Our most cherished memories hang on the walls of our homes, these images remind us of all the special things we have done, and the loved ones we have shared our favourite moments with. But what goes into capturing the perfect snap shot takes a lot of prep, finesse and passion. We recently caught up with the lovely and talented Alexandra of Alexandra Del Bello Photography to chat about her favourite place to shoot at LIUNA, how she prepares for client’s big day, and how she keeps it light while shooting!
LS: What is one of your favourite spots to shoot at LIUNA Station?
ADB: Without question, my favourite spot to shoot at LIUNA Station is the buildings front façade. The entrance way commands attention with large Doric columns and stone carvings. It serves as an elegant backdrop for both wedding parties and intimate newlywed portraits. One of the best features of this location is revealed later in the evening. As the sun begins to set, the front of the station is positioned perfectly to take in the golden hour, while utilizing the warm glow produced at this time for some additional couples portraits.
LS: How do you get ready for the day of a big shoot?
ADB: The day before each wedding I begin by reaching out to my couple one last time with final advice, well wishes, and virtual hugs. From there I begin my wedding prep. I start by cleaning and charging all of my equipment. I then print out copies of the wedding timeline and any additional documents that may be needed (family formal shot list, location permits etc.). Last, I pack a bag of snacks and water bottles for both my assistant and I to snack on throughout the day.
LS: What makes for a smooth session with Bride, Groom and wedding party?
ADB: The key to a smooth session regardless of whom is in front of my lens, is comfort. By creating an atmosphere on the day of a shoot, that allows for a subject to let loose and be comfortable, genuine reactions and expressions come out. Laughter and Dad jokes always help with this!
LS: Do you always have a back-up plan for weather, equipment failure, etc.?
ADB: It is extremely important to have a back up plan, especially when it comes to weddings. Keeping this in mind, I chat with all couples ahead of time to establish a rain plan, should there be inclement weather come the day they are wed. I also bring multiple clear umbrellas with me to all shoots. Should there be light rain that is manageable to photograph in, I encourage my couples and their wedding party to stick it out and utilize the umbrellas. When it comes to my equipment I always bring back up gear to weddings.
LS: What is something Brides and Grooms (and other clients) should know when working with you?
ADB: I love to capture joy and genuine smiles in my images. That said, I’m not afraid to crack a ridiculous joke or do a silly dance if it means I’m going to get some laughter and real smiles in response. My biggest piece of advice for couples pertaining to their photography would be to trust your photographer, enjoy the process and open up. Just be yourself! It makes for raw, real imagery that is unique to you and your relationship.
Check out the wonderful vendors who helped make Victoria and Anthony special day come to life!
Photography: Alexandra Del Bello Photography
Videography: Kindle & Coal
Wedding Gown: Kleinfeld Canada
Make Up: Make Up Worx
Hair: Jeff from Mark Anthony Yorkville
Invitations & Stationary: Simply Sealed
Cake: The Dessert Room
Florals: Rachel Clingen
Venue: LIUNA Station
We’d like to thank Alex for taking the time to chat with us and share her expertise. Check out and follow Alex on Facebook and Instagram if your looking for that special someone, who will go the extra mile, to capture those beautiful moments you’ll be looking at for years to come!
Be sure to head over to LIUNA Gardens blog to check out our interview with Bride and Carmela Gool who talked about the amazing staff and the extra miles they were willing to go for her wedding.
From all of us at LIUNA Station, thank you for following along!