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Previewing Aries

Anne Geddes

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Anne Geddes

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11. Previewing Aries

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Previewing Aries

Dawn really should speak to this gorgeous this's just amazing stuff to talk about tomorrow so this is, um this is aires ram um oh, I shouldn't really have this awful head. No, come on the news tonight this is this is what? Work head? Yeah, and it's a standard newborn yet really standing born size you up so it's more about the head as opposed to the face um and it basically did a similar way to the line here and I just based it on a um michelle skullcap stitched roll or yarns to fund them off on the back to the front twist of it and then stitched it back came back up again and I've used a very fine all at the front or end much thicker yon at the back we wanted it to look like marino like a newborn she's got a yeah it's going really distinct little cool toe it has not. So that's the head not going it's gonna have a horn on it, which is this one so dawn's gonna be doing all of this this afternoon, but I want to get it onto the set to decide exactly where l want to position it wears on sit...

ting up over there and then there's an ear, so I just I just bought it like this so that we can actually get it on well the shop sit up and see where all the best bits places after the bits so well that's what we're gonna be doing now oh it comes to horn yeah and um this's a great preview thank you. Yeah well it's a really actually probably a good idea to see it before it actually goes up so long yeah you do a sean tell dawn it's pretty magnificent of course no texture it is not growing so basically what I break anything I'll get in trouble what I did we don't have broken things believe me kill sitting way back to get you back to the past I've just cut a spiral out of two layers of plywood and I basically I wage them apart what? But we're not sticking them so that I could get one to sit in this office to sit in front of this which is quite tricky and then I put a basic shape of polystyrene over the top and then this has bean paper macheted to get all these ridges and bumps so really strict on that lovely sort of horny finished on there is um I've got the name the glow you call it you elmer's glue almost glow where you know we call it every day we could have people inside it just has a lovely it leaves that socially sticking a resident sticky but yeah wait hard yeah that's that lovely finish on it um so what we're gonna do is we're gonna put a couple of break it's on the back and have a pole going through the bank suspended so we're gonna sit this ups afternoon light it on when we're lighting it I can talk through all the gear talking tens of what we're doing for those photographers out there as well that's great you're not only part of again additional bonus footage on dh it's interesting also to to start with this process in terms of lighting if we're doing a calendar of twelve images you want them delighting that is not necessarily always the same but everything is to sit in and I sort of flow so you want everything to get something to be too jarring um so that's what we'll be doing but they were working with tyler different colors tomorrow so you know and totally different babies yes, yes um newborns yes, yes um it's interesting that the babies for tomorrow we're going to be asian babies and it's been interesting over the years we talk more about it. So I was hoping to have a chat with some of the mothers tomorrow. Um it's very difficult um and I used to wonder why to find new born babies of asian descent a newborn meaning under three weeks of age and we've we've discovered that and I'm really, really interested in all ways traditions in terms of different cultures and traditions regarding pregnancy and childbirth and in the care of babies and um I've heard about the one hundred day rope and and um how they have a little celebration when the baby's a hundred days old but they don't generally take the babies out um and so you know, I'm looking for talking to some of the mothers tomorrow in terms of that but we have foreign you're born um asian babies coming in the reason being that of course I want oh represent all sorts of cultures over the twelve images but also that thiss particular image will translate to the chinese zodiac with some with one of the images that's it the year of the ram I have to check up the goat the goat or the ship which is next year in china and so that's why we want to do that it's all the little details it is in the little details and um you know, I I don't just consider myself a photographer you know is this I consider myself an advocate for children and and over the years it's sort of broadened tio you know, I never take for granted that element of trust that people have in may and that we're we're so fortunate to be able to do all this wonderful work it's really it's a gift so I hope that I've been able to translate some of that across to people we have a few final questions do you wantto take it out of troy? Sit down. Thank you. Dawn do you want to go and get started working do your way would you like to sit, sit here, sit there, take a few questions from all these folks who have been joining us online um from miss door makes me just so one question comes into a studio next floor e I feel like I need to make this shorter but I that's good. Um, so one question that came in was do you refer to your older books while you're on set? Are you looking at anything? I