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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Melbourne - The Birth Photography Symposium by Belle Verdiglione

I’m so excited to share the news with you that this coming October I will be a part of the very first Birth Photography Symposium in Melbourne! This is an amazing event where budding and experienced photographers from around Australia and New Zealand will come together to learn, discuss and create a plan to bring more light to their ever growing genre of birth photography.

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