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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Sellers Publishing; First Edition edition (March 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416205772
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416205777
  • Product Dimensions: 3.9 x 4.7 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sleeping Beauties: Newborns in Dreamland - The new coffee table book Sleeping Beauties: Newborns in Dreamland is a treasure trove of sweetness and light. Twin photographers Tracy Raver and Kelley Ryden provide an up close look at infants in their first days. Some are wrapped in cocoons, curled on blankets, draped from hammocks - all wearing not more than their birthday suits. The photos evoke Anne Geddes (an inspiration for the women) with their lighting and focus on expression, but use fewer props. They gradually narrowed their focus to babies under two weeks old. Why? The challenge they both say. As they get older, they are harder to keep in that sleepy state. Capturing the images means keeping the studio at a toasty 90 degrees, keeping the babies sleepy and full, and spending three to four hours at a time for six or seven set-ups. The two rules in the studio: No crying and no waking up. Some of the images are composites, holding the babies in position and then taking a shot without them. The results look natural. All are carefully posed, but the variety is evident. Some are shots with twins. Some with that half-drowsy smile at some secret dream, and other with lips pursed as if pondering deep, philosophical theories. Both are mothers: Raver has a 10-month-old and Ryden has a 5-year-old and a 3-year-old. With their first book released last month (Sellers Publishing, $29.95) and an appearance on the Today show on April 8, they are already working on their second book project. For expecting mothers hoping to get their own newborn shots from Raver and Ryden, they have to act quickly. The studio is already booked through August. There is such a short window for capturing newborns. We love that age, said Raver. And capturing that for parents is truly rewarding. --Austin American-Statesman-By Tara A. Trower, Wednesday, March 31, 2010

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Bookphreak on March 19, 2010
Format: Hardcover
What book could be better for Mother's Day, baby showers, or anyone who loves babies? These portraits are a unique look at snoozing angels - the kind of faces you only see on those just arrived in the world. Complemented by inspiring and thoughtful quotes about the joys and wonder of children, this is one of the best gift books I've seen in a long time.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Erica L. Mcphee on April 26, 2010
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While literally thousands of photographers attempt to make a career of photographing babies, only a small percentage have the combined talent and skills needed to style, light, and capture just the right moment. Tracy Raver and Kelley Ryden are clearly two creative photographers who have not only mastered natural light photography but also the difficult task of photographing newborns.

Although each image is carefully styled, the babies look very relaxed and natural. The simple, tasteful design of the book draws you into the loveliness of each and every one. The quotes are poignant and not at all overused. As a professional photographer and designer, I was truly inspired and will admire the images again and again for their purity, creativity, and beauty.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Janet Killian on May 17, 2010
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This is a great book, perfect for first time parents and for anyone that likes baby pictures which are really great and for sayings pertaining to babies and parents. I love this book!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By svj on July 22, 2010
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Sleeping Beauties is a perfect book for anyone who loves babies. Each photo is so exquisitely done - one can almost feel their soft skin and hear their soft sighs. The thoughts and poems that accompany each photo are as tender as the babies themselves.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Goose on July 6, 2010
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Pictures are beautiful! It makes me happy just having it on my coffee table and looking at the beautiful cover.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MickeyMouseCO on May 24, 2010
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The authors put a lot of effort into their work, and the results paid off. Their attention to detail makes this book unique, and the pictures are best experienced in hardcover. Be prepared to laugh and enjoy the innocent reverie, it will disarm you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr. R. Klass on May 14, 2010
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Great book! Saw an interview on Today with the photographers and it looked great. My daughter-in-law is expecting a baby soon, and I KNEW the book is what I wanted to give my son and daughter-in-law as a baby gift. Other grandma gifts will come after little grandson arrives.

Really lovely pix with heart warming quotes on the facing page. Some made me cry.
If you are a mother or father, this is a must have!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DEDREA GREER on May 10, 2010
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This is the most beautiful book. The photographs are sensitive and a must for parents. Wish these girls had been around when my children were born. All of the quotes are so perfectly chosen. They are inspiring for anyone. Love this book.
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