Becoming a parent is a huge moment for anyone.
But one photographer wanted to show that although becoming a mum is a big deal – you are still the same person in many ways.
Lithuanian photographer Vaida Razmislavičė worked with 33 women before and after they gave birth to their first child.
She took simple passport style pictures to highlight just their gaze.
She was inspired by her own experiences as she says she didn’t have the ‘motherhood instinct’ when her first child was born.
She told Bored Panda: ‘I’ve learned everything along the way, including ignoring old know-it-all’s and growing the courage to trust my own decisions.’
Vaida wanted to show that life can go on even after having a child – the photographer managed to study for a Master’s degree while raising her two children.
She says: ‘I came up with the idea for this project when meeting people who thought of a newborn as some sort of obstacle to the parents.
‘I wanted to show that it’s possible to continue living in harmony even after having a baby.’
The women she photographed gave birth to 36 children, including three pairs of twins. There were 20 boys and 16 girls and some have already celebrated their first birthday.
Vaida said that working with the woman helped her ‘heal’ herself and her feelings around the birth of her first son.
‘Looking directly into these women’s eyes, I relived giving birth to my first son. All of the traumas and fears that I locked somewhere inside myself came back, only to vanish in the process,’ she said.
Let’s take a look at all the women in the series: