As a follow-up to my review & giveaway for the BEGINNINGS book by Anne Geddes, I’d also like to tell you about the launch of the short film, “Anne Geddes: New Beginnings“. This film is exclusively available as a digital download on iTunes.
For the first time, a film crew and production company was granted unprecedented access to Anne’s private studio, and to her innermost thoughts on her creative process, as well, during the year that she was photographing for BEGINNINGS. Candid and unscripted, Anne discusses her work and how BEGINNINGS marked a turning point in her life as an artist.
The outcome is a revealing portrait that shares the lead-up to the creation of images destined to join her most popular classics, how the youngest of the babies Anne photographs are found, the serene intensity of a “baby week” in her studio, and the captivating stories of the young and older women who posed for her. And we see and hear the mother-daughter interplay as Anne’s two daughters — Stephanie as a studio manager and Kelly as a camera assistant, both Fine Arts graduates — work closely with her in the creative process. In this documentary you get a peek of Anne’s life behind the camera from her husband, Kel, her closest friends, and her studio team.
When I watched the film, Anne Geddes: New Beginnings, I was completely memerized. At the time, I set out to watch bits and pieces as I didn’t have the time that day to watch the entire film. Yet, I was hooked within the first couple of minutes and ended up watching it all from start to finish. As a huge fan of Anne Geddes, I really enjoyed watching her process of taking photographs, and seeing things from her ‘eye’ as she explains what she does and why. Most of all, I discovered a new-found love for the book, BEGINNINGS since it’s a behind the scenes look at how she took the images. For instance, did you know that some of the nests in her photographs are hundreds of years old? This film brought many tears to my eyes, from the beautiful babies to the joy in everyone’s faces when the perfect shot was captured.
Disclosure: I was provided with product to facilitate this post, opinions are my own.