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.

Held at The Larwell Studio, next to the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne, this event includes guest speakers from within the industry as well as other birth professionals and advocates. It's aimed at all who are interested in birth and photography, from enthusiast to professional level photographers.


Angela Gallo - Doula & Birth Photographer
Belle Verdiglione - Perth Birth & Motherhood Photographer – AIPP APP
Cassie Emmett - Capturing Life Birth Photography – NZIPP APP
Donna Maree Hedgcock - BlackCherry Photography
Rana Rankin - Breathe Birth Photography – AIPP AAIPP
Victoria Berekmeri - Adelaide Birth Photographer AIPP APP M.Photog

Along with our Photography presenters, we are also inviting wonderful representatives from the Midwifery and Doula community, and past Birth Photography Clients who will share their experience and insight.

Our wonderfully knowledgeable and passionate presenters will speak individually and together as the event meanders through some of the dynamic topics birth photographers encounter. Discussing everything from our roles and responsibilities as birth photographers, through to gaining more acceptances within the community for this genre, everyone will be encouraged to get involved and help build the positive profile of Birth Photography.

The Symposium will cover topics including: 

  • The Landscape of Birth in Australia
  • Public Perception of Birth and Photography
  • Etiquette, Role, Rights & Responsibilities
  • Combining your passions as a Birth Worker and Photography
  • Prepping, Planning, Shooting and Editing
  • Value, Pricing and Products – Panel Discussion
  • Balance and Burnout

A percentage of ticket sales will be donated to the Birthing Kit Foundation Australia, to help provide a clean and safe birthing environment for women in developing countries, to reduce the incidence of infant and maternal morbidity and mortality. You can learn more about the project here: