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ONE DAY YOUNG

April 09, 2015



Okay I know, I know, since announcing I'm pregnant it's all about babies and pregnancy over here. I just can't help it! I promise to mix it up a little, but I really wanted to share this amazing collection of photographs. The project is called One Day Young by Jenny Lewis, and features mothers with their babies at one day old. I love how real the photos are, showing the mothers looking over joyed and over tired, and completely in a state of natural emotion. It shows a different side to the typical photo shoots we see of mothers and babies, where the mother looks put together and not like she has just been in labour for a number of hours.

It’s really quite simple — I wanted to tell a story about the strength and resilience of women post-childbirth that I feel goes largely unacknowledged in today’s world. To reassure women that childbirth is ok; yes it’s painful but it is a positive pain, one that has purpose and is just part of the journey, a rite of passage into motherhood. To make visible other emotions that are far more powerful: the joy, the overwhelming love and the triumphant victory every new mother feels. In my mind this is the supportive message we should be passing on to future generations rather than paralysing them with fear.

I would love to be shot like this after having my baby, looking real and in my natural state. These photos are just so beautiful and powerful, don't you think?


See the full project here, and you can buy the book here

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