Those bunnies and bumblebees and teeny, tiny flower buds? Yeah, they're all grown up now! See what they look like two decades later.
Anne Geddes' photographs were everywhere when I was growing up—those iconic images of babies sleeping peacefully on top of flower petals or peeking cheekily out of clay pots. In fact, I don't think a single one of my birthdays went by back in those days without it being marked by a whimsical greeting card baring one of her brilliant images.
Now Geddes is catching up with some of those very same subjects in her new "Baby, Look at You Now" series on Instagram, where she's sharing the shots she took of the kids all those years ago next to versions of them all grown up today.
Like this one, of 22-year-old Brittany, who traded in her yellow pacifier and furry baby chick costume for a wedding gown:
BABY, LOOK AT YOU NOW! Look what cute little yellow chicks turn in to! 22 years ago when I was shooting for my first book "Down in the Garden", sweet little Brittany came to the studio with a yellow pacifier firmly in place, and she had that look on her face as if to say "remove it at your peril" 😳 So I just went with the flow, thinking what a stroke of luck that it was the perfect color! She was just learning to sit so we propped her up underneath with a soft foam pad. Here's Brittany today a beautiful bride at her March 2016 wedding. She works in aged care, assisting the elderly in their own homes on the Gold Coast, Australia. Congratulations Brittany - you look gorgeous 😍 I have some wedding news as well - my own daughter Stephanie is getting married this weekend too so I'll be mother of the bride for the 2nd time! Over the year I'll be regularly posting updates on where my earlier babies are today, so if you were one of those babies and you'd like to take part I'd love to hear from you at email@example.com. Send a recent photo of yourself and tell me a little about what you're doing today. Brittany's wedding photo by @kissthegroomphotography XOAnne #protectnurturelove #annegeddesbaby #babylookatyounow #downinthegarden
This one, of 23-year-old Danyon, a former baby Easter bunny who now rows competitively and is currently seeking his Masters in Public Health:
BABY, LOOK AT YOU NOW! Here's another blast from the past - way back in those frantic days of shooting for greeting cards - and look what one of my little Easter bunnies has grown in to - a handsome 23 year old! From Helen (Danyon's mother) "Danyon was a baby Easter bunny in 1994. His bunny suit was too small and he burst out of it. Now he is 23 and 6'4"! Still photogenic! At secondary school he played football and was keeper for several years as well as the Captain of the first eleven. In his final year he was Head Boy. He is currently doing his Masters in Public Health at the University of Auckland. He also rows competitively for Auckland Rowing Club. When not doing these things he is conquering the ancient world or at the beach. He loves cats and has been known to rescue stray kittens". Spoken like a true mum Helen! You must be super proud. Oh and Danyon - now all your friends will know you were the sweet little bunny all those years ago ☺️. I'm regularly posting new images for this series so if you were one of "my" early babies and you'd like to take part just contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org - send a fav recent pic of yourself and tell me what you're up to these days - I love hearing from you all 😍 XOAnne #protectnurturelove #annegeddesbaby #smallworld #annegeddespaint #babylookatyounow
There's Erin, a former "toadstool fairy" who's now a budding environmentalist:
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 email@example.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
And Ashleigh, who went from teddy bear to author:
BABY, LOOK AT YOU NOW! Who remembers The Potting Shed from my first book "Down in the Garden"? Tiny 6 month old Ashleigh was a cute little teddy bear in one of the pots, which by the way were all hand painted by local art students in New Zealand. Here's Ashleigh today, an author in her own right - who's working on her third book and also has her own book review website called The Literature Hub. Ashleigh has a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Creative Writing and works part time as the Education Coordinator for Papakura Museum in NZ. Well done Ashleigh - I'm proud of you! But yikes! All my babies are growing up way too fast 😳! I'll be posting more updates on some of my early babies so if you were in one of my images and you'd like to take part, send a fav photo of yourself and tell me a little about what you've been up to at firstname.lastname@example.org XOAnne #babylookatyounow #protectnurturelove #annegeddesbaby #downinthegarden
And then there's this shot, of identical triplets at 9 weeks old, and then again at age 17 on the night of their school prom:
... and I thought I'd repost this image of the girls as they are today - so beautiful! But oh dear all my babies are growing up way too fast ... sigh! This is from my BABY, LOOK AT YOU NOW SERIES. You can read about what the girls are up to today further down my feed XOAnne #protectnurturelove #annegeddesbaby #smallworld #taschen #triplets
Geddes wrote on a recent post that so far, everyone seems to be loving the series, and she has really enjoyed hearing from some of her 'early babies.'
"Some of them competed at the Rio Olympics," she told the Huffington Post. "They're going through college and getting their degrees or they're off traveling. And some of them are parents as well. It's just a really nice thing and I love hearing from them."
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If you were in one of her images way back when and would like to take part, shoot Geddes an email at email@example.com with a recent photo of yourself and tell her what you're up to these days!
Hollee Actman Becker is a freelance writer, blogger, and mom of two who writes about parenting and pop culture. Check out her website holleeactmanbecker.com for more, and then follow her on Instagram and Twitter.