Anne Geddes Shares “Then and Now” Photos of the Babies She Photographed Back in the 90’s
Even if you haven’t heard of photographer Anne Geddes, you are sure to have seen her work before. She’s known for taking the most adorable photos of tiny babies perched on flower pots or dressed as bees, back when posing babies in elaborate photo shoots wasn’t really a thing. You could say she was the pioneer of the modern newborn photography that we see so often today.
Her beautiful images were mass-produced in the 1990s, appearing on gift cards, calendars and published in a series of books.
Now, the iconic baby photographer is sharing images of “her babies” all grown up, alongside the original images that she took back in the 90’s. And they have made us fall in love with her work all over again.
BABY, LOOK AT YOU NOW! Here’s another blast from the past – way back in those frantic days of shooting for greeting cards – and look what one of my little Easter bunnies has grown in to – a handsome 23 year old! From Helen (Danyon’s mother) “Danyon was a baby Easter bunny in 1994. His bunny suit was too small and he burst out of it. Now he is 23 and 6’4″! Still photogenic! At secondary school he played football and was keeper for several years as well as the Captain of the first eleven. In his final year he was Head Boy. He is currently doing his Masters in Public Health at the University of Auckland. He also rows competitively for Auckland Rowing Club. When not doing these things he is conquering the ancient world or at the beach. He loves cats and has been known to rescue stray kittens”. Spoken like a true mum Helen! You must be super proud. Oh and Danyon – now all your friends will know you were the sweet little bunny all those years ago ☺️. I’m regularly posting new images for this series so if you were one of “my” early babies and you’d like to take part just contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org – send a fav recent pic of yourself and tell me what you’re up to these days – I love hearing from you all 😍 XOAnne #protectnurturelove #annegeddesbaby #smallworld #annegeddespaint #babylookatyounow
BABY, LOOK AT YOU NOW! Way back in 1994 sweet little 2 week old Erin became a “Toadstool Fairy” for my first coffee table book “Down in the Garden”. And here’s Erin today – 22 years old and enjoying life in Wellington, New Zealand. With a strong passion for environmental issues, Erin took part in a Sir Peter Blake Leadership Course and at 17 was invited to be a youth delegate for New Zealand at the Rio+20 Sustainability Conference in Brazil. She went on to complete an Environmental Science and Biology Degree with The University of Auckland! Way to go Erin – I too am passionate about nature and environmental issues – in fact everyone should be! Nature has been my inspiration since the beginning of my 30 year career – have you noticed that Mother Nature never gets her colors wrong? Everybody seems to be loving my posts from this series and I’ve loved hearing from some of my “early babies” – if you were in one of my images and you’d like to take part – write to me at email@example.com and tell me what you’re up to these days – don’t forget to attach a recent fav photo of yourself. By the way, Erin’s full image is in my new @taschen book “Small World” XOAnne #protectnurturelove #annegeddesbaby #smallworld #babylookatyounow
… and I thought I’d repost this image of the girls as they are today – so beautiful! But oh dear all my babies are growing up way too fast … sigh! This is from my BABY, LOOK AT YOU NOW SERIES. You can read about what the girls are up to today further down my feed XOAnne #protectnurturelove #annegeddesbaby #smallworld #taschen #triplets
BABY, LOOK AT YOU NOW! Who remembers The Potting Shed from my first book “Down in the Garden”? Tiny 6 month old Ashleigh was a cute little teddy bear in one of the pots, which by the way were all hand painted by local art students in New Zealand. Here’s Ashleigh today, an author in her own right – who’s working on her third book and also has her own book review website called The Literature Hub. Ashleigh has a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Creative Writing and works part time as the Education Coordinator for Papakura Museum in NZ. Well done Ashleigh – I’m proud of you! But yikes! All my babies are growing up way too fast 😳! I’ll be posting more updates on some of my early babies so if you were in one of my images and you’d like to take part, send a fav photo of yourself and tell me a little about what you’ve been up to at firstname.lastname@example.org XOAnne #babylookatyounow #protectnurturelove #annegeddesbaby #downinthegarden
