Baby Photographer Geddes

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Baby Photographer Geddes

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In her 2007 autobiography Labor of Love, Geddes talked about her difficult early years at their family cattle farm in Queensland, Australia. She dropped out of school at 17 and left home. Later, she met and married Kel, and moved to Hong Kong in 1983 for his work in television. There, at age 25, she taught herself photography using her husband’s 35mm Pentax K1000 camera. By the time the couple returned to Sydney two years later, she had built a small portfolio. She started specializing in baby photography after using photographs of her two daughters for a family Christmas card proved popular.[1]

McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, the humour site of McSweeney’s, published a Short Imagined Monologue called “An Anne Geddes Baby Grows Up”.[12]

Anne Geddes: Small World published by Taschen is out in March 2017

From babies in flower pots or asleep and cradled in the hands of their parents, and sitting in cabbage leaves, the work of few photographers is as recognisable as Anne Geddes’.

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In an episode of Friends, specifically, the eighth episode of the sixth season entitled “The One with Ross’s Teeth”, Joey Tribbiani complains to his roommate Janine about a Geddes photograph she hung on the living room wall. The photograph depicted a baby Joey didn’t dressed as a water lily. After being told that Anne Geddes is a famous artist, he assumes that the baby is Anne Geddes.

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A lot of the images that I see on Instagram are so vacuous. There are some great Instagram feeds and I do my own Instagram and try to make it significant and interesting and personal. I think it’s more important in this day and age for professional photographers to create classic images that last for generations, and to create an image that makes somebody stop and just get goosebumps and look at it and think ‘oh my gosh!’.

I think that’s fantastic that mothers are being honest on social media about parents. These days a lot of women, in this instance because women have to have the babies, it’s quite isolating. Families aren’t necessarily living in the same city or town like they used to generations ago. You don’t have someone like your mother there to come and take the baby and give you advice or say ‘don’t worry, it’s all good this is normal’. 

References[edit] External links[edit] “World’s Most Famous Baby Photographer on the Power of Motherhood”. TIME.  “Inside Anne Geddes’ world of baby photography”. CBS NEWS. 8 May 2014. 

During the progression of her career, Geddes created her own philanthropic program named “Geddes Philanthropic Trust”. Its primary focus was to raise awareness of child abuse and neglect. Her philanthropic program raised many opportunities for not only her community, but also for her business. Her philanthropic work has been very successful. In 2013, she created a series for the survivors of Meningococcal Disease. The photographs depict families and children that have been affected by the disease and honours those who have survived. She shot photographs of 15 child survivors of meningitis for the Protecting Our Tomorrows: Portraits of Meningococcal Disease campaign.[1][6]

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She had always had an interest in photography in general, but the schools she attended did not offer photography classes. She chose babies as her subject because of her love of them. “I had seen the way children and babies were generally being photographed. It just didn’t seem realistic to me that people took their children along to photographic studios all dressed in their Sunday best, photographs that didn’t really show the personality of the child.”[citation needed]

4/24/18 – Today is World Meningitis Day – a chance to highlight the perils of bacterial meningitis, and the urgency in seeking medical care. As a global advocate for children I’m a proud Ambassador for raising awareness of this terrible disease. I’ve photographed survivors from around the world over the past few years and last month in London I photographed a large group of 24 mums (or moms for our USA friends) myself included, with the strong message that the first 24 hour period is critical once symptoms appear. There I am in the middle of the group, holding little 6 month old Ralph (such a cute name!). To learn more about bacterial meningitis and the symptoms to look out for, go to

1/26/18 – We’re excited to announce that a brand new selection of jewelry in Anne’s ‘Protect Nuture Love’ range will be released on Tuesday 30 Jan! 

Geddes believes that “emotional content is an image’s most important element” and that people are drawn to her work because of its simplicity and personality. She prefers black-and-white to colour photography as she feels that colour distracts from the image and the natural beauty of life.[7]

We started a project called Baby Look at You Now on Instagram and Facebook. We posted a photo of the cabbage twins as they are today. We got these two chubby little babies in cabbages and these twins as they are in their 20s dressed in tuxedos at their brother’s wedding. If anyone has been photographed by me and wants to be a part of it they should contact: [email protected]

8/25/17 – The largest retrospective of Anne’s work has been compiled into a beautiful coffee table book by Taschen. Out now!

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Anne GeddesBorn (1956-09-13) 13 September 1956 (age 61)Queensland, AustraliaOccupation Photographer, artist, businesswomanYears active 1981–presentKnown for Infant photographyTitle MNZMWebsite

The Independent spoke to Geddes in the follow-up to the launch of her retrospective book: Anne Geddes: Small World which features some of her most famous and as well as never-before-seen images of babies. 

2/28/18 – Our March wallpaper is available now for download!

