By Oliver Gettell
Updated December 16, 2016 at 10:27 PM EST
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Justin Trudeau knows a good photo op when he sees it, and now one such moment is gracing the Obamas’ final White House holiday card.

In an Instagram post Thursday, White House photographer Pete Souza revealed that the Canadian prime minister was the very person who prodded him to snap the stellar photo of the first family featured on the card, during a ritzy state dinner earlier this year.

“At one point, the Prime Minister asked if we could do a photo of he and his wife with the Obama family,” Souza recalled. “Click, click, click. Then, he said I should do a photo of just the [Obamas].”

Souza continued, “I could have said, ‘sir we already did one before you arrived.’ But instead, I clicked off a few quick frames. And lo and behold, it was this picture that Justin Trudeau asked me to take which everyone loved as the choice for the 2016 White House holiday card.”

Check out the photo and read Souza’s full story below.