mother holding the newborn baby at her home in teddington london

There is something about this image that I absolutely adore. It’s simple, timeless, imperfect and there’s certain vulnerability in it that every mother feels in those first few weeks and months after giving birth. There was no direction from me here – this is how this mum holds her baby, as she stood there watching her husband and her eldest son play on the trampoline.

It was the second time I photographed this family – the first one being two years prior when their first son was born. We spent a lovely morning playing in the garden and inside their house in Teddington, capturing both natural spontaneous moments, as well as creating a couple of more directed family portraits to include in their album, but it’s this one simple faceless image that I keep coming back to.