In loving memory of

our little twin Angel ~ 24 September 2010


our beautiful baby girl,

Ava May Akhurst ~ 7th May 2015



 A note from Nicole

“For me, Motherhood has been a colourful dance between joyous birth and heartbreaking loss.

Sadly I have also known the deep heartbreak that comes with the loss of a baby.

It was an experience that has led me to feel the deepest of sorrow.

As I moved through the grief and loss after early miscarriage and Ava’s passing, I felt something awaken within me.

I did not expect that anything good could come from such intense pain yet it has happened this way.

I now have a deeper sense of connection to my life purpose.

I feel inspired to use my photography to be of service to others who experience the loss of a baby or a child, and bring light where there is darkness.

I want to help other families who have experienced this most indescribable loss and that is why I have created Healing Heart.

Understanding the power in healing through the photographic expression of creativity,

I am hopeful that the Healing Hearts sessions will create memories for you to connect, celebrate, honour their place in your life

and also provide you with a tangible keepsake for you to treasure.”


Connect through our Healing Heart sessions!


Our lifestyle healing heart photography sessions are a safe place of comfort, honour and love.

Our Healing Heart sessions were created as a healing gateway to wholeheartedly embrace the angel in your life by acknowledgment, celebration and honour for being who they are; your CHILD; a part of YOU and your FAMILY

Our photo sessions are designed around your specific heart desires to capture the sacred rituals and meaningful ways in which you connect with your baby, as a parent and as a family. Your baby’s story is unique and it is my honour to be with you in this vulnerable place of sadness and love and in a compassionate way, bring to life the tangible photographic experience in which you honour them in your life.

I live my everyday with this same knowing and feel that with this heartbreaking gift, I am able to be present with you in the way you can feel safe and respected during our time together.

I am also proudly a Heartfelt Volunteer Photographer in the Illawarra region, servicing the Wollongong Public & Wollongong Private Hospitals who need our support. What is Heartfelt? Heartfelt is a volunteer organisation of professional photographers from all over Australia and New Zealand dedicated to giving the gift of photographic memories to families who have experienced stillbirths, premature births or have children with serious and terminal illnesses.

The demand is high and resources are always needed, this is why Heartfelt is our chosen charity to support every time you book a Healing Heart session with Hush Photography. In your baby’s honour, I will be donating $65 from every Healing Heart session. Whilst you connect as a family, so to does your gift help another. Your donation will enable one family to have the most priceless tangible memory in photographs of their child gone too soon and we truly thank you!

Are you a professional photographer in the area and are wanting to make a difference in life that makes such an amazing impact for grieving families, please get in touch and we can chat! I am happy to support you as you learn and grow with the Heartfelt family.

If this kind of sadness has touched your life it would be an honour to be of service to you in this way, please send me a note at nicole@hushphotography.com.au.



The following session was made with love

“In Memory & Honour of Baby Jordan”



bereavement sessions

Information & Support Links

Katrina Cavanough – Therapy Counselling, Wollongong

Sands – Miscarriage, Stillbirth and Newborn Death Support

Sids & Kids NSW – Corrimal Community Centre Support Group

Pillars of Strength – Support for Dads