- Hardcover: 128 pages
- Publisher: Sellers Publishing; First Edition edition (March 5, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1416205772
- ISBN-13: 978-1416205777
- Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 0.8 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #549,611 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sleeping Beauties: Newborns in Dreamland Hardcover – March 5, 2010
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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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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.
Of course the poses are contrived, most portraits are. Each page will have you saying "aaaaahhh, that's my favorite" until you turn the page and amend your statement to "no, this one is my favorite". It is the perfect gift for the new mom or mother-to-be. I've purchased three copies and am now back for more. For $20, you can't go wrong with this gift.
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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Makes a great gift to any new parent!!
And all the baby photos are beautiful!!!