RETURN: MADDY ZAMMIT

Having to put down my camera to take care of other things in my life, this little two-week break of mine came to an end shooting once again, this time with my new friend Maddy! 

We ended up shooting in her and her roommate's condo downtown and I loved the layout of Maddy's place - which also had some really good lighting. As for getting into shooting, I really needed to get back into sparking that creativity. I haven't taken off this long of a stint and thats largely due to scheduling conflicts and other obligations. Sometimes its a little difficult or at least tricky getting into things after being stagnant for a a pinch while wanting to try a million new things. Nevertheless, its best to adapt to the shoot and let it come to you as well, and just have fun! I can't wait to be shooting more and posting a lot more photoblogs this August - I'm back in my happy place! Check out the photos me and Maddy snapped together below.

- Drew

MASK OFF: JENN HORNBOSTEL

Shooting with Jenn this past weekend was great! I had some time to spare the day after Canada Day hoping neither of us were too hungover or slow from our respective nights out. But fortunately, that wasn't the case and we were ready to go rain or shine, dead or alive! 

I was still staying at my sister's place near Ryerson's campus while they were out of town camping and figured the lighting and weather that day was incredible for a shoot in the apartment. Jenn came down for a shoot and we immediately got into things, just having lots fun with it. We spent time talking about photography, modeling, sipping wine and just getting creative with this shoot. We found one of my sister's masks she purchased in Venice on display and thought it'd be a good inclusion to the set. It's crazy when shoots go so well, so quick. Definitely check out what she's capable of doing infront of the lens in the gallery below! 

- Drew

SEE ON BOTH SIDES: NATALYA TEGZA

This particular shoot was an interesting one for both me and this muse. For one reason or another I decided to reach out to Natalya, who's a fellow Toronto-based photographer, for a portrait shoot. Not only did her Instagram gallery intrigue me, but I had the crazy idea of asking her to be the one in front of my camera and to model for a change. I trekked it all the way Bayview, which is more on the north side of Toronto, to shoot at her condo while also getting the chance to shoot her in the building's indoor pool.

Luckily, it was a good experience to see if the two of us could see eye to eye with a final product. We do differ slightly in photography styles but our philosophies couldn't be more similar. Even though she felt a little out of place at times, as far as not being able to see the immediate playback of the shoot,  she was reassured knowing well that we shoot the same way on set. Good vibes only! 

She did enjoy the challenge of being on the opposite side of the lens, however at times couldn't initially imagine the moody look I was going for. We got pretty creative with the minimal light that gloomy afternoon. Natalya is more of a outdoor light portrait artist and really exceeds the colours in her work. You can check out her stuff on her on her IG here. Natalya's not only a bomb photographer, but she's a pretty dope model too! See her do her thing in the gallery below!

- Drew