The Santa Experience

brought to you exclusively by Liz Cook Photography


November 29th, 30th & December 1st, 2019

Booking opens to the public on October 4th at 2PM EST!

Your child's Santa experience should be magical... not stressful! 


absolutely no waiting in line

quiet, no-pressure time with Santa

the magic in your child's eyes as she sees Santa sneaking in the room

professional, high-quality pictures documenting the entire experience

digital downloads of pictures you KNOW you will love! 


scroll down to reserve your time slot


your experience includes:

client preparation guide & wardrobe guidance

10 minutes of quality, private time with Santa

online gallery of 10+ images (view sample gallery)

all high-resolution digital images available to download

$135 + tax


How It Works:

Schedule your child's personal visit with Santa at our studio in Forest, VA. Experience the wonder of Christmas through your child's eyes as we capture their first glimpse of Santa and continue snapping away as they hop on his lap and enjoy sharing their Christmas wishes with him. 

After your session, you will receive an online gallery of 10+ images to download as high-resolution digital downloads.

Below you will find all the details and time slot options for these unique sessions. 

Step By Step:

  1. Select "The Santa Experience" below and proceed to checkout to pay your session fee deposit.

  2. Receive a confirmation email with a link to the session contract & details form.

  3. Sign the contract and fill out the registration form to confirm your session.

  4. Decide on your children's final attire for the session.

  5. Arrive and experience the magic of Santa Claus!

  6. Receive an online gallery of images within 2 weeks of your session. 

  7. Order affordable, high quality prints directly from your gallery to have shipped straight to you. Or download your images through digital download to share over social media


Reserve Your time slot


2019 Santa Experience: November 29th, 30th & December 1st

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the Santa Session?

Your time slot lasts 10 minutes from your scheduled start time. You and your family will be the ONLY guests inside the studio during your time with Santa. Please arrive early and wait in the parking lot to ensure your full 10 minutes with Santa. If you want more face to face time with Santa, you're welcome to book two back to back slots for a total of 20 minutes! Unless you have four or more children, we have found that 10 minutes is plenty.

Will we get the digital files?

Yes! You will receive your online gallery of 10+ high-resolution, downloadable images with a personal print release by end of business December 13, 2019 for sharing with friends and family or your Christmas card! (Check out a full sample gallery by clicking here.)

Do you give full rights to all of the images?

Along with your downloadable images, you will also receive a Limited Print Release to use when you print your pictures. A Limited Print Release allows you to download all of the pictures and print them at your preferred print location. However, Liz Cook Photography will retain the full Copyrights which means you are not permitted to alter the images, sell them, or submit them to any publications or contests without prior written approval from Liz Cook Photography. 

Where do you suggest we print our pictures?

All clients are able to order both prints AND canvases straight from their online gallery! I’d hate for your investment to be ruined by using a non-professional, low-quality print lab. I’ve seen the comparisons and they just don’t match up to what my print lab offers. I highly recommend you order prints from your private gallery to preserve the color and quality! 

Where are the sessions held?

Santa sessions take place in our private natural light studio in the New London area of Forest, Virginia. The studio is one mile off of VA-460, located inside of a private residence. 

What if the weather is non-ideal the day of our session?

Not to worry! The sessions are held inside the studio and we use studio lighting to offset the darker winter days as well. And if by chance it happens to snow, let's just say Santa's sleigh has 4WD. :)

Who is Santa? Is he a professional?

Our Santa has been with us for two years now - and he's amazing! We have a whole write-up in our Client Preparation Guide about him, his background, and how he got started as Santa! You will know his real name, where he lives and works (during the week) :)), and more from his resume before you even show up at the studio. 

Is this a family session or just for children?

Just for children! That being said, if your child needs to be held by you to feel safe and secure with Santa, that's totally okay!

What should my child(ren) wear?

This is completely up to you! Upon registration, you will receive a Client Preparation Guide with clothing advice to help you with this process. We have had kids wear everything from their Christmas Finest to their holiday pajamas! We love Burt's Bees neutral pajama line, but any festive attire is welcome! Most importantly, help your child be comfortable.

I am nervous about my child’s reaction to Santa. What if s/he cries the whole time?

This is a natural concern, especially when you are investing so much for this experience! To ease your concerns, please remember that these sessions are 10 minutes long (not 1-2 minutes like other places). This has proven to be plenty of time for most children to warm up to Santa considering we practice a child-led approach. It is important to note that our Santa is also a grandfather himself, and he does everything he can to avoid the "crying baby" pictures.

If you are especially concerned about this, please let us know ahead of time. We have some tricks to ensure we get a couple of great shots of your child(ren) with Santa without them even knowing! We  also welcome you to bring along a wrapped present for Santa to give to shy children (consider a favorite book that Santa could read to him/her, or a favorite toy or stuffed animal). Note: Please only bring something you are okay being photographed. 

We also include a couple of other preparation tips for you and your children in our Client Preparation Guide you will receive after booking your session. Ultimately, if your child just really doesn't want anything to do with the man in the red suit, we will do what we can to make the most of your session time (with your permission, of course)! We like to take the approach of embracing these memories and allowing the photographs to depict the true activity of the session. It'll certainly make for a great story later! 

Do I have to book a different time slot for each of my children?

No. Not at all! However, if you have more than three children coming, we highly recommend you book two back-to-back time slots to ensure plenty of time for each child to spend with Santa. 

Your website says you are fully booked, is there anything we can do?

We sell out every year. We have a cap on our spots, and once this cap is reached, the calendar will close. If you missed out on booking, please e-mail us to join the waitlist. Sometimes we have a family whose child becomes sick and they need to sell their spot, and we'll go down our waiting list to offer it first come, first serve.

The Fine Print

This special offer is for 2019 Santa Experience sessions only.
No cash value. No product substitutions will be allowed. No refunds.