While she's used to taking celebrity portraits like those of actress Keira Knightley, chef Jamie Oliver or the rock band Beastie Boys, photographer Jenny Lewis shows that she's just as skilled at capturing beautiful portraits of mother and child. One Day Young is a touching photo project that shows mothers with their babies within 24 hours of their birth. Lewis didn't know any of the mothers beforehand, rather, she called out for participants in the London borough of Hackney with this message:
"My aim is to capture the extraordinary bonding, warmth and strength between mother and infant. In fact the whole range of amazing emotions felt at that time, as the mothering instinct kicks in. Having had a home birth, I am particularly interested in catching this moment of intimacy in the home, where the outside world has not burst the bubble..."
Look through the photographs and you'll see a wide range of emotions displayed on each woman's face. However, there's one feeling that runs throughout...pride. “Motherhood really brings people together, it doesn’t matter how much money you’ve got, or what your job is, you’ve just done this amazing thing so everyone feels joyous and proud,” Lewis said.
We couldn't agree more. Happy Mother's Day to all you moms out there!
See more of Jenny Lewis' photos here.