5 ways to get great Santa photos
A yearly photo of your kids with the man in the red suit is not only a special Christmas tradition, it’s also a snapshot of your little darlings in time - their first Christmas, the toddler stage, the year they first started school etc - and these are the photos you’ll treasure forever.
Here’s 5 tips to get that perfect Santa photo – instead of one of your screaming child sitting on some stranger’s lap!
Great Santa photo tip 1: Arrive early
Avoid lengthy Santa photo queues by arriving at the photo stand first thing in the morning when it opens. Not only will the line be short and your child less likely to ‘loose it’ while waiting, but chances are Santa will also be brighter (and smile-ier) first thing - rather than at the end of the day when all he wants to do is get that damn hot red suit off and drink a nice cold beer!
Also, if you want to beat the queues, you need to beat the Christmas shopping rush. Get your kids' photo with Santa done early - even before the shopping mall has decorated its Christmas trees if possible.
Great Santa photo tip 2: Find a ‘good’ Santa Claus
A good Santa not only has warm and sparkly eyes, he’ll also talk to your child, and if your little one isn’t in the mood for having his picture taken, a good Santa will be happy to let him come back when he’s feeling happier. A good Santa also has good elves who won’t pressure mums into buying dodgy pictures and will give you time to view all the images and make sure you’re happy with those you’ve chosen - and the price. To find a good Santa you'll need to ask around. Ask other mums in your mothers' group, at the kindy/school gate and go to the shopping centre where he'll be - even if it's not your local one. The nice photo will be worth the effort.
Great Santa photo tip 3: Break the ice
If your kids are apprehensive about sitting on Santa’s knee, walk around Santa’s workshop a few times and let them watch other kids getting their photo taken with the fat man. Also, introduce your kids to Father Christmas before they have their photo taken. You might want to break the ice by initiating a conversation between your child and Santa by asking your child to tell Santa what foods she’s going to leave out on December 24 for him. After a friendly chit-chat she'll be much more likley to want to sit on his knee.
Great Santa photo tip 4: It’s all in the timing
If your little ones are hungry, nap time is approaching or they are just out of sorts the day you turn up for the Santa photo, do yourself a favour and leave it for another day. Be prepared that you may have to do this a couple of times before you strike a day when it’s pefect for a Santa snap!
Great Santa photo tip 5: "Look at me!"
Bub’s first Santa photo is a momentous occasion. Ensure you get a gorgeous Santa photo to start your child‘s annual Santa photo series by taking this tip: The best way to get your baby to look at the camera is to place her in Santa’s arms and then hold her gaze, slowly walking towards the camera lens and then standing behind it so she peers towards the lens. If she's too fascinated by Santa's white beard though, well, you might just get an even cuter photo!
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