Bad Boys, Bad Boys… Whatcha Gonna Do…


This past weekend was a great experience, even for the most seasoned veteran wedding photog.

The day started like any other beautiful summer wedding at the brides house. The addition of a vintage Chevy Camaro definitely added some fresh flavour to the images.

The icing on the cake (pardon the pun) was when we arrived to shoot the grooms prep. Soon after the groomsmen all introduced themselves, I was informed that I would be accompanying them in the  “Limo” on the way to the ceremony and the reception (both held in the Atlantis Complex at Ontario Place). What I found out shortly after is that this “Limo” was unlike any Limo ride I had ever taken.

The groom is a Toronto Police Officer and had some friends at the Toronto Police Marine unit arrange for two Police Skiffs to take us down the lake to the Atlantis. I thought it was going to be a leisurely cruise down the Harbourfront, but I was WRONG!

I was loaded into one skiff and the groom and groomsmen were taken in an identical boat alongside, tuxes and all. The idea was that I would shoot them from my vantage point on the other skiff. When we hit open water, I was shooting exactly nothing. We hit around 110 kilometres per hour, hauling down the coast, flying by people enjoying their afternoon on their boats. Sirens blaring over the engines running flat out, I snapped shots of the other skiff launching over the wake we were producing. Even under these extreme conditions, I managed to get some amazing shots of their skiff in the air and also some shots with the Toronto skyline in the background.

Before I got off the boat, I asked the sergeant if they would have done this if the groom was not a police officer. His response was: “HELL NO!” Another very cool and very original wedding shot for Boson Avenue Photo Co.


About Andrew Pateras

Andrew has lived in the GTA all his life and a good portion of his adult life has been devoted to sales. He studied Business Information Systems Management at Ryerson University. From there, he worked in sales for tier one organizations such as Hewlett Packard, Epson and Intel. Then as North American Sales Manager for GAP Adventures, he gained even more experience in negotiation and client service. Andrew has been a licensed real estate sales person since 2006. In 2007, Andrew also began a new venture in professional photography. Over the next number of years, he travelled on assignment all over the world. This is why he is meticulous when it comes to your marketing images! To say Andrew's travel and photography experience is extensive would definitely be an understatement. He has journeyed to remote and exotic locations in 48 countries on all six continents in search of adventure and authentic cultural experiences. Whether it is diving with great white sharks in South Africa, in a cage with Bengal tigers in northern Thailand or perched atop a land cruiser, photographing rhinos and lions in the Serengeti, he has likely photographed any holiday experience you can imagine. In 2015, Andrew earned the Directors Platinum award from Royal LePage for outstanding sales performance. Andrew's commitment as your real estate professional is to provide you with the specialized real estate service you deserve. Whether you're buying or selling, contact him with any questions that you may have. His promise to you is that your experience will be both stress-free and enjoyable. His focus is always YOU and the results you can expect from him.

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