Before we knew Dashiell was a boy, or that he was the Dash we know and love—I was inspired by the portraits of mothers who had recently given birth by Rineke Dijkstra and knew I wanted to do something like it after I gave birth. Then I thought—wouldn’t it be cool to keep taking portraits after that—of everyone who held him?
It turns out that it was a little unrealistic to take a portrait directly after the birth (so many people! so much exhaustion!), so we took one the morning after. It’s also not quite possible to photograph everyone who holds Dash, but we’ve got a pretty amazing series of portraits going now.
Here are our midwives.