The Santa Experience

The Santa Experience

...based on the belief that your child's first experiences with Santa 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! 

One of my favourite memories of my children is while we were on vacation over Christmas a few years back.  My older son was devastated that we would be in a hotel over the holiday - how would Santa find us?  How would he know where we were?  Little did my son know that we'd arranged for Santa to come to our hotel on Christmas morning itself.  When he opened the door to that jolly familiar face decked out in red and white fur, his smile couldn't have been brighter.

We had an hour that morning to play with Santa, read books, have pillow fights, and share in the memories.  Our son still talks about his special Christmas memories, and it's these Santa photos that decorate the walls of our house.  These are the moments I capture for other children - the love, the joy, the personal connection...



Come join me in-studio for your Santa Experience this year.  This is a fully interactive opportunity for your child to enjoy one-on-one time with Santa, to be truly immersed in the holiday experience.  This isn’t a traditional photography session with standard poses, but a live photojournalist documentation of the family’s interaction with Santa.  I use a variety of activities to help the session flow naturally depending on the age and cooperation of the participants, and of course, the best part is capturing your children's natural relationship with Santa in a very private holiday setting.

This year, I'm pleased to offer two packages - my standard Santa Experience for families seeking this interactive experience with Santa as well as a 5-minute mini session for clients looking for a private meet & greet with Santa.  Both opportunities are based in my studio and are private appointments for one-on-one time with Santa without the crowds, without the chaos, without the stress.


When possible, I highly recommend the 10-minute experience - and some families choose to upgrade to two back-to-back 10-minute experiences to ensure that your time is truly priceless.  With the 10-minute experience, not only do you receive customized time for crafts, reading and/or cookies with Santa, but you will receive two images edited in both my fine art and standard editing styles.  With the fine-art work, each image is carefully edited and crafted, producing fine art, high-end portraiture images designed to be cherished, wall-mounted and shared.  

During your Santa Experience, your children may enjoy:

  • Giving Santa their Christmas List

  • Looking into Santa’s Magical Bag

  • Seeing their name on the nice list

  • Reading a story together*

  • Doing a craft with Santa*

  • Having cookies with Santa *

  • Decorating a Christmas Tree *

  • *Available exclusively during the 10-minute Santa Experience Package. 







What's included with your 10-minute Santa Experience Session?

  • A private, one-on-one, interactive experience with Santa​

  • Custom Santa Letter (printable) to bring to Santa

  • A take-home gift for each child

  • Full edited preview gallery

  • Your favourite 2 images via high-resolution digital download edited for both standard and fine art imagery

  • Additional images, prints and Christmas cards available for purchase*

    • Rest​rictions and ordering deadlines apply.





What's included with the 5-minute Santa Mini Session?

  • A private meet & greet with Santa​

  • Custom Santa Letter (printable) to bring to Santa

  • Full edited preview gallery

  • Your favourite 2 images via high-resolution digital download (standard editing)

  • Additional images, prints and Christmas cards available for purchase*

    • Rest​rictions and ordering deadlines apply.






My Santa Experience sessions are a very unique type of package.  Each session fee includes both the Santa Experience and a set number of favourite Santa images delivered to you via high-resolution digital download.  In addition, you are welcome to purchase additional digital files, images and prints as upgrades.   Tax will be added to all purchases and to the session fees.  An online gallery will be presented to you within 7 days after your session so that you can select your images.  

Saturday, November 30, 9 AM - 12 PM 

in my reindeer-friendly Ladner studio!

The Santa Experience Package - $150 + GST

  • 10-minute session

  • Interactive activities with Santa - may include story time and/or crafts!

  • Cookies (and maybe cocoa?) with Santa

  • A take-home gift from Santa

  • Full edited preview gallery of at least 10 images

  • Your favourite 2 fine-art images via high-resolution digital download

  • ...and as my gift to you, the same two images for download with standard editing as well!

Want additional time?  Book an additional session back-to-back with your first for only $135!  

The Santa Mini Session - $75 + GST

  • 5-minute session

  • Interactive activities with Santa

  • A take-home gift from Santa

  • Full edited preview gallery of 10 images

  • Your favourite two images via high-resolution digital download


Add-on upgrades:


The Platinum Package: $250 + GST

  • Your favourite 10 fine-art images via high-resolution digital download 

  • Pre-purchase for $225! - must be purchased by the end of the session.

The Gold Package: $100 + GST

  • 3 additional high-resolution digital fine-art files 

The Diamond Package: $125 + GST  

  • Entire gallery of non-fine-art high-resolution digital images



These sessions sold out last year, so please don't delay.  Schedule this magical experience today – before it is gone!



Can we change outfits during the session?
The session time slot is very strict, so any changing of clothing will take away from shooting time. The time slot can not be extended based on this lost time. We recommend arriving at the studio wearing the outfits you would like to be in for your photos.  Similarly, late arrivals will not receive time extensions - please arrive early.


What happens if my child doesn’t cooperate?
While there is no guarantee that every child is ready to see and interact with joy with Santa, I have a high success rate of capturing happiness and joy with my clients - including with Santa!  I work hard to ensure laughter and smiles from my littles.  That being said, we will capture what is present.  And as a mom who has a picture of my own 2-year-old pouting in his own Santa picture, I truly believe that some of the best Santa photos include capturing their natural reactions!

If you have a little one who you know needs extended time to warm up to strangers, I encourage you to consider the 10-minute session.

What do I need to do to book?

There are a few easy steps to book your appointment!  Please schedule a time on my calendar at  Within 48 hours of booking, you must submit the forms available on my site at and submit a 25% retainer per session booked.  The retainer can be paid via cash, credit card, cheque or EMT to

Is my session reservation fee refundable?

Your session retainer is non-refundable, however your session reservation fee is transferable to another one of my 2019 holiday sessions sessions should you be unable to attend your session.  A minimum of 48 hours notice must be given to do so.

When will I receive my digital files and products purchased?
Once you place your order through your online gallery or private studio session your digital files will be finalized for digital download in 48 hours.  

Is family welcome to join the session?
Of course!  These sessions are not exclusive to the children. The entire (immediate) family can participate as well in the Santa Experience. Please note that the more people who are in attendance, the more crowded the set will be, and that will be apparent with photos.  I generally recommend that the majority of the photos be of the children with Santa alone, and then we can add in mom & dad for some more traditional photos towards the end (or beginning!) of the photoshoot.


What about cousins?  We suggest booking back to back sessions so that we can ensure that both families/children are able to get the full experience….

How old is too young?
Newborns as young as 5 days old are welcome to join!

How old is too old?
Anyone who is young at heart and believes in Santa is welcome to join in.

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