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!

Book release

Excited to announce I have a book to be released in Autumn 2016. 
I've enjoyed working with Countryman Press to produce a book featuring my Christmas Dogs.
There's a little more info on the Amazon links below.

Its available on 3rd Oct in the US:  Amazon.com  
and on the 4th Nov in the UK :  Amazon.co.uk

More news on this to follow…….

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!


In 1990 photographer Peter Thorpe made a Christmas card featuring his rescue terrier Paddy.

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

So 2 dogs, 3 children and 25 Christmas's later, making these cards has become something of a family tradition and a lovely record to treasure.

"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"! 

Paddy and Raggle have been various characters over the years but never a Santa until now. If you are going to spend all evening up and down chimneys, you're bound to get stuck at some point. 

Thankfully you can always call 'Santa Rescue'

'Santa Rescue' 2015

Visit our Facebook page and new online card shop

Below are a few more from the archives and a video of the project here: 

Festive dogs 1990 - 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/