Last December I had a really special couple come in to celebrate pregnancy together with henna. When we first start talking about her appointment, this lovely new mama looked online for inspiration and found an image of a woman and husband covered in body paint, with a tree that grew over the mama's belly and over the dad's arm as he held her from behind, with his arm covering her breasts. It was gorgeous how the branches of the tree connected solidly from the mama's belly to the dad's arm and then back to the mama's chest.
I listened to her other ideas for design elements... there were many that we explored! We incorporated a sense of dahlias, tiny baby footprints and the swirling flower element she's seen in my earlier work on my website. Below is some photos that inspired this work, it's from 2012! I remember this mama fondly... she was planning to name her daughter Zinnia and wanted me to cover her belly and chest in zinnias.
I loved how this henna ended up connecting this couple, an artistic representation of their growing bond, their growing family. So wonderful to get to know them and witness their deep love for each other.
They were also pretty creative in the photo session! We went through a bunch of poses ... it's really fun to keep changing colors and trying new ideas.
The couple returned a few days later when the henna was peaking in color and we had another photo shoot. The weather was pretty cold that week so all the photos were taken inside, where it was warm enough for some shots with less silks involved.... photos to remember!
Want to know more? Check out my 2019 Spring Art Update.