunker Babe Sizzlin Hott


Poster Possibilities

For a few years after the calendar, I occasionally shot a few models with the fire service theme, figuring one of these days I would revive the poster line, and these days, I wish I had done it much sooner, like when the economy was much stronger. Instead, I concentrated on creating portrait work full time and shot the fun stuff in my spare time. I was shooting posters during this time period, but many of them were of jet skiis and motorcycles in one form or another. Fortunately back then, I was able to find some great models that were nice enough to refer me to many of their friends, who also became great models….

Mike Graves Hose Stud

Mike, one of my local calendar models, was one such guy, and Chris, one of my other local models, was another who referred several of their friends to me for modeling work for a few years time. Both of these guys worked with me several times and shot with photographer friends of mine across the nation as well. I was able to hook Chris up with some contacts in California who at one time hired him to work for their agency and this afforded him several trips overseas in both directions to work with other photographers as well on various projects and shoots. I had some photographer friends in Texas and Alabama who frequently traveled up here to work with various models of mine as well. One of them, Ray Lewis Payne, shot black and white art print work and we would often team up on shoots at some beautiful local outdoor locations nearby for many years. Chris was one of his favorite models to work with during those years, but most of those images are on one of my other sites. 

During one of my travels to Arkansas in that period of time, I stopped off in Fayetteville one day and checked out another Chris, who turned out to be a very hot model for me and others. He was referred to me by a mutual good friend, who was a successful model out in California and knew of my work. He told me Chris not only had a sexy look and build, but also had a great attitude and would go far in modeling work. He was right all the way around, as Chris turned out to be a great model for me and for photographer friends of mine, seen here….

Chris on fire truck-1

Another Chris referral to me was Mel, who turned out to be a great model as well back in those days, super nice guy that went on to model for me in other areas as well….

FF Axe Stud


FF Axe Hottie 2             FF Axe Hottie

FF Axe Stud 2


FF Hose Art




About the same time, I found another hot female model to work with, Cathy K, and she brought her boyfriend with her to the interview and test shoot…I put her in a fire coat for one of her test shots and armed her with an axe…she was fantastic with it….

FF Axe Babe

….and I shot more of her later on with some jeeps and four wheelers at some neat locations as well…Cathy turned out to be a great art model !! I worked some more with Raye and Emily as well, trying to get some poster shots….


FF Deck Gun Babe 3

FF Halligan Babe 3


FF Hose Babe 12


FF Deck Gun Babe 5


FF Hose Babe 9











Some Were Firefighters, Some Were…

Over the course of the past several years, I have often photographed models who were also firefighters elsewhere and incorporated them with their gear, into my early works of art as well…such was the case with Justin, a local model….

FF Axe Stud            FF Hose Stud

….and Scott, another local boy…..

Poster Shot for RG

Scott modeled for us at the St Clair shoot as well since he was a firefighter there….

RG Calendar

…and Jodie was a firefighter as well, at the time we shot the calendar and poster work, with the Boles Fire District….


….but for the most part back then, firefighters were a bit on the shy side when it came to modeling work…so we had to improvise and put models into fire gear instead. These days, everywhere you look, there are fire service calendars everywhere, most of them filled with images of beefcake men and some devoted entirely to female firefighters, and then there are some individual departments that incorporated both men and women in their calendars. Most fire departments also recognized the importance of keeping their firefighters fit and so you see the fitness ethics incorporated into fire service themed calendars these days as well. 

Here are a few more of the models from the early days of Raging Sensations that I had the pleasure of working with….

FF Axe on Shoulder

Mike, above and below,  was a local boy who moved out of the area shortly after shooting with me for the calendar and then some other modeling work afterward, he was another athletic sports ethic guy with a nice lean build and pleasant farmboy personality.  

RG FF Calendar


Tony was a baseball player that I found at a game one weekend, while I was umpiring in St Louis County, and he turned out to be quite a model for my work, in the calendar as well as quite a few  other shoots, he looked great in fire gear, shot with us at the Washington FD shoot and I shot a few images of him for possible poster sales too….

FF Hott and Wett

…it was a rare occasion when you got him to smile, so had to take those and run with it when you got the chance….cause most of the time you were gonna get his serious look only…..

