Photographer Pieter ten Hoopen and I spent the last several months traveling the world with our portable studio in order to document more than 25 child mothers. The portable studio was Pieter's idea. He wanted to create vintage family portraits that would give the young girls and their children our full attention, in a dignified way. He used the same background and setting in order to portray that this is a global issue that creates similar challenges, regardless of where the child mothers happen to live.
It was not until I was 30 that I gave birth to my first child — more than twice the age of 13-year-old Angelica, whom we interviewed for this project.
The bravery of these young mothers has taught us what it is like to be a child — and a mother — at the same time.
*Names have been changed by Plan International for protection purposes.