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Anne Geddes Catches Up With The Babies She Photographed Decades Ago

For 30 years, Anne Geddes has taken iconic photos of babies and expectant mothers. Now, the beloved photographer is revisiting some of those images for her new book and is catching up with many of the babies she’s photographed over the years.

For her “Baby, Look at You Now” series on Instagram, Geddes posts stories about people whom she photographed as babies, sharing the professional photos she took of them years ago as well as recent photos of them.

BABY, LOOK AT YOU NOW! Remember this sweet little pansy baby from my first book “Down in the Garden”? Well here’s Gracie today – 22 years old, with a passion for the arts. For the past 7 years she has performed on “The Revolution Tour” based out of her church in New Zealand. For 2 weeks each year they visit and perform at schools throughout the country with an anti bullying campaign and a goal to spread hope to victims. From Gracie … “It’s such a privilege to have been given an opportunity to influence and give hope to so many young people. To build relationships with them year after year and see how they’ve grown is so special, and so inspiring! I’m passionate about my generation and the generation to come, and love to do every little bit I can – especially when it’s so much fun!” Well done to you Gracie! I share your passion! And if you were one of the babies in my early images I’d love to hear from you as well – send a recent photo and tell me your story at babylookatyounow@gmail.com XOAnne #protectnurturelove #annegeddesbaby #babylookatyounow

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Geddes told HuffPost she always joked with her family that when she turned 60, she would set out to learn what the babies she photographed were up to. Last year, the Australian photographer launched the series asking for those babies to reach out to her with updates on their lives.

“Some of them competed at the Rio Olympics. They’re going through college and getting their degrees or they’re off traveling,” she said. “And some of them are parents as well. It’s just a really nice thing and I love hearing from them.”

BABY, LOOK AT YOU NOW! Way back in 1994 sweet little 2 week old Erin became a “Toadstool Fairy” for my first coffee table book “Down in the Garden”. And here’s Erin today – 22 years old and enjoying life in Wellington, New Zealand. With a strong passion for environmental issues, Erin took part in a Sir Peter Blake Leadership Course and at 17 was invited to be a youth delegate for New Zealand at the Rio+20 Sustainability Conference in Brazil. She went on to complete an Environmental Science and Biology Degree with The University of Auckland! Way to go Erin – I too am passionate about nature and environmental issues – in fact everyone should be! Nature has been my inspiration since the beginning of my 30 year career – have you noticed that Mother Nature never gets her colors wrong? Everybody seems to be loving my posts from this series and I’ve loved hearing from some of my “early babies” – if you were in one of my images and you’d like to take part – write to me at babylookatyounow@gmail.com and tell me what you’re up to these days – don’t forget to attach a recent fav photo of yourself. By the way, Erin’s full image is in my new @taschen book “Small World” XOAnne #protectnurturelove #annegeddesbaby #smallworld #babylookatyounow

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Geddes has also just released a book, Small World, which features photos her fans have not previously seen as well as some of her classics. She told HuffPost the book weighs just under six pounds, calling it a coincidence that its weight is similar to that of some newborn babies.

“It had a very long gestation period,” she joked, adding that it took most of last year to sort through the archives of her 30-year career. 

The book, which was a joint effort between her and TASCHEN publishers, is separated into four chapters that focus on pregnancy, newborns, babies who are 6 to 7 months old and finally portraits, which Geddes shot during the earliest part of her career.

“It was really gratifying to go back and revisit a lot of these early portraits and see how they’ve stood the test of time which is what I was really trying to do when I photographed the babies all those years ago,” she told HuffPost. “I was really wanting to create a classic portrait that would be relevant in 20, 30, 40 years.”

When reflecting on which photos would make it into the book, Geddes said she knew she wanted to include the photo of a premature baby named Maneesha who was born at 28 weeks.

“I’ve had so many people come up to me over the years to tell me their stories of having premature babies and how that image gave them a sense of encouragement and hope that their little baby would survive as well,” she said.

Maneesha, now in her 20s, is a photographer who has interned for Geddes.

Geddes said she hopes her book brings happiness to readers, especially given how pervasive terror and hate have become.

“I think these days more than ever we all need to concentrate on the goodness around new life and everything that babies represent,” she said. “And to me, babies represent our eternal chance at new beginnings and anyone who has become a parent would know the feeling that as soon as you have a child, you really have this innate need to make the world a better place.”

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Reese Witherspoon Surprises Students Living In Her Old Dorm Room

Reese Witherspoon has a successful acting career, but even she pines for her carefree college days.

On Saturday, the Oscar-winning actress was at her alma mater Stanford University to speak at its business school when she decided to take a detour to her old dorm room, according to People.

The student who answered the door was probably expecting a pizza delivery or an invitation to toss a Frisbee around.

Instead, she saw Witherspoon — and graciously invited her into her dorm room. 

The student, whose name is Caitlyn, was understandably surprised.

“I turned toward the door and all I see is Reese Witherspoon peeking in,” she told Inside Edition. “She was like, ‘Can we come in?’ My jaw dropped.”

Witherspoon attended Stanford in the 1990s before quitting to pursue acting.

Although the 41-year-old actress has done well for herself, she occasionally reminisces about her college years — like when she posted this throwback photo last year.

#TBT to the good ‘ol days (aka #CollegeYears)

A post shared by Reese Witherspoon (@reesewitherspoon) on Jun 9, 2016 at 2:43pm PDT

Witherspoon was at Stanford as part of the school’s View From the Top speaker series, and offered advice to current students.

Her main message: Seek out new challenges.

To that, we add: And old dorm rooms.

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