-Photographer Mark Taylor, from Guildford, has earned himself the title 'Master of Cuteness' for snaps like these
-He follows in the footsteps of his renowned photographer mother Jane Burton who passed away in 2007
By Amanda Williams
Even the coldest-hearted Scrooge would be melted by these adorable Christmas animals.
Dressed in Santa hats or playing with tinsel the merry models start their careers early - aged just six weeks old.
And it's a fine art for photographer Mark Taylor, from Guildford, who has to distract the kittens and puppies just enough so they don't eat the props.
Card companies and calendar makers all over the world use his work which he does following in the footsteps of his renowned photographer mother Jane Burton who passed away in 2007.
Growing up in Surrey Mr Taylor said he was surrounded by some very unusual animals his mother used to photograph.
Mr Taylor, 48, who together with dad Kim Taylor run the family firm Warren Photographic, in Guildford, said continuing his mother's work was a lovely experience.
He said: 'Growing up in Albury in Surrey as a child we used to have a tame fox, a badger, an iguana and even a type of crocodile called a caiman. The kids would love to come to our house because it was like a zoo.
'At first I wasn't as keen on photography, we spent some time as a family in Kenya.
My sister Hazel and I would spend what seemed like hours in the back of a Land Rover while mum waited to get a picture of a lion or something.
'But I actually picked up a camera about 15 years ago when I was in Canada while my ex-wife taught there, mum said to me as something to do why don't I do landscape pictures for them.
'The Canadian landscape is stunning on the western coast and I think I got the bug from there. Doing the cute animal pictures now is a great privilege and I am proud to continue mum's work.'
Mark said using Christmas hats and props with his furry subjects was a challenge especially as most of the time they tried to eat them.
He said: 'The natural reaction of a kitten is to lift its paw up and try and take the hat off and eat the bobble.
'Luckily as well as inheriting mum's talent for cute animal pictures I also have her assistant Britta who is great at keeping them distracted just long enough to get the picture.'