I am always struck at how powerful the rite of passage is into motherhood ~ this sweet mama-to-be is surrounded by her friends and family who hold her with such love & offer blessings ~ I love witnessing blessingways! This gathering was actually in my neighborhood in NE Boulder, with warm enough weather for us all to be outside. The lady of honor had a special soft red armchair under a tree with her baby's name strung in beautiful flags above her. As we discussed the design, there was a desire to represent the members as the family as an elephant & dragon, with this new being blossoming into existance as a lotus flower under moon & stars. After painting the mama-to-be, I knelt before each of her guests and offered a small henna design to commemorate this ritual. There were over 20 women gathered and it was a joy to meet each one and adorn her with the same henna paste we'd just blessed the belly with. Mama-to-be returned a few days later for sunset photos ~ just gorgeous!