It’s World Smile Day & Mary’s Birthday

by | Oct 2, 2020

Today’s Post by Joe Farace

Each year on the first Friday in October, World Smile Day asks us all to devote a day to smiles and spreading random acts of kindness. If someone smiles at you, you’re bound to smile back. (and yes, I know that facial masks make this difficult if not impossible.) A smile often expresses a feeling, encouragement to someone, or serves as a greeting. There are many benefits of smiling:

  • Improves your mood
  • Lowers your blood pressure
  • Relieves stress
  • Makes for better relationships
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Relieves pain
  • Increases life expectancy

Who wouldn’t want all those benefits? All it takes is smiling. And the more often, the better!


It’s also Mary’s birthday. If you’re a friend of hers on Facebook, please wish her a Happy Birthday today!

How I made this shot: Occasionally people ask why I use my wife as a model and one photographer once criticized me for doing so but when I was writing lighting equipment reviews for Shutterbug one lighting equipment manufacturer specifically asked me to use Mary when reviewing their gear. He said, “it’s better to have a real person than a model who might distract from the point. And it’s real people that your readers are usually shooting.”

While it’s not always possible these days, I used to ask Mary to pose for for test shots before a model arrived to make sure my exposure is correct and that’s how and why I created today’s portrait. Lighting is from the two Elinchrom monolights with 25.5-inch square softboxes mounted. The main light is close and at camera right; the other is in the furthest camera left position that I could get in my 11×15-foot studio and was set at minimum power. Camera was a Canon EOS 50D with EF 85, f/1.8 lens with an exposure of 1/100 sec at f/16 and ISO 100.