Home is where the henna is.

I have been a bit quiet lately, I know. After living in the same apartment for 5 years, I unexpectedly had to move. Stability is something that is important to me, especially as a self-supporting artist, so it was a shock to have to move on such short notice. On the bright side, I now have a space almost twice as big, which is sunny, and has views of the Oakland hills. It's a fantastic spot for doing henna with all the natural light. But the truth is, wherever I have henna is home. Sometimes I'm based in a tiny thatched roof palapa in Mexico, and sometimes in my spacious live-work loft, but as long as I'm able to continue creating, I'm happy! Here are a few shots taken by the fabulous MandJPhoto, a dynamic husband-wife photographer team based in Cozumel. 

This was one of my more unusual Indian destination weddings, because it was a South Indian Christian wedding, so the bride didn't want a lot of mehndi, but mehndi was still important enough that she had me go all the way to Mexico to do it for her. Both families were incredibly respectful and polite, I don't think I had a single person say "just a little bit more". How refreshing!

The bride's simple mehndi, glorious colorful sari and precious metals. 

The bride's simple mehndi, glorious colorful sari and precious metals. 

Jewel tones are perfect for a destination wedding. Yummy!

Jewel tones are perfect for a destination wedding. Yummy!

At the mehndi party, I offer designs from my hand-painted design canvases with the latest trends and original patterns. Glitter adds a hit of bling! 

At the mehndi party, I offer designs from my hand-painted design canvases with the latest trends and original patterns. Glitter adds a hit of bling! 

Doing what I love, henna just makes me really happy and I often find myself smiling while working. 

Doing what I love, henna just makes me really happy and I often find myself smiling while working. 

The henna was starting to fade, but still obvious enough to make it into the Trash-the-Dress shoot in one of the Mayan Riviera's crystal clear cenotes! What fun!

The henna was starting to fade, but still obvious enough to make it into the Trash-the-Dress shoot in one of the Mayan Riviera's crystal clear cenotes! What fun!