FF Hott and Wett 2

FF Hott and Ready 2



Antique Pumper in Kentucky

One of my best friends in the fire service, has many friends across the United States that he stays in contact with regarding antique fire trucks, and he was able to put me in touch with some friends of his in Kentucky ahead of my trip in 2008 there, and after a few emails and phone calls, I was able to set up a shoot with a couple of my Kentucky models along with a beautiful antique ALF pumper in the  state.

I contacted Jackie, who lives in north central Kentucky, and is one of the most beautiful blondes I have ever had the pleasure of photograping and working with, and she agreed to meet me at the garage where the pumper was housed, and the owner arranged for a friend of his to meet us there and help us with anything that we might need, such as moving the truck around or any special lighting needs I might have, and security. I had been told that I could open the garage door or even pull the truck outside of the garage to shoot it if needed, but I figured once I started shooting Jackie in some of her outfits and some of mine, this might cause quite a sensation or even a distraction to anyone driving by…and we didnt want to cause any accidents, so we just stayed inside the garage, which had pretty good lighting and I figured I would photoshop the backdrop later on as well. Justin, one of my southern Kentucky models, was running a little late, so Jackie and I decided to forge ahead and we would work Justin in when he showed up. I started her out in a red cropped t shirt top and a red bikini bottom with red heels. 


Red Hot Babe RT                Red Hot Babe Smiles RT


Seatcover on 1928 ALF RT

Hot ALF Babe 1

ALF New Captain RT

Justin arrived soon after and I worked him in a few shots later….he wasn`t in any hurry, he was enjoying the show….

Chief Chauffeur RT              Dress Jacket Passenger Seat RT

Red Thong Babe RT

I`m the New Driver RT              Hot Driver 1928 ALF RT

Then she looked at Justin and said ” climb aboard “….he had arrived in blue jeans and after he took his shirt off, we added red suspenders so he would look the part and an old helmet as well…

Justin and the New Driver RT

Driver and Hose Jockey RT

….then she removed her red top and put the jacket back on….

I Like My Fire Crew RT

It was about then that I asked Justin if he was having fun working with Jackie and my answer was this big smile from him….

Justin Loves his Job RT

…I think that was a YES…….and afterwards, I had just enough time to shoot a few of Justin alone before we finished up the shoot…Jackie had to return to work and Justin headed home and I headed back to visit with friends again….

Getting ready to Hook Up-001

Hard Suction Twist-001

Justin Just Hangin Around RT-001

Justin Puts His Muscles to Work-001

Probie by the Truck-001

Relaxed by Truck-001

Wanna Go For a Ride With Me-001

Running Board Man-001


All in all, a great shoot with a pretty truck and two super models to work with…what more could one ask for….

Beginnings of Raging Sensations

Almost twenty years ago, in 1994, a friend and I were kicking some ideas around, and one that we began to really concentrate on was creating some nice glamorous images of some gorgeous gals and guys with a fire service theme. There was a lucrative market for posters and calendars with such a theme and we felt we could successfully launch a poster and calendar line that could be marketed not only nationwide at fire service conventions and trade shows, but possibly worldwide as well.

The Missouri Winter Fire School was soon approaching and we felt we could photograph and produce a poster that we could take to this show and test our idea. We created a partnership and called our business Creative Concepts, selected a sexy female  model named Jodie, who was also a female firefighter, to photograph for the very first poster, came up with some ideas, and shot the initial layouts in my studio. We then selected the best image, took them to a local printer friend,  and had a few thousand posters printed up to take to the trade show. We named our poster line ” Raging Sensations “, which also doubled as the name of the calendar that we produced later on as well.

We took Jodie and a few other friends to the trade show with us to help with sales and for security as well. it`s a good thing that we had some extra personnel there with us, because there was never a time that we had less than fifty firefighters in front of our booth, patiently waiting to purchase an autographed poster of Jodie. We had a couple of other models there that assisted in the sales of the posters, all of them dressed sexily in cut off jean shorts and a Raging Sensations t-shirt tied up in halter fashion, complete with red high heels. They certainly garnered quite a bit of attention everywhere they went in the trade show hotel, and we often had to send a contingent of security with them to the restroom doors as well as to their vehicles in the parking lot.

That first show is an experience I will likely never forget because of all the good memories from it. To say it was a successful launch of our side business would be a great understatement, because it not only provided a tremendous start to Creative Concepts, but it also created hundreds of new friendships and customers alike, and showed many people what can be accomplished when you follow your dreams with hard work and perseverence. 

