The FCCP's Big Weekend! by Belle Verdiglione

Some weekends feel small and others feel big - but a special weekend coming up feels like one of the biggest of my year!! I feel sooo honoured to be included in the Fremantle Centre for Creative Photography’s annual celebration - The Big Event!

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The event celebrates photography of all different categories with eight inspirational speakers across two days of photographic amazingness! It's a great way to get inspired in time for the holidays and develop your photographic skills and knowledge at the same time!


What an absolute thrill to be talking along side these superstars of the photography world - Sarah Adams is sharing the power of stories that she showcases through her amazing portrait photography. Simone Addison suggests ways to capture genuine human interactions - emotion and elation - rather than stiff, posed images. Alex Cearns shares her funny, dynamic and engaging stories of animal photography in Antarctica, the Galapagos and other wild locations. Craig Franke has some stunning tips on all the tiny things in his presentation on macro photography. Shelley Pearson takes us soaring into the world of bird photography and Chris Saunders shares his different view on the world - from the heights of aerial landscape photography. Daniel Wilkins provides us with an insight into photojournalism and the life of a press photographer. Then last, but not least - I’ll share with you my own story of becoming a birth photographer and the sacred opportunities I have as I document new life coming into the world.

Are you interested in coming along? I’d love to see you there!

My journey to becoming a Heartfelt photographer by Belle Verdiglione

Note: this blog post is about stillbirth and infant loss

It was December 2016 when I applied to become a Heartfelt photographer. This is something I had wanted to do for so long. I didn’t know if I could do it though. Did I have something to offer these families? Would I be strong enough? Good enough? I am a big believer in listening to the universe. I trust that the right doors will open at the right time and things happen when they are meant to and my journey to become a Heartfelt photographer was definitely no exception. 

So after 18 months, it is the right time and I will tell you why. 

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A newsletter turned blog post by Belle Verdiglione

SUMMER is almost here!!!! Are you enjoying the flowers blooming and warmer weather...  or do you want all the pollen to go away because of hay fever??

Christmas is only 6 weeks away!!! I have no idea where the time went! But this also means it's COMPETITION TIME and I'll be releasing the info on how to WIN a photo shoot for FREE very soon. So make sure you follow me on Facebook page - {just hit the "like" button} or check out my Instagram feed {yes, go on you need to hit the "follow" button} so you can be full bottle on all the deets....

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The real reason I unfollowed you by Belle Verdiglione

I have taken this day to reflect on my own mental 'healthiness' and see what has been going on for me lately. I have pondered on the challenges that I experience being a photographer and in particular the struggles of social media in this context. Anyone who knows me understands that I have a love/hate relationship with social media. On one hand it has let me connect and engage with a massive audience and collaborate, learn, network, grow and be inspired by other creatives and photographers. It has the potential to influence a wide range of people in a very short amount of time. I have seen this firsthand with photos of mine that are currently going viral at the moment. On the other hand, well, I think it can be destructive. So in my reflection and in support of 10/10, I have decided to share a little bit more of myself...

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The birth of Leilani ~ a maternal assisted caesarean by Belle Verdiglione

With my fourth pregnancy I was undecided about what I wanted to do. I never thought I would book an elective c-section. I was so torn. I desperately wanted a natural, vaginal birth. But the prior miscarriage made me so much more focused on the end result of the baby.”

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My First Family Photography Workshop by Belle Verdiglione

I often get questions from mums, clients and friends about how I capture the photos that I take.

Frances from Perth Postnatal Village and I were talking about this and decided to hold a joint workshop to show mums how to start using their digital cameras on manual and get great shots of their families. It was a really fun morning where we all got to dust off that fancy camera that just sits on your shelf!

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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.”

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A dream comes true by Belle Verdiglione

So there aren't a lot of words that I want to say about this other than I won 2017 Documentary Photographer of the Year for Western Australia at the Epson Photography Awards and it was an absolute dream come true for me. 

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