Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review & Giveaway - Sleeping Beauties: Newborns in Dreamland

Friday, March 19, 2010

Book Review & Giveaway - Sleeping Beauties: Newborns in Dreamland

About the BookI wanted to introduce you to internationally acclaimed photographers Tracy Raver and Kelley Ryden who are also sisters and are quickly becoming leaders in a new genre of studio photography: newborn baby portraiture. Here is a recent story about them from the UK Guardian: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1251841/The-incredible-pictures-snoozing-newborns-taken-babies-10-days-old.html#ixzz0ftHNkLZK

In September 2009 NBC's Today aired an interview with Tracy where several of the sisters' photographs were shown. The interview was soon posted on YouTube and caused a worldwide sensation. Tracy and Kelley take photos of the babies while they are under one-month old in a warm studio (higher than 80 degrees,) their bellies are full and they feel sleepy.  The sisters are based in Omaha, Nebraska but they also travel to cities around the country to photograph newborns.

Sellers Publishing is their exclusive publisher with the first collection SLEEPING BEAUTIES: NEWBORNS IN DREAMLAND to be in book stores across the country in April 2010. A portion of the proceeds from the sales of SLEEPING BEAUTIES is being donated by Sellers Publishing, Inc., to non-profit organizations whose mission is improving the health and welfare of children worldwide. The cover appears here: (https://www.rsvp.com/item.php?item=1669)

My Take on the Book
I had seen books by Anne Geddes and other such artists in the past that use young babies in interesting and beautiful ways. I was amazed at some of the images that the photographers were able to capture. I can only wish that I had the same skill at capturing such images within my own family and within my own life.

The images bring me to a place of utter tranquility. With the fact that most of these babies were completely knocked out, they look so serene and peaceful.

I truly commend these photographers for putting together a beautiful and well laid out artistic display. The images found within this book are ones that any parent or parent to be will treasure!

If this book sounds like a book that you would like to have as a part of your own library, you can find it on Amazon!


Giveaway
How would you like to win a copy of this book for yourself? I will be giving away 3 of these books to a lucky reader! All you need to do is let me know why you would have an interest in this book to be considered. The contest will run for one week and will end on March 26, 2010.

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    42 comments:

    Katrina said...

    I would like to own the book because it looks so interesting and a beautiful book any mother can enjoy.

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    Bethany said...

    I'm a photographer myself and always love looking at other people's work. I especially love newborn photography. This book sounds really inspiring!

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    rubynreba said...

    I would love to win this. I have a new grandson and I would probably give the book to his mother. Thanks.
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    Susan Margaret said...

    I would give this book to my sister in law because she is a huge Anne Geddes fan and I think she would love this book as well!

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    pam said...

    My niece is expecting and I think this would make a great shower gift for her first baby!

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    traveler said...

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    Jessica said...

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    Renee said...

    I would love to have some adorable babies to look at!

    Andrea said...

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    Andrea said...

    I have been doing wedding photography for the last couple of years and would love to expand into newborn photography. I think this is a beautiful book that would give me some great ideas!
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    Andrea said...

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    Shooting Stars Mag said...

    i'd love to check this out. I'm a huge lover of babies and I have a few friends that are pregnant/had a little one so it would be adorable to have this on hand.

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    tina reynolds said...

    I would love to win to let me daughter look at it with me I am expecting and she loves looking at baby books thanks eaglesforjack@gmail.com

    Dad of Divas said...

    Congrats to Bethany, Jessica & Andrea for winning a copy of this book! Thanks for being a part of this contest and for being a part of the Dad of Divas community.

    Please contact me in the next 48 hours with your address to claim your prize.

    Thank you to everyone else as well for being a part of our community!