We then traveled to the Summer Fire Schools in surrounding states, to market the posters. Jodie traveled with us to the shows, and autographed the posters as they sold at the booths….

FF Poster Babe 2

…this is actually a lighter copy of the original darker version of the poster….the original image shows a heavy fire in the background behind her in her fire gear, Jodie was a female firefighter at the time I photographed her……and let me tell you, it sold like hot cakes…she was a hit everywhere she went, due to her sexy looks and very bubbly personality,  and firefighters were lined up twenty and thirty deep quite often all day long at the fire service convention trade shows that we set up our booth at…..we did so well with it, we decided to add a second poster on,  for our second year,  and we selected two female firefighters from the Jefferson City area that were twins !  One was actually a paramedic firefighter and the other a volunteer firefighter and we photographed them at St Clair one evening with the help of several firefighter friends there….

Twin Female Sisters

Twins From Jeff City Area

…once again, our sales started taking off and we began hearing from firefighters all over, suggesting we create and market a calendar for worldwide distribution. So we mulled it over and decided to take a chance on it if we could secure funding for it, most of which would be for printing it and the advertising costs of it…which was very costly in those days.  

Even though I had a large number of male and female models available to pick from at the time, models I had worked with already and had on file, we began looking for a few more potential models…..guys and gals, due to the feedback we had received from firefighters at the trade shows…we had hundreds of females asking us why we werent selling posters of hot guys in fire gear, so we decided to photograph both from then on and not leave any target audience out….we also searched for  various locations around the state where we could photograph the models. I utilized many of my connections with firefighter friends across the state to locate fire stations that we could shoot at and we concentrated heavily on departments with antique fire trucks for backdrops and props since this might provide us with another target audience for the calendars.

 There were a couple of fire service themed calendars out at the time that were doing the same thing that we wanted to do, I had written one of the photographers and found out he was shooting many of his models at fire service museums in the northeastern US…and he was having great success marketing his calendars…later on he added posters and did quite well with them too. I obtained permission from several surrounding departments as well as my fire district and Chief, and we decided to do the local  shoot in December before the Christmas holidays. We had a lot of good help at each location we went to from local firefighters and also had a good crew with us as well….Jodie`s brother Kurt Ploch, from Boles FPD, assisted us with lighting, smoke machine control, and security at several shoots and trade shows. Alot of our male models doubled as security and set up labor at many of our shoots as well.

We started shooting the latter half of 1994 and finished up into early 1995 with the layout and production work, and here are some images from those shoots….

Karen on Bumper of 52 Mack

…we had contacted the St Louis Fire Department after learning that they had a few antique pumpers in their stations that were in excellent condition still, many of them parade pieces and still functioning quite well. Karen was one of our St Louis models, we located her working at a fitness gym, and decided to photograph her on the St Louis FD trucks, here on the bumper of the 1952 Mack Pumper.  We had her dress up in cut off blue jeans shorts to showcase her amazing legs, red high heels, and one of our Raging Sensations t shirts…yes we had a few of those made up as well….

Karen on Bumper of 52 Mack 2 the next image, she is on display in the top center, surrounded by sexy young firefighters who were trying to clean the truck when she just showed up and distracted them….

Karen And The Guys Clean the Mack

…and in the next photo, you can see that all work and no play aptly fits this scene when they decided to wash off the 1926 Ahrens Fox Pumper too……the lesson here is never tick a gorgeous gal off when she is standing there with a loaded water pistol….

Karen Sprays Down John by Ahrens Fox

….I think John learned his lesson well, he was another super nice kid to work with….here Karen is spraying him down, while Dale and Jason look on with amusement….and below are closeups of Dale and John on the Mack….

Dale Young Washing the 52 Mack

John Bost on the Mack

STL FD Ahrens Fox Pumper

We really wanted to photograph the horse drawn steam pumper that St Louis FD has, but it`s housed at Grants Farm and while we made an effort to contact them regarding this, let`s just say that the extra work that would have been required from us, to make it happen, would have cost us way too much to make it worthwhile, so we abandoned the idea and searched for another steam pumper to photograph instead….we soon enough found one in early December at a museum up in Bonner Springs, Kansas…we were up there shooting at the Kearney FD one weekend, and had set up a shoot at a museum in Kansas City as well one morning….that was a very cold shoot because we found out on arrival at the KC museum that there was no heat in the building and it was probably around 20 degrees outside…the building was jam packed with antique fire trucks though and we had a few brave and willing models, so we set up our lights and photographed as quickly as we could in the cold…

Waxing Up the Truck in KC

…our core crew consisted of Kimberly Warnock, in the white bloomers with the red fire bucket…normally this shot would have required her to be barefoot but the floor was way too frozen for that, so we allowed her to wear a pair of boots, figured we would photoshop them out later if needed…Jason Sparks was to her right and sitting on the siderail next to Steve Brady and his brother Mike is kneeling down, up behind Jason and the two guys on the side were from the Kearney FD.

