They walked into the studio, probably a little scared and anxious. Safe, because they were with family. The adults started talking, of course, while their eyes wandered around the large open space: windows from floor to ceiling, hardwood floors, couch, chairs…. I watched their eyes roam around the space in wander. Then, they found him: sitting on a couch, reading a Christmas story, was Santa Claus…Glasses and ALL! Their bodies clenched in excitement, mouths dropped, eyes wide. I asked them if they wanted to go meet him, and they nodded… Santa greeted them by name, asked how they were…and sat them on his lap to finish reading the story. It was PURE MAGIC. I’ll never forget their reactions.
I definitely understand why he does it.
It sounds so cliche: “for the kids!” …but this WAS for them. The spark! The imagination and wonder. They were so excited to spend time with him, one-on-one. I don’t think I could have asked for anything more from The BEST Santa Claus EVER. Each child had 15 minutes with him, and they came prepared with requests & hand made lists. I snapped photos while they did their thing, and, of course, we made time for a few smiles at the camera. I have so many ideas for next year… can’t wait :)
Cincinnati Newborn & Family Portrait Photographer
Three Little Photo is an in-home and on-location newborn & family portrait company located in northern Cincinnati, Ohio. Owned and operated by photographer & postpartum doula, Jennifer Smith, who specializes in natural light and has photo-journalistic style.