Photographer captures moment of 'pure love' as gay dads meet son

This image by a Gananoque photographer became a viral internet sensation and appeared in media...

This image by a Gananoque photographer became a viral internet sensation and appeared in media worldwide. (Image courtesy of Lindsay Foster Photography)

Wayne Lowrie, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:33 AM ET

GANANOQUE, Ont. - A local photographer says it was hard to control her own emotions as she snapped photos of two dads meeting their newborn son for the first time.

“It was such raw emotion. Those two guys were bawling and they were so super excited, and I’m behind the lens trying to keep myself under control. It was a little hard,” Lindsay Foster said in an interview after the photo she took of the June 27 birth went viral.

“It is a very unique situation, with a surrogate and two gay expecting fathers and the midwives, and to top it all off – the cherry on top – was that it was all done during Pride Week,” she said.

Foster has received calls and messages from Australia, China, Belgium, Israel, parts of Africa and all over North America. Many of the comments were from people struck by the parents’ obvious love and emotion captured by Foster just moments after baby Milo’s birth.

But there were many nasty comments, too, Foster said.

Many of the negative comments come from people who assumed the men were naked in the delivery room, she said. But that’s not true. The midwife told the men to take off their shirts because skin-to-skin contact was an important part of bonding after birth.

Foster, who has been doing delivery-room photography for several years, said she was a friend of the surrogate mother, whom she knew as a daycare teacher in Gananoque.

When she heard of her friend’s pregnancy, Foster offered to take the delivery-room photographs for free, as long as she could post them on Facebook. The surrogate and the two dads enthusiastically agreed.

Foster got the call at 10 a.m. on June 27. Her friend was a week overdue and the midwives had decided to induce.

It was at the Kingston, Ont., hospital that Foster first met the dads, BJ Barone and Frankie Nelson of Toronto.

“They were great guys – very sweet, funny and laid back,” she said.


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