Luckily, the guy running the museum in KC, who allowed us to shoot there, knew there was a steam pumper sitting on display at the museum in Bonner Springs…so we quickly made a phone call and set up an hour long shoot there…the only stipulation was that we had to set all of our lighting equipment up, shoot the idea, and then tear it all down and clean up within that hour, before the doors opened to the public for tours. We quickly drove over to the museum and did exactly that….here are the results of that shoot……

Steamer Crew

…..these were the main shots…when we finished shooting them, we had a good attentive team and they worked well together….we decided to take a few extra minutes and shoot a couple more single images as well…here is Kimberly in her finest hour….

Raceway Trophy Girl

….pretty hot for a Racetrack Trophy Girl, that we found at the State Fair one year….she actually traveled down and shot some more poster work with me later, very nice to work with….next is Steve Brady….he was into bodybuilding at that time and it shows well….he looked stunning in jeans and red suspenders….

KC Firefighter at Steamer 3


I didn`t shoot any photos of Mike at the time, perhaps we ran out of time…hard to remember details from shoots nearly twenty years ago now…after all, we only had about an hour to work it all in, and that included set up and tear down time too. Mike and his brother were in the KC area, finding them was a real prize for us in several ways, not only were they good looking and well built, they were great models to work with, and their father ran a huge printing company in the KC area that printed of all things, calendars…so we were able to glean some information from both of them that really helped us with our own printing project a few months later. 

…and Jason Sparks, who I discovered online one evening that was dancing…and turned out to be a very exceptional model for us and for me later on in my work with models….and a super cool guy just to hang around with as well, we took him to a Romance Novel Convention later that year and entered him into the contest there, competing against some real romance model heavyweights and he came in third place and won the hearts of many romance novel authors while there. Third place landed him a calendar contract as well as the covers of some novels, and helped launch his career with the Chippendales later that year as well…

Jason Sparks Steamer FF


While up in the KC area that week, we also photographed a few scenes for the calendar at the Kearney Fire Station, one a Christmas scene with Santa Claus and a few Elves that we were able to locate at the last minute….

Kearney Ambulance With Santa

…and then while we had that background set up, we removed Santa and the girls, and showed off the beefcake once again, thinking we might be able to utilize it as a poster later on….

Rescue Crew 2

…and then photographed an idea at the back of the ambulance, working in my good friend Kevin Pratt, who is a paramedic / firefighter, putting a bandaid on Kimberly, who was flat on her back on the stretcher, while two of our EMT models, Stacy and Tracy, who we located working at the casino in KC, gave us their best ” what-ever ” looks….

Kearney Ambulance Kevin Pratt

 …then we photographed the guys in some single photos once again, holding on to some rescue tools….Jason shown first….

Jason Sparks Kearney FD

…and then we have Mike Brady, who looked very good in fire gear and I remember he was told that many times while at the fire station….

KC Firefighter 3

…and his brother Steve Brady again….

KC Firefighter

We also shot a few scenes inside my studio at the time, here locally, utilizing a  projected fire backdrop and a smoke machine that I had on hand. One of my area models, Cory…teamed up with Jodie to work with us one day in the studio to produce our idea of a firefighter`s fantasy rescue of a beautiful damsel in distress…..

Cory Revives Jodie

…and then we posterized some of the other images along this line….

Cory Revives Jodie 2

Cory Revives Jodie 3

Corey turned out to be quite a modeling catch for us…and worked out to be quite an asset in a few other shoots along the way, and then came back to model for me during the summer months as well…not only a true gentleman, but a great look and muscular build as well…these are a couple of images we had hoped to market as a poster for more sales….

