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Last week was spent doing the part of my job that makes people the most envious… Can anyone say Destination Wedding???

This summer I actually have three of them on my schedule and this was the first. The location was the Riu Palace in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic and it is gorgeous! Vibrantly coloured walls, beautiful majestic skyscapes and soft sandy beaches (notice I did not say “white” sandy beaches – see the post on Whitehaven Beach for the reason!). It was the perfect setting for a wedding.

I had a late night arrival, so I had to wait until the morning to scout the grounds. Around every corner was another perfect spot for a photo opportunity. Classical green gardens, Caribbean Streets with vibrantly coloured pastel storefronts, swaying palm trees, the possibilities were endless. I had a short list of my favourite spots planned for the three days of shooting.

My energy level is always extremely high, but I try to help the couple to stay upbeat and enthusiastic. Wearing a suit or a long dress and posing for pictures in 35+ degree heat can be tough for the couple. I like to show them a few of the images once in a while to let them know that they are doing a great job and to show them that their extra effort now will pay off when they pick up their final cut of images.

Three days of shooting and almost 8,000 frames later, I was ready to enjoy the last little bit of time in paradise doing what I love to do most. Explore!

I got on a local bus and headed to the capital of The Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo. Carrying almost twenty thousand dollars of cameras and glass is always a little nerve racking, but you can’t get great images without toting the glass around.

I spent the day chatting with locals and asking permission to take a picture. They were much more receptive here than in Africa. People loved the camera! I really enjoy photographing people in uniform, especially military personnel or traditionally dressed locals. At times, it was very hard to get a decent shot in Africa as people would not be willing to let you take their photo. As you will see below, I was able to snap a great shot of a guard near the centre of the city.

Shooting weddings for Boston Avenue is a great gig. Not only do I work with a great group of people, I am doing something that I truly love and I am extremely fortunate. As I have said many times, I love to shoot weddings for many reasons, but this past week was definitely one of the perks of the job.

Next Destination Wedding: Venice, Italy

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

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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One thought on “Yes, You are Allowed to Hate me Right Now

  • Tom Kiriakou


    Your new blog is great! Excellent work…Keep it up.

    God bless.