MY OWN FAMILY PHOTO SHOOT by Belle Verdiglione

I'm going to start off with a negative. I don't like my wedding photos. They're just not "us". That was 11 years ago when Etsy was only 10 months young and Pinterest wasn't even conceived. We had the most incredible wedding and very true to us however our photos didn't capture our personalities the way I would have hoped. Of course, I'm happy to have them, but I did long to have some new ones that I could plaster all over the walls of our home.

So I enlisted the very cool Adam Levi Browne to make some magic happen!

Adam is a Perth wedding and portraiture photographer who I look up to. I've known him for a while now and he's always been approachable and easy to chat to. His work is insane. I knew that I wanted him to do our family photos and my instincts were right. He was the perfect photographer for us. 

If you want to see more photos from our shoot, check out our awesome photographic slideshow here

I had a little insight into what my families must feel when they receive their little package from moi and I have to say I was super excited to receive our beautiful presentation box - how amazing is this? {excuse the iPhone photos}  

Cheers Adam, we absolutely adore our images and can't thank you enough! Belle x

Meet An incredible family and their newborn baby who cannot have breast milk by Belle Verdiglione

I met Lola & Dylan when Rawiti was 11 days old for his lifestyle newborn photo session. As new parents, they were completely smitten with their little bundle. Lola explained that they had just come home from hospital as Rawiti had been very unwell. Rawiti was suffering from galactosemia, an uncommon genetic condition which meant that he was unable to have breast milk - it was the first time I had heard about the condition. I asked Lola if she could share a little insight into Rawiti's condition to help educate others.

Thank you Lola & Dylan for sharing your special story! I think you are an amazing family!

Lola feeding Rawiti soy formula as he is not able to have breastmilk

Lola feeding Rawiti soy formula as he is not able to have breastmilk

"4 days after Rawiti was born he was diagnosed with galactosemia and was admitted to neonatal ICU. Galactosemia is a  rare genetic condition which affects the body's ability to break down galactose (a sugar found in all milk including breastmilk) into glucose. I was heartbroken when they told me I would no longer be able to breastfeed and had no choice as this was damaging his body.

 

After getting treatment for jaundice, liver damage and blood clotting issues as well as changing to soy formula, he was on the mend and we were able to go back home. Long term he will be dairy free which is completely manageable and we are just happy he is a healthy and thriving baby now" - Lola, mum to Rawiti

Find out more about galactosemia click here 

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My lifestyle newborn photo sessions are usually captured in the comfort of your own home within the first 2 weeks of baby being born. Click here for more information, Belle x

IAPBP IMAGE OF THE YEAR Competition 2017: An honourable mention! by Belle Verdiglione

I recently entered a photo titled "Gentle Caesarean Birth" into the 2017 competition of the International Association of Professioanl Birth Photographers. It's kind of like the Oscars for birth photographers (and yes a big thing in our world).

Guess What?!

I was one of the few to be awarded an honourable mention! My heart is bursting with pride & gratitude right now!!!

"Gentle Caesarean Birth" The very first photo taken of this little boy, granted an honourable mention! Shared with permission from his incredible family. 

"Gentle Caesarean Birth"
The very first photo taken of this little boy, granted an honourable mention! Shared with permission from his incredible family. 

The story behind this photo is powerful and so moving. The incredible mama has shared some of her birth story with us:

"I wanted to feel like I was giving birth, not having surgery.

This meant I watched our baby’s head being delivered. Our obstetrician agreed to deliver our baby’s head, then stand back so our baby could start to breathe on it’s own...  I can’t even begin to describe what I felt watching our baby lie on my stomach, seemingly asleep! It was the most beautiful, raw, magical and amazing experience I could have ever imagined. And Belle captured it perfectly.

Birth, in itself, is such a raw, honest and emotional journey and I am filled with gratitude that I was finally able to bring a baby earth-side in a way that felt completely ‘right’ for me. My wish for the future is that other women are able to have positive birth experiences, no matter which way their baby enters our world."

There were so many incredible entries this year - 0ver 600 worldwide! It is inspiring to see such good work being done in Professional Birth Photography.  

