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Class Introduction

Lesson 1 from: Inside the Studio

Anne Geddes

Class Introduction

Lesson 1 from: Inside the Studio

Anne Geddes

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1. Class Introduction

Lesson Info

Class Introduction

Hi, everyone, I'm in kitty's here, a creative live in seattle for my very first live shoot I've been photographing for thirty years this is the first time I've ever done anything live and you know what? It's a great thing for me, I'm a little bit nervous, but for years and years and years, people have been asking me a ll the same questions, you know that which I would ask of off engage what's it like in the studio when you're shooting, have you found the babies? How do you put the baby to sleep? Yeah, how do you make this beautiful costumes? You know, really just what is it like? And I never really get much of a chance to do this and so that's, what I'm going to be doing here for the next three days, I just want to welcome everyone into my world and the world of my team here and now this extended team that creative life you have or just think fantastic I know you're supposed to be talking about no, no, I know there's a lot of photographers out there who are fans who will be watching an...

d be really interested in that aspect of shooting and as I am too, but I also know that there are a lot of people want photographers who were just my fans and a lot of people who are interested in crafts and things like that because, you know, we made some amazing costumes over the years while I haven't, but I'll introduce you to doing saying on dh so they can talk to that, too. You know what? We can talk about anything, but first I'd like to, I'm not. I know it's iran's in trade aboutthe theme yet for this calendar that I'll be shooting and it'll be one image a day for the next three days and that's the first three images off what is going to be the signs of the zodiac, and today we're photographing leo the lion. Of course, you may notice that when I do some of these images and I'll explain, as I go along on dh, those people are interested in this idea, there are a lot of elements that are involved, you know, with leo the line, for instance, with a little six to seven months old babies who are in the mother's room. Now, you know, the the flour for leo is a sunflower, and we'll show you on set in a minute, all of the little interesting bits and pieces, so you cannot yeah, I mean, you ask anything you like as we go through the next three days, you know, I don't think you need questions too obvious or maybe you know not not the right sort of thing toe please ask anything and people out there want to know anything else that would try and accommodate that too absolutely I just want everyone to enjoy being a part of the three days you know when I start a shoot we're always a little bit put so much work into this please we just need the baby's to be great you know we've got to that stage now so there has been a lot of work that has been going on getting us to this day right now and you started in february you and your team started in february well yes well don mcgahn don't let's ugo so what she's doing introduced here you too once you do you're looking thing on dh we could talk about how we worked on this since february let's continue on again my name is ken klosterman I am your host here creative live and I look forward to connecting you but and goodies and her team so let's come on over and see what is going on here and who do we have this is dawn door name a guy who's worked with me for many many years ever since we might that dreaded phone call back in the early nineties saying um do you think you could make a pumpkin for may and she nearly didn't because she'd bean on a big what what we on a television shoot or size lightning making all night so we work her up and she went oh look I don't think so you know I'm really exhausted and so we convinced her to come in meet us and uh it's been twenty five years five years nobody gets to leave so you get to read each other's minds correct yeah pretty much weight yeah you know I mean don did all of the props that down in the garden with a lot of people I think we'll know you're first my very first book which came out in win nineteen ninety sick something thatwas here on dh you know it's a pre photoshopped dice remember yeah and you know we've developed so many others were developed together you know me as a photographer and dawn with all of these beautiful things that she's made on of course here we've got a little the other line and I want people about the dod space before we start please do because this is a little bit for a kiss but she is a great size for the costume so we've got the body suits and a separate head and we've got some beautiful little babies in the mother's womb as well so yeah can I just say that leo the lion is we're going to be babies with darker skin and because I always like to have a cultural diversity through all of the images and so that's what we're going to do so they probably the very cute I'm getting word from the mother's room that everyone is fantastic so write down the whole right now everybody is our mother's room that we have set up and how many babies do we have the most glamorous of this room I've ever had I have to tell you it's like a spar in there you know just it's those in like so I hope that rubs off on the babies were what six babies? Well that's what we planned I'm pretty sure there's six here so what's gonna happen what what I might do is take everyone over and just show the city that we've worked on um you know don and I have been planning this since probably february and a lot of work has gone into this before we get to the stage and weii spent two days sitting up here on the weekend on dso we've got it to a point now where and this is really the way it used to be the baby so it's all about the baby's today it's interesting that because dorn and I've worked so long together don lives in new zealand andi I'm now living in new york on dh that hasn't really made much difference because we just talk on skype