When my children were young, a trip to the mall and pictures with Santa were a part of our holiday tradition. I have pictures of all of them on Santa's lap as toddlers in our family album. I felt that it just wouldn't be the holidays without a few pictures with Santa. -
If you are like me, then having your baby or toddler's photo taken with Saint Nick, is a memory you want for your albums as well. However, if your child isn’t great with strangers, you might be feeling a bit concerned about whether you’ll be able to get any good photos at all – these tips should help make the experience more pleasant.
Before the Santa Shoot
- Get your child excited. When a child sees Santa in real life for the first time, it can be a little overwhelming. The hat, the bright red suit and a giant beard can all be a little much for some children. However, by getting them excited and showing them what to expect, the whole process might go a little smoother. Watch a few Christmas movies or read them a book about it to get them acquainted.
- Visit the mall. Another way to get your little one used to the idea of Santa is to visit the mall the day before your photo shoot so that you can show him/her what he looks like and what they can expect during their photos.
The Day of the Santa Shoot
- Get there early. Standing in a long line full of hyper children can be stressful for you and your child, so it’s best to get there early if you can. Plus, seeing Santa earlier in the day will ensure you see him at his jolliest.
- Work around your child’s schedule. Obviously, if getting there early is going to interfere with your child’s naptime or snack time, you’ll want to work around that. A well-rested child who has a full tummy will be much more pleasant.
- Jump in the photo. If your child is feeling nervous, you should be prepared to be included in a shot or two to get them to feel comfortable. This means making sure you arrive photo ready just in case.
- Just go with it. Many parents are disappointed when their child doesn’t play along for photos, but this is something you can’t predict or avoid so it