Almost two years ago I photographed Katie and Matt’s wedding. Today I saw Katie again, this time for a newborn session with their 12 day old son Lenard. Now as Katie knows, I’m pretty easy going and fun-loving 🙂 So when I asked if she had bought any special things along for Lenard’s shoot, I just laughed as Katie pulled out Matt’s racing shoes, gloves and helmet. It all came flooding back to me…her car-mad, ‘Stig’ obsessed husband who had 8 cars at their wedding.
Now, I am not one to back down from a challenge and I had no idea if I could even pull it off. But…I was determined to have a crack it! I told Katie there was no guarantee I would get the shot; helmets are cold and not at all comfortable, especially for a naked little baby.
The most important thing was little Lenard’s safety. You cannot leave a baby unattended or unsupported on any surface, least of all a helmet.That was assuming we could keep him asleep on a cold hard surface. So I pointed my heater at the helmet in an attempt to warm it a little while Katie fed Lenard (AGAIN!) Modelling was thirsty work for this little dude.
Anyway, long story slightly shorter…I took three shots. The gear on its own and Lenard in two positions supported by his Mum and with support behind the helmet. Through the magic of Photoshop (not really, just a lot of pain-staking masking) I managed to produce this image. I am super excited by the end result so, please let me introduce to you all…
Baby Lenard, otherwise known as Baby Stig.
Ps. I hope that Matt is pleased with this one 🙂