Cory Goodwin Poster Shot

Cory Goodwin



Luckily, we were able to work Cory into a few more of our calendar shoots, one at St Clair, where we were able to shoot multiple ideas at. A good friend of mine owned a 1951 Packard Chiefs Car then and called to let me know he would be happy to load it on a trailer and bring it where ever we wanted to shoot it…I told him about the St Clair shoot and he made arrangements with a friend of his to transport it there…St Clair had a crew waiting for their arrival as well as ours and accomodated us very nicely on our ideas for shoots, even allowing us to work with their Dalmation dog Daisy……here are the results of the shoots there….

Holly & Scott Selter With Dog

…in this image, Scott Selter, who was one of my models at the time, was also a firefighter and we had him walking Miss Daisy when Holly, one of my south St Louis County models,  decided to walk by, if front of St Clair`s antique pumper, and about the time Scott noticed Holly walk by, Miss Daisy decided to take off running the other way….this was the setup shot and then we had the printing company airbrush the backdrop for us.

We unloaded the Packard Chief`s car, which Brian had originally found rotting away in a field down south, and had it restored from the frame up…painting it candy apple red and it really shined that night at St Clair….along with the two babes showing it off…Holly was joined in this shot by Jenny, one of my local models from Sullivan…..

Holly & Jenny With 51 Packard Chiefs Car

Again, for the finished shot, we had the printing company airbrush the backdrop and floor for us….these are the rough idea shots….

Holly & Jenny With 51 Packard Chiefs Car 2

…and then we sat Holly up on the front of the hood of the car….

Holly on 51 Packard Chiefs Car

After shooting two antique vehicles, we decided to work with one of the modern pumpers on the next couple of ideas….we asked Holly to use a smaller hoseline to clean off the floor while firefighters  Cory, and Elton were putting away tools as Scott watched her wash off the floor……this time no one got wet down….

Holly Washes Floor Guys Watch 2

Holly Washes Floor Guys Watch 4

..and a few close up images as well….Jenny below showing off her gorgeous legs on the bumper of the pumper….

Jenny Payne


Cory below, pulling hose from the bumper tray on the pumper….

Scott Selter SCFD 2

…and Scott Selter below, the first image shot in my studio against a firey backdrop….

Scott Selter Poster Shot

…and one taken that night at St Clair`s station as well….

Scott Selter

We were able to set up an advertising shoot at Washington Fire Department, utilizing one of their antique pumpers for the shot, and using it to advertise the calendars and posters in Firehouse Magazine later on…Skip and Kenny,  members of the Chain Gang from Washington FD, helped us set up the shot and then we included them in the shot with Rhonda, one of our gorgeous female models on the antique chain driven pumper. Skip even parked his antique Model A Ford Pickup close enough we were able to include it in the image as well as a Dalmation dog….

Ronda Moss at Washington FD 1

Ronda Moss at Washington FD 3

Ronda Moss at Washington FD 4

…and this shoot, led to yet another shoot at Washington, this time at the fire station with the ladder truck, and again we received great support and assistance from a group of firefighters there….and models Tony, Jason, and Ryan showed up to work with Tammy Downey….we had the floor wet down so the reflections from the truck would show up well, and we handed Tammy a squeegee and told her to get to work….

Washington Ladder Truck Babes 3

…and in the next few shots, their Dalmation dog showed up and took his spot in the image….

Washington Ladder Truck Babes 6

…and then we pulled Tammy out for a few minutes, allowed her to make a clothing change, and we concentrated on the guys for a few minutes with the truck…

Washington Ladder Truck Hotties 2

…we used the smoke machine on this one and changed the lighting around just a bit…I like the way it came out and we almost used it for a poster later on….

Washington Ladder Truck Hotties 3

…and then we pulled the guys out and put Tammy back in with the truck, in her red bikini….it took some work and some help from the firefighters, but we were able to get her up into a higher position soon enough….

Washington Ladder Truck Babe 2…and then back down to the side of the truck as well….

Washington Ladder Truck Babe


…then we shot Tammy with the guys, first with Tony…..

Washington Ladder Truck Babes 2

Washington Ladder Truck Babes 4

…and Tony actually smiled on this next one….he rarely smiled when modeling anything….

Washington Ladder Truck Babes

…and here with Jason….

Washington Ladder Truck Babes 5


…and then I shot a few of Tony, who wanted to wear the coat as well as the bunkers and boots….

