New Book - Bark! The Herald Angels Sing

Very exciting to have copies of my new book 'Bark! The Herald Angels Sing' A collection of images from my Christmas card project since 1990, featuring our 2 dogs Raggle and Paddy.

Published by Countryman Press, it's available at all the usual online stores and for UK customers I can sign and dedicate books purchased at Raggle Cards








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Abandoned chapel

On a recent holiday in Pembrokeshire during a circular coastal walk, I chanced upon this derelict chapel. The door was open, just nettles and brambles blocking the way, It looked like a good photo opportunity, so with my camera, I tiptoed around the rotten floorboards and spent a little time in church!
























Solar Eclipse

Solar eclipse 20.3.2015 Bristol UK. 

I only really set up my camera as a way to view the eclipse. 
With a light covering of clouds, the colours were lovely and was quite pleased with the results.

As I viewed the shots later, I discovered this single shot of a bird flying towards the eclipse, not only in a perfect position but also its shape creating a classic silhouette, very lucky!






SEASON'S GREETINGS......




In 1990 I made a Christmas card featuring our rescue terrier Paddy.

This was to be the first of many over the next 25 years.....

2 dogs, 3 children and 25 Christmas's later, making these cards has become something of a family tradition.
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! 

Below is a selection of images from over the years and I'm delighted to announce that all the cards and behind the scene shots are collected in my new book 'Bark! The Herald Angels Sing' available at most online book stores and for UK customers signed and dedicated copies from RaggleCards

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'Santa Rescue' 2015





Snappy Christmas 2014





Little Raggle Red Breast 2013



Bark Humbug 2012

Penguin in Peril 2011

While Shepherds Watched 2010

Dog roast 2009 

Dogkey 2007

Follow Yonder Star 2006

Paddy - Choirboy 2001

Tree Topper 2000

lights camera action 1999

Pigdog 1994

Bouncers 1993

Rudolf 1990





Royal Mail photo library

We had an intense work schedule throughout Spring 2014 to create over 250 images for Royal Mail photo library.

I was commissioned by agency Home and worked closely with them from the start.
An epic task of planning and production for their team, as the detail in each image needed to be carefully considered in advance.

Long hours, midnight motorway service stops, the location van became our 2nd home!
Thanks to the dedicated team from Home + Royal Mail, Good spaces locations, Jaine Bevan stylist, Ian Usher retouching, Claudia + Victoria hair / make up, Callum, Fergus + Charlie assistants, Mustard models and everyone else involved.

Here is a small selection:












City of Bristol College - Portraits

Portraits of students at City of Bristol College,  shot for 'Learning for Life' campaign with SBW Advertising.








In other news from the studio.....


We've moved in and will be building our house next door to the studio, here's the story so far.... http://thorpehaus.blogspot.co.uk/