Picks and Pans Review: Small Miracles
Anne Geddes & Celine Dion
A photographer known for her work with infants and a singer passionate about her own little one celebrate new life in a book plus music.
HOW DID THIS PARTNERSHIP COME ABOUT? Geddes: We've been friends for about four years; we often said, "Let's do something that's fun, but it needs to be something fantastic." We came up with this concept. She did the singing and I did the photography.
WHAT WERE THE SHOOTS LIKE? Dion: The babies are the stars. The ambience is like the babies are coming out of their mom's belly. The room was kept at about 90°, and mostly classical music was played. It was very peaceful.
THE BOOK COMES WITH A CD BY CELINE?
Geddes: Yes, and a DVD on creating the book. Miracle was inspired by a song given to Celine by songwriter Linda Thompson as a present for René-Charles [now 3]. We decided to illustrate six songs in all—not lullabies as such, but songs like "What a Wonderful World."
WHERE DO YOU FIND YOUR MODELS? Geddes: Truly, the parents find me. All newborns are so beautiful and precious that we would never need to audition them.
WAS IT HARD POSING WITH NEWBORNS? Dion: When you take positions for three to five minutes, you try to be relaxed, but you're holding someone else's baby! I was nervous.
HOW DID YOU CREATE THE ILLUSION OF BABIES SLEEPING INSIDE FLOWERS? Geddes: I shot the flowers first and made soft foam shapes in the position the babies needed to be in. We photographed them sleeping in the shapes and then put it all together on computer.
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