A series of beautiful photos which show the moment two dads meet their newborn baby for the first time have gone viral and prompted an outpouring of emotion from people around the world.
The moving moment when new dads BJ Barone and Frankie Nelson first held their baby, Milo, was captured by Canadian photographer Lindsay Foster.
"Words can not tell you how wonderful it was to witness this amazing moment in time," Lindsay wrote on her Facebook page.
"But I am VERY hopeful that these images can make you feel the deep LOVE and admiration that everyone felt for this surrogate mom and the baby's new parents. These Daddies will most certainly be two amazing parents.
"I look at these pictures and I immediately tear up."
Milo was born on June 27 via a surrogate mother, who didn't use her own eggs and was unrelated to either BJ or Frankie.
"She was very happy to have given this gift," says Lindsay. "She, her husband and two children are all doing great."
The two dads were topless for their first cuddle with their son as they wanted to have skin-to-skin contact, which is beneficial to newborn babies and has a calming effect.
Lindsay was in the delivery room with BJ, Frankie, the surrogate mum, the surrogate's husband and two midwives throughout the labour, which she says lasted 'hours', and says she feels like she got to know them all well.
Lindsay posted the photos on her Facebook page and they have already been liked by more than 38,000 people and shared by more than 6,000.
In response to the emotional response the photos have received, BJ and Frankie shared the following message via Lindsay's Facebook page:
"Thank you to everyone out there who has taken the time to like, comment and share our picture! This was truly an incredible moment in our lives that will be captured forever by the lovely Lindsay Foster Photography.
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"We are so lucky that we have a beautiful, healthy baby boy! All comments posted are respected, although we may not agree with the negative ones, the positive ones far outweigh the negative.
"Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. This is a moment of pure love and acceptance. Milo is surrounded by unconditional love and he will grow up knowing many different types of families and accept everyone (intolerant people included).
"Milo was born during World Pride. This picture represents everything Pride is about. Love has no colour nor gender nor sexual preference. Love is unconditional. Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts! xxoo."
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