Father’s day is coming-up and this series could not have come at a more appropriate time. Anyone who has ever been a father knows what a mixed bag of emotions you have once you come face to face with your child for the first. It’s a roller coaster ride of emotions as you go through anxiety, worry, excitement and anticipation before you finally lay eyes on your kid. This is exactly what Dave Young is able to capture, an event and moment where a picture is indeed worth more than thousand words.
Young was able to capture these priceless but fleeting expressions in an absolutely enchanting collection celebrating the joys of fatherhood. Shot mere minutes after the mothers gave birth, these photos show the gamut and expanse of emotions all dads go through.
It is reality photography at its finest. Young compiled these random images from April 23rd to April 26tth simply by walking through the halls of London’s Chelsea and Westminster hospital and came across these expectant fathers. To accompany their photos, he asked each dad to compose a message they would want to convey to their new infants.
“Nothing prepares you for this once-in-a-lifetime moment,” said Young. The collection was produced to launch a special Father’s Day book by The Book of Everyone, a website that allows you to create your own personalized books.
Co-founder Steve Hanson of The Book of Everyone says, “The idea came about when we wanted to do something special to celebrate Father’s Day. The Book of Everyone is a new start up run by 3 dads, one of whom has just had a baby and still has the look of wonder – or is it terror? – on his face. We thought it’d be fun to celebrate that awe, worry and relief on the faces of new Dads who have just witnessed the birth of their sons or daughters in hospitals around London. Dave Young was the perfect photographer to capture these once in a lifetime moments.”
If you happen to be dad and are so far removed from the joy of welcoming a child, do yourself a favor and look at Young’s work. It is guaranteed to bring at the very least a smile to your face.