and we are married couple doing tricks that were married to other people I'm taking me back to the beginning you're when your concept ng how do you two have worked together in that way? Have you come up with the first sketch say for leo and you go back and forth a lot of research and you know, with the internet this knows it next time much difference remember it used to be going to the library books the library was that but now there's so much access to that sort of thing and we've got like unsure you through the day of the initial sketches that we did my really basic sketches so symbol on doing does amazing stitches so it's kind of start from a a little scribble from me and then you know, things developed from there and actually it's interesting to bring this up we're shooting three images for the calendar I would never shoot twelve images all at once because you know, these shooting for a calendar to me is a kind of, uh, former storytelling and you know that they need to develop as we go along and so, you know, we were pretty certain of leo the lion and tomorrow we're doing aires and on wednesday we're doing aquarius and so we think we've developed these concepts really well and once we've shot thiss over these three days with the baby's ideas will kind of happen as it goes, you know, because and sometimes it's just something there baby does or you know, some little random thing that happens which will later on teo you know we should do this and that and someone inside so really it's an evolution yeah tell it is and to involve people in the creative process I think thumb is something that's really nice for me you know is the state before it really it's really, really hard because I've done a lot of interviews and generally it's really quick you know quick answers on gets frustrating really so well this is not quick and that is tonight right? Yeah there's a long form created by processes is that over the next three days like you said, we're going to see exactly what you and your team do just like you normally do and I would love teo and bring people up to speed sort of where we've been up until where we are right now so to introduce before the baby's come on sort of this is this setting so shall we go so I check out your lets do that this plane doing beautiful backgrounds that were using and this is for the first time I've printed them on a really large scale tips and print off the beautiful backgrounds have been done by an artist in sydney only button and she I don't know if any of you guys have seen the calendar that's out now under the sea which is really fantastic you know it's beautiful beautiful colors yeah, yeah, and all of the backgrounds I started working with her to do under the sea. And so now we're interpreting the zodiac, and so the only spent months working on, um, the illustrations and we've got the sunflower, which is the flower for leo. I know if this is phonetics out there, there are a couple of flowers. I know that, but we accepted one. I know some people know a lot about this idea and yeah, so we printed them were scanned leonis watercolor backgrounds, and we've printed the modernistic printer, which we've got over inside, and you'll be able to see me printing the backgrounds for tomorrow. We just did this yesterday on dso what's going to happen here is doing to make this beautiful center off the sunflower, and we've actually photograph what we call a place, so we've got the sunflower in position. When the babies come in, we've chopped out a little bit of sun flare. He can probably see and wonder why it's gone that's because jonah, who was always standing next to the baby's standing next to the little people who are going to be sitting here in the line outfit. So it's a really it's a soft pillow, basically on dso, today's, all about the babies. All we need is for the babies to be sitting and doing whatever babies do you know because the rest of it's done and then we're going to put it together on photo shopped so well yeah that's um that's about it I need you throughout the whole day yes too you know way just think this is what we do so maybe people need to know what is this and what a set please ask well, first of all I mean this is just such a big reveal uh, of the new project nobody has known about what this project is this is for all I've done is think about zodiac gets like that this is for what years that this calendar is going to come out underseas twenty fifteen which is out now in twenties sixteen wei have anniversary edition of down in the garden was twenty years not it's twenty years since down on the god and so this so deac calendar will be twenty seventeen which comes out at the end of twenty six it's amazing how far in advance you have to create these yeah I'm starting to work into a little siri's you know we've got, you know, under the sea down in the garden in the zodiac and then we're starting to think going forward that yeah, while we're doing this it's it's kind of okay with throwing a few ideas around and everything yeah, yeah, and then one more thing before I believe that your babies are ready. Is that the case? That's exciting. Do we have six? My bees here. Do we have six babies with that's going? Okay, that's cool, but I just wanted to show people the sketch that you're the fire you have. This isn't getting on this. We don't normally sketch to this amount of detail, but it was just to kind of get the project going. So the first three images have bean this sort of in a favorite of additional pixelated, right? And so on. And what I'll do is I'll take one of these images in and introduce myself to all the mothers and deads uh, I'm just saying mothers all the time because it's generally the mother's um and what will happen now? A zay said everything is lit, everything is ready to go. So today is just the babies you know, babies are the biggest. He goes in the studio today and that's the way it should be, you know, if they're happy everyone's happy and so that's that's what we want on dso might my team and I've got two more of my team who are in the mother's room at the moment and all introduce you guys to them when I go in

