"I'M ALIVE!": AN UPDATE FROM ANDREW OBTINALLA

I'm not going to hide the fact I've been a little inactive on my website. A lot of things have been going during this summer from taking a summer course for a few months, assisting and managing a studio and shooting on the days I feel creative. Not to mention having a few days in between to catch a breather and spend some time with family and friends. 

Nothing in my life has really changed drastically or anything like that, if anything, I'd need it, but I've noticed I've neglected my website and my blog for too long while I was previously promising new sets more frequently. Well now my summer is over and I'm currently back at school and some of that work will cause me to shift focus on passing obviously. I'm hoping it won't hinder what I really want to get done as soon as possible for the site. I've also been plotting new things for the site as far as new/different content I'm eager to curate and a change in layout goes.

I'll be archiving some of my older work to keep consistencies and really clamp down on my galleries, but I'll be coming back with a lot more for the page to finish off the year. It's been a crazy one so far and looking back at recent blog posts of '17, I'm happy with the direction my photography is going. Meeting new people and having opportunities to do some cool things with them. I really want to find myself having more of these opportunities and having more doors to knock on to keep myself active and motivated. 

I just wanted to update the blog for anyone who cares to read about what happens in my photography career and I don't wanna leave anyone hanging. (I love whoever you are who even got this far!) I do update my Instagram almost daily and is really where most of my recent work goes. But you're hearing it first here (or reading it) and that is I'll be really kicking myself in the ass and focusing on projects, ideas and concepts I've been really inspired to tackle. And I wanna say my bad in advance if I go MIA again due to school while still trying to keep up with shooting more portraits! 

Enough words though! Being optimistic, I hope in the next few posts the site will be looking a whole lot newer and refreshed! Until then...

- Drew

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