My Speciality is honoring motherhood with Henna Tattoos. I love to adorn pregnant and breastfeeding women with henna then make beautiful photos for them. I live in Lafayette, CO and travel the front range from Colorado Springs, Denver and as far North as Fort Collins to find my living works or art. I am also the creative director of Artfull Mother magazine - a local magazine devoted to the interests of mothers and the art that empowers them!
This summer I opened a new project all about honoring femininity through body art. I am really excited about it! Melina was a delight to adorn. A lotus themed henna design flowed out over her breasts and belly. We met again when her henna was peaking in color for some sunrise photos. It was the perfect temperature outside! Beautiful!
I am booking appointments for this kind of henna all summer, so if you are interested, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Allison, an Arvada mama, requested a family of elephants and a mandala as part of her henna design. I had fun creating this body art for her! Everyone stains differently, as you can see.
She brought her whole family back for photos and we ended up going to some beautiful open space in Boulder and enjoyed the gorgeous spring weather. Here's a behind the scenes shot showing me tying on a new color. Such a beautiful family!
It took over 2 hours to create this intricate & thick henna design on Mia's pregnant belly & breasts. We started with an idea for a lotus flower blooming and the design went from there, over her breasts and shoulder, down her arm, all the way to her fingertip. The photos below show the dark color henna paste gets as it dries. The paste is removed before bed time and it leaves a natural stain that takes 2 to 3 days to fully develop in color.
Mia returned with her family for peak color henna photos, and we began in the studio. I love how the orange silk brings out her orange in her hair... Her little boy was so sweet! What an adorable smile!
Here's some behind the scenes images (above) to show a little bit about how my husband Rob and I work together as photographers. We both love taking photos! I will often help to pose mama & child, Rob finds the scenery to shoot with and lights the photograph. It is such a joy to get to work with my husband, it means that we laugh a lot during these photo shoots. The 3 year old boy was running all over the yard, playfully chasing one of our "wild" bunnies... so cute.
I love their smiles is this photo - mother and son are just glowing. This is also a really great example of how henna stains different parts of the skin in different ways. The hands have the thickest skin, so they always stain the darkest. Henna is a natural dye that slowly sinks into your layers of skin, and the hands can simply absorb & hold more color. You can see how the natural henna tattoo gets lighter in color as it goes up her arm. Henna is a really special medium to work with, and I enjoy making my own henna paste will all natural ingredients: essential oil, lemon juice, sugar, and of course, powdered henna leaves.
I had a wonderful time doing this window painting in downtown Louisville, Colorado. Eleanor and Hobbs carries well crafted clothing for men & women and has such a wonderful feel. I enjoyed getting to know the owner, Tracy, and loved coming to the open house.
This design took about 3 hours to do and is a fusion of my henna style and modern art. I incorporated a few birds in with the flowers. The white makes it pop!
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One of the things I'm most grateful for are our daughters - Aleah (32), Laurel (17) and Ella (14). 12 years ago they came bubbling into the room I was in with a ring and asked, Would you be our Momma? Rob walked in right after with his own proposal. It was one of the happiest days of my life! Last month marked 11 years of marriage and I'm thankful that as time passes our love for each other deepens. Our oldest has married and moved away, so this photo is with just our youngest daughters.
When I read about pregnancy traditions and how they honor a woman as she rises in status to mother, I felt empowered to acknowledge my rise into Motherhood with body art. Each year on Mother's Day I adorn myself with henna and think about my intentions to grow as a mother this year. My design started with my index finger and a little lotus - a reminder to surrender to the flow, the life in service to family. A bonding symbol reminds me of my deep connection with my husband Rob, and how we are stronger together. From there, the design flows out as a flowery doodle, a type of zentangle meditation. For those of you who enjoy(ed) doodling, check out the Zentangle Movement online. I found their ideas to be inspiring and love blending them into my henna work as well as my own doodles.
My art has lead me on a journey of a lifetime, and I'm so happy about the magazine that Rob and I have created - Artfull Mother. It's a place to share art, poems, and stories of motherhood. A resource for local mamas! Read or download for free at ArtfullMother.com Buy print copies here.
Is this the last summer that your baby might be nursing? If so, it's time to capture this special time in your life before it passes! I have been adorning and photographing breastfeeding moms for many years now and I really have a LOVE of this deep bond between a mother and her child. A session begins with a solo henna appointment, with mom relaxing in a comfy chair in my Lafayette, Colorado studio. Henna application takes 2 to 3 hours and can include any design elements that have meaning to you! This lovely mama included hearts (especially the concept of a heart within a heart), two owls, and moon, sun and stars.
She returned a couple days later when her henna tattoo was peaking in color with her young daughter, just 3 years old, and we began with some fun dress up in the studio. These sessions go beyond just nursing photos, we also do mother-daughter photos as well as just photographing her daughter. Doesn't she look like a little goddess in that dress!? I have so many fun little silky things that will fit any size person.
Then we headed outside to a path by a local stream. What a gorgeous location! Now that it's nearly summer it feels so WARM and these sessions are such a delight. My amazing husband Rob comes along to help light these outdoor scenes and make the little ones laugh. Truly, he keeps the mood light.
We'll set up and capture a wide variety of shots from every angel! Each Breastfeeding Body Art Session includes 20 finished photos in your private gallery, 10 of which you may download as high resolution print-ready images. I will also print out a book with all 20 images included. It's a keepsake that you'll love to page through, especially after you are done nursing.
Contact me to set up an appointment this spring/summer! SKB@SarahKateButterworth.com
Girls love body art! Throughout my 13+ years as a henna artist, I have painted hundreds of young women for all kinds of reasons, including birthday parties, coming of age, and graduation to name a few.
Sometimes I come to their home and paint them & their friends, sometimes they come to my studio for a more quiet, personal experience. Body art is a wonderful way to honor the rite of passage that a young woman is going through. I have been invited to many ceremonies to honor this rite, doing henna inside a teepee in the forest, in a lodge filled with girls and a lovely woman leading the event with songs, as well as in a warm cozy living room with the fire blazing and mom and daughter laughing and chatting while I adorn them both. I have driven deep into the mountains and all over the Denver area for events like this, they are such a delight to behold.
I have painted my own daughters many, many times and love photographing them in henna as the color peaks (after 2 or 3 days). I've adorned grandmother, mother and daughter for Generational Henna, which was a blast!
Recently I had a mom I'd adorned for pregnancy ask me to give her daughter special birthday henna to celebrate turning 12. Nina spent 90 minutes sitting in my special henna chair and we created this design (below) based on her interests.
She returned a few days later and we photographed her glowing in henna. Just beautiful! It is a real treat for young women to experience this and have the photos as a keep sake.