Parent Leave, Swedish Style (2015-2016)

My name is Andy Hayball, I'm a wedding photographer in Sweden. My wife Helen and I welcomed our daughter Olivia into this world on April 15th 2015. You're always told before the birth, enjoy every moment and milestone as they grow up quick. Olivia is no exception, she is developing very quickly! As a photographer it's very easy to miss the pictures that mean the most, pictures of family members often get ignored. Not this time.

Whilst on extended parent leave (November 2015 - November 2016) I will document her growth and development by taking a picture a day for a full year (365 project). I will upload each image to this blog with stylistic focus on documentation. I want to capture the day to day life as naturally as possible. Sweden as a nation and government are very encouraging with extended male parent leave so this project is titled Parent Leave, Swedish Style.

November 2016 update. This project has come to a successful close! I'm extremely grateful for having such a supportive wife throughout this project, I couldn't have made it alone. Also thanks to the many inspiring people in the photography industry that reached out to me. My project was featured by PetaPixel, CreativeLive, Bugaboo, The Photo Argus and Scott Kelby (Kelby One). Helping to showcase my work to thousands of people.

Thank you deeply to everyone that took time out of their days to come along for my 365 ride! See you on the next project!