Inspired 40 Emotional Photos Of Dads Meeting Their Babies for the First Time

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Becoming parents are a challenging yet rewarding process. Seeing our children grow up healthily day by day, leave home, and have their own life. Itโ€™s the simplest yet biggest achievement of all parents in their life.

Nothing can describe the feeling of dads and moms when seeing their babies for the very first time. There are few moments in life as moving as when moms give birth and meet their baby for the first time โ€ฆ but what about dads? Itโ€™s just as heart-melting. Dads lay eyes on their newborns for the first time and hold his baby in his arms for the first time. It gets them hooked. They actually become a father. It must be one of the most magical moments in their life. To preserve it forever, why not capture that meet-and-greet?

As one photographer so eloquently put it: Moms tend to bond with their babies throughout the pregnancy, but the love often doesnโ€™t hit dads until they first met their newborn baby. As a new dad sees and finally gets to hold his baby in his arms for the first time, it sinks in โ€” I am a father. This is my child. Thatโ€™s what makes these images so powerful and emotional to see โ€” consider this an ode to fatherhood from the moment it begins.

The collection is below is about 40 emotional photos of dads meeting their baby for the first time captured by several amazing birth photographers who are able to witness these intimate moments of families growing. Letโ€™s scroll down to look and share them!

1. The Moment Moms Miss

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โ€œThis dad is holding his newest little girl for the first time,โ€ says photographer Jessica Heksem. โ€œOne of my favorite moments to capture โ€” after Momโ€™s face after the birth of their baby โ€” is Dadโ€™s reaction. This is something that most moms donโ€™t see because they are having their own bonding moments, so to catch those loving smiles that they have just melts my heart!โ€

2. Safe in Dadโ€™s Arms

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โ€œThis image was taken right after this dad witnessed the quick two-hour homebirth of his baby girl,โ€ says photographer Sarah Jankowski. โ€œYou could tell he was already so in love with her!โ€

3. Making Faces

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โ€œThis funny man is holding his daughter for the first time,โ€ says photographer Tammy Schmit. โ€œAs he stared adoringly into her eyes, she stuck her tongue out at him, and he responded in kind.โ€

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4. One-on-One Time

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โ€œIn this photo, Dad comforts his brand-new baby boy under the warming light,โ€ says photographer Laura Eckert. In fact, according to birth photographers, the warming light is often the first place where dads get to meet and bond with their infants.

5. Hello There!

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โ€œThis baby was laid on his mamaโ€™s chest as soon as he was born,โ€ says photographer Casandra Hawkins. โ€œThis was the moment his daddy got to see his son for the very first time.โ€

6. Catch!

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โ€œThis daddy is catching his very first daughter,โ€ says photographer Melissa Cate. โ€œMama delivered in the water on her hands and knees, and baby went directly into Daddyโ€™s waiting arms.โ€

7. Double Rainbow Baby

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โ€œAfter two losses, this happy and supportive father welcomed his double rainbow baby daughter into the world,โ€ says photographer Jennifer Mason. โ€œHis strong wife labored for over 24 hours to bring baby earthside, and this dad was there every step of the way.โ€

8. The Four Faces of Fatherhood

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โ€œThis series of photos embodies everything becoming a father is to me,โ€ says photographer Ashley Marston. โ€œI look at it often, and it brings me right back to that moment. As the photographer, it was hard to keep my camera still. The tears were rolling down my cheeks. I could see the range of emotion in him. It had been a very long and emotional birth, there was relief, then awe, disbelief and then overwhelming love. A lot of the emotions we experience every day as parents โ€” all captured in one very important moment.โ€

9. Skin to Skin

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โ€œThere is no better feeling in this world than that first skin-to-skin contact with your fresh baby,โ€ says Marston, the photographer of this photo too. While skin-to-skin is something we typically think of babies doing with Mom, with Dad, itโ€™s just as beautiful.

10. Holding Hands

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In this photo, dad and baby bonded with a little hand holding. โ€œShortly after coming earthside, this baby grasped onto her fatherโ€™s finger,โ€ says photographer Sabrena Rexing.

 

11. Staring into Each Otherโ€™s Eyes

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โ€œThis little girl knew exactly who her daddy was and just gazed at him the whole time they had skin to skin,โ€ recalls photographer Keri-Anne Dilworth. โ€œIt was such a beautiful moment to capture.โ€

12. Love at First Sight

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โ€œThe first of many times that father will admire his son,โ€ says photographer Jaydene Freund.

13. First Kiss

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โ€œThis dad had so much love and joy that his son had arrived safely, he leaned over to give a tender kiss while he lay there in the scale,โ€ says photographer Freund.

14. Up Close and Personal

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โ€œI love how this dad is getting to know his newborn son, baby Tyson,โ€ says photographer Janelle Kamp.

