Dear Anne Geddes

Dear Anne Geddes,

I’m conflicted as to whether I should love you or resent you.  But I’m pretty sure that I respect you.

How on earth do you do it?  How have you made a name for yourself by making infants look peaceful and snuggly and precious and other-worldly?  How do you make them look like whimsical bugs and flowers?  At least, how do you do it and not wind up covered in poo, pee and sweat?

Or are you covered?

Because I gave it a shot.  I was inspired by an adorable monster hat gifted to us by our friends, the Iveys.

I read that babies need to be very warm for photo shoots.  Our house must have been 80 degrees.  Sweltering.  Even though I was convinced that I had timed my son’s feeding and diaper changing perfectly, that – in fact – was not so.  Before even getting him posed, I had become the target of two rounds of streaming pee and one incredible fountain of poo.  Now, I’m not sure how poo gets to be projectile, but projectile it was.

So there I was, dripping in sweat, half stripped of clothing myself and baby wiped from neck to torso.  My husband wanted to give up and begin another day, but I pressed on (assuming that I’d have to undergo more rounds of resistance if I started all over).

For all of my efforts, we got ONE decent shot.  ONE.  The last one.  Personally, I think my son, Bennett, looks adorable (and all the hard work was totally worth it)!  But now I’m just so curious as to how many messes you’ve endured to be the superstar that you are.  Before my own little stint, I had never given your “behind the scenes” a single thought.

So what’s the deal, Anne?  What’s your reality behind all of those angelic shots?

Holy XOXO’s,



  1. November 12, 2012

    LOL, I can’t believe you put yourself through all of that. He, and all the previous pictures, are adorable without all the fuss/muss and mess.

  2. November 12, 2012

    So amazing! It was worth it! I love it! Now, Anne geddes gets paid ALOT of money per session so I’m sure her motivation is a little different!

  3. November 12, 2012

    I love it! Good job! I have maybe one or two sleepy photos….but my little peanut was so alert it was nearly impossible to get a picture without her waking up!

  4. November 12, 2012
    Nicole K.

    Adorable!!! I LOVE the hat!! He looks so peaceful; you never would know all of the issues you had. 🙂

  5. November 12, 2012

    Oh, my, what a hat! I love it! Will you do it again?

  6. November 12, 2012

    Hahahaha…that is so amusing…you now have a fabulous story to tell when Bennett is all growed up! 🙂

  7. November 12, 2012

    Life with a newborn. You never know what you’re gonna get when the diaper is off. Too funny! LOL!
    The picture is beautiful. Not sure Anne could have done a better job!

  8. November 12, 2012

    LOL! Awww he’s so cute. I love the baby pics that she has with it looking like they are laying belly down on a flower. She really is an artist.

  9. November 12, 2012

    Adorable! It was worth the mess and fuss….go mommy Suzy!!!!!

  10. November 12, 2012

    So worth it! And so Ivey-ish! 🙂

  11. November 12, 2012
    Becca Shaw

    HAAAA ha ha. Reminds me of many sessions of the same 😉 It IS worth it…for that adorable digital baby album you put together, that calendar you give to grandma, and that birthday photo timeline you put together when he turns 1….it really makes you respect the pros, doesn’t it? And next year, when he’s pulling on your leg as you’re flipping through all the bloopers, you’re going to love them all even more.

  12. November 13, 2012

    Looking a lot like his mom here. Had to take another peek .

  13. November 14, 2012

    I’ve done many newborn shoots before and experienced the same thing. I’m sure that Anne must experience what you experienced many times over! The only difference? I’m sure that she has many assistants to clean up the messes quickly and have the babies camera-ready for her. Lucky lady!

  14. November 14, 2012

    Ann has a secret…she works with premmies so they sleep most of the time…keep going for the shots…I love seeing your pics…Hugs and Blessings J:>)

  15. November 14, 2012

    This picture is worth every pee and poop. You know, he is getting totally rid of the birth ‘wrinkles’. He is so beautiful/handsome/adorable.

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