In light of P.K. Subban announcing his retirement from the NHL today (after 13 seasons, a Norris Trophy for defence, olympic gold medal and more), I wanted to take a moment to look back at my photo shoot with him!
It was 2010 when I got the call to shoot some portraits of P.K. for 4th Period Magazine. The shoot took place at 82 Bathurst St. near the southwest corner of King/Bathurst, a relatively small brick building panted all black which was home to the Salt & Pepper ad agency at the time. If you recognize the address or the building, it’s because you might be familiar with its later iterations: The Drake Hotel Store, Chill House and, most recently, Gatsby's Speakeasy. The back room at Salt & Pepper was a photographer's play area – transformed into a 2-storey photo studio with white infinity wall.
Leading up to the start of the shoot as I was setting up (and as was customary at these shoots) the magazine editor David and creative team were briefing me on the rising star that was P.K., freshly acquired by the Montreal Canadiens.
When P.K. arrived he greeted me with the largest smile you could imagine and his energy on set was contagious. Everyone on set completely enjoyed working with him, he was eager to pose and took direction really well. We had some good laughs during the shoot!
The 4th Period had a very specific vision for the shoot in mind with the white backdrop setting the tone for it (see outtakes below) for use in an article inside the magazine. To be honest with you, I wasn’t loving the plain backdrop vibe and even though P.K. was so great and easy to work and the shots were looking "nice" and would serve well inside the magazine, I felt like they were lacking a connection to the viewer and were not representative of my personal shooting style at the time. As an editorial portrait photographer back in the day, my preference was always to capture my subjects in natural or more candid environments than a studio.
As our time with P.K. at the Salt & Pepper photo studio was ending, he changed back into his street clothes and we all said our goodbyes. As I was packing up my gear and tossing it into my car parked in the side alley, P.K. came out the side door, duffle bag over his shoulder heading for his ride and I couldn’t help but ask politely if I could snap a couple more shots of him just chilling outside the all-black brick wall with the Bathurst streetscape behind him. Those casual side alley shots, which I intentionally kept for my own portfolio, ended up being my favourite shots of the day and I was so proud to share them on my personal website when the time was appropriate to do so.
A few years went by and out of the blue one day in 2013 I received an email from another magazine interested in shots of P.K. - except this time it was Montreal En Sante (a hospital health magazine published by the MUHC hospitals in Montreal) doing a story on the fundraising P.K. launched to benefit local kids who couldn’t afford hockey equipment. They weren’t interested in doing a new shoot, instead they were interested in licensing the images I published on my website – the ones I took of him in the side alley at Salt & Pepper! Long story short and a few negotiations over email later, they decided P.K. would be the cover story of this edition and my photo of him would be on the cover - the first cover in my career.
Thanks again to P.K. and to all those involved in the photo shoot and decision-making at both magazines; it was my honour to be involved. Congrats, P.K., on an outstanding hockey career and all the best in your future endeavours.
– Matt Vardy.
Montreal en Sante Magazine Cover Autumn 2013:
P.K. Subban outtakes from 4th Period Magazine shoot 2010:
Considering the upcoming Labour Day Long Weekend is the last of the summer (gasp!), unplugging might be a great way to enjoy it free from digital distractions and reduce your overall stress.
To get the most out of your unplugged weekend, plan a list of activities you can do without using technology. If you find it hard to unplug, set boundaries. Make sure that you tell yourself not to check your email or answer phone calls. It is easy to get sucked into a world of constant communication, even on vacation. It is also a good idea to set time limits for yourself. For example, if you can't resist checking your email, set a time limit of eight hours and only connect after this time. Depending on your personal preferences, you may want to set automatic reminders or define when you can't check your email.
The first step in unplugging is identifying your needs. Then, you can choose a screen-free activity that will fulfill those needs. Otherwise, you may feel distressed or slip back into your old habits. Make sure you're prepared to replace your technology with activities you enjoy. One great activity for your mind is connecting with nature.
Digital detoxing can be difficult but it is worth it! Getting rid of devices can make you feel better in the long run. It can help you relax and rejuvenate your mind. Creating a time for unplugging can help you recharge your energy and live a more balanced life.
If you're planning on using your phone during your long weekend, try limiting your notifications to social media and certain apps. Think about what needs your attention right now and leave the rest of the notifications for later!
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With the leaves soon changing colours, autumn is a perfect time to prepare your home for the changing season. The cooler weather will mean that you will need less heat and you can save money on energy bills. Moreover, it will also make your home safer for your family. Luckily, preparing your home for the autumn season is fairly simple and affordable.
First, you should put away the summer clothes and bring out your cosy knitwear and boots. In addition, you should check your wardrobes to make sure you have all of the clothing and footwear you need for the season. By doing this, you can save yourself time from going out and shopping for new clothing and accessories.
Secondly, you should consider storing your outdoor furniture indoors. It is very important to protect your furniture during the cooler months so that it won't be damaged by harsh weather. If you have outdoor furniture, you should cover it with a waterproof covering. You should also make sure that all the outdoor items are clean before storing them.
Fall is also a great time to check your home's roof and gutters. If you have a fireplace, make sure that you have enough fuel and test your smoke detectors. You can also hire a professional to do some of the tasks for you if they are too difficult or risky.
As autumn approaches, you may want to invest in some new decorations. A new cosy throw or chunky wool blanket can make your home feel more inviting and cozy. Incorporate warm tones such as orange and red into your home decor. Bright jewel shades can also add a striking pop of colour. A few simple changes in your home can make a huge difference in the way you feel inside and outside.
Before the fall, you may want to take some time to check your heating and cooling systems. Having these checked by a professional is a good idea because it can prevent problems that may arise later in the season. When you hire a professional to do this job, you will also have peace of mind that the work will be done correctly and you won't have to deal with unexpected costs.
In addition to seasonal home maintenance, you may want to consider scheduling a furnace service. A well-maintained furnace will help to reduce your heating costs and keep the air inside your home healthy. If you have a wood-burning fireplace, you should stock up new logs and rotate your seasoned ones to ensure that you'll have enough wood to burn this winter.
Identifying drafts in your home is another important step to take before the autumn months start. Sealing these areas will help you keep the heat inside and prevent damp from forming inside your home. You can even insulate older windows as well to ensure that they will stay warm and prevent draughts.
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The City of Pickering, just east of Toronto, is preparing for massive growth projected during the next 15 to 20 years. From 100,000 people today, the city's population will grow to 150,000 in 2036. This will lead to more restaurants, bars, and fitness centers, which will give Pickering an extra dose of urban vitality.
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Greater Toronto is expanding at an alarming rate, and there is not enough space. The provincial government has required suburban and exurban communities for years to make the most of the space that they have. Vaughan, Mississauga Brampton, and Brampton are just a few of the communities to Toronto's north and west. They have tried to build up, not out.
It's now the turn of the east end, like Pickering. There is plenty of space and a lot of empty parking lots. It makes sense to build on these areas.
Public transit is being built in the city. A special busway will be built along the Kingston Road corridor. People who live in tower communities near the station will be able reach downtown Toronto in about half an hour thanks to the improved GO service. This will allow them to leave their cars at home and take the pressure off the roads.
Pickering is set to become a much more vibrant and dense version of the city that it is now.