mean, we have this book here because we're talking about it in the labour of love. But what are the things that you are referring to that you that you brought along on set? Um e wonder if they're suggesting in the creative process because no, I think all the images of different you know, I have you learn things from previous imagery, but, um it's always knew it's always bren you and I never actually referenced my books in terms of, for instance, the zodiac way have just reference your imagination really and and I think you know, as I say and that interview that we were doing the other day and people can watch from, um the longer vision of it your imagination to me my imagination is some the most precious thing you know? I'm not so I'm just so fortunate to be doing what I'm doing you know I love I love the whole process of sitting and imagining for instance, what will we do with the shooting the three zodiac um um pieces here and then what will we do with the next three and then the next three and in the next street we're sort of a long met rose at the moment sort of in and it starts to evolve but I don't reference my old books okay? And it sounds like what you're saying is another question was do I revisit that older work as a guide our inspiration and if it's not revisiting your older work what what are some of the things out there that you seek inspiration with um the biggest thing I seek inspiration from his nature and um andi I hear so many people say that and in terms of right there yeah stiffening yeah hold it up stiff so we can see I mean this year's look up uh how beautiful is that? Uh is that awesome that's that's larger than life size and that little baby was just here this morning that's just awesome that's fantastic what do you think everyone at home guys when you come in tomorrow they're gonna be we're gonna stoeckel around the walls just beautiful just beautiful thanks dear for later later on the top of their way so sorry we're talking about inspiration in nature matures the greatest expression of a well it really is you know uh particularly liked doing things like under the sea and that was just awesome that was awesome when we first started out um how on earth in twelve images that we're going to encapsulate a story like you know and I wish we filmed a lot of what we shot you know, I should get an image of the great barrier reef on little babies in coral and you know all these little sea creatures and things like that and so you know zodiacs and new and fresh and how do you imagine how do you imagine school fee I you know, how do you imagine um uh jim and I and the twins and little if it evolves it evolves you know it's really I never find um and I say in this interview I go into this in depth you know, um I never lose sleep over not being able to come up with an image you know, I never knew you never lose sleep over not being able to access my creativity and I lose sleep over a lot of things as everybody does but that for me is just one thing that I don't lose sleep for about like this to me being in here is the best environment, it's just incredible love walking into an empty studio, um, because of the sense of possibility that there is in terms ofthe how we can imagine things. Well, what you have just done for us today is, um, the beginning of showing us that imagination and taking us inside the mind of an gettys who has been you've been doing this for thirty years uh, and never before done this in front of in front of a live audience and that those things that you're just talking about it is what has come through on dh that that those creative challenges but those just from every step of the way and the next two days will be fantastic as well intends of, you know, they're all going to be different all different color schemes and the way we approach it, um, and the way you know, dawn's put into these beautiful costumes and no it's just fantastic, so we'll be working here for a few hours and filming, and obviously people can watch them tomorrow what's the thing you're most excited about before we wrap up for the day for for tomorrow, we go on three what's the thing I'm most excited about for tomorrow, I'm excited going off this bright colors. To the beautiful colors of areas. And so we've got the horn. We've got a tiny little newborn, lim, um, and, um, but one of the colors of the area's is rid. And so we've got some rid in the background, and I've got you won't see this tomorrow. Beautiful watercolors of sweet piece, because that's, one of the serious flowers and so on, which will be dropping in later. But we've already done all of that. You know, I think people watching tomorrow go, oh, he's got that horn and that costume and put them in their sight. It's, easy. No, my goodness, no!

Class Description

Anne Geddes is the world’s foremost baby photographer — a beloved cultural icon known for her iconic, playful images of newborns. Join us for a never-before-seen behind-the-scenes look at the making of an Anne Geddes calendar.

This unique event is a rare opportunity to watch Anne at work. Inside the Studio with Anne Geddes gives you an inside look at her practice and process as she creates three wholly new images. You’ll watch Anne as she photographs individual children, all in her one-of-a-kind, signature style.

Anne creates images that are iconic, award winning, internationally acclaimed, and beloved the world over. Don't miss the exciting opportunity to be inspired by a true master.

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

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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.