Another in a series of random thoughts about photography. Maybe I am old fashioned but what happened to modesty these days? It used to be that when a woman got pregnant she would wear a nice dress and cover up her baby factory. Now it is all about showing off the belly bump and even more so bringing attention to it by decorating it like a piece of stretched canvas.
Regardless of what people might think when it comes to bringing extra attention to an expanding waistline, photographing this assignment was going to be a unique opportunity.
I met Henna Artist Lernie Beuler at a health fair where she had a booth and was demonstrating her work. Her subject for the “Belly Henna” had not arrived so we spent some time talking and looking over photos of her past work. She had quite a few photos of expectant mothers with her work. Henna painting has been popular throughout the world for ages celebrating transitions in life, why not a pregnancy.
This being a unique experience, I was especially interested in providing a unique set of photos. The setting was in a community center and really not an ideal setting. The way I got around that was to bring in a couple of small flash units to highlight the essential parts of the image.
One light was set-up behind the artist and pointed down on her “canvas” with a grid that helps to define and narrow the light. Another was set off to my left again with a grid to direct the light to the face of the Lernie. I liked the outcome showing off both artist and art without much background.
So there you go. Getting a henna tattoo to show off a pregnancy may not be all that conventional but if it makes a woman happy, especially a woman that is going to go through labor in the near future then by all means paint away.