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Through my indescribable heartbreak of loss, trauma and deep deep grief, I found a light I wasn’t expecting. A tiny little spark lit within the darkness. It was calling me, from the depths of me, a pathway almost. “Shine this light for others” it said, even if just through the simple act of reaching out. Provide a sacred space for healing, listening, acknowledging and honouring all the little hearts that have stopped beating.

I know this pain well, its in my veins. It is a part of me, but it does not define who I am. Grief is complicated and sporadical and impulsive and its become a friend to me. It has also opened up many doors to friendships and bereaved parents and families whom walk the same path as me and for their presence I am grateful. Their open their arms thrown far and wide, they draw me in with a kindness I have never known in this darkness. This makes me feel a lightness that I have a passion to offer and extend to others, in the expression of a community who need this like I have.

It has been 2.5yrs since I held my baby girl Ava, and I miss her every moment of every day. Id like to welcome any who know of this heartbreak to join me over at my Facebook page Healing Heart by Hush Photography or on Instagram @healing_hearts__for support and comfort so you don’t have to walk this journey alone.

With trust and amazing talent Netra from Netra Chetty, it was an honour to bring this vision to life. Netra has delicately hand drawn the profile of my little Ava, wrapped us together in this broken-open heart. A tribute and symbol to all the mothers and fathers who have known the heartbreak of loss. It is such an honour to share with you her artwork creation and a sentimental part of Hush Photography, our new logo for our Healing Heart Sessions.

 

“Whilst we hold our children in our broken hearts, may they always feel the love we send to them through our words, our actions and within our soul. We are still connected, no matter the time nor space that divides us for love always conquers all.” – Nicole x

 

 

 

Celebration was certainly in the air. Adorning faces and open arms. Unicorns and cupcakes and balloons a plenty. Facepainting, birthday songs and speeches touched the heart. Milestone records to celebrate all the big things achieved all within that first year, and a reminder for her years to follow. There is nothing quite like the feeling of reaching that first year milestone and I have had the pleasure of capturing 3 first birthdays this month alone!

With that approaching date, reflection of how precious the time is, how much was achieved and the pure miracle of a child born, Elle’s first year was a warm and loving feeling. Elle, divinely guided to become a part of this beautiful family who’s arms were longing to hold their child. Not always is the road so smooth but the joy and appreciation in the bundle that she is, is overflowing.

Walking into the amazing set up for Elle’s First Birthday was most breathtaking and Im struggling to find the words to truly do this justice so I will let these images speak for themselves. You will find all these talented businesses on Instagram and online at your fingertips to add that touch of magic to your special occasion and you can find the links below!

Oh Elle, it was a pleasure to photograph your memorable day! You are such a darling! Happy Birthday!

SUPPLIER CREDIT

It’s Homebaked – Cupcakes, Deserts

Duck Duck Goose – Food/Antipasto bar

 Owl & Pussycat Event Designs – Stylist/Florist

Fairy Fantasty Parties – Fairy, Balloon & Facepainting Artist

Go Hire Wollongong – Marquee, tables, chairs

ElsyaandGrace – Framed Personalised Board

Cakeatelier – Unicorn Cake Creator

 


Meet today’s Birthday Boy! Zhivan

How quickly the weeks fall together as that first year comes to a close. Reflection on the beauty of what has filled that year and yet also a bit of nostalgia on how far your little one has changed since those sleepy all day cuddle days. The most beautiful transition into family that you can imagine yet you really can’t prepare yourself fully. Falling in love with your little person who captivates your very soul when seeing them for the first time, nothing quite comes close.

Then the days start going a little faster. You find yourself mostly stumbling along through sleepless nights, questioning yourself how you made it through that day or celebrating the victory of the ease when it happens (if it finds lucky you). Its that magic recipe of  big heartfelt smiles and joyful laughter that erases all days that may have found to be a little challenging. After all, aren’t we all just learning?

No matter the chaos, there is always time for stillness. Just a breath, a moment to pause. Breath them in. Snuggle a little closer and be present. I love that the experience of a session also provides this magical connection together, creating of memories that are forever captured for you to relive. Such a precious gift for Zhivan today.

This little handsome man, the one who stole the hearts of his mum and dad was such a delight to photograph today. What a beautiful day to celebrate and capture this beautiful morning.

I was so excited to meet this kind, friendly and warm family, the owners of Ariel’s Coffee in Warrawong…Check out their Facebook here and be sure to grab a lovely treat while your in the area. Tell Daniel I sent you! You may even get a little glimpse of this little star helping daddy in the cafe, his smile will no doubt add a little sunshine to your day as it has mine today.

