I like to capture the spirit of people and I like to inject a sense of play and fun in my work. Sounds hokey, but it's true. When I found out that the Great Canadian Laughing Championships was coming to Toronto, I contacted the creator of the event, Albert Nerenberg, to setup in a corner and take portraits of people. Why? Because I knew it would be awesome.
The event is the first of its kind and the idea was to shoot portraits of mid-laugh, of the participants, of the promoters, of any audience member who wanted to step into the light. What I ended up with was a collection of fantastic images of people expressing pure joy. Something that lines up completely with what I am all about. Fun.
Since I didn't want to pop strobes during the event, I took my big off-camera ring light, a portable backdrop kit, and a roll of true blue seamless. I jacked up the ISO higher than I would normally like and also allowed for some motion in the images to capture the spirit of the moment. Here's what I ended up with: