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3 Tips for Your Best Santa Pictures

Are you planning to take your children for Santa pictures in the Lynchburg, VA area in 2019? We LOVE Santa pictures and after three years of hosting Santa Claus in our studio, we have a few tricks up our sleeve to help guarantee that you love the outcome of your experience!

Unfortunately, the truth is that sometimes having pictures with Santa can feel stressful and chaotic instead of magical. But there are a few things you can do to prepare for the best experience possible.

Below are our top 3 tips to get your best Santa pictures in 2019!

  1. Bring props or books along with you.

    A security toy (stuffed animal, Christmas book) or a small, mess-free snack is a great way to give your child a small distraction if they struggle with anxiety around strangers (or jolly men in a red, fluffy suit!). Our favorite snack is a little Christmas mug with tiny (white) marshmallows. They are mess-free and theme-friendly! We don’t always recommend comfort-eating, but once a year can’t hurt anyone, right?! ;-)

  2. Don’t let your child see other upset children with Santa.

    If they see other children are stressed or unhappy, they will take that as a cue and very likely respond the same way. A good way to avoid this is to plan to visit with Santa when the location is quiet (for example; at a mall, go during their least-busy hours) or, of course, you can book a session with us where you will have the entire studio to yourselves for your whole experience!

  3. Prepare yourself to be in the pictures as a back-up plan.

    Sometimes children aren’t able to calm down around Santa without the help of a trusted adult. Our sessions allow ample time for most children to calm down, but on a rare occasion an adult needs to sit in on the session. However, if you visit a Santa in a public place, it is unlikely that there will be enough time to allow your child to calm down and get comfortable with the jolly man. In this case, you may need to be photographed and one way to guarantee you will be happy with your final photos is to arrive photo-ready yourself.

We hope you will keep these tips in mind as you plan for a successful visit with Santa Claus in the Lynchburg, VA, Roanoke, VA or Charlottesville, VA areas this coming holiday season. Would you add anything to this list? If so, we would love to hear your tips! Please share in the comments!


Are you interested in booking a private, magical and one-of-a-kind Santa Experience for your children this holiday season? We would love to work with you! Booking for The Santa Experience opens on October 4th at 9AM to newsletter subscribers only. Make sure you are subscribed to our email newsletter because we only have a limited number of sessions and they are expected to sell out on the first day!


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Liz Cook is a family, birth and wedding photographer in Central Virginia. She loves to photograph emotional and discreet birth stories, the details of parenthood, and fun and easygoing couples in love.

Liz Cook

Liz Cook is a wedding, birth, and motherhood photographer based in Central Virginia. Her intuition and creative perspective allow her to connect both professionally and personally with her subjects, and thus, her portfolio is saturated with authentic emotion. Whether she's sharing her story with fellow entrepreneurs or enjoying quality time with her husband and two daughters, Liz is both present and passionate about capturing and celebrating life. Her work has been featured by O "Oprah" Magazine, The Huffington Post, The Glitter Guide, Essence Magazine, domino, Rue Magazine, among others.