For Immediate Release Media Contact:
August 22, 2012 Charli LeGette
Mark Mennie and Waldy Martens Photographers for Calgary Stampeders' Outriders Dance Team 2013 Calendar (Debuting August 25th)
Calgary, CA: Internationally based photographers Mark Mennie and Waldy Martens have been awarded the 2013 Calendar Contract for the Canadian Football League's Calgary Stampeders Cheerleading Dance Team, the Outriders. Mark Mennie has over 10 years of experience developing the Outrider’s Calendar, and has excitingly welcomed Waldy Martens as his Creative Director to this project, in order to take this 24 plus page calendar to a whole new level. The Outriders' Calendar is unique in its development and vision and is recognized around the Canadian Football League as a groundbreaking way to portray beautiful, healthy, young women as strong, confident, and proud ambassadors of the CFL franchise.
Mennie and Martens originally met as classmates in 1985 in the Photography Program at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary, Alberta. Both then went on to pursue separate and diverse careers, with Martens starting up a photography studio in Vancouver BC. Shooting commercially, Martens quickly developed his unique glamour style of portraying women, which in turn led to a scoring a prestigious American magazine as one of his main clients. Martens also worked with the CFL franchise British Columbia Lions, producing imagery for their Cheer team, the Felions’ yearly calendar. Mennie in turn went on to pursue commercial work in Calgary in the 1990's, but took an interesting curve in his career by focusing on the documentary portrayal of air medical / med-evac services in Canada and onto the US in 2001. The same year in fact that Mennie was awarded the Outriders' 2002 Calendar contract and challenged the dance team to pursue a more editorial theme of their annual calendar project initiated in the 1990's. This 2013 Calendar is indeed like a dream come true for Mennie, as he has been hoping for years to collaborate with his best friend.
The theme for this year’s Outrider Calendar is rumored to return to a focus on “Football”, but will never the less promise to challenge the Outriders' (Rookies and Veterans alike) notions of themselves and produce a completely polished and better than ever piece of art. Other CFL teams should take heed that yet again, the Outriders will arrive at the100th Anniversary of the "Grey Cup" this November in Toronto with the best calendar in the league for sale to their Canadian fans. The Outriders will debut their calendar at a release party held at Grey Eagle Casino from 7 to 9pm, August 25th. For more information go to..... Calendar will also be on available for purchase at the Stampeders games starting at the famous Alberta tradition of the Labor Day Classic Game between the Stampeders and Edmonton Eskimos September 3 &5.