2019 WINNER 



I will give you a space to just be.
I hope you will be open,
to give me a space too.


Thank you for taking the time to be here.

I would like to acknowledge, for the past 8 years I have had the privilege and opportunity to document weddings and celebrations that primarily take place on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples – Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations. This is the land where my photography operates, benefits and flourishes.

Vancouver is home.

I live in the vibrant Davie Village in Vancouver’s West End, and am a proud member of the LGBTQ2S+ community.

 Love is love, 

and I respect and celebrate all forms of it.

 I’m a big believer in synchronicities and meaningful coincidences.

Life always has its way of bringing people together at the right time and right place, so I am grateful that our paths have crossed! Your wedding day will go by in a blink of an eye, so one of the biggest pieces of advice I can share is that you should aim to be completely present with each other and your loved ones to make the most of your special day.

 Put full trust in me to document the day’s moments. 

Not only is the day about you, I really believe it is about the people around you and the emotions the day carries. It is important to me to capture these emotions genuinely by both being a fly on the wall and immersing myself as a guest. It’s the ugly cries and the deep belly laughs that mean the most to me. 




With gratitude,


(He / Him)


It's super important that you take the time to get to know me and my approach. Please go through each of these links before you get in touch!




When it comes to the words that come from my couples and industry friends, I always make room for them! And oh wow, am I ever grateful for it!

Here are a handful of real meaningful words, left by real meaningful people. 



"Wow, we looked through the photos over the weekend and all we can say is "thank you" and "wow" over and over again.

 Your ability to be seemingly omnipresent and capture the moments that really made our wedding so special was clearly seen in all the photos. 

We can't count how many times we said to ourselves, "I'm so glad John was the guy to do this" and "we need to see John again!" during our photo-viewing session! There is really something very unique and special in the way you can capture the moments that will resonate in the hearts of others, and we're just happy that there is someone like you out there acting as that source of joy for so many fortunate people. Thank you again, John, for simply being you. You provided us with the gifts and talents that make your work so special on our wedding day, and for that, we're truly grateful."



We found John on Instagram and really liked his style of photography: warm, candid, natural. He was the only photographer we consulted; we hired him right away as he immediately felt like a good fit. He kindly made himself available as a resource and happily answered any questions we had. The photography package included an engagement shoot, and John took the time to tailor the location to our personalities and interests, which meant a stop at an ice cream shop in Gastown. It was so much fun, and the photos were perfect!

During the wedding rehearsal, he suggested my husband and I walk in together.

The combination of John's experience, attention to detail, and his high emotional intelligence resulted in the perfect entrance. It felt symbolic of our journey and who we are as a couple: companions, partners, teammates.

We received our previews the day after the wedding and were overwhelmed by a rush of feelings all over again.

 Thank you, John, for making us feel comfortable enough to be vulnerable in front of the camera. 

You are a kind soul with an amazing gift, and we are so fortunate we got to work with you.


When John Bello was recommended to me by my wedding planner, I was super excited, because I had already been following him on Instagram. I quickly submitted an inquiry on his website and was ecstatic to hear that he was available on my wedding weekend. Upon our initial meeting, I knew I wanted John to be our photographer right away and cancelled all meetings with other photographers. As Covid-19 hit and plans had to be changed, John was on top of re-scheduling, as needed.

During our engagement photoshoot, we had so much fun, despite the fact that my husband and I are camera shy. John gave us tons of direction and we couldn't stop laughing the entire time. We also learned that he's a Pokemon fan, which is a huge bonus!

Our wedding day was also a blast with John. He was super easy going and professional, even when I played a prank on my husband.

I've been looking at the photos non stop since receiving them and I actually cried, because they're so breathtaking and allowed me to relive the whole day.  

The whole day was such a blur, but the way John captures photos made me feel as though I was actually there again, especially the candid shots. John is so ridiculously talented, yet just as humble. We've already sent some photos to our family and friends and they're just as impressed with his art as we are.

We can't wait to see him again in 2021 for a (hopefully) large reception party! John, can you photograph all of my life's moments please?

Catherine + Ellice

I am so glad I found John to be our wedding photographer at the very last minute. We planned our marriage ceremony within a week, was debating whether we needed a photographer to document it for us, and I am so glad we did. And so happy it was John!

He was very professional, he was creative and he made us feel at ease taking photos.

He made sure we had lots of photos taken within our timeframe and with as many different scenes as possible. John is very understanding and had great communication with us before, during, and after our photoshoot. I got back a ton of photos and they were beautiful!

Yao + Justin

John Bello Photographer stands out amongst all the talented wedding photo teams out there.

When it came time to selecting 2 photographers for our Elope with Us company, John Bello was the photographer that came to mind and we’re so happy he agreed to be part of our team.

It has been a true pleasure working along side him.

Kind, passionate, detailed, respectful are just a few of the positive words we use to describe John Bello of John Bello Photographer.

 Thank you for always going ABOVE & BEYOND always for our couples!  



We have worked with John Bello for years and can not say enough good things about him and his work. As a professional, John is detailed, passionate, caring and meticulous with his work. 

As a person, he is kind and thoughtful and the most wonderful person to work beside. 

I can not say enough good things about John and feel lucky to be able to work with him.


