Tips for Parents on Santa Photographs
Before we can even start taking pictures, it is helpful to prepare your child for the event.
Make a Dry Run: Bring your child to where the pictures are being taken long before you actually schedule the date. Your child will see that there is nothing scary about Santa, and it will make them more comfortable with the whole process.
Avoid Naptimes: Avoid picking a time near the child’s naptime, or they probably won't smile and may act up.
Carry Supplies: Snacks and toys are helpful. Hungry kids are likelier to act out. Have your child bring something with them, such as a favorite stuffed animal so they have something familiar (and distracting) to cling to, and possibly to show Santa.
Long Lines: Try for a time when the line isn’t too long, or you child can become bored or cranky. Lineups will get longer the closer you get to Christmas Eve.
Bathroom Break: Be sure they've had a chance to go to the washroom before visiting. They'll be more comfortable and less fidgety.
Present Their Requests: Written lists are not needed for a good visit with Santa, but some children will want to make them. Just tie up their wish list with a bow, and have them hand it to Santa. It keeps the attention on interaction of Santa and the child.
Think Narrative Gold: As one Santa says: "Sometimes those moments where your child is talking to Santa make the best photos rather than having the two of them looking at the camera."
Family Portraits: There are times when a child absolutely won't sit with Santa. If that's the case, don't be afraid to join them on Santa's chair or even on his lap. Family portraits with Santa are more common than one would think.
Unfortunately, sometimes a flailing, screaming tantrum is unavoidable. If it's apparent the child is not going to calm down, it might be best to try again later or even another day.
We have noticed that sometimes parents ask their children, “Do you want to see Santa?” or “Do you want to have your picture taken with Santa?” If your child says NO then we are up a creek without a paddle. Try saying “let’s go see Santa now” or “It is time to see Santa now” or “let’s go have your picture taken with Santa.” The point we are trying to make is that you are the parent and this is one time you do not want or need to give your child a choice. If they are the least bit apprehensive, they will say NO if you ask, and they will not give you a chance for a good picture.
If they were afraid or cried last year, DON’T REMIND THEM. Even very young children pick up on those words easily.
All children are so very special. I hope to give each one a wonderful, loving experience with their visit to Santa Claus