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Pregnancy Celebration ~ Henna Pampering

Henna, Photos and a Keepsake Book! 

  • Henna Adornment
  • –  1 & 1/2 hours of Henna Pampering = pure relaxation
  • –  I use extra fine, organic henna, an essential oil (eucalyptus): pure, safe and natural
  • –  We collaborate to create the perfect, personalized design, special, for you
  • The Photo Session
  • –  Perfectly lit studio photos, as soon as your henna is dry
  • –  Outdoor Photos same day or 3 days after your appointment (When henna's darkest)
  • –  2nd Photo Shoot Outside, either Same day OR 3 days after your Henna appointment
  • –  Select some outfits from my wardrobe of wrap skirts and colored silks
  • –  Bring your favorite clothes too...
  • –  Discreet topless in the studio and in nature
  • Your Keepsake Book and High Rez Photo Files
  • –  Your own beautiful high-quality (softcover), photo book - a true keepsake
  • –  The 20 best images, from the book in your website account to select your favorites
  • –  Choose 10 of high-resolution files in your account to download and print as you wish
  • –  Photos can include your family or make it all about you!

 In 2008 I began my pregnancy art project, inspired by henna traditions practiced by women during the 8th month as well as postpartum in the rural regions in India. I had read about these traditions in Catherine Cartwright Jones's book, The Functions of Childbirth and Postpartum Henna Traditions

After celebrating their pregnancy with henna, I offered to come to women's homes in the first month after birth and create our own version of the postpartum ritual, often hennaing their hand(s) and arm(s) while their baby was asleep in their lap. I would return to photograph these new mothers in their home and after a couple years of doing this, I asked if I could also photograph them while they nursed their baby. The first mama to really get into this and have me come to her home several times was Kala (in 2010), her photos are above. 

I continued photographing breastfeeding mamas after applying postpartum henna. Women loved it! It was only a matter of time before someone asked me to do a new kind of postpartum henna, what I would start calling breastfeeding henna. Verna (above on right) was one of my first models for this new kind of art. 

Breastfeeding is such a beautiful, natural act to witness. It fills me with appreciation for motherhood, especially the mother I'm photographing. I love honoring this phase in life. Here are some images of this type of work done in 2018. 

Below are a couple example of this art that I've done in 2019:

I was so excited to share this kind of art with the world that our first issue of Artfull Mother magazine focused on Breastfeeding! See more back issues here, they are all free to read.

Want to know more? Check out my 2019 Spring Art Update. 

Posted by   SarahKate

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