BABY, LOOK AT YOU NOW! Remember this sweet little pansy baby from my first book “Down in the Garden”? Well here’s Gracie today – 22 years old, with a passion for the arts. For the past 7 years she has performed on “The Revolution Tour” based out of her church in New Zealand. For 2 weeks each year they visit and perform at schools throughout the country with an anti bullying campaign and a goal to spread hope to victims. From Gracie … “It’s such a privilege to have been given an opportunity to influence and give hope to so many young people. To build relationships with them year after year and see how they’ve grown is so special, and so inspiring! I’m passionate about my generation and the generation to come, and love to do every little bit I can – especially when it’s so much fun!” Well done to you Gracie! I share your passion! And if you were one of the babies in my early images I’d love to hear from you as well – send a recent photo and tell me your story at email@example.com XOAnne #protectnurturelove #annegeddesbaby #babylookatyounow
BABIES, LOOK AT YOU NOW! Back in 1993 when I photographed 7 month old twins Alexandra & Myles, I described them as the very essence of what I love about babies – those wonderful rolls and fabulous tummies! Look at the twins today – well travelled 24 year olds. Alex has a Bachelor of Communications degree majoring in Public Relations and Media, and Myles is a builder! They are both living in their home town in New Zealand. It was wonderful to hear how well you’re both doing and hi to your mum Jenni! Every week in this ongoing series I’ll be showing some of my early babies as they are today, so if you were one of those babies and you like to take part, I’d love to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org. Send a recent photo and tell me a little about what you’ve been up to! XOAnne #protectnurturelove #annegeddesbaby #babylookatyounow
Wow! Happy 23rd birthday to beautiful Maneesha, who I photographed in 1993 in a NICU Unit in Auckland, New Zealand. At the time of the shoot Maneesha weighed 2.2lb (just under 1kg) – she was born at 28 weeks gestation (weighing 680g/a little under 1.5lb). Maneesha you should be so proud of everything you’ve achieved and know that you’ve been such a symbol of inspiration and hope to so many families of preterm babies 😍 OK I need to say it! You’ve come a long way baby! With much love XOAnne & Kel #protectnurturelove #annegeddesbaby #marchofdimes #nicu
BABY, LOOK AT YOU NOW! On the left is Christopher at 7 months back in 1995 … and look at him today, 22 years old and at University studying Law, Information Systems & Marketing. I remember at the shoot there were 5 babies and Christopher was the only boy. The girls were more or less happy to pose in the vase but Christopher was simply rocking that hat! Every week in this ongoing series I’ll be posting one of my early images with news of what the babies are doing today – so if you were one of those babies and you’d like to take part, email me at email@example.com. Attach a recent photo of yourself and tell me what you’ve been up to! XOAnne #protectnurturelove #annegeddesbaby #babies #babylookatyounow
BABY, LOOK AT YOU NOW! Remember this image of tiny 5 day old Georgia, which was on the cover of my book Until Now? I shot this in February 1997 with Tony holding Georgia in his beautiful hands. Here’s Georgia today! She’s an early childhood teacher and loves looking after the babies 😍 She has some choices to make for next year – either a teaching degree to be a primary school teacher or working in one of the many great wineries in the South Island of New Zealand. She’s young, free and single! Good for you Georgia! Every week in this ongoing series I’ll be posting one of my early iconic images with news of what the babies are up to today. So if you were one of those babies and you’d like to take part I’d love to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org. Send a recent photo of yourself and tell me a little about what you’ve been up to XOAnne #protectnurturelove #annegeddesbaby #babylookatyounow
Ok I remember the day we shot this image way back in 1995 – the studio was overflowing with beautiful peonies and the image became known as the “Peony Angel”. I especially loved Danielle’s little plump tummy and the way she thought a peony petal to be especially tasty ! 21 years on and BABY, LOOK AT YOU NOW! Danielle is currently in her last semester studying at the University of Auckland doing a Bachelor of Health Sciences majoring in Population Health. She’s passionate about traveling and helping people, and wants to pursue a career in the health sector, striving to improve the health of individuals, groups and populations. So obviously my little peony angel is going to make a difference in our world … I’m very proud of you Danielle 😍. Each week in this ongoing series I’ll be posting one of my early images, with news of what the babies are doing today, so if you were one of those babies and you’d like to take part, email me at email@example.com. Attach a recent photo of yourself and tell me a little about what you’re up to today XOAnne #babylookatyounow #protectnurturelove #annegeddesbaby
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