Yesterday, I got together with two other pregnant ladies to have our bellies painted…a “labor day” celebration of sorts. Casey Stout of Soul Spot is a body artist who wanted to get her hands on more pregnant bellies. Somehow, we lucky 3 girls got referred to her so we all got together for some belly painting, food sharing, play dating…with our toddlers…and just good ol’ fashioned girl time. It was just what this girl in her 21st week of her 3rd pregnancy needed. So why should you do it? I’ll tell you and show you.
When Casey first called me, the date was just one more thing I was fitting in to my busy schedule; however, as the day drew near, I was really starting to look forward to it. It was more than just getting a picture drawn on my bump. It was a way to really PAY ATTENTION to this pregnancy. See, your first baby is so new and exciting and most women track every single day, read about the progress of their babies, and just really feel the experience. Now that I’m on number three, I have 2 other children to take care of, a business to run, a house to tend to and a myriad of other obligations. As a result, I’ve had to sort of push this away until my work slows down, school starts, yadda, yadda. But this baby needs attention too.
Casey really works with you to find symbols/images/colors/designs that are meaningful to you, and she executes those ideas in a really beautiful way. It makes you sit back and really consider your growing child, the snapshot of your family-to-be, your desires and wishes for your little one, and how you as a woman and a mother are processing the entire experience. This journey has been a more fluid one for me full of differing emotions, and yesterday was probably one of the most intense (hormonally) that I’ve had in 3 gestations. It gave me an opportunity to talk about it all. And it was a lovely, peaceful process (thanks, in part, to Lauryn’s husband, Jordy, who watched my little Harper so I could participate more fully.) I absolutely loved it, and am SO happy I did it.
The ensuing photo shoot afterwards had us three laughing, standing in a gorgeous Idaho field at sunset, and just having fun together. You know I’m always a fan of a good photo shoot! So here are some photos: of the process and the final product. Of course, the photos with me in them were taken by Casey or Jordy. Thank you, Casey for such a connecting experience that allowed this baby to get the attention he/she deserves!
Here is a little summary of our designs:
Mine is a variety of words written in arabic…Mother, Love, Peace, Joy, Happiness, Family…drawn from my Lebanese roots. The words spiral around like the Maori Koru (a necklace I have from some time spent in New Zealand.) “Koru is the Maori word for “bight” or “loop” and refers to new shoots of the silver fern. The spiral shaped koru design is derived from this unfolding silver fern frond. The circular movment towards an inner coil refers to ‘going back to the beginning’. The unfurling frond itself is symbolic for new life, hope, perfection, rebirth, a new start, awakening, personal growth, purity, nurturing, a new phase (in life), the spirit of rejuvenation, and peace.” Yes, just what I need right now.
Morgane’s imagery is a mix of two: the scorpion for her little Scorpio with the element of water added within the legs and tail, as well as the 7 chakras. The gold glitter represents the sand the scorpion journeys across.
Lauryn’s design is the Libra sun, since her little one is sure to be a Libra. It also resembles a sunflower, and is bright and lovely….just like Lauryn! And for those of you who have been following Lauryn’s maternity series, you’ll see her weekly post soon because of course yesterday was a perfect time for that!
A lot of women want maternity photos done, but often get stuck coming up with ideas. This is a great way to jazz up a typical maternity shoot with something personal and striking. (And I now offer a MINI maternity session as part of my pacakges.) As another option, Casey also offers to take photos as part of her services.
For more information, visit Casey’s Facebook page. I highly recommend this experience, and done in a group it’s even more fun! She’s also available for wedding henna art, kids’ parties, girls’ night out, bachelorette parties, special events, and more! Casey plans to do more Labor Day events in the future. Not to mention, this can be a really special, unique gift for a baby shower too!
The artist and her work: