Photographer Jenny Lewis captures the intensity and joy of new motherhood in her new book, One Day Young. Lewis photographed women in her London borough of Hackney on their first day of being a mother. Lewis selected 40 portraits of mother and child from more than 150 that she had taken of women from all walks of life. She says of the series,

“My aim was 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.”

“I find the collection of images defiant and beautiful, challenging the expected vision of those first twenty-four hours, a pure celebration of what it means to be a mother.”

One Day Young by Jenny Lewis is published by Hoxton Mini Press, available from


See more of Jenny’s work at and you can buy the book here. 

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