Tony Dames at Wash FD 5

Our next shoot took us to Hermann….we had enjoyed the Steamer Shoot,  and I remembered that they had two horse drawn hand pumpers that were beautifully restored , so I contacted the Chief there and we received permission to shoot their antique pumpers at their station soon after.  They had added on to their station sometime back to store both the hand pumpers there, and the beautiful matched teams of horses were nearby at the farm of a firefighter. Several years ago, they brought them over to one of Sullivan FD`s parades to set off the Firemen`s Picnic and Carnival…the year we hosted several games for firefighters and competitions…the parade ended at the carnival grounds and before leaving, several of our younger firefighters assembled on the hand pumpers and tried to see how long they could last pumping water….needless to say, they didnt last very long at all…. five  minutes or a little less, if I remember correctly.

Again we had very gracious hosts that evening and they moved the pumpers around for us and positioned them so we could get some great images. As far as the models, we had  five guys show up and luckily, our female model, Shelly, brought her boyfriend David, with her to the shoot and we were able to recruit him on the spot to fill in for the sixth man who didnt show up. Ironically, the reason the sixth model didnt show up, was his girlfriend. So we worked with Shelly`s boyfriend David, Jason Sparks, Alf Maxwell, John Bost, Dale Young, and Jason Brown. 

This time, even though we assembled the male models on the larger of the two hand pumpers, we didnt make them work it or even attempt it. We had them wearing dark blue jeans or black jeans, and boots, and  we attached red  suspenders to the jeans…

1861 Hand Pumping Crew 3

….we shot several images of this set up, and came up with several good ones as well…in retrospect, I wish we had lit it up evenly on the backside with two red lights instead of just one, because the red backlighting really set it off well on the one end, and then we had to have the calendar printer airbrush the backdrop once again on the finished image.  Scotts Printing in Rolla was our printer and they did a fantastic job with the artwork and printing. I dont think we could have found a better printer to work with. 

We shot some extra shots with the hand pumper, pulling a few guys out and putting Shelly into the shot….

Hand Pumper Crew 2A

Hand Pumper Crew Taking A Break 2A

Hand Pumper Crew Taking A Break 1

…then we found out that they also had an antique truck, kind of like an antique ladder truck, so we placed Shelly behind the wheel and converted David into a mechanic, looking over the fender and into the engine compartment, and produced a bit of smoke as well….

Hardecke Girl Hermann Fire Station 1

Shelly Hardecke At Wheel 1

From here we had one shoot left to complete the calendar project, and that was at Sullivan…I had obtained permission from the board as well as the Chief, and we set the shoot a few days before Christmas to finish it all up. I arranged for Jodie, Raye, and Emily to model for us there on the girls side and for the guys, I arranged for Mike Graves, Jason Sparks, Scott Fuller, Mike McNeil, and Cory Goodwin. We decided to shoot with two trucks for the images of the guys, one was our Rescue Truck and the other one of our red pumpers. Jodie`s brother Kurt Ploch, is a good friend and firefighter with Boles FPD, and assisted us on this shoot with lighting and the smoke machine. 

Some of the guys were running late, Scottie Fuller and his girlfriend showed up early along with Mike Graves and Karen Scaglione, so we went ahead and set up and shot a hoseline scene with a fire hydrant, that we were thinking about for the cover of the calendar. We decided to put Mike in the middle with the hydrant, posed as if he was turning the hydrant on with they hdryant wrench in his hands, and we staged Karen with the nozzle and after asking Scottie`s girlfriend if she would like to work with us on a shot, placed her in the shot with the hoseline as well, after having her change into the Raging Sensations uniform of cut off jean shorts and a Raging Sensations t shirt…..Kurt then activated the smoke machine for a good smoke cloud and gelled it red from behind……

Mike Graves and Karen Scaglione 3

Mike Graves and Karen Scaglione 2

We positioned the trucks, then laid down some background paper on the floor to hide the heavy grease marks on our concrete floor, then positioned red gelled lights behind the trucks along with the smoke machine and backlit the trucks with the gels to give them a good glow.  Here are some of the images from the Sullivan shoot….

Fire Crew Ready For Action

Fire Crew Ready For Action 3

Fire Crew Ready For Action 4

Fire Crew Ready For Action 5

We then shot a couple of images of Mike Graves and Mike McNeil by the pumper as well, to use potentially as a poster later on….both guys were super nice, one with a lean swimmers build and the other with a muscular build,  and both guys modeled quite a bit for me for a few years back then….