It's AMAZING to receive this Honourable Mention, especially when all the entries were so mind blowing. It also means Ricki Lake knows my name!

Sending a special and heartfelt THANK YOU to my amazing family, who let me share their son's first picture - it was one of my favourite moments to witness.

As this is the most exciting birth photography competition on a global scale, the media has celebrated with us, have a look:

BabyCenter, Babyology, Capital Bay News, Cosmopolitan, Daily Mail UK, Georgia Newsday,  Good HousekeepingHuffington Post, MogaznewsEmNatural Parent Magazine and News 7 Paper


Congratulations to the 1st Place Winner Jaydene Freund of  Cradled Creations Birth Photography with this stunning image

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You can view all of the category winners, honorable mentions and entries here  

The AIPP Decathlon by Belle Verdiglione

I recently talked at the AIPP WA Decathlon 2017 about the importance of birth photography! 

For those who don't know, the AIPP are a governing body for photographers and their aim is to champion the profession of photography.

iPhone photo (of course!) taken by an AIPP member

iPhone photo (of course!) taken by an AIPP member

Their 2017 Decathlon event had 10 "champions of photography" speaking for 10 minutes about their chosen genre. I was one of the first ever birth photographers to speak at this event! 

I loved being a representative for birth photography and feel so excited and honoured to be able to talk to a room full of my colleagues.

It was SO incredibly confronting talking to a room full of professional photographers and I had to take a lot of deep breaths to get up there.  But in the end my 10 minutes flew by and I felt like my feet had wings as I walked off the stage.

 Afterwards I had a few congratulations from my fellow photographers and even one from the AIPP National President Vittorio Natoli who told me how much my passion for this genre shone through and if only he was needing my services!!! It was a bit of a celebrity moment for me, I don't even think I answered him back, I was too tongue tied!!!

 

xx Belle


If you're interested in hearing more, have a look through the list of AIPP Events in WA

 

 

PROJECT ONE HEART by Belle Verdiglione

I see so much wrong with the world today and it breaks my heart. I don't want to be another person whinging about the chaos & inequality that I see & hear about. No, I can't ever understand what it may be like to walk a mile in someone else's shoes, BUT....I CAN do something. I can take photos. I can make art. I can use my skills to (hopefully) make a difference. I want to make a difference, to foster an environment of love and joy and connection.

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The real spirit of Christmas by Belle Verdiglione

perth-birth-photographer-belle-verdiglione-$25 Christmas Mini's

I don't think I have ever offered Christmas mini's. I actually rarely offer specials or discounts of any kind. This year is different. I have decided to reach out and offer some photos sessions at a ridiculous price. This isn't to drum up business or make any money*. It is merely to offer those who may not be able to afford a professional photo session the opportunity to have some beautiful family photos.

If you know of anyone who has had a challenging year or is on an income that can't stretch to include professional photos, then this offer is for them. 

Tag someone you love who deserves a session or share it privately with them. 

There are only 10 spots available and not everyone who applies will be eligible for a spot

If you are nominating someone who deserves this, please enter by sending me an EMAIL using your details and then add your friend's name and story in the "Message" section x

If you are entering for yourself, please enter your details in the form below.

There are no catches or hidden costs. You will spend 15 mins laughing with me in the glorious Hyde Park on Saturday 17th December. Your photos will uploaded online and you can share them with your friends and family. 

This can be for a babywearing, breastfeeding, maternity or family shoot. 

I really want these sessions to go to people who would LOVE this. Those in need. Those who simply cannot afford professional photos.

If you have any questions, please ask me - Belle x belle@belleverdiglionephotography.com.au

*the money is going towards an exciting project that I am not able to share (yet)

Enter your details below to be in the running!!

Will complete the spots by 1st December so plenty of time to enter via computer ~ and because I will want to give everyone a spot - I will have one of my beautiful assistants help me decide ~

FINALIST in the 2016 Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize by Belle Verdiglione

"After a peaceful home birth, a neurodivergent family gathers around to celebrate the birth of Fable"

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Soooooooo honoured that my photo was chosen for one of the most prestigious photographic awards in Australia

Photo credit Johannes Reinhart winner of 2016 MCCP

Photo credit Johannes Reinhart winner of 2016 MCCP