Daniel Alfredsson for Sweden!

Former Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson announced his retirement from the NHL yesterday. After playing for the Detroit Redwings for a year, Alfredsson signed a one-day contract with the Senators so he could retire in Ottawa. Some of my photos were used by Newspapers in Sweden. This was my first time shooting for the Swedish photo service Bildbyran.

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It was also my first time shooting NHL hockey since 2012, after covering the team for six years.

Remembrance Day in Ottawa for Reuters

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This Remembrance Day ceremony was especially significant since Corporal Nathan Cirillo was fatally shot by Michael Zehaf-Bibeau at National War Memorial only a few weeks before. I believe this was the first Remembrance Day where I was free to roam and take photos – usually I am in the photo pool shooting the dignitaries. I expected to have more freedom, but ended up getting stuck in the crowd with tens-of-thousands of on-lookers for much of the ceremony. There was also a very heavy security presence – you always see lots of security when the Prime Minister is around, but the guns were much bigger this year.

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War Memorial Shooting for Reuters

Scenes from downtown Ottawa following a shooting at the National War Memorial and Parliament Hill by Michael Zehaf-Bibeau. Corporal Nathan Cirillo, who was on ceremonial sentry duty at the Canadian National War Memorial, was fatally shot and died on scene. Zehaf-Bibeau then launched an attack in the nearby Centre Block Parliament Building and was killed by Sergeant at Arms Kevin Vickers outside the Parliamentary Library.

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I was downtown shortly after the shooting took place and spent the rest of the day roaming downtown and sneaking out of lock-downs.

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Danish Royalty for Reuters

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark (L) greets admirers following a reception at Rideau Hall in Ottawa September 17, 2014. The Princess was visiting Governor General David Johnston and his wife Sharon at Rideau Hall Canada with her husband the Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark.     REUTERS/Blair Gable     (CANADA)

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Above: See the guy in the top left taking a photo? Bellow: I was in the background photo he was taking (crouching down). Worlds collide!

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Above photo courtesy Jonathan Fortier.

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Denmark's high prince at Rideau HAll

Governor General at Rideau HAll

The Governor General was sorry to see them go. They became BFFs!

Supermoon!

A Supermoon rising over the Rideau Canal in Ottawa July 12, 2014. Occurring when a full moon or new moon coincides with the closest approach the moon makes to the Earth, the Supermoon results in a larger-than-usual appearance of the lunar disk.     REUTERS/Blair Gable     (CANADA)

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Supermoon-OttawaI can’t wait for the ones in August and September!

 

Tweed medical marijuana video

While I was working on my medical marijuana photo story at the Tweed facility in Smiths Falls, I also shot a video for the Macleans Magazine iPad edition. Thank you to every there who tolerated me during my many visits!

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Canadian medical marijuana company Tweed

Operating out of the former Hershey chocolate factory in Smiths Falls, Ontario, Tweed (TWD) is the first publicly traded medical marijuana company in Canada. Over the last few months I have had access to the facility to work on a photo and video project that was ultimately picked-up by Reuters and Macleans Magazine, in different iterations. According to Reuters,By unlocking the once-obscure medical marijuana market, Canada has created a fast-growing, profitable and federally regulated industry with a distinct appeal to the more daring global investor.” My project started when they were a big empty warehouse with a few hundred mother and clone plants and wrapped up shortly after they started shipping their first products.

Canadian medical marijuana company Tweed

Canadian medical marijuana company Tweed

Canadian medical marijuana company Tweed

Canadian medical marijuana company Tweed

Canadian medical marijuana company Tweed

Canadian medical marijuana company Tweed

Canadian medical marijuana company Tweed

Canadian medical marijuana company Tweed