Titlow, whose work has appeared in Vanity Fair, Esquire and The Guardian, was awarded the prestigious £12,000 prize for the picture taken the morning after a midsummer party in Sweden.
The photographer, who previously dated Alexa Chung, described the “perfect” moment that compelled him to take the image.
“Everyone was a bit hazy from the previous day’s excess. My girlfriend passed our son to the subdued revellers on the sofa – the composition and back light was so perfect that I had to capture the moment,” he said.
Taylor Wessing Prize 2014
The judges picked Titlow’s winning picture from more than 4,000 works submitted by 1,793 photographers.
Sandy Nairne, director of the gallery, said: “I congratulate David Titlow on making such a fascinating and compelling image which wins the Taylor WessingPortrait Prize 2014. And I offer my thanks to all the many photographers who submitted this year, allowing the judges to choose such a strong exhibition.”
A picture of a skate boarder Afghani girl taken by Jessica Fulford-Dobson won second prize, while a portrait of nine-year-old Estonian twins taken by Birgit Püve was awarded third prize.
The photographs will go on show at the National Portrait Gallery in London until 22 February.Reuse content