Our annual Santa Experience is one of the most anticipated traditions of the Christmas Season for our clients & we are happy to continue that tradition this year
Santa Claus is a treasured, classic Christmas icon, & we are excited to bring our clients the most authentic Santa experience this side of the North Pole ;-)
This season will be a bit different, as you would expect. Our highest priority being to provide a safe experience for our clients, this year's event will be offered by well-spaced appointment-only, and will be a “touchless” Santa experience ie.- no lap sitting, or direct physical contact with Santa. Your children will still be able to chat & interact with Santa & of course create gorgeous portraits you'll treasure.
We've designed an all-new winter-themed studio scene for this season, so grab those hats, scarves, & mittens as your kiddos will help Santa build a snowman. Please read the important FAQ's below for more information
UPDATE: ALL DATES FOR THIS EVENT ARE NOW SOLD OUT. If you would like to get on the waiting list for any cancellations, send us a message HERE.
Do we have to make an appointment?
Yes, our Santa Experience requires an appointment to be made in advance, and we cannot accommodate any drop-ins. To insure adequate spacing & time between families to sanitize, it is therefore VERY important that you arrive promptly ON TIME for your appointment (not early or late) so the process flows smoothly.
What safety protocols are in place?
Our new scene is specially designed for safety so that guests are physically separated from Santa by a clear barrier, yet still able to converse & visit and of course take great pictures (This barrier seam is removed during editing for portraits thanks to some North Pole and Photoshop magic) All clients will be required to complete a health screening assessment before entering the studio & wear a mask or face covering while inside. Masks may be removed briefly during portraits only. The studio has a comprehensive COVID mitigation policy in place. Full details are available HERE
How should we dress?
Clothes you'd wear outside for snow play or dress will photograph best in this scene. So bundle up your kiddos in those cute hats, sweaters & scarves...its gonna be chilly with 100% chance of snow ;-)
How many people will fit in the scene?
Our Santa scene is designed to accommodate up to 5 people at a MAXIMUM due to the space & design limitations required to maintain COVID safe protocols and keep visitors physically separate but adjacent to Santa.
Can we still take "cousins" pictures together?
Multiple families may book back to back sessions and we will incorporate cousins into a single pose together with Santa as a courtesy, but each separate family MUST have their own appointment.
We have an infant, what do you suggest?
For this particular year, given that Santa cannot hold or lap sit any children, we recommend for those with infants or babies too young to sit upright, that you plan to have them held by a sibling or adult for Santa portraits
Is there a sitting fee?
No, there is no sitting fee for this event. Your $25 family reservation fee will be converted to a studio credit towards your package purchase on the day of your appointment.
How much are portrait packages?
Portrait Packages start at $50, including digital negatives with reprint license. We also offer gorgeous heirloom metal ornaments, custom-designed Christmas cards & other products to showcase your treasured Santa portrait experience. Our Santa Packages & Add-On products can be viewed HERE
How soon will we receive our portraits?
Edited digital negatives included with portrait packages will be emailed out within a few days after your Santa visit. Print packages will be available for studio pickup after approximately one week & you will be notified via text/email when they have arrived.
Can you take family-only portraits during Santa visit?
This event and the Santa studio set are designed exclusively for portraits with Santa Claus. If you are interested in family portraits, we'd be happy to discuss options separately for either in-studio or on location family portraits like THESE
Can we bring our pets?
Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate Santa's four-legged friends at this event due to allergen concerns
What dates are still currently available?
As of this update right now, we have SOLD OUT the first two weekends (November 28th/29th & Dec 5th/6th) but do currently still have appointment openings during the week on Dec 3rd... These are currently the only dates we will be offering our Santa Experience.
In the spirit of the season one of our primary goals for this event each year is to benefit the studio's adopted charity, Fresno's Poverello House, and so we're donating $5 from each portrait purchase to support their good works, feeding & aiding our neighbors in need. To date, we're excited to report that we have raised & donated over $9,000 for Pov's good works & this year we'd love to rock that number well over the $10,000 mark with your support.
As you can imagine, this year the need is greater than ever, so we invite you to help by doing your part as you are able.
If you have any questions about this event please contact the studio at 559.353.2449 or email info@JMReynoldsPhotography.com