Cap­tur­ing pre­cious mo­ments for her fam­ily of clients

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Name: Alexan­dra Del Bello Age: 24 Po­si­tion: Owner and lead pho­tog­ra­pher at Alexan­dra Del Bello Photography

Job de­scrip­tion: As a wed­ding and life­style pho­tog­ra­pher, I am in­vited to share in and doc­u­ment life’s most pre­cious mo­ments. I serve Hamil­ton, Ni­a­gara and the GTA and am avail­able for travel world­wide. My work spans from en­gage­ment and wed­ding shoots to ma­ter­nity, new­born, fam­ily and por­traits. The most valu­able as­pect of my job is hav­ing the priv­i­lege to grow with a fam­ily. Pho­tograph­ing a wed­ding, and months later, be­ing in­vited back into that same cou­ple’s life to cap­ture a ma­ter­nity ses­sion is some­thing truly spe­cial.

Is this the job you thought you’d be do­ing?

I have al­ways had a pas­sion for the arts and felt com­pelled to pur­sue a ca­reer that would in­cor­po­rate art or art his­tory in some fash­ion. That be­ing said, I had never imag­ined own­ing my own busi­ness and be­com­ing a young en­tre­pre­neur. I am grate­ful for every de­ci­sion, hiccup and wind­ing road that led me to this ca­reer.

Ad­vice to oth­ers on launch­ing a ca­reer:

Al­ways be net­work­ing! In Year 1 of launch­ing my busi­ness I hit the pave­ment hard, net­work­ing with lo­cal pro­fes­sion­als within my in­dus­try that I re­spected and ad­mired. This proved to be in­cred­i­bly ben­e­fi­cial as I was able to gain a wealth of knowl­edge while si­mul­ta­ne­ously de­vel­op­ing last­ing re­la­tion­ships.

Roots: I am a born and raised home­grown Hamil­to­nian. My post-sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion took me from McMaster Uni­ver­sity, where I earned a BA in art his­tory, to Mo­hawk Col­lege and a diploma in creative photography. My choice in post-sec­ondary in­sti­tu­tions meant never hav­ing to leave this city I call home, or my crazy Ital­ian fam­ily.

Face­book sta­tus: He has shown me that it is a sci­en­tific fact that grat­i­tude re­cip­ro­cates — Matthew McConaughey (all right, all right, all right)

In­sta­gram han­dle: @alexan­dradel­bello

iPhone, An­droid or BB? iPhone. Ap­ple prod­ucts en­com­pass the ma­jor­ity of my tech. I am a huge fan of how seam­lessly ev­ery­thing works to­gether.

Re­cent tweet or FB up­date: I re­cently had a styled shoot fea­tured on Bur­nett’s Boards, an on­line wed­ding blog. This was a big ac­com­plish­ment and proud mo­ment.

Net­works: SBEC’s Starter Com­pany, Hamil­ton Fem­preneurs, Tues­day’s To­gether Ni­a­gara, Jenna Kutcher’s TPL In­sid­ers, PPOC Hamil­ton Branch, Hamil­ton Hive.

Favourite restau­rant in the down­town:

Those who fre­quent down­town Hamil­ton will agree that it is ex­tremely hard to choose just one. For me it is a tie be­tween brunch at Saint James Espresso Bar & Eatery and din­ner at the Aberdeen Tav­ern.

Best fea­ture of life in Hamil­ton: Though Hamil­ton’s pop­u­la­tion has reached more than 530,000 res­i­dents and con­tin­ues to grow, it still re­tains a small­town feel. Unique neigh­bour­hoods within the city such as Locke, James, Au­gusta, Bar­ton, Ot­tawa, Hess, Aberdeen and the wa­ter­front each of­fer some­thing dif­fer­ent to be en­joyed.

What would make Hamil­ton a bet­ter city: The his­tor­i­cal ar­chi­tec­ture that spans through­out Hamil­ton is of­ten over­looked. I am com­pletely in­fat­u­ated with old Vic­to­rian and Crafts­man homes, both of which are abun­dant in the city. I would love to see con­tin­ued restora­tion projects to re­vi­tal­ize these build­ings and bring them back to their orig­i­nal beauty.

Con­tacts: www.alexan­dradel­bel­lopho­tog­ra­


@alexan­dradel­bel­lopho­tog­ra­phy 905-741-6302 Quote: What is done in love is done well. — Vin­cent Van Gogh

If you know a Hamil­ton Pro­fes­sional who would make a good can­di­date for this pro­file se­ries, send an email to shen­der­son@thes­


Alexan­dra Del Bello is a wed­ding and life­style pho­tog­ra­pher. She greatly cred­its net­work­ing with get­ting her busi­ness off the ground.

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