Toronto

"Washing Sins" Portraits of Tobi Ogude Pt. 1

Thank God I finally got to shoot with this guy. I've been reluctant to shoot male models in the past because I've always had a hard time trying to depict them in an interesting way. It wasn't until I saw the recent GQ spread featuring Brad Pitt that a lightbulb went off. It was really refreshing to see a male figure shot in a way that was free and vulnerable. 

That's where Tobi comes in. I can't say enough about how talented and passionate this guy is about his craft — simply infectious. I love shooting with people that throw me out of my comfort zone. For this look, we went down to the Credit River in Mississauga, played some tunes through shitty Iphone speakers, and I let Tobi do his thing. 

Here's what we came up with. Check back in for pt. 2 of our shoot. 

Model: Tobi Ogude

The Mariner Workshop Round 2

It's always a good time and humbling experience to put one of these workshops together with the crazy talented Derek Hui. A huge thank you to everyone that came out!

Although it was a smaller crowd this time around, it made for a more intimate learning experience and I'm glad I had the chance to chop it up with everybody one-on-one. A big thank you to our amazing model Ashley who was a great sport and slayed 

Check out some snapshots from the day below:

The First Mariner Photography Workshop

If you told me last year, that in 12 months, I'd be co-hosting a photography workshop with one of the best in the game, I would've given you the camera right back — cause you're delusional. 

Moving to downtown last spring has been one of the best decisions I've ever made for my young photography career. The relationships I've struck up and opportunities its afforded me have been unbelievable. 

So when super talented photographer/homie/roommate (pretty decent cook), Derek Hui, approached me about putting together a photography workshop, the answer was an emphatic YES. For those that don't know, I attended one of Derek's workshops over a year ago which pretty much set me on this path, trying to capture beautiful images of some pretty cool people. For me, this was an opportunity to hopefully help spark that sense of creative purpose for others.  

A HUGE thank you to everyone that came out and to these wonderful folks who made this day possible:

Model: Danielle Mackenzie
Videographer: Eric Nguyen
Studio: That Toronto Studio

Fall Fashion Shoot with Yuliya

The autumn weather seems to be hanging in there, so last week, I took the day off work to do a few shoots in the city. 

One of those sessions was with Yuliya, a complete natural in front of the camera who came with her own ideas which kept me on my toes and engaged throughout the whole shoot. We took a stroll through the Esplanade and made Toronto's rich architecture mesh with her awesome outfit (jacket from Free People).

Check out what we came up with below. Now that the mercury is dropping and I'll be cooped inside more, I'll try to be more consistent with the blog posts. 

Thanks for reading.
-Dre

Photographer: Andre Widjaja
Model: Yuliya-Lana Chepiga

The CNE with Sydney

It's the first day of school. We're a week into September. Summer came and went but not without some amazing shoots and a lot of learning. 

There's no other Toronto way to say goodbye to summer than a trip to the Ex. I linked up with Sydney and she tore the place up. 

Model: Sydney Westgate (B&M Models)

Photowalk Through the Six With My Woes

I love going for photowalks. Besides doing the obvious — snapping some photos and getting in your cardio — it's a great opportunity to pick the minds of other photographers and offer your own nuggets of knowledge as well. 

Since recently shifting my focus towards portraits, I haven't had the chance to mindlessly roam around the city and capture some of its more candid moments. And the cold just makes me feel some type of way. 

Luckily, I have super dope friends who dragged me out this past weekend and we spent the afternoon walking around, camera in one hand, hot cup of coffee in the other. It's great seeing some of them show an interest toward photography cause it gives me a platform to blabber on and on about it.  

We hit up the usual hot spots (Financial District, Brookfield Place, Esplanade) and ended it off with a portrait shoot.

Special thanks to Henderson for being my cameraman for the day, Thanh for listening to me incoherently ramble and Tea for looking fly in the cold. 

Here's my first attempt at documenting these events (via GoPro) in my photography journey:

Gear used:
Canon 6D DSLR
Sigma 50mm 1.4
Canon 28mm 1.8
GoPro Hero3 Black Edition

Check out photos from the day: