1. “Changed my f***ing world” – Kennedy Culliford.
Dave Young was present through the nights of 23 to 26 April 2014 at London’s Chelsea and Westminster hospital documenting the reactions of new dads minutes after their partners gave birth.
2. “Live fully, be yourself, love with all your heart.”
3. “Life is wonderful. Enjoy!” – Mike Riddell.
4. “Love, family and words” – Edward Venning.
5. “Love your dad” – Serdar Sokmen.
The photos were commissioned for The Book of Dads, a special Father’s Day charity edition of The Book of Everyone personalised books, of which half of sales proceeds of the book go towards supporting Borne, a UK premature birth charity.
6. “Have fun” – Assaf Baciu.
7. “Family is everything to me. You are the beat in my heart and the air in my lungs” – Aman Ahmad.
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 three dads, one of whom has just had a baby and still has the look of wonder - or is it terror? - on his face.
8. “Love family and life” – Reda Ali.
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.