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Dad Al Ferguson from Tunbridge Wells left holding baby Ted as he poos on his arm during photo-shoot with Kirsty Grant

By Annabel Rusbridge-Thomas

A father from Kent had an unexpected surprise when his four-day-old baby decided to make a mess on his arm during a professional photo-shoot - a moment that was captured by the photographer and has gone viral online.

Al Ferguson, a blogger from Tunbridge Wells, cradled his newborn baby ready to capture memorable shots sure to be kept in the family album, but what Mr Ferguson wasn't prepared for was baby Ted's surprise package.

Local photographer Kirsty Grant captured the moment that the proud dad looked on hopeless as little Ted let go all over Al's arm.

Warning: Some readers might find image below distasteful

Loving father Al Ferguson cradles his four-day-old son Ted in a touching shot, but what happened next he did not expect.... Picture: Kirsty Grant/Rex Features
Loving father Al Ferguson cradles his four-day-old son Ted in a touching shot, but what happened next he did not expect.... Picture: Kirsty Grant/Rex Features

The photo-shoot took place just a few days after Ted was born last month. Al, 26, and his wife Jennifer got in touch with Kirsty, a family friend who had photographed Jen's baby bump whilst pregnant.

They liked the photos so much that they went back and asked her to take portraits in the sleeping, naked baby style made popular in the 1980s.

But what happened during the photo-shoot was a moment no-one expected, but left both parents and Kirsty in fits of laughter.

Baby Ted makes a mess on shocked dad Al Ferguson - and photographer Kirsty Grant captured the 'money shot'... Picture: Kirsty Grant/Rex Features
Baby Ted makes a mess on shocked dad Al Ferguson - and photographer Kirsty Grant captured the 'money shot'... Picture: Kirsty Grant/Rex Features

Al said: "I had no idea what was going to happen. We were probably about 10 shots in and I felt Ted's tummy tighten a little bit but I didn't think he was straining or going to go to the toilet, and within seconds he just exploded.

"So many thoughts went through my head in those seconds, but my main concern was for our rug that was seconds away from being ruined.

"Jen just collapsed in fits of laughter, we couldn't comprehend what had just happened.

"Surprisingly our rug has come out quite unharmed, a little elbow grease and it was clean."

Jennifer and Al Ferguson and new born baby Ted at his birth party
Jennifer and Al Ferguson and new born baby Ted at his birth party
Kirsty Grant photographed Jen whilst she was pregnant. Picture: Kirsty Grant
Kirsty Grant photographed Jen whilst she was pregnant. Picture: Kirsty Grant

Kirsty, 35, who lives in Tunbridge Wells didn't realise she had snapped the shot, she said: "When it happened I was more worried about the carpet so I rushed to get a nappy underneath Ted's bum, but I must have taken the shot just as I moved.

"We didn't really look at my pictures for a little while because we were trying to stop laughing, we didn't want to wake Ted up but it was so hard to contain ourselves. Al was trying to keep his laughter in as he was still holding him.

"We were saying 'can you imagine if we got a picture of that' and when Jen realised we had got the shot, it set her off hysterically laughing again.

"It's quite overwhelming how far the photographs have travelled, I've had so many people getting it touch, I get emotional at times because people all over the world have seen it."

Baby Ted unaware of the hilarious photo he had just created. Picture: Kirsty Grant/Rex Features
Baby Ted unaware of the hilarious photo he had just created. Picture: Kirsty Grant/Rex Features

Al originally posted the picture on his blog 'The Dad Network' to show his followers the fantastic moment, he said: "I joked about the picture going viral when I put it online, but I never thought it would go this far.

"It's quite bizarre really how crazy it's gone. Ashton Kutcher even shared the photo on Facebook and it has got over 25,000 shares and 3,000 comments - it's unbelievable.

"Ashton is due to be a dad too so he probably found the photo quite funny, it's mad to think a-list celebrities have been interested in this."

Al posted on his blog yesterday: "Wow! Who would have thought that in 48 hours, The Dad Network and Ted would have been round the entire globe on some of the biggest websites on the web. I certainly wouldn't have."

Married couple Al and Jen previously had a miscarriage, which sparked Al's desire to start his blog aimed at sharing thoughts, feelings and experiences with other fathers and men who may be in similar positions.

Al said: "It was a really difficult time when Jen and I had the miscarriage, we had a lot to deal with and as a dad I felt like I didn't have anywhere for to share my thoughts.

"So I started The Dad Network and it's grown from there, people really seem to be responding to it which is fantastic."

Al hopes to create a scrapbook of the pictures to show his son when he grows up - that's what you call a family album.

Ted all cleaned up
Ted all cleaned up

The proud parents said that after the world-wide attention Ted's 'money-shot' has received they are going to frame it on their wall - and Al said it is definitely a photo that will be brought out at future birthdays and family events.

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