Be amazed (and feel a little ancient) by Anne Geddes’ latest photo series

Ever wondered what happened to the babies strategically placed in plant holders for Anne Geddes’ iconic newborn photo shoots back in the 90s?

Wonder no more – the legendary Aussie photographer has delighted us all by showcasing what her models from several years ago look like today. This is the next generation of newborn photography – and, like everything Anne Geddes does, we love it!

She’s the world’s most famous baby photographer, known for her stunning shoots where newborns are transformed into natural objects, from flowers to fuzzy animals. Anne has recently gone back in time, to where her photography all began and discovered what her first newborn models are up to now.

 

In keeping with my “last of the summer days” series … a flower a day until we hand the beautiful warm weather over to everyone Down Under … BABY, LOOK AT YOU NOW! Hmmm – look what little water lilies grow in to! I so vividly remember tiny 6 month old Taylor, who was happy to sit in my lily pond way back in 1995 … she even thought the leaves were quite tasty! And look at Taylor today – with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Public Relations and Television to her name. Ok I know I’m probably sounding like a broken record, but my babies are growing up way too fast! From Taylor … “It’s so surreal to think that my photograph was on the tv show ‘Friends’ so many years ago and that the image was so popular around the world! It’s an incredible story to tell people. Thanks so much for picking me to be the water lily baby 21 years ago!” 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, I’d love to hear from you at babylookatyounow@gmail.com. Send a recent photo of yourself and tell me a little about what you’re up to today (by the way there were some other babies at the shoot that day and you’ll see them in future posts) XOAnne #protectnurturelove #annegeddesbaby #babies #flowers #babylookatyounow

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In a beautiful photo series, Baby Look at You Now, which Anne posts on her Instagram page, we discover just what happened to the babies in the teacups, the newborns in the butterfly costumes and the triplets in the plant holders.

 

BABY, LOOK AT YOU NOW! I’m often asked to name some of my favorite images and this would have to be one of them. Taken in 1997, tiny Aimee was just 7 days old. What I love is the absolute simplicity and the delicate detail of Aimee’s brand-new baby hair. She was photographed lying on the lap of my then Studio Manager, Natalie, who happened to have a big wet patch on her jeans underneath the white cloth! Oops sorry “grown up Aimee” – that may have been too much information ๐Ÿ˜—. Fast forward 19 years and here she is today! Besides lots of traveling, Aimee is currently working in New Zealand as a caregiver in a retirement home, which she absolutely loves. She’s studying for a career in nursing and is especially thinking about working in pediatrics. YES! This is exactly what I would be doing if I hadn’t been a photographer! Aimee I hope I’ve played some small part in that career choice and best of luck for your future. I’m very proud of you ๐Ÿ˜. Every week in this ongoing series, I’ll be posting one of my early iconic 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 – I’d love to hear from you at babylookatyounow@gmail.com. Send a favorite recent photo of yourself and tell me a little about what you’re up to today. And an update on a recent post I did of my little “Wet Sparrow” image from 22 years ago – Tyla and her Women’s Rugby Sevens Team won Silver in Rio!!!! XOAnne #protectnurturelove #peace #rio2016 #babylookatyounow

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With every image posted (she does one per week), she shares a memory about the photo shoot, which are clearly dear to her heart, as well as what the models are up to now. She usually also shares a sweet message of encouragement for her once-newborn beauties. 

 

BABIES, LOOK AT YOU NOW! I remember the day 17 years ago when I photographed 3 super tiny identical triplets, Jaclyn, Susanna and Charlee, cradled in the large, craggy and very gentle hands of a gentleman called Jack. Their mother Lisa brought them to the shoot in 3 baby capsules which were all lined up in my studio reception when I went to greet them. Inside were what looked to be 3 sweet little dolls, fast asleep, all wearing identical woolen hats. I don’t generally like to play favorites, but this image is certainly one of mine. I always know an image is going to be magical when my hands start shaking as I’m trying to focus … and it’s no mean feat to get 3 babies asleep at the same time (Lisa would definitely vouch for that). I have video of this shoot stored away somewhere so I’ll try to find it and do a later post for everyone to see. But look at the girls today – 17 years old and 5’10” – the same height as me by the way! This image was taken the night of their school prom/ball. The girls are all signed with a modeling agency in New Zealand and getting quite a bit of work, which is great news. Susanna (left) is also really interested in photography and make-up artistry. I’m very proud of you girls! Every week in this on-going series we’ll be posting one of my early iconic 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 I’d love to hear from you at babylookatyounow@gmail.com – send a recent photo of yourself and tell me a little about what you’re up to today. Oh and by the way, I know you’re going to love next week’s post too! Have a great day everyone! XO Anne #babies #protectnurturelove #babylookatyounow

