"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.

Photographer: Andre Widjaja
Model: Yuliya-Lana Chepiga

Back to Basics with Kristina

Back again with another test shoot with B&M model Kristina. This one was a lot of fun thanks to her infectious energy and killer humour. We shot this one on the waterfront and managed to sneak onto a random boat because pictures on a boat are the best. 

I'm really happy with the soft look of this set, which I'm convinced is influenced by the weddings I've shot this summer. Time to bump that histogram to the right a bit more :) 

Check out the full set below:

Photographer: Andre Widjaja
Model: Kristina Anderson (B&M Models)