10/18/17 – ‘Protect Nurture Love’, Anne’s beautiful new jewelry range is out now! Available exclusively on HSN. 

Anne also lives this message as a Global Advocate for children, working alongside the United Nation’s Foundation, the March of Dimes and campaigning for awareness of meningococcol disease. 

Geddes does not audition babies for use as models because she believes all babies are beautiful. Instead, she keeps in touch with multiple birth and twin clubs and has thousands of photographs on file that parents have sent her. Geddes currently resides in New York with her husband Kel.[8]

Anne Geddes, MNZM (born 13 September 1956) is an Australian-born photographer, currently living and working in New York.

In an episode of The Office Angela Martin and Andrew Bernard use Jan Levinson’s baby (Astrid) in an Anne Geddes style photo shoot, while the two of them are visiting Dunder Mifflin for Jan’s debauched baby shower. Jan finds them in the break room, she is enraged that they are photographing a baby using a flash and, that Astrid is on a table surrounded by vegetables and dressed in cabbage leaves. Anne Geddes name is never mentioned directly, but her style of photography was heavily implied.

Don’t have everything too cluttered – it’s about the essence of the child in my portraiture. Don’t dress them up in their Sunday best. If you have a two-year-old who doesn’t want to wear the same colour socks just let them be themselves to get a sense of their character. Childhood is very fleeting, so photograph them as often as you can. 

9/13/17 – Anne is thrilled to be speaking at this year’s M2Moms conference in New York on October 3&4!

It can be hilarious depending on the age of the child. Now I’m photographing newborns and six-month-olds. Newborns are always sleeping and children who are six to seven months old just sit confidently and can’t crawl. So I’ve narrowed down the target area, but it’s very challenging to specialise in children of all ages and there are some very funny moments. It can be exhausting. There’s nothing you can do with a two year old that’s having a bad day. You have to be a psychologist when photographing little children. Over the years I have learned to deal with kids of any ages. There’s a vast difference between a nine-month-old and 12-month-old and an 18-month-old. You have to be quick on your feet. Children of course have no respect for the fact that you’re a photographer. 

On the June 26, 2017 episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Colbert shows a drawing of Sean Spicer and jokingly showed how Spicer would look as depicted by famous artists, including Geddes.

9/1/17 – Anne Geddes Nursery Room Paint is now available at Mothercare!

Works[edit] Down in the Garden (1996), ISBN 0-7407-3540-3 Children’s collection, Anne Geddes(1996), Cedeo Publishing Company, USA Garden Friends, ISBN 1-55912-342-7,1996 Garden Families Garden Colors Color Faces Dress ups Geddes, Anne (1997).

Anne Geddes Birthdays and Anniversaries: Orchid Babies. Cedco Pub. ISBN 978-1-55912-347-1.  The Twelve Days of Christmas (1997) Until Now (1998), ISBN 0-7407-3541-1 Geddes, Anne (2000). 10 in the Bed.

Andrews McMeel Publishing. ISBN 978-0-7407-1255-5.  Pure (2002), ISBN 0-7407-2641-2 Geddes, Anne (2003). Until Now. Andrews McMeel Publishing. ISBN 978-0-7407-3541-7.  Miracle: A Celebration of New , with Celine Dion, (2004) ISBN 0-7407-4696-0 Geddes, Anne (2005).

Shapes. Andrews McMeel Publishing. ISBN 978-0-7407-5585-9.  Geddes, Anne (2005). Colors. Andrews McMeel Publishing. ISBN 978-0-7407-5583-5.  Geddes, Anne (2007). A Labor of Love: An Autobiography.

Andrews McMeel Publishing. ISBN 978-0-7407-6562-9.  Geddes, Anne (2008). Be Gentle with the Young. Andrews McMeel Publishing. ISBN 978-0-7407-7771-4.  Beginnings (2010) Anne Geddes Little Blessings (2014).

ISBN 1402298188. Popular culture[edit]

Geddes’ books have been published in 83 countries.[1] According to, she has sold more than 18 million books and 13 million calendars.[2] In 1997, Cedco Publishing sold more than 1.8 million calendars and date books bearing Geddes’ photography.[3] Her debut book, Down in the Garden, made it to the New York Times Bestseller List.[4] Her books have been translated into 23 different languages.

Sometimes I feel like saying put the camera down and be in that moment. I sympathise with parents these days because it must be challenging in terms of allowing children access to social media and video games and things like that. But I see little children in strollers being pushed down the street and looking at a screen and playing a game or a TV in the back of cars. How are these children going to develop imaginations? You can’t have a still mind and be creative when you’re bombarded with distractions. It’s going to be interesting to see how that sort of world develops. Children need time to sit quietly and learn to be comfortable with themselves.

11/3/17 – If you missed the launch of Anne’s new jewelry line on HSN last month, you can now catch the premerie on YouTube. 