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Triplets, Jaclyn, Susanna and Charlee (above) were the first in the series. They were photographed 17 years ago and now the stunning threesome are all signed up with a modelling agency in New Zealand.

 

BABIES, LOOK AT YOU NOW! Way back in 1994 I photographed Alesha, Chantelle and Kailee, tiny identical triplets, each sitting in a green bucket. I called the image “Pool Party”. A lot of people probably thought I’d photographed the same baby 3 times! And I couldn’t blame them for thinking that because they also had pretty much identical expressions. Even their mother said sometimes she had trouble telling them apart. They were so sweet sitting there and looking around at each other. Hmmm … they wouldn’t fit in a bucket now that’s for sure! Here are the girls today – beautiful 22 year olds! And I notice they all still have those similar expressions ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜. They have all just completed Commerce degrees at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand (with differing majors – Marketing, HR and Management) and have headed off to Florida to work at Walt Disney World on a Cultural Exchange. Good for you girls and I hope you’re loving your summer experience! Every week in this ongoing series I’ll be posting one of my early iconic 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 – I’d love to hear from you at babylookatyounow@gmail.com. Send a favorite recent photo of yourself and tell me a little about what you’re up to today. XOAnne #protectnurturelove #babylookatyounow #babies #peace

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And you probably remember this famous photo of the triplets in the potted plants (taken back in 1994!). Well now the three beauties (above), who remain as beautiful as ever, have all just graduated university at different schools. 

 

BABY, LOOK AT YOU NOW! Well good grief – my little “Wet Sparrow” has well and truly flown the nest (or the bird bath to be more precise!) I’m sure many of you remember my first coffee table book “Down in the Garden” (around here we just call it DIG) in which this image of little Tyla featured. I remember the day of this shoot very clearly – how cute the chubby little 6 month old looked in her gorgeous costume. 22 years later and here’s Tyla today – and I was thrilled to hear what she’s been up to … plenty it seems! In Tyla’s words “I have recently been named in the first ever Rugby Sevens Team to represent New Zealand at the Olympic Games in Rio – something that I am extremely honored and privileged to be a part of. Not only do I get to compete on the world’s greatest sporting stage, but I get to do so representing myself, my family and my country”. Go Tyla!!!! I can’t wait for the Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games to begin because I’ve met so many incredible athletes from around the world over the past few years and I’m ready to cheer them on! Every week in this ongoing series I’ll be posting one of my early iconic 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 – I’d love to hear from you at babylookatyounow@gmail.com. Send a favorite recent photo of yourself and tell me a little about what you’re up to today XOAnne #babylookatyounow #protectnurturelove #babies #peace

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But perhaps our favourite story in the series so far is the one of Tyla (above), whom Anne met 22 years ago. Tyla was once Anne’s “Wet Sparrow” and featured in her first coffee table book.

And Tyla now? She recently competed in the Rio Olympics for the New Zealand Rugby Sevens team where they were defeated by Australia in the finals (but still went home with Silver). How crazy, right?

