12/21/2013 - Santa Travis Taylor - 12:24AM - Winnipeg, Canada
I have been shooting the SantaCon Winnipeg event since its inception about 5 or 6 years ago. It is an annual event in which party goers dress up as Santa Claus and go on a pub crawl. The event often gets a bad wrap for some mischief that a few bad apples perpetrate at international events, the Winnipeg party is usually pretty tame. All of the participants are always named Santa, so that is how you address them.
I met up with my friend Santa Dwayne midway through the event at The Zoo (the bar, not where the animals live) after shooting the Jets game, and yesterdays portrait. This years event raised money for The Childrens Wish Foundation, and by the time I got there, the party had been already underway for many hours.
I liked Santa Travis and his real beard, and he agreed for a portrait. I didn’t have a lot of time with him, as the bus was about to leave for its next stop on the pub crawl route. He confessed that he is a huge nerd, and I did learn that when he is not dressing up as Santa, he works in IT/ quality assurance, enjoys playing warcraft, and drinking.
It was very dark and loud in the bar, which made focusing the lens a little more difficult than I would have liked, but after reviewing the images, I noticed the red lipstick on his cheek, which just added that little extra special touch to the portrait.
EXIF: f/5.6 @ 1/8 ISO500 @ 28mm - 1 flash in a softbox camera left
P.S. A big thanks to Dwayne for being the voice activated light stand after my hot shoe adapter fell apart while setting up this portrait