A long-standing tradition at our studio is Santa's Open House. For many years I kept hearing stories from clients about the terrible long lines at the mall to see Santa and then when I saw what passed for Santa photos on social media, I was shocked and knew we could do a better job. And save our clients so much time! So as our way of saying THANK YOU, every December, we invite our current year clients back to the studio with their children for a real Santa experience.
We try to keep the energy up, but also make the environment welcoming for the little ones who might not be so secure about sitting on Santa's lap. At a certain age, we find that a lot of children are really frightened of the guy in the red suit. The crying shots are a lot of fun for the grown ups, but we don't want anyone to leave with bad feelings.
We have milk and cookies (Santa's favorite!) for everyone and each child gets a chance to sit on Santa's knee and talk about what they want for Christmas --while we make beautiful professional Santa portraits for their families. We mail prints to each home the next week so everyone has beautiful memories to display each year. Some of our clients even have a Santa Album and add to the collection each year.
The faces and the sets may change from year to year, but the fun fills the room -- and the hearts --of all of us.