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I’m pretty sure by now everyone’s caught a glimpse of the beautiful work of Anne Geddes. The world-renowned photographer has perfected the art of infant photography for over 30 years, and has paved the way for so many others who’ve followed in her path.
Geddes first began her career in 1981, by making holiday cards for friends and selling calendars out of the back of her car. But it wasn’t long before her heart-tugging images of sleeping babies — often swaddled in flowers or dressed as fairies — became known around the globe.
To date, her books have been published in over 80 countries and translated into 25 different languages, and her calendars alone have sold millions of copies. Through her charity, the Geddes Philanthropic Trust, she’s even been able to help children all over the world — most recently, with a photo series aimed at raising awareness about the threat of meningococcal disease.
And now, just in time for Mother’s Day, Geddes is back with a brand new book, titled Anne Geddes: Small World — and it’s packed with some of her most iconic maternity and newborn photos from the last 30 years.
Available for pre-order now on Amazon, Small World has over 200 pages of gorgeous photos to flip through — and each one is more breathtaking than the next.
If you can’t wait to get your hands on the book, here’s a sneak peek at some of my personal favorites from the collection. (You can thank me later.)
Bella, 5 weeks | 2001
I love all of Geddes’ dressed-up shots, but something about this one, in all its simplicity, just speaks to me.
Angelina, 3 weeks | 2012
In this image, baby Angelica appears to be propped up by spun sugar. (Look at those toes almost touching her head!)
Asha, 8 months pregnant | 2010
Asha is stunning, plain and simple. Pregnancy looks beautiful on her.
Savanna, 3 weeks | 2003
I love how the dark swaddle and black background make it appear as though Savanna is floating in mid air as she dreams.
Alexandra, 7 months | 1993
Alexandra reminds me of a Gerber Baby. (That belly!)
Jack, holding triplets Charleé B, Susanna, and Jaclyn, 9 weeks | 1999
A father holding his triplets. The contrast of strong, masculine hands, holding three new lives that are just beginning is remarkable.
“123 Pots,” 6-7-month-old babies | 1992
It must take some serious magic to get all these babies to pose just so. Geddes is a photographic wizard.
Corinne holding Alexander, 3 weeks | 2001
Looking at this, I can almost smell that new baby smell …
Jai, 6 months, Sydney, 2012
Baby Jai is clearly having the best time posing as this fuzzy little bumblebee.
Julia, 39 weeks pregnant, and Alisha, 38 weeks pregnant | 2010
These two beauties look angelic.
Savanna, 3 weeks | 2003
Savanna reminds me of a delicate leaf floating on a fall evening.
Clearly, Geddes knows what she’s doing here — and is well-versed in the language of babies. Over three decades of experience has taught her the perfect time to get the perfect shot of every perfect little baby.
In fact, most of the work she does in her studio happens the day before, so everything is set up once the family arrives for a morning photoshoot. Then, Geddes wraps each newborn in a blanket before having Mom or Dad feed them until they fall asleep. After that, Geddes gets to work — fast. Believe it or not, most of her shots only take 10 minutes or so.
Small World will be available for purchase on April 21. (Add it to your Mother’s Day wish list!)More On