Photographer Geddes picks Seattle for first public shoot

SEATTLE -- Beyond the brick exterior of a South Lake Union building, there are babies hard at work -- sleeping.

That's just how Anne Geddes wants them.

"Look at these little people. Look how precious they are," Geddes said, after an afternoon of photography Tuesday. "They have so much potential to go forth and bring goodness to the world. This is what newborns represent to me."

The world-renowned, best-selling photographer, known for her photos of days-old babies in etheral settings, is in Seattle this week, doing something she's never done before: opening up her creative process to the public -- for free.

"For years, people have asked me questions like, 'what's it like in the studio when you're photographing?' How do you get the babies to sleep? Where do you find the babies?'" Geddes said. "At first, I was like, 'I don't know if I could shoot live.'"

Two years of planning - along with some convincing from her adult daughters - changed the prominent photographer's opinion. This week, she's allowing fans and photographers an unfiltered look at how she does things by offering an online glimpse at the process through Seattle-based tech company CreativeLive.

"This has been a bucket list item for me," said Craig Swanson, CreativeLive's co-founder. "The only people I think have really ever seen Anne work are the babies she's shot with in the past and the people she's worked with. It's a very private and protected moment."

Geddes is shooting images for her 2017 calendar, which will have a Zodiac theme. All the babies she took photographs of are from the Seattle area.

"In my own small way, I'm just trying to have people appreciate the promise of every newborn. They're really a chance at new beginnings," Geddes added. "There's so many terrible things happening in the world today and so many little babies are being brought up in those circumstances. How are they going to develop into adults?"

Tuesday was the second day of the three-day event. The company will once again offer a free livestream of Geddes at work on Wednesday, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

"I've got to go into a shoot with an open mind. I can't photograph with blinders on. You can't say, 'alright, this is exactly what I want to happen,'" Geddes said, of the creative process. "You just have to be watching for those fleeting moments."

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