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5 Tips for Getting Great Santa Photos with Kids

5 Tips for Santa Pictures this Holiday Season

Capturing those timeless moments of your kids with Santa is a cherished holiday tradition. The joy on their faces as they share their wishes with Old Saint Nick becomes a special part of your family’s festive decor, evoking warm memories for years to come.


While the experience of visiting Santa is magical, the long lines and rushed moments can sometimes lead to holiday frowns. To ensure a festive time filled with cheer and genuine smiles for the perfect holiday image, consider these simple tips.


1. Skip the Line

Long lines can be challenging for kids, from dwindling energy to rising anxiety. The longer the wait, the more those big feelings build up. To avoid the meltdowns that often accompany the wait, schedule a private session for your family at the JCPenney Portraits Santa Event. No waiting in line – just a jolly time with Santa in a private photo studio setting, complete with magical backgrounds and prop options. Check the schedule for times and events at your location to make the most of this special opportunity.


2. Talk about Santa

Prepare your kids for the encounter with Santa by engaging in plenty of discussions about him beforehand. Read holiday books, explore pictures, and share stories about your own childhood meetings with Santa. Encourage curious questions and reassure any fears by emphasizing that Santa is a kind person who brings gifts to children.


3. Eat and Rest Ahead of Time

Happy kids are well-rested kids. Plan your session after naps or earlier in the day to ensure your children are at their best. Additionally, prevent mid-Santa-session hunger by having a meal or snack before your arrival.


4. Bring Props

A familiar lovey can provide comfort and add an adorable touch to your holiday photos. Feel free to bring personalized props to your session, and the photographer will work with you to incorporate them seamlessly.


5. Have Fun

The key to capturing genuine smiles is to have fun. Be enthusiastic, smile, and even sing holiday songs if it adds to the festive atmosphere. Transform the experience into a special holiday activity for the entire family, ensuring that your photos truly capture the spirit of the season.



Incorporating these tips will not only make your visit with Santa more enjoyable for your kids but also result in magical and heartwarming holiday photos that will be treasured for years to come. Immerse yourself in the enchantment of the holiday season with professional photos with Santa at JCPenney Portraits. Spaces for these magical photo sessions are limited, so don’t miss out on creating special memories with Santa Claus this holiday season. Find a Santa event near you today!

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