We had so much fun shooting Teresa in her last couple of weeks of pregnancy. She wanted to do a classic beauty shot but she also wanted to try something a little different. She mentioned that she had heard of getting henna on your belly when your around 8 months pregnant. Well, I went on a search and was referred to a wonderful woman, Ravie Kattaura (510-453-4393). Her work was amazing and she was one of the fastest artist I’ve ever seen. I’ve seen Henna done before but never from such a talented artist and never done on a pregnant belly. It was really beautiful and I loved the colors and glitter she added to the design. I also loved how Joe, the dad, was all excited about getting his henna done on his arms. We asked about the blessing and was told that the patterns used are acknowledged to bring health, protection, and luck to the new mother and her child. I just know that we were blessed to be part of it all and to be able to create some beautiful images of their first pregnancy together.
As always this turned out to be a fun and adventurous shoot as Tia and I lugged the bed and headboard out in to the grassy field, caused only a slight traffic jam as everyone was interested in what we were doing, and I didn’t even mention that little case of trespassing. But the field was just to pretty to pass by. Better yet, a client of mine drove by and yelled my name out. I had to laugh that someone even recognized us because it really wasn’t a part of town that I frequented very often. She called later and said I saw someone with furniture in a field taking pictures and thought it had to be Jill Johnson.