2020 Santa Sessions | Your Frequently Asked Questions Answered

Here comes Santa Claus! Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to meet Santa and get holiday photo memories that will last a lifetime! Santa mini sessions are being booked for November 14. 2020. Spots will fill up quickly, so book yours as soon as possible. I’m also offering  “Home for the holidays” and “Sneak Peek” packages, which are full sessions. I’ve had a lot of questions, so I thought I’d answer them all in one place to hopefully make things easier for you to make an informed decision on which package might be best for you.  

What is a Santa mini session? The Santa mini session, the “Meet and Greet” package, is 10-15 minutes. You will get 15 digital edits, a full gallery, and 2 different styled settings to choose from. These sessions go very fast and are one day only! 

Will 10-15 minutes be enough time? Yes. These mini sessions are designed for getting a smaller amount of photos than a full session in a shorter amount of time. 

What if my child screams or cries? Not every child loves visiting with Santa, and sometimes I see tears, but I promise to do my best to capture some smiles and special moments during the short session!

What is the cost of the Santa “Meet and Greet” package? $180 with Non-Refundable 50% due at booking. Remainder due on or before the session. 

What do you mean by “full gallery” and what’s the difference between “digital edits” and “full gallery”? A full gallery is all of the culled through, best of the best photos from your session. Digital edits are your 15 edited photos. I will allow you to choose your top picks, and those will be the ones edited. You are more than welcome to purchase additional photos a’ la carte to be edited as well as the entire gallery. Please inquire about a’ la carte purchases and I’ll be more than happy to give you a personal quote. 

When is Santa coming? Santa will be here on November 14, 2020, for the “Meet and Greet” mini sessions. The in-home sessions will be available starting November 1, 2020. 

What if it rains? The Santa mini sessions are in-studio, and the in-home sessions are in your home, so rain won’t be an issue.

Where is Santa coming? Lanewood Studio. 2502 Cummings Hwy, Chattanooga, TN 37419 on studio day. Other days will be at your home. 

Can I (Dad, Mom) be included in the photos? Immediate family members, regardless of age, are welcome to be in the photos taken with Santa at the mini session. If you’d prefer photos with a larger amount of family members (grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc.) up to 6 people, my full session would be a better choice since time won’t be quite as limited. Please inquire if you will have more than 6 people for additional costs and due to Covid.

What should we wear? Santa is wearing a red suit, so avoid wearing red. However, a small amount of red in a plaid or print is ok. I recommend neutrals, solids, and/or layers. In addition to neutrals, dark green, black, grey, and navy are also great color choices. Christmas pajamas, too! With the exception of Christmas pajamas, outfits should complement one another instead of being “matchy-matchy”.  

What does the “Home for the Holidays” package include? This is an in-home session available Monday-Friday evenings only, and all day Saturdays and Sundays. Starting November 1, 2020, and ending December 13, 2020. Bookings for M-F will be scheduled between 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Bookings for Saturdays and Sundays will be scheduled for 8:00 am – 8:00 pm. Each session will be 30 minutes-1 hour. You’ll receive 25 digital edits – Full gallery. The cost is $250 with Non-Refundable 50% due at booking. Remainder due on or before the session.

Yikes! Does my entire house have to be clean?!? NO! Neither I, my assistant, nor Santa will judge any messy room! We’re all human and we all have a messy room (or a few). I just ask that the room(s) you choose to have photos taken in are clutter-free and Christmas ready!

What room(s) would be best for photos? Generally, living rooms, dens, formal rooms, and kitchens are the best. We can create any fun scene you want with Santa! Some examples are Santa reading, giving gifts, decorating the tree, baking cookies, and formal Santa photos. 

Can some photos be taken outside? While I normally do most of my sessions outdoors, these are a little more special and intimate. I would prefer staying indoors. Get cozy and hang out with Santa! That being said, if you have a fun idea or tradition you’d like to incorporate, let me know and I’ll be more than happy to try and make it happen! 

Can we include a prop or special memento of our own in some of the photos? Absolutely! As a matter of fact, I encourage it. This is the kind of thing that will make your photos unique and even more special! 

Will we need to put our pets up or can they be included in photos? Well behaved pets are more than welcome to join in on the fun! I love animals and they’re just as much a part of the family as any other member. Santa Paws loves them, too! 

What does the “Sneak Peek” package include? This is an In-Home session, Christmas Eve Only – Only 4 available spots! Each session will be 15-30 minutes. You’ll receive 20 digital edits – Full gallery. The cost is $350 with Non-Refundable 50% due at booking. Remainder due on or before the session. These are very limited sessions!  Bookings will be scheduled for 9:00am, 11:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm only!

How is the “Sneak Peek” session different from the “Home for the Holidays” session? A sneak peek session is more along the lines of Santa getting caught delivering presents! Or, perhaps, you just want Santa to actually deliver the presents to your children and you want to capture those special moments. We know you’re busy on Christmas Eve and we are, too (especially Santa!), so these sessions are just 15-30 minutes. Long enough to capture your special moments, but short enough so that Santa can leave in time to start his journey around the world!

Please note: Additional cancellation fee of $50 may apply if the session is canceled within 48 hours of the appointment. Once your non-refundable deposit is paid in full, payment plans are available.

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to message me!


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