Year 2

New couples, new love stories, same witty brunette.

Pretty sure there's gotta be a horse shoe up my butt. Yeah, you read that right. But there's no other way to explain this feeling - wait what?! That didn't sound right... let me explain why I feel incredibly lucky.

When I purchased my first camera in high school I spent time photographing friends, family, and more often than not, our adorable dog. I would have laughed out loud if someone had told me back then that I would own my own business just a few short years later and make a living documenting love stories. 

The last two years owning and operating my business has provided me with more knowledge than any single line item that appears on the education section of my LinkedIn profile #thatmadesenseinmyhead 

This past wedding season in particular reinforced my love of love and passion for wedding photography. I had incredible feats, cried behind my camera during almost every single father daughter dance, hugged more grandma's than I can count and fixed countless veils. 

In contrast, I have had my fair share of melt-down-days where I was sure I'd throw my laptop right out the window if my editing software crashed just one more time. I had moments of loneliness while cooped up finishing galleries, and am certain I came pretty close to a Vitamin D deficiency spending hours at my desk trying to keep up with editing and stay on track of timelines.

This particular year has been a complete labor of love, which payed off when I was fortunate enough to quit my corporate gig to pursue photography full time. Let me tell you, I haven't looked back!

These past two years have flown by and with them countless couples and families inviting me to document some of the happiest times of their lives. I cannot wait for what year three has in store! 

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In case you were wondering what a typical day in the life looks like on the job, I unearthed a few gems for your viewing pleasure.

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Hugging grandma's - check!

Fixing veils - check!

Crying during father daughter dances - check!

Loving every stinkin' second - check!


Fall Mini Sessions

Guess what's back, back again? Mini's are back - tell a friend! 

I am so excited to announce the release of 2017 Fall Mini Sessions. These quick, fun sessions were such a hit last year I knew I had to open up a date for mini's this fall. If you are looking for updated anniversary, family, portrait, newborn, or maternity images at a reduced price this is for you. Limited availability - snag your spot now!

All sessions to be held on Sunday, October 29, 2017 at Princess Point, Hamilton

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Details:

  • 25 minute session on location
  • 30 fully retouched digital files
  • Print release
  • $120.00 (tax in)

Available session times:

  • 3:30 PM - booked
  • 4:00 PM -booked
  • 4:30 PM - booked
  • 5:00 PM - booked
  • 5:30 PM - booked
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Contact info@alexandradelbellophotography.com to secure a session time!

10 Tips for Beautiful Wedding Preparation Images

There are so many details that go into the planning of a wedding day that the morning preparation often gets overlooked. Don't worry I've got you covered! I am sharing 10 tips to implement that will ensure beautiful wedding preparation images!

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1. Share your creative vision with your photographer ahead of time. Sit down and determine what images are important during your morning prep and relay this information to your photographer via email or a dedicated Pinterest board.

2. Beauty details and scheduling. Have your make up and hair scheduled to be completed before or just after the photographer arrives.

3. It's all in the details. Have all of your bits and bobs (invitation, ring, veil, jewelry, perfume) together and ready for your photographer ahead of time. 

4. Location, location, location! Choose a room that is spacious with lots of natural light and simple room decor. When possible secure a location that is close to your ceremony venue to make the most of your preparation time.

5. Clean your ring. Not only will friends and family be sneaking a peak of your ring all day, but it will get up close and personal with your photographer during detail shots. 

6. Keep it clean! Try to keep all clutter (water bottles, snacks, bobby pins) in one area so it does not make its way into any images

7. Create an intentional timeline. When organizing your schedule anticipate to have your photographer arrive at least 2 hours before you plan to depart for the ceremony. This will ensure there is enough time to capture details, portraits, candids and everything in between! 

8. Assign duties. Don't be afraid to designate day-of responsibilities to your wedding party. Whether it be something as simple as ensuring your lipstick is packed in your handbag, or a little more involved such as keeping an eye on the time to make sure things run smoothly. This will help to alleviate stress on your big day.

9. Don't worry about your groom! It is easy to get caught up thinking about what your groom may be up to with his boys. Instead, pour those mimosas and cherish the bonding time you have got with your girls!

10. Most importantly: Remember to enjoy yourself, after all it is finally your wedding day! With the natural buzz and excitement in the air make sure to enjoy each moment and take it all in because the day truly does fly by!

Johnny & Stephanie - Winter Engagement Session

I still can't believe I am writing this! My brother is engaged and I could not be happier! It seems like just yesterday I was knocking on my big brother's door each night terrified of what could be lurking in the dark, as he graciously allowed me to sleep on the carpet... on the ground... beside his bed. 

Johnny and Stephanie's love story began while they were both attending McMaster University. They first met at the iconic "Dalewood house." A student house just off campus that was well known for never locking its door at night - seriously, even the raccoons knew! It was a meeting hub for Johnny and many of his friends, and it just so happened that Stephanie lived there. Johnny was immediately drawn to her, however - plot twist - it was not love at first sight. I am not sure if it was his bushy eyebrows, infectious personality or persistence but after months of pursuing her, Stephanie gave in! 

Soon after, Johnny brought our tiny little Woodbridge-ian home to meet the family. It was an immediate fit. I would never have imagined that this sweet lady would not only become such an integral part of our family, but also one of my very best friends! I couldn't have picked a better partner for my brother if I scoured the profiles of eHarmony myself. The fact that she is a cannoli addict is just an added plus!

4 years post-Dalewood, during a beautiful snowy winter day, Johnny got down on one knee and asked Stephanie for forever! After enjoying many congratulatory hugs, kisses, and toasts of prosecco we began to plan their engagement session. Stephanie was hoping for their shoot to be photographed in the winter. After waiting weeks for snowfall, we were graced with the perfect day. It was something right out of a snow globe! We returned right to the spot where Johnny proposed for their session - take a peak!

To say I am over-the-moon excited about their engagement and the upcoming #DelBruno wedding is an understatement! I cannot wait to cheer these two on for all of life's adventures that lie in store for them.