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!
I love that I get to do this kind of art work all year round! Michaela asked for a snowflakes and a rainbow, and snow peaked mountains and poinsettias ended up in the design too. Of course, right after I painted this it started snowing! When Michaela came for sunrise photos it had slowed down to flurries, but still! Snow! We parked at our favorite trail head in Boulder and walked for just a minute to get to this location, and once the lighting was right we had this gorgeous mama take off her coat for a moment for photos. Even though it's cold (16F) I love how we were able to capture these images, to celebrate this winter pregnancy in the snow.
I first met Jennifer in 2011 when I adorned her for her first pregnancy, with a swirly tree and fox. Postaprtum photos happened a few months later in 2012 with her sweet baby girl and a more traditional henna design.
For this pregnancy, she described a vision of a rainbow and waterfall, with a mermaid if I could fit it in. This was a really unique design idea! I had a lot of fun with it.
Jennifer returned with her daughter and we went outside for photos. It was still relatively warm out for fall, and I love how we captured her beautiful blooming belly with all these huge trees ~
And of course some inside too, where her sweet little girl would be a warmer. Can you tell she brought along her mermaid costume? So cute....
About a month after her son was born I came by to visit and adorn Jennifer with postpartum henna. What a beautiful way to honor this major transition! Rob and I came back after a couple of days when the henna was peaking in color and got these beautiful shots ~ adorable!
This mama sat in a special throne with her female friends & family gathered around her. A beautiful flower crown was placed on her head while the women shared their blessings. Gorgeous henna art included lots of baby turtles following mama turtle to the sea. What a great way to honor pregnancy and a woman's rise in status to mother!
It's always a neat experience to see a mama for both her pregnancies and hear how much has changed in her life! Jacie came to me for her 1st pregnancy in 2013 with a request for a tropical frog design, and then again in 2015 for a flower of life doodle design.
Here I am painting on the flower of life - just gorgeous! I snapped a few of Jacie in the studio before she went home to let the henna paste sit on her belly (this takes 4 to 6 hours). She returned a few days later on a cold fall day for some photos in the studio & outdoors. I love how you can see these photos where you can see the whole landscape, and know what season we're in.
I was so excited when Jacie sent her birth announcement! Another little girl! I drove out to her home in Loveland for both the henna adornment and photos - I don't like new mamas to have to drive! The photos came out great, I'm so happy for Jacie and her family.
Growing up my parents enjoyed photography as a hobby, and we had a shelf of family albums I loved to thumb through. I don't remember when I was first invited to use the camera, but I do remember using it as a 9 year old to photograph my beloved Cabbage Patch Dolls. I would pose them, taking time to set it up just so, which was quite a balancing act. I enjoyed doing this! My father in particular really encouraged me in this area. Here is is humoring me that my doll is real and climbing the vine... I feel so grateful for all the love and encouragement I received as a child for my artistic ambitions.
I had quite an active imagination as a kid, in part because I was the youngest with my brother being 10 years older - which left me playing with myself a lot. I had imaginary friends and I was really into fantasy play with dolls, puppets and manikins. My Dad gave me my first cameara as a teenager and I loved creating albums of my own. The photograhic journey had begun....
Stacey has come for several henna sessions and it's always a pleasure to she her and hear the amazing stories she always has. She met her beloved while snowboarding and now her baby girl is learning snowboarding so they can do it as a family! Amazing. Each of her henna designs has incorporated hearts and the infinity sign, this henna also includes lots of pretty flowers and swirls.
I first met Amy in 2008 to celebrate her pregnancy, where she requested paisleys and an OM. When I look back at this henna belly from 7 years ago I am amazed at how far I've come since then!
Here's the henna I did for her baby shower in Louisville this fall (below). Of course, another OM, along with a butterfly and bee. This belly has a rainbow as this is Amy's rainbow baby (which was born recently and is doing great!). The other belly pictured here is of her daughter, who wanted a flower around her belly button with a butterfly on one side and a humming bird on the other. It's so very sweet to paint BOTH the mother and daughter in celebration of this new life on the way.
Amy and her family returned to my studio in Boulder just a few short days later, to capture the henna when it was peaking in color. Beautiful!