15. Life-Changing Moment

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โ€œA mother is said to feel like a parent throughout the pregnancy, but the moment a father first holds their child is profoundly life changing,โ€ says photographer Ari Landworth. โ€œThis image is intended to impart the gravity of that momentโ€

16. Nothing but Pride

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โ€œFirst-time dad welcomes his baby girl after a long day of worrying. He prayed for a safe C-section after many hours of labor and finally in his arms he couldnโ€™t contain his joy,โ€ photographer Melissa Benzel tells CafeMom. โ€œInstant love.โ€

17. Forehead Smooches

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โ€œBabyโ€™s first kiss,โ€ Benzel says. โ€œDaddy is happy to be loving on his firstborn.โ€

18. Sheer Gratitude

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โ€œThis is the first time dad looks at his wife with love, admiration, and thankfulness for birthing a perfect little baby after so much hard work during labor,โ€ Benzel says.

19. Belly Rubs

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โ€œDad couldnโ€™t keep his eyes off baby,โ€ Benzel says.

20. Eager Welcome

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โ€œDad canโ€™t contain the tears of joy and relief after seeing his baby safely in his wifeโ€™s arms,โ€ Benzel says.

 

21. Daddyโ€™s Miracle

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โ€œFinally getting to hold his baby girl!โ€ Benzel says. โ€œThis couple had an early pregnancy scare but baby is now finally in his arms, safe and perfect!โ€

22. Holding Him Close

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โ€œThis is a first-time dad and already his baby boyโ€™s favorite guy!โ€ Benzel says.

23. Rainbow After the Storm

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โ€œDad catches his rainbow baby girl. After a terrible loss, he now sees his perfect baby girl and canโ€™t stop smiling,โ€ Benzel says.

24. Home-Birth Hello

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โ€œFirst home birth, second baby girl,โ€ Benzel says. โ€œDad is right there, in first place for meeting. And baby just canโ€™t stop looking at her daddy.โ€

25. Overcome With Appreciation

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โ€œDad looks at his wife in awe of what an incredible woman she is,โ€ Benzel says. โ€œNo one could not smile seeing how happy he was.โ€

26. New Dad Glow

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โ€œDad is thrilled to finally get to meet his little girl!โ€ Benzel says. โ€œHolding on to both of his loves, he canโ€™t help but smile from ear to ear!โ€

27. Cherishing the First Moment

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โ€œDad holds his little one close. She will never be this little again; just taking all in!โ€ Benzel says.

28. Cradled With Love

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โ€œFourth-time dad meeting his latest creation,โ€ Benzel says. โ€œHe looks at him as if itโ€™s his first!โ€

29. Surrounded by Babies

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โ€œDad with all his babies. This last baby made two boys and three girls,โ€ Benzel said. โ€œSo much love with all these beautiful โ€˜babies.’โ€

30. Major Surprise

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This was Alexโ€™s second child and he couldnโ€™t help but laugh when he found out that baby number two was officially a girl. โ€œWe were all sure she was having a boy from the way she carried; everyone laughed and cheered in excitement!โ€ photographer Nicole DeHoff tells CafeMom.

 

31. Grinning for His Girl

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The look on Johnโ€™s face when he first little girl was born says it all. โ€œHe was flooded with emotion meeting his daughter for the first time. Instant love!โ€ DeHoff says.

32. Perfect Catch

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โ€œThere was enough love to stretch up to the moon and all the way back down to their sweet home,โ€ wrote photographer Monet Nicole.

33. Locked Eyes

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After a C-section delivery, Armando couldnโ€™t stop staring at baby Rafael.

34. From High School Sweethearts to New Parents

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โ€œZach and Dawn had fallen in love when they were teenagers, and you could tell that they had a deep connection to each other and to the baby that was soon to join the world,โ€ write Monet. โ€œZachโ€™s excitement was so contagious, and Dawn looked radiant, strong, and peaceful.โ€

35. A Surprise Boy

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โ€œWith her mom on one side and Zach on the other, Dawn pushed her sweet baby into the world. Zach was able to deliver the baby (I LOVE when dads decide to do this), and he also had the honor of announcing the big news โ€” Itโ€™s a BOY!โ€ Monet wrote

36. Nothing but Smiles

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โ€œWithin seconds of moving from tub to bed, baby Scout was born! She went right to her mamaโ€™s chest, with her dad cradling them both from behind,โ€ Monet wrote. โ€œSo much love. So much joy. So much beauty.โ€

37. Showered With Love

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โ€œJane and Brendan are a beautiful couple with a deep and powerful connection,โ€ Monet wroteย โ€œThey were so passionate and so kind to each other during Janeโ€™s birth.โ€

38. Delayed First Meeting

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โ€œZach plays for the Denver Broncos, and they knew it would be a possibility that heโ€™d be at a game when Iris went into labor. Sure enough, Iris began experiencing contractions on the very day Zach was in Chicago for an away game,โ€ Monet wrote. โ€œShe soon began pushing and before long, baby Enzo made his way into the world and into his mamaโ€™s arms. Zach was able to meet his newborn son via Skype โ€ฆ just minutes before he walked onto the field.โ€

39. Intense Love

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โ€œBefore we knew it, Laurenโ€™s water broke, and with it came a strong urge to push. I ran out to the hallway to call Joe, her husband, back upstairs,โ€ Monet wrote. โ€œHe ran in with their oldest son and jumped in the pool just seconds before Baby Eden came into the world.โ€

40. First Family Embrace

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โ€œTricia and Bruce were beautiful together. Their love and laughter filled the whole center,โ€ Monet wrote.

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