John Bello is one of our Top 30 under 30 featured photographers.
Here’s a little bit more about him, what he does, and some of his best advice:
Tell us how you got started in photography.
After high school, I pursued everything under the sun. I didn’t become a wedding photographer right away, my journey took a lot of twists and turns before I discovered it: I poured concrete, studied to become a radiographer, completed a first year electricians course, and worked graveyard shifts in a warehouse to name a few. I did just about everything.
It wasn’t until I attended a friend’s wedding and saw a photographer at work, capturing the room with ninja like precision and looking like he was having fun on top of it all. I was instantly intrigued. From that moment, what started off as a hobby, turned into a handful of second shooting gigs and shortly there after, my first year as a wedding photographer began!
Now that you are one of Canada’s top 30 under 30 wedding photographers, what’s next for you?
Growth! A growth in my personal life, my photographic skills, and my business will always be aspects that I know will continue to evolve for the rest of my life. I believe complacency is one of the biggest things that can hinder any type of growth, so I stay hungry, I stay driven and I am always open to learn and make mistakes.
How has attending photography seminars or photo conventions such as the Canada Photo Convention benefited you as a photographer?
Attending photography seminars or photo conventions have been beneficial to me in a sense that it has been able to connect me with my peers and people who I look up to in a positive and healthy environment. As a photographer, I think it is important to attend these events once in a while as it is a beacon of so much information to help develop and grow your business as well as the opportunity to be surrounded by so many like minded people that you can make solid connections and friendships with.
What does it mean to you personally to be a young wedding photographer in Canada?
Every time I book a wedding, it shows me that a client resonates with my style, appreciates my creativity and most of all trusts me as a person. Trust is the foundation of what I think all wedding photographers should have with their clients. This connection is what is most rewarding to me.
Tell us about a pinch-me moment that you had where you just couldn’t believe that this became your life.
Near the beginning of my wedding photography journey, I remember this one moment where I woke up to a Facebook notification of someone sharing one of my blog posts. It was my Mom.
This of course is a big deal since she can barely navigate her way around a cell phone or any other forms of technology! To see her take the time to do that and share my work with a stamp of approval really put what I am doing as a wedding photographer and in life into perspective.
I love what I do, and so does my Mom. She’s my #1 fan.
What’s one thing you would say to another photographer that’s just getting started?
Shoot A LOT! Practice photographing friends, friends of friends, strangers – shoot everything! Once you start to shoot and edit your work, you’ll learn very quickly what works and what doesn’t. Light can be your friend (and enemy), so once you’ve become familiar with it and learn to use it to your advantage, you’ll see your work evolve quickly.
To see more of John’s work, check out his website here.