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....

Awards, recognition and happiness.....gosh where do I begin?

I was a finalist in the inaugural Australian College of Midwives Birth Photography Awards and had two photos exhibited at their conference and awards night in Adelaide. Unfortunately I wasn't able to be there on the night but I watched the live streaming and couldn't believe that I WON the pregnancy category! Thank you so much to Laura Robertson who accepted the award on my behalf. Click HERE to view the announcements.

 My Birth and Pregnancy photos exhibited at the awards. Photo credit: Laura Robertson

My Birth and Pregnancy photos exhibited at the awards. Photo credit: Laura Robertson

So many amazing photographs in the competition and a massive congrats to Jane McCrae for winning the whole competition - her work is breathtaking. I also want to thank my clients who are pictured in the birth and pregnancy photos. I am honoured to be able to share these images. Thank you!

 WINNER in the ACM birth photography awards  "A neuro-divergent boy listens to his baby sister in utero"

WINNER in the ACM birth photography awards "A neuro-divergent boy listens to his baby sister in utero"

The mum in the pregnancy photo has written a few words about this image, 

"I love this image so much! There is something so magical about it.

Jack was filled with so much excitement and anticipation to meet his new brother or sister back when this photo was taken. (Although he did very openly declare his desire to have a little sister!) And he has been such an amazing big brother to little Joni from the moment she was born - nurturing, protective, playful and loving" - Paula

How gorgeous is that?! Thanks Paula x


So excited to say that I had two photos in this years Fremantle International Portrait Prize (FiPP)- and I just found out my birth photo was voted RUNNER UP for the People's Choice Award - it makes me so happy to see breastfeeding and birth photographs exhibited on the walls of the Moore's Gallery.

Thank you to all the volunteers who donated their time to organise FiPP, the sponsors and congrats to all the finalists and winners. And of course, a big thank you to my special families xxx

 'Faith' - FINALIST in the FiPP Awards

'Faith' - FINALIST in the FiPP Awards

 'Noah' - FINALIST in the FiPP Awards and RUNNER UP People's Choice Awards

'Noah' - FINALIST in the FiPP Awards and RUNNER UP People's Choice Awards

As part of the FiPP exhibition and in conjunction with the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers AIPP, I was invited to chat about my images chosen for the FiPP at a breakfast held in the gallery space. It was a little nerve-wracking talking in front of people especially when they are all amazing photographers! But it was super fun being able to chat about what I'm most passionate about - BIRTH!

 Chatting about my FiPP photos. Photo credit: Dale Neill (Chief Steward of FiPP)

Chatting about my FiPP photos. Photo credit: Dale Neill (Chief Steward of FiPP)

 Helen Newnham and I rockin the gallery space for FiPP. Photo credit: Dale Neill (Chief Steward of FiPP)

Helen Newnham and I rockin the gallery space for FiPP. Photo credit: Dale Neill (Chief Steward of FiPP)


In other news, I'm so stoked to announce that I WON Documentary Photographer of the Year with the AIPP State Awards this year! I cannot believe it's taken me this long to tell you and of course this was on my bucket list so of course I was over the moon to achieve this. The finalists Adam and Johannes are good mates of mine and incredible artists so the feeling of taking out this title was just surreal. You can check out the 4 winning images HERE.

Well I think I've babbled on enough already, so if you reached the end of this newsletter turned blog post, WELL DONE! And remember to keep checking my Facebook and Instagram pages for my competition.

 "Love is Love" - Me and my youngest fan Augie at FiPP

"Love is Love" - Me and my youngest fan Augie at FiPP

It's almost the silly season so remember to be kind to yourself and to others

Love Belle xxx