Buon Giorno!


As I landed in Venice yesterday, I could see Saint Marks square from my window on the plane. I am in Italy, shooting my second destination wedding of the season.

Quiet Streets of Italy

Quiet Streets of Italy

I have shot some unbelievable weddings, but I think this one takes the cake. 60+ people were flown eight hours around the globe, whisked off to a luxury cruise ship and now cruising the Mediterranean Sea. I am REALLY loving my job right now!

After we arrived yesterday, I acquainted myself with the group and started taking a few candid shots. Today was a different story however. The ship arrived in Bari, Italy and this is the location I had selected to do the engagement shoot. I could not ask for a more perfect location. There were old forts, cathedrals and narrow European streets. There were literally hundreds of beautiful backdrops to choose from. I only had about 2 hours to work with the couple, but I think I could have gone on for nine or ten. It was 32 degrees and a not a cloud in the sky. The light was a little harsh, but there were ample shady spots to use. I found a gorgeous park with a long line of mature trees. This engagement will be hard to top, that’s for sure.

Bari, Italy

Bari, Italy

Bari is a great place for many things. They are known for their impressive selection of cheeses and local wines. If you remember from a previous post, I am mere weeks away from my competition so I am still on a diet of egg whites, oatmeal, broccoli and chicken breast. I had to watch as the bridal party consumed mass amounts of thin crust margarita pizza in the piazza of Old Town. A tough moment to say the least!

This has been the hardest I have ever had to resist the temptation of food in my entire life. If you have been on a cruise before, you know it’s all about the food! In order to stay away from the opulent buffets and a la carte restaurants, I have been spending most of my spare time in the gym at the front of the ship. I wake up before the sunrise, take a jog around the upper deck to warm up and then watch the sunrise through the panoramic glass as I work though my circuit. Then it’s off to “work”. I love that I can call this work, as I have found a way to morph my two greatest passions into my career.

Tomorrow we dock at Katakolon, Greece for an excursion to the original site of the Olympics where I am planning a group shot of all 60 guests. It’s just another day at the office!

Through the Fisheye... Bari, Italy

Through the Fisheye... Bari, Italy


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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