Maternity Henna – Ashley McNamara – Henna Art – San Diego Photographer

I love nothing more than doing a maternity shoot. There is just something so beautiful about the pregnant body I find it fascinating! So when my friend asked me to come along and document a pregnancy henna session I just couldn’t resist. I had never heard of maternity henna art before and just thought it was the coolest thing ever! For those of you who are not familiar with henna art it is all natural and has been used for thousands of years to adorn the hands and feet of women for weddings and other special occasions. Henna is made from a plant that has staining properties. The plant leaves are powdered and mixed into a paste with essential oils and other natural ingredients.

It took about 21/2 hours but the end result was completely worth it and oh so beautiful! I really cannot think of a more unique way to celebrate a pregnancy. I am only going to share a few photos because I really could just post them all night.

The making of the Henna Belly…




The end result…



  • I have never seen anything like this! Thanks for sharing!

  • I love the two last pictures. So cute the painted belly button pointing out! 🙂

  • Oh these are so cool, I love the one where she’s against the yellow wall.

  • This is a unique and beautiful set.
    My daughter came home from India last summer covered with Henna.
    I can’t wait to show her your wonderful shots!

  • Oh my, that is beautiful! Wish I had heard of that when I was pregnant.

  • so cool. i recently came across your blog and i love these. i want to do this next time i get pregnant! fab idea.

  • Thank you for documenting these my friend. Love you!

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  • Wonderful! As a henna artist myself I always enjoy hennaing baby bellies! It is really a blessing to be a part of such a lovely memento. Good for you for memorializing your friends baby journey!

  • jodie

    wow this is so cool ive watched this women get her one done i love the way theydid it on you.