Peter Thorpe, a Bristol-based photographer, created a little personal holiday tradition that started about 20 years ago. Peter’s dog Paddy was the one it all started with, and it continues to this day with his current furry friend Raggle.

While many others would turn to Photoshop, Peter opts to use real props instead to create a more authentic and fun feel to the photos. Once the shots are done, he uses them as holiday cards to send to his family and friends.

“2 dogs, 3 children and now over 20 Christmas’s later, making these cards has become something of a family tradition and a lovely record to treasure,” he writes on his blog. “The fun for me, has been choosing to continue to create these traditionally rather than with Photoshop, by making my own sets + props and using a fair bit of food bribery.”

Sadly, Raggle is growing older so this year’s card is her last one before she “retires” as Peter’s holiday cards model. “Elderly + with a weak heart, she still responds very well to tasty food so we lifted her on set for just a few minutes,” Peter tells. “Like a true pro, sat in position and gave a few head and eye line options before returning to her basket for another snooze!”

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And here are some of Paddy’s shots too!

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Visit Peter’s blog to read more about his tradition and see his other photographic works.

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