On how parents should try to capture their children in photographs 

Often it’s simplicity that’s very hard to achieve. That’s what I always strive for: to keep it simple. You can have the most beautiful props and everything is prepared but it doesn’t come alive until the baby is in the image. It’s really important to have a sense of being in touch with the child’s humanity and  I think a lot of people miss that in my work. Nothing has changed since I first picked up a camera and the way I feel about what constitutes a beautiful image. It needs to be honest. 

3/20/18 – Anne is proud to have been awarded a Der Steiger Award in Germany last week. 

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9/22/17 – We’re thrilled to announce the release of a new line of prepaid Visa cards! Now you can carry you favorite Anne Geddes image with you everywhere. 

Humor website The Onion spoofed Geddes’ style with “Anne Geddes Starting to Lose It”.[13]

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One of the world’s most respected photographers, Anne creates images that are iconic, award winning and beloved. Like no photographer before her, her imagery singularly captures the beauty, purity and vulnerability of children embodying her deeply held belief that each and every child must be “protected, nurtured and loved”. 

12/6/17 – ‘Protect Nurture Love’, the new jewelry range by Anne Geddes is now available at Kay Jewelers. 

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Geddes became a photographer at age 30 after she moved to Melbourne due to her husband’s work. She assisted a local photographer before starting her own studio from her garage.[1][5]

11/20/17 – On Friday Anne was inducted into the International Photography Hall of Fame. Anne joined the ranks of some truly iconic artists who were recognized for their unique styles that have broken the norms of the industry. Anne’s family and team couldn’t be more proud. 

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Now available for professional enquiries, special projects and private portraiture. 

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Today there are too many distractions. People are constantly on their phones. What is so important that you can’t walk and look around you? When I do shoots in the studio with my crew I always say ‘no phones’. We have to concentrate on what we’re doing here and be in this moment. Nothing is so urgent that you have to check your phone every two minutes. 

9/13/17 – Tune into Entertainment Tonight today to see an exclusive look at Anne’s recent shoot with Dancing With The Stars Peta and Maksim. 

There’s an image that I shot in 1993 of a premature in baby black and white in some very big hands. She weighed 2.2lbs in that image. In the US one in nine babies are born prematurely. So many parents have approached me to say ‘I had a premature baby and I had that baby on my fridge door or on my child’s crib and I’d stare at it and think ‘if she can survive and there’s hope for my baby’.’ She’s now 23. We stayed in touch with her over the years and she’s now a photographer and artist. I like to think I had something to do with that. 

I was born in 1956 and I lived on a cattle station in the far north of Australia, so I was very much in touch with nature. Pretty much all of the work that I’ve done is in some way connected to nature. I had plenty of time to be silent and to just be outside and think about things, and make up games and just sort of be in my own zone and enjoy my own company. 

On the comedy website called Funny or Die, there was a humorous skit on the adulthood of the babies from her photos.[14]

4/2/18 – Celebrate life and love this Mother’s Day with a beautiful piece from the ‘Protect Nurture Love’ collection. Available now at Kay Jewelers. 

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Anne’s work has been published in over 84 countries and translated to 24 languages, with over 19 million books and 13 million calendars sold. A multiple New York Times bestselling author, Anne’s photography has been treasured and enjoyed by many generations. Anne has also been inducted into the International Photography Hall of Fame. 

In her three-decade-long-career, the Australian photographer who is based in New York has made – a very adorable – stamp on the world of photography by capturing the images of hundreds of children. 

In a skit on The Ronnie Johns Half Hour, Geddes (played by Felicity Ward) helps a Chinese family hide their additional children from one-child policy inspectors, by camouflaging them in conspicuous places, which the inspectors are unable to notice.[citation needed]

In the American Dad! episode “The Census of the Lambs”, Klaus copies Geddes’ photographs in his own photoshoot and gets attacked by an angry version of Geddes.

Keep the background simple, the lighting simple, and don’t use flash because it kills the atmosphere. If you’re outside the light in the early morning or late afternoon light is beautiful. And get down on their level because that’s how children see the world. And finally always try to include yourself in the image as often as you can. A lot of adults say ‘I’m the one taking picture or I don’t want be in photo because I don’t photograph well’. It’s going to be very important for your child when they are an adult to look back and see you when you were young. It will allow them to have opportunity to mock you for your hairstyle and clothing choices. I’m saying this from experience!

A typical sitting takes place in the morning when the babies are well-rested, and lasts about half an hour; otherwise, the babies could get too bored or fussy.[9][10] “You have to be really fast,” Geddes says about getting good shots. She sets up her studio in advance — props, lighting, cameras, and equipment[11] — so that all the baby or babies have to do is sit. Many of her props are custom made, such as oversized shoes and flowerpots.[9] She keeps the babies’ parents nearby for extra assistance with expressions.[10]

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