Happiest Birthday Zhivan, I hope that these images of our time together will allow you to share these with family and friends near and far to celebrate this day with you.

xx

 

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  • Erfaneh

    Oh my god Zhivan you are the loveliest nephew ever! Happy birthday to you and to your lovely parents. Being your aunt feels magical. These pictures are just awesome! By the way, that beautiful mom is my sister:****

I could not wait to share another favourite family lifestyle session that I have been able to have the honour of photographing. When being asked to photograph two talented, connected and artistic individuals, Kelly & Dan with their girls, Satori & Ruby, I was instantly beside myself in excitement. It was such a fun, colourful, lighthearted, engaging and happy adventure and so heartwarming to have the chance to see them again. Ruby was only a week old the last time we met, my how time goes quickly.

This family session was filled to the brim with the delights of all these amazing fun-filled things;

Laughter. Icecream. Emotive connections. Gift giving. Book reading. Guitar playing and practice. Daddy & daughter jam session. One on one moments of togetherness. Family snuggles and a sleepy baby.

Who say’s a photo session needs to be all about posing and looking at the camera….There is SO much joy and real authentic emotion and connection when doing the things you love to do with the ones you love. A little planning ahead of time to create the moments that are held dear in your heart is the only inspiration you need. We connect by discussing these details ahead of time so that we can get the most out of being in the moment on the day and leave the rest up to ME!!! 🙂

Let me take you on their journey!

Artistic Shout Out! 

Venetia’s Porch

If you love lazy sunday afternoons with the family, love free live tunes of acoustic music from a really awesome guy, you can find Dan and his band “Venetia’s Porch” at Corrimal Leagues Club on the 25th June 2017 @ 2pm – 6pm.  You can also follow him on Facebook Venetia’s Porch His tunes are worth seeing and setting some time aside for relaxation.

Dreams & Seams

Kelly has the eye for detail. Styling her home from the heart, your probably wondering where on earth can I get myself some of these beautiful handmade wall hangings to add a creative touch to your favourite rooms. Kelly (awesome, talented, creative beautiful mum above) is ALSO part owner of this gorgeous handmade, home decor business called “Dreams & Seams”. She is a natural born artist, weaving her magic with her business partner Sian, creating masterpieces with macrome. You’ll find them having a ball together, creating timeless pieces for you to enjoy and having fun doing it. When all that joy is filled into the purchase you make, I am certain you feel it. You will find Kelly & Sian at Killalea State Park & Bulli Farmers Markets, around the Illawarra and also online here: Dreams & Seams  You can see samples in the images below. Im in love with the personalised coloured dreamcatchers above the girls beds and her white whimsical dreamer in the main bedroom. Seriously more amazing in person, but a sneak peek here that I have just got to share more of!

” Thank you Kelly & Dan from the bottom of my heart for having me photograph another milestone in your lives.

Being in front of the camera suits you Kelly and my soul is happy it has been blessed to hear the music

that is your family! “

x

 

 

 

Baby Leo’s Journey Earthside

Meeting this beautiful family was a blessing. There was a buzzing joy that overcome me when turning up to their cozy, lived in, warm and inviting home. Although we hadn’t met, their presence felt familiar as our communication has started well before the session, as I love to do. It was so lovely to get to know them before that day with the excitement pending the arrival of our session. The day was finally here and with open hearts, chosen props personal to them, we got creating and documenting this amazing milestones in their lives. It is an indescribable feeling witnessing a family who is welcoming a new little love into their hearts and homes. The miracle of having bringing that little one home and making little girls big sisters and arms full and busy.

Stevie had a vision of a beautiful milk bath to celebrate this little one. This was a beautiful time to be still, connect with her little one and breathe. We were able to chat candidly, laugh, share stories about motherhood and talk about the journey ahead of the birth she had hoped for (which she received !! ). There is nothing quite like creating moments within the session that hold their own sacredness.

Just as we had discussed and hoped, little Leo was born on the 6th May, the same number day as their anniversary and big sisters birthday. It was a special day and as naturally and as empowering as she had hoped for Stevie brought this beautiful little man into the world and into loving arms.

His big sister is tickled pink and what a dream to capture this moment, in their home where Hazel felt safe and relaxed to be herself and dote on her brother. He was more than smothered this day and I have no doubt, he is still being loved on as much as that first day.

“I am so honoured to have been able to witness and capture the love of your family Stevie & Lawson and to meet your sweet children in this new chapter in your lives. Thank you!” 

Here are a few favourites from their session I’d love to share with you

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