Capturing precious moments for her family of clients
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.
@alexandradelbellophotography 905-741-6302 Quote: What is done in love is done well. — Vincent Van Gogh
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Alexandra Del Bello is a wedding and lifestyle photographer. She greatly credits networking with getting her business off the ground.