Mike Graves at Sullivan FD

Mike Mc Neill

…and then we switched to the rescue truck for some images…first of Jodie, to break things up a bit….one of our firefighters had a vast collection of fire toys, so I had asked him if we could include some with Jodie in the next idea shot….

Jodie and Her Toy Trucks

…and then we shot the guys again, this time with the rescue truck and tools….




Calendar Poster SFD 2

…we were shooting the trucks at the back of the fire station and the hydrant and hoseline was set up in the front bays…we shot the last few images with the hydrant again, and had the guys set up a portable deck gun so we would have a  nice even spray behind the gals, this time Emily and Raye, from the local area…and we gelled the water spray behind them as well….

Emily Hydrant Babe 2

Hydrant Babe

…we started her out in cut off jean shorts and a red bikini top, and had her go barefoot in the water soaked concrete floor…she was a real trooper considering that water and floor were both a bit cool….we then dressed her up in fire gear for some sexy images…. 

FF Hose Babe

Deck Gun Babe

Emily had only been modeling for me a short time, but did very well that evening because she is a natural at it and she had a good coach there that night as well…Raye Erxleben, hometown sensation, who had started modeling with me and was truly a natural flirt and had a very sexy look for modeling glamour work…we switched gears and shot a few images of Raye with the same set up….

FF Hose Babe

FF Hose Babe 2

FF Hose Babe 3

FF Hose Babe 6

….then we put a halligan tool in her hands instead of the hoseline….

FF Halligan Babe 3

…and then put her in charge of the portable deck gun….

FF Deck Gun Babe 2

FF Deck Gun Babe 3

After a few minutes of working with Raye alone, we shot Raye and Emily together in fire gear….

FF Babes 3

….and we finished up with this shot of the babes….

FF Water Babes

….then switched to Mike and Karen for a few photos to finish up….

Mike Graves and Karen Scaglione 4

Mike Graves Halligan Stud

After this, Dave and I started the calendar production and this took a few months to put together…laying out the images, selection of images for the calendar, and setting aside for posters, securing capital for the calendar and advertising costs. We had very few problems along the way and after selecting Scott`s Printing of Rolla as our calendar printer and delivering the images to them as well as the copy, or printed information for page one, the credits and thank you`s, and letting them know which images needed to be manipulated as far as the backdrops, we then turned our attention to advertising the calendar…I had tried to warn Dave that much of the capital we secured would be put toward the advertising costs, but I don`t think he listened or ” got it ” til we started down the actual road of advertising with the fire service magazines….THEN he got his eyes opened up big time…and boy was he shocked….big difference between black and white ads, and full color ads in magazines..major difference was price and he soon found out, I already knew this, that black and white ads were at least a thousand bucks cheaper per month than a full color ad. The BIG thing to remember when producing a calendar, is that you only have six months to advertise the sale of it and you have to pray that your sales in that first six months climb to the figures you want so you can pay your costs off, cause after that,  people either want them for a discounted price or free, and believe me, most of them want them for free. Free doesn`t pay the bills or the costs.

We should have stayed with posters…they were much easier to work with, much less money to deal with, and timeless as far as their value goes…there was no deadline or shelf life,  sales-wise as there is with calendars, plus they are easier to take to trade shows and sell, especially if you have your poster model there to autograph the posters as they sell.

Looking back, we had great support locally, but your local support will only go so far in terms of calendar sales, you have to be able to branch way out and target your audience to purchase your product. Since we were the only ones to shoot and produce a fire service themed calendar with both cheesecake and beefcake, that might have been why we were unable to move enough calendars….perhaps we should have shot one or the other only. Within six months we realized that we were not going to be able to sell enough calendars to continue our operations, so we shut down, split up, and  paid off our bills. It was a good run while it lasted, we made many new friends, solidified old friendships, and had some great experiences along the way. 

Fifteen years slid by, and I decided to try and revive  the poster line myself…notice I said poster line, not calendar line…just like when I tried to convince Dave years ago that we should stay with the posters because we could move them alot easier and there was no shelf life on them, they were timeless…I decided to try posters once again….figured I could possibly even support base sales with one of my websites and advertise them on the internet. I had several friends that had their own fire trucks, many of them antique fire trucks and a few friends over the years had given me some older fire gear, so I was using that donated gear for  my model shoots and traveling to friends with antique fire trucks….many times the only request was that I photoshop out the name on the trucks, which I had no problem with. From here on, the posts will be about the continuation of Raging Sensations, the Poster Line.