With Father’s Day just around the corner, these images of new dads, before, during and after the births of their children, are especially poignant. Photographer Dave Young spent several days in April at two London hospitals to capture the once-in-a-lifetime moments.

“For nine months it’s been all about mother and baby. Then the baby is born, and it’s all about mother and baby, and rightly so. Father’s Day is the one day of the year when we can focus on dads. I set out to capture the raw emotions of new dads. I asked dads to pen a line of advice to their newborns,” the photographer explains.

The project was created to launch the new bookmaking website The Book of Everyone. Co-Founder Steve Hanson said about the project, “The Book of Everyone is a new start-up run by 3 dads, one of whom has just had a baby and still has the look of wonder (or is it terror?) on his face. 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 in hospitals around London.”

The combination of the new father images along with the quotes result in an incredibly moving and heartwarming series, and we just love it!