It all started as an Ordinary Day… 1


First of all, let me give you the circumstances that I am writing this blog post in. It is after 2AM, I am absolutely exhausted and still wearing a suit. I just walked in the door and had to start writing this post RIGHT AWAY. This is how important it was that I write what is on my mind right now… This post has nothing to do with photography, it is all about what a beautiful world we live in and that we have to be thankful for every minute we have and the magical moments like the one I am about to explain.

Today started off with a very unorthodox morning of sleeping in until after 11AM followed by an afternoon of editing a few of my recent photo shoots. A very intense thunderstorm plagued us all morning, but miraculously cleared by the time I arrived at the wedding of the sister of one of my closest friends. The day went off without a hitch, we had a great time and it was now 1:30AM, time to start heading home.

I noticed that it was an unusually warm night with a heavily overcast sky, but I decided to risk the rain and drive home with the top down anyways. What followed was one of the most beautiful moments of my life.

It is difficult to really explain the feeling, but as I came north on the 400 and passed Teston road, the clouds totally cleared up in what seemed like an instant and the stars showed themselves. I don’t know why, but I had a sudden feeling of bliss, followed by an moment of clarity where everything seemed to make sense to me. I had my hand on my chest and I was full of joy for a few minutes as I looked up at the sky. I realized that I had everything in the world that I could ever ask for. I realized how fortunate I am to be doing what I love and living a life that I am extremely proud of. I did not want the feeling to end. My hands went slightly numb as I looked up at the sky. It was incredible.

As the feeling faded, I felt the sudden urge to rush home and get on my blog and start typing. I needed to share this! My hope is that every single person out there gets to experience a feeling like this at least once in their lives.

I am still wearing the suit, still extremely tired and still smiling from what I just experienced.


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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  • Lo-An

    Absolutely love this post. Haven’t read through all your posts just yet, but this has to absolutely be my favorite!!