Henna Maternity Sessions – St. Louis Maternity Photographer

After much searching and a few trial runs I am so excited to announce that Four Fireflies Photography has teamed up with Henna Tattoo St. Louis to offer maternity henna sessions!

Henna is applied to the belly in the comfort of my St. Louis studio and the photo shoot takes place right after.



Maternity Belly Henna Frequently Asked Questions

What is henna?

Henna, also commonly referred to as mehndi, is a paste prepared from a plant and used to dye
skin, hair, nails, and fabrics in different regions such as the Arabian Peninsula, Indian
subcontinet, North Africa and more.

Where do the sessions take place?

Henna application takes place in the comfort of my St. Louis studio with the photo shoot immediately following application.


How long does the session last?

Expect to spend one and a half to two hours at the studio.

How does henna work?

Henna paste is applied to the skin using a cone or bottle to create designs. Once the paste
dries, the henna will harden and crack – often flaking off. Once the henna has fallen off the skin
or is removed, a stain on the skin in its place will be visible. Pictures will be taken while the paste is still on.

How long does henna stay on?

Henna typically lasts anywhere from a week to two weeks depending on multiple factors such
as: how long the paste was left on, a person’s natural body temperature (warmer bodies show
more color), or how often that area of skin is washed or rubbed.

What should I wear to the session?

Please arrive to the studio wearing something comfortable and easy to change out of for the application. For the photo shoot, any clothing that allows you to expose your belly is great but a black or white bra and pantie set, long flowy skirt and bandeau bras all work great! I also have a few outfits in the studio you can use.


Is this natural henna?

We ONLY use natural henna. You can tell natural henna based on the color and texture once
applied. Natural henna is green in color, dries and hardens above the skin (doesn’t sink in to
skin), and leaves an orange, reddish, or brown stain. With increase in popularity, there is also an increase in henna-like products such as jagua, or black henna, which may contain unlisted dyes and chemicals to produce a black color, instead of the natural red or brownish color. People with a glucose-6-phosphate dehyrogenase deficiency (G6PD deficiency) should avoid applying any henna on their hair, skin, or nails or they may suffer from allergic reactions.