John photographed our wedding in September 2017. He was personable, respectful and talented from start to finish.

 We felt special and cared for in every interaction. His talent speaks for itself – absolutely breathtaking photos that make me want to run out and do it all over again! 

It rained on our day and he wasn’t fussed at all and he took extra care to make sure we were comfortable. Highly recommend and would book you again in a heartbeat. Thank you John!


John Bello photographed our wedding this past summer on Gambier Island. It was an absolute pleasure working with him. Prior to our wedding day, we did a session with him which really helped us get comfortable in front of the camera. John is a true professional.

 You can see that he really cares about his craft and really know his stuff. His easy going, calm and accommodating nature was exactly the type of energy and support we appreciated on our wedding day. He captured all the heartfelt moments without us even noticing him doing it.  

The photographs are all incredible, we’ve had a really hard time choosing our favourite. We would highly recommend John to anyone!



5 stars without a question. Not just for amazing photos, but for also being an amazing human being. We don't live in Vancouver so we had the task of finding a photographer that could sense who we were without meeting us in person. Through constant communication and many questions, John made that "human connection". He helped us find that perfect spot on the ocean.. it was quiet and intimate and we never would have found it on our own. It poured rain the night before yet out of nowhere we received his confident text telling us that the weather was going to hold out the next day...and he was right! That simple text reminded us that we mattered.

Our special day mattered to him. His photography captured our story, full of love, surprise, laughter, tenderness and happy tears and took our hearts into his hands and with remarkable ability.

 John captured our deepest most vulnerable moments that forever will allow us to relive that very special day. 

John, you are a special person...keep sharing your talent...we will never find the words to show our gratitude. Again, we thank you.



John experienced the lovely challenges of photographing our wedding ceremony in the middle of a Typhoon!!!

There were many exciting and unexpected challenges on the day given the venue and the weather and John was fantastic.

 He was able to navigate through the challenges at the venue and he captured every moment perfectly!  

We are grateful he was there to photograph such an important day of our lives. Thanks John

Toni & Davide


We hired John for our wedding ceremony and reception. John was the first photographer we met with, and everyone we interviewed after him seemed sub-par.

 We love John - he's an amazing human being and an equally great photographer.

 He truly made us feel like he cared about our day and what we wanted in terms of memories. We were looking for real candid shots - photos that told a story and captured a moment.

We are extremely happy with our pictures, and even more happy that we've found a friend in John. Thanks John - we look forward to working with you again.

Ajay + Jeetesh

"The ones of me and papa are definitely being framed. Everyone we have shown the pictures to feels the same way about the ones he is in. Again, thank you thank you thank you!!

 Any chance I get to tell someone about you, I do. 

Next up, my brother!

Love you!!"


 Over the couple years, John Bello has not only become one of my favourite photographers, but also one of my favourite humans 

He is fun, kind and a beacon of positivity. You can't help but want to be around him all the time. In terms of his work, it's simply amazing. John Bello is everywhere at an event, he doesn't miss a thing! He captures every important moment stunningly and is always looking for cool angles to shoot from - even if it means climbing up a tree to achieve! I would never be able to find the words to articulate how amazing John actually is. He is just the best!!


 One of best wedding photographers in the city with a stellar reputation... 

I've worked with John many times over the years - he's super chill, clients love him & he delivers amazing award-winning pics!!


 John's smile says everything. He is calm, professional, and thoughtful. We felt at ease immediately.  

We only wanted candid’s for our wedding: Unique, real photos of ourselves, family and friends. John's photos tell a story of our day. It shows a day filled with love and a whole lot of laughter. He can definitely capture details and moments that you want to remember.

Someone with this much talent should not be as humble as John is. Dealing with him was a breeze and we would recommend him in a heartbeat.

We can’t say enough good things about our experience with him.

Thank you John.


John exceeded all of our expectations. Not only with the photos, but with the experience itself. He delivered all the photos that wanted, plus so much more.

He made our special day something we will never forget, and we are so grateful that he was our wedding photographer. Highly recommend!" 


We had the pleasure of working with John Bello for our wedding and we were thrilled with the results. John has a talent for putting everyone at ease, working swiftly, and getting great results.

 He invested time up front to understand us, our community and our story. 

All through the process, from the first conversation over Skype, John put us at ease and engage in an authentic way. Plus his phots are incredible!



John exceeded all of our expectations. Not only with the photos, but with the experience itself. He delivered all the photos that wanted, plus so much more.

He made our special day something we will never forget, and we are so grateful that he was our wedding photographer. Highly recommend!" 



John shot our wedding a couple months ago and we could not be happier with the photos! He hustled hard to get a huge variety of shots from first looks to candids at the reception.

 He has a great eye for the little moments - to be honest I don’t even know how he was able to capture so many special/hilarious/awesome moments in one day.  

John fit right in to our celebration as well, adding serious positive vibes and handling all the family shots with ease. He’s also great at giving instructions to you and your co-posees (is that a word??) on where to look, hand placement etc so if you’re on the awkward side like me, don’t fear. I wholeheartedly recommend John to anyone who wants to capture a special day or just get some special shots. Thank you so much John!!


I appreciate your diversity
and admire the courage
it takes to

be unapologetically you.

documentary style wedding photography and natural portraiture.

I want to show the world that

love is love.