You probably don’t have photos of when you dropped that bomb to your friends and family you were going to have a baby — but, if you did, it would look a lot like this series from photographer Tom Robinson. And while the majority of pregnancy reveal ideas are so bad you’d be forgiven if you waited until after the kid was born to tell everyone, Tom had a better plan.
“I’m terrible at keeping secrets, so after only a few weeks I told my boss at work that I was going to be a dad and his reaction was so priceless I instantly knew I had to capture the reactions of my close friends and family. We hadn’t been trying for a baby and I was 29, which for London is fairly young to have a child, so I knew I’d get some good reactions.” And here they are!
“My parents. They’d just bought a new camper van and were very eager to give us a guided tour. I said I’d take a quick photo of them sitting in the back, then told them our good news. My mum was so shocked.”
“Verity’s brothers. Shocked by the news, but quickly returned to their game.”
“My sister. She lives in Australia, so the only way to tell her was on Skype.”
“Aimee. My good friend from work. We’d popped out for lunch in Putney when I gave her the good news. Her reaction was a loud ‘f–k’!”
“Verity’s best friend Caroline (Verity was sitting next to me).”
“Jose. Another good friend from work.”
“Pete. My old school friend. He bought a bottle of champagne to celebrate.”
“My cousin Jon. We went to an illustration exhibition in Brick Lane when I told him outside.”
“Tom. Another old friend. We were in a pub and he wondered why I was so keen to follow him outside for a cigarette (I don’t smoke). I just didn’t want the other people in the group to hear.”
“Martin. He already has an 8 year old so was very happy for us.”
“Brothers & sisters Ann, Neil and Lou. I don’t think Lou heard what I said as we were in a noisy pub.”
“Max. The usher at the wedding we went to. He really doesn’t like this photo.”
“Ant. Didn’t really know what to say.”