Seeing your child for the very first time is an indescribable moment. Even with all of the overwhelming emotions you're sure to be feeling, it's something you'll never forget, but still: if you had the opportunity to freeze that moment and capture it on film forever, why wouldn't you? For a father, there is truly nothing like gazing down at the newborn baby you helped to create, which is why
birth photos of new dads taken right after birth are some of the most genuinely beautiful photos out there.
Fathers may not be able to experience the magical feeling of actually giving birth to a child, but those present in the delivery area are still able to witness the miracle of life (yes, that sounds corny, but it's an accurate statement!) firsthand. The first couple of times any dad holds their baby in their arms will be a huge bonding experience for both father and child, and that bond will hopefully blossom into a wonderfully close relationship between the two.
The photos of these dads' faces taken at the moment their baby was born will make you feel all the feels — and possibly even inspire you to hire a birth photographer when it's your turn.
1 The Huge Smile
In this photo by
Monet Nicole, a father clearly can't handle his excitement about being able to hold his child for one of the first times ever, and really, who can even blame him?! 2 Skin To Skin
In this photo by Indiana birth photographer
Renèe Mason, this father and newborn are enjoying one of the best and most intimate bonding experiences: skin-to-skin contact. How comfy does that little baby look? 3 All Wrapped Up
San Diego birth photographer
Audrey Rodriguez caught this beautiful moment between dad and baby. Even without being able to make out the dad's entire face, you can tell exactly how tender this moment was. 4 I Am Your Father
There's nothing like commemorating the birthing experience with a punny T-shirt, right? In this photo by Florida birth photographer
Paulina Splechta, a dad smiles down at his newborn while appropriately wearing a Star Wars shirt that reads, "I am your father." 5 All The Feels
This sweet dad is clearly completely overwhelmed by emotion in this photo by Louisiana birth photographer
Dannielle Hale. In her caption of the photo on Instagram, Hale wrote, "I watched as he took a step back, and just let ALL of the emotions from that night hit him like his very own wave." 6 The Water Birth
You can see the pure joy on this father's face in this photo by Rodriguez. And look at this warrior of a mom right after going through a water birth! This picture is all-around perfect.
7 The Biggest Smile
This adorable photo by Mason encapsulates the thrill of realizing your baby is finally here in the flesh. And you're the dad! What could be better?
8 A First Kiss
Nicole beautifully captures a gentle first kiss between father and child — it even looks like this baby is smiling. And how sweet is mom in the background?
9 The Quiet Moments
This photo by Hale might be a little more on the serious side, but you can still clearly see how happy and touched the dad is as he gently strokes his baby's face. Excuse me while I cry.
10 The New Family
In this photo by Splechta, dad looks like he can't believe he helped to create this tiny little baby. This moment seems like such a peaceful one amid all the chaos that was surely happening.
11 The Emotional One
In this photo by New York City birth photographer
Katherine Marivelle, a father is gently cradling his newborn close during skin-to-skin bonding time. The dad truly looks like he was born to do this. 12 The Curious Baby
It's not often that you get to stare at a newborn's eyes in a photo right after they were born, so give me a minute to just soak this image in. In this sweet photo by Rodriguez, dad is totally focused on his child, and it's adorable.
13 The Disbelief
Hale shows exactly how much this dad looks like he can't believe how lucky he is to hold his newborn child in the hospital right after birth. Look at that smile!
14 That Proud Feeling
Marivelle captured one of this family's first photos together, which is just so special. This dad could not look more thrilled — and the wild part? In her caption of the photo on Instagram, Marivelle wrote that the mother had just gone through
45 hours of labor. 15 The Bonding Moment
The father can't stop smiling at his new baby in this photo by Splechta — in fact, he looks like he doesn't even notice the camera. Who would with that little cutie in their arms?
16 The First Sweet Cry
Even a newborn's first cries are adorable, no matter how loud they may be. In this photo by Nicole, dad holds mom while she holds their baby. Excuse me while I sob.
17 The Embrace
This sweet photo by Mason shows a dad cuddling up to his newborn and looking totally overwhelmed by emotion. That's one thing every new parent can understand.
18 Can't Stop Staring
It seems like mom and dad barely even notice each other in this photo by Rodriguez — they're completely enthralled with their new baby.
19 Smiles All Around
In this photo, Hale captured one of this family's first moments together, and it's truly frame-worthy. They both look so happy that you just feel happy for them, too.
20 Dad's Turn
This photo by Splechta is all around perfect: the mom holding the dad's hand, the dad cradling his baby close by for some skin-to-skin contact, the baby looking super peaceful in the little swaddle. It's just the cutest.
21 The Best Moment
This dad can't contain his joy while he gazes upon his newborn baby in this photo by Marivelle. It's basically impossible to look at this picture without smiling.
22 The Special Stare
I can't say for sure, but I'm pretty positive that this dad may be close to happy tears in this photo, which is a beautiful moment captured by Mason.
23 The First Look
This might be this dad's very first look at his newborn as mom holds the baby close in this photo by Splechta. Look at that little baby face. It's somehow even cuter that the baby hasn't been cleaned up yet.
24 The Loving Gaze
How sweet is this beautiful photo by Marivelle? You can immediately tell exactly how happy this father is to be holding his newborn.