Class Materials

bonus material with purchase

Lighting Diagram - Aries
Lighting Diagram - Leo
Reef Wallpaper
Urchin Wallpaper
Lighting Diagram - Aquarius
Stories From A Labor of Love Part 1
Stories From A Labor of Love Part 2
Stories From A Labor of Love Part 3
Stories From A Labor of Love Part 4
Stories From A Labor of Love Part 5

Ratings and Reviews

Jeff Petersen Studios

I just read the other reviews and think people may not have watched the preview video or listened to Kenna's explanation of what was going to happen. I felt the class was exactly what was advertised, and thought Kenna did an excellent job keeping things moving when there were obvious delays or unexpected events with "the talent" (the babies). I felt like I was at Anne's studio and experiencing what actually happens when she is working on a project. You can't script babies and pets, so you go with the flow and adapt. I think that's what they said and did. Kenna was always prepared to discuss Anne's books, or other topics and did a great job getting personal/and professional with Anne-just as they said they were going to. It is Creative "Live" so it could have been Much less organized, and much more chaotic, but I was actually Very impressed with the production and smoothness of the Creative Live team. I did feel like my view was blocked at times when I wanted to see how they were setting up some of the actual shots- but in general I think they did just about as well as you could in those conditions. I am not paid by Creative Live nor do they probably even know me, but I'm very happy to support and actually buy their content-because I don't know another place/format that teaches so many different, practical, and interesting topics as they do and I Love that they take chances like this and really do Deliver. Anne was very clear that she is not a technician. Creative Live has Tons of Great Technician classes in So many genres of photography (and of course other area)- with Anne's class there is Plenty to Learn from her, but the value does not come in the Wam Bam machine gun delivery of latest tech and tools, it is in the methodical, patient, But Driven pace that is anything but chaotic (as one reviewer said). As I said at the beginning, I think they delivered exactly what was advertised and I am very happy with my purchase. There is a wealth of information and frankly entertainment, for someone who is interested in really seeing behind the doors... AND, it is good for new people and experienced people, who are looking to get better in their craft, more successful, or maybe even famous-if they are see that not every day in a studio (or in any profession really)-Even for Anne Geddes- is Glamourous, Exciting and "Sexy": sometimes it is crying babies that need their diapers changed.


I had the honor of supporting Anne in her launch of her beautiful line of baby clothing here in Washington ( as her fulfillment provider ) and her attention to every detail, their willingness to share their commitment to an unforgettable experience for every customer - it was such a pleasure to see the magic on the photography side of the business that I never had the opportunity to witness. Pure perfection, and thank you so much for sharing. Best to Anne and Kel! Michelle Harden

Nathan Ivie

Watched the first day of this event and it was very different than other creative live workshops. Different is sometimes good and sometimes bad, this session was just that good and bad. It really lacked the teaching aspect, they did not go over her equipment, basic camera and lighting settings used to create the look she wants in her images etc...The lady who was interviewing her was terrible Anne seemed really open to share but the questions were very poor and lacked follow up and really diving into what Anne was doing. It was really neat to get to watch her work, she has an amazing personality that really is soft and kind and it showed in the way she worked with the parents, babies, and her team. It was a great overview of how she approaches the studio and a project and the detail that goes into making a top notch image. It is however weak on giving you the info strait up on how to improve your own work. If you want to see what it's like to work with a big team on a major project this is a great workshop. If you want technical teaching it is not so great.

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