Surf City, Here We Come!


Without a doubt, this has been my busiest wedding season to date. I had a few weeks free in August so I decided to get away and relax while doing some more portfolio work.  Destination… California!

My first stop was Los Angeles, where as luck would have it, the US Open of Surfing was being held during my stay. I got some fabulous shots of the surfing competition as well as the skateboarding and BMX finals.

US Open of Surfing

US Open of Surfing

From there I planned kick my feet up and hit Vegas for a weekend. Vegas does not offer much in my genre of Travel Photography, but I still try and see it from a creative angle every time I go. This was my 13th time in Las Vegas and I can never get enough. It is a great time no matter how many times you have been.

The food is usually my weakness in Vegas as I am not a gambler. This is the problem! As some of you may know, one of my hobbies is fitness modeling. The next competition that I am to compete in is fast approaching, so my willpower was stretched to its limit this past weekend. I only went to one Buffet at the Rio and I managed to eat healthy, even though severe temptation was all around me!

As far as nightlife goes, you will not find a city that is more fun than Vegas. Jet at the Mirage is our usual spot on Friday nights and we tried a new place called Eve at the new City Center hotel complex on Saturday. It was fantastic. Not the boring top 40 music that Vegas is notoriously known for. They were spinning deep house and trance and the crowd was slave to the DJ. All in all, a fantastic weekend getaway.

Vegas, BABY!

Vegas, BABY!

Back to Los Angeles and it was back to business. There were a number of things I needed for my portfolio and I had a plan that would take me approximately 2,500 kilometres in 3 days. I picked up my Convertible Mustang  (what else???) rental from Hertz and got started. First stop was a 102 year old restaurant named “Philippe’s”. This place is a landmark and I cant wait to go back! It is the birthplace of the “French Dip” sandwich. I will not tell you any more, you will just have to go and try one yourself. I can say for certain that it is worth the flight from Toronto to L.A. just for one of these!

Philippe's: The Birthplace of the French Dip

Philippe's: The Birthplace of the French Dip

Venice Beach is always a great place to photograph colourful people through a long lens. It offered many great opportunities and was a fantastic afternoon. You will see the results in my website update that will be coming once I am back from Europe and Mexico.

The next leg of my Wild West Adventure is to head north for some of California’s natural beauty. For that, you will have to stay tuned for the next blog entry. Can anyone say… Pacific Coast Highway???

Venice Beach

Venice Beach


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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