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 beautiful Aurora mama came to my studio in Boulder for some breastfeeding body art! It takes about 2 hours to apply this much henna, another few hours to set before the henna paste is removed. Undearneath is a gorgeous all natural henna stain! Tonya's henna design is full of flowers with 2 butterflies for her twins. She returned a few days later with her sweet twins (boy/girl) and we photographed her outside. I love how this all came out!
Tracy drove from Louisville to my home studio to be adorned with henna. She requested a mandala design and asked to incorporate 2 stars for personal reasons... I was touched to hear her story of motherhood. Here I am painting her belly, wearing henna myself - my birthday henna. Tracy returned a few days later for sunrise photos, thankfully it was a slightly warm summer morning. I love how the mountains are lit up during this time of day. Tracy you are glowing!
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!
It was great to see Morgan again! I met her in 2010 to celebrate her first pregnancy with her daughter, and again with her 2nd pregnancy with twins this year. Instead of postpartum henna (which is hard to do with twins!) she skipped ahead to breastfeeding henna when the girls were a few months older. For her henna design this beautful mama chose 3 birds. I love how they are each carring an offering! The photo session took place a few days later when the henna was peaking in color, and we started in the studio with lots of pink. I think it's so beautiful, this mama with her 3 amazing daughters, all in pink and purple... It melted my heart to see the bond of love between this mother and her daughters. It was a gorgeous summer day for photos, I love the sun sparkling off the water while she nurses and dear ones. So many blessings on this family ~
I am grateful to be the Creative Director for the magazine Artfull Mother! This issue ~ Fall 2015 ~ is the the Postpartum edition:
In this issue we explore the postpartum time of motherhood, it's what we have all been waiting for, meeting your new! In this Issue we explore Postpartum with beautiful photos of women pregnant and then, as mamas with their brand new babies! We also have a must read interview with The moma'hood's Katie Wise, in her 1 woman effort to remove some of the sigma from Postpartum Depression, in part by candidly discusses her own 'bout, after the birth of her first child, what she did the second time around and how well it worked for her.
We also have some AMAZING guest artists including Amy Haderer, a Denver artist & doula, shares some of her artwork from her latest project, The Mandala Journey. We have a nice birth story and photos from, Monet Nicole, who we are hoping to see lots more of around Artfull Mother's pages. Lets not forget Boulder's own, we have a nice Q & A session with Tarah DeVries Beyer, from a Dimple in Time, brings us some of her extra fine Momma & baby photos.
In the Fall issue of Artfull Mother there are more than 14 beautiful pregnantmothers (to be), brand new mama's with their new babies and women breastfeeding their dear ones!.
Laura drove from Thornton, Colorado for her breasfeeding session this summer, and requested a henna design that incorporated a fairy, paisleys and water. I love how it came out! Rob photographed me as I was painting Laura, and you can see some henna on my hand and arm (this is my birthday henna!). After adorning her, she let the all natural henna paste sit on her skin for a few hours before she rubbed it off. We met 2 days later, when the henna tattoo was peaking in color. We started in the studio and then went outside - it was a perfect summer day... I love the reflection of the sky in the water.... and Laura is just beautiful as she nurses her baby boy.
Liz contacted me after she gave birth to let me know she wanted to schedule some postpartum henna. I was so happy to hear her birth had gone well, and that her extended family had supported her with meals & cleaning. Her sweet newborn slept quietly beside her while I adorned her arm and hands with roses and butterflies. Rob and I returned a few days later to photograph her with her sons, some inside her home, some in her front yard. It was a beautiful warm summer day, and Liz is glowing. I especially love big brother gazing over mama's shoulder at his new little brother. So much love overflowing here... was a privilege it is to visit mamas postpartum and witness this deep bond of love.