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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Rawiti's Story - A Rare Genetic Disorder 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

A gentle caesarean by Belle Verdiglione

I was only a teenager when I was advised that whenever I decided to start a family, I'd need to give birth via a caesarean. With the health issues I was having this didn't seem a big deal at the time, but later I'd learn about the feeling of disempowerment by having this choice taken away from me. 

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The AIPP Decathlon by Belle Verdiglione

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.

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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

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.

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