 

BABY, LOOK AT YOU NOW! Small is beautiful … well at least that was the case back in 1997, when I photographed tiny newborn Zac for my butterfly series, which appeared in the 1998 calendar. And here’s Zac today, still beautiful (oops sorry Zac – I meant handsome!) but a lot bigger … he’s topped out at 6ft 5 inches! I’m loving this series because I’m constantly amazed to see “my babies” as they are today! From Zac’s mother Audrey … “I remember him being the only 2 week old at the shoot whose outfit was a little short in the legs! Lol. And the arm raised over his head wasn’t staged – he posed all by himself! I also learned the BEST method for getting a baby to sleep!” Well we have a few tried and true methods Audrey – after 30 years I think I have quite a few techniques up my sleeve! Zac now lives in Melbourne, Australia and works front-of-house in the same restaurant where his sister Jaime is an Event Co-ordinator. He’s also done some modeling (his photo credit RPD Models). Many of you will have seen my plush toys over the years, and one was based on Zac’s butterfly image. Audrey told me Zac likes to say he has his own “action figure” which I think is hilarious! Every week in this ongoing series, I’ll be posting one of my early iconic 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 – I’d love to hear from you at babylookatyounow@gmail.com. Send a favorite recent photo of yourself and tell me a little about what you’re up to today XOAnne

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From butterflies and strawberries to models and mums, Anne’s little garden gems have certainly grown up! And the side by side images manage to connect the past and present in a striking and eye-opening way.

 

BABY, LOOK AT YOU NOW! Hi everyone – I don’t know about you, but this week has flown by and now it’s my favorite day of the week again, when we revisit one of my earlier iconic images and show you the babies all grown up! And look who’s featured this week … one of my early flower pot babies, Emma, and she has a little daughter of her own who we think looks exactly like Emma did 21 years ago! Here’s Emma’s message to me … “Hi Anne, I was one of your flower pot babies from “Down in the Garden” and I thought I’d let you know what I’m up to. I’m 21 years old and a very proud mother to my 15 month old daughter Aaliyah, who is trying to help me type this message. I remember that when Aaliyah was a week old, I looked you up to see if it would be possible for you to photograph her! Who knows, maybe one day we will get that opportunity! I currently live in Hamilton (New Zealand) with my partner, daughter and my partner’s parents. My life at the moment is pretty full on as I’m studying for a Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) at The University of Waikato and working part time as a swimming instructor. My grandparents still buy the Anne Geddes calendars that have my strawberry pot image in them. Over the years they’ve collected strawberry pot puzzles and cards too. I hope you enjoy the photos of Aaliyah and I, kind regards, Emma”. Wow – how gorgeous that one of my early babies now has a baby herself! Well done Emma, Aaliyah is too cute! Love to you both, and best of luck with your studies. Every week in this ongoing series, I’ll be posting one of my early iconic 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 – I’d love to hear from you at babylookatyounow@gmail.com. Send a recent photo of yourself and tell me a little about what you’re up to today. XOAnne #protectnurturelove #babies #babylookatyounow #annegeddes #annegeddesbaby

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The series also acts as a stark reminder of just how fleeting time is (and how quickly our little ones grow their wings and fly out of the nest). *Sniff sniff. *

As sad as it is to think about, our own babies will eventually be going off to university, having children of their own or even winning Olympic medals. Anne’s series reminds us that although there’s no way to stop our kids from growing up, photography certainly can preserve those precious memories forever.

 

BABY, LOOK AT YOU NOW! Remember this image from “Down in the Garden”? Cute little “Teapot Molly” will turn 22 next month! And she’s been a very busy girl since I last saw her as a tiny 6 month old, all those years ago. Molly has just completed a BSC in Neuroscience and is now at Melbourne University (Australia) in her first year of Medicine. Her proud mother Rebecca thinks Molly will make a super doctor (I think so too!) because she’s a generous, empathetic and kind-hearted person. Molly’s hobbies include fitness, cooking, singing and traveling – she is forever singing! Well done Molly! Every week in this ongoing series, I’ll be posting one of my early iconic 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 – I’d love to hear from you at babylookatyounow@gmail.com. Send a recent photo of yourself and tell me a little about what you’re up to today XOAnne #protectnurturelove #annegeddesbaby #babylookatyounow

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We look forward to Anne’s weekly photos and hope you’ve enjoyed this incredibly stunning trip down memory lane. Check out our newborn photography archives for even more amazing photo series, from birth and beyond.

Plus, if you ever need to know how NOT to stage a newborn photo shoot, we’ve got the very best in Pinterest newborn photography fails for your viewing pleasure.

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