WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — You see those photos and you know, immediately, who took them.
The baby dressed up as potted sunflowers or, maybe, coming out of a pumpkin.
“Oh, that Anne Geddes,” you say. “Man, she’s talented.” And you’d be wrong.
Not wrong about the quality of the cute pictures of babies and newborns in interesting set-ups. It’s just that you don’t have to travel to New Zealand (the adoptive home of Australian-born Anne Geddes) to have them done. Julie Wagoner does similarly creative work, right here in Winston-Salem.
Much like Geddes, Wagoner isn’t a highly-trained photographer. Highly-talented, yes, and if you consider self-training, maybe highly-trained. But her degree from Meredith College is in psychology and she spent her first few years after graduation as an elementary school teacher. Then a family member bought a fancy camera, she picked it up and hasn’t put it down, since (well, okay, maybe to sleep or grab a meal).
Wagoner calls her shop, “Uppercase Photography.” It’s on West Fourth Street in Winston-Salem and she’s photographed hundreds of kids and newborns over the seven or so years she’s been in operation. Her work is one of those things you have to see to appreciate (hey, they’re photos, after all), and you’ll get to do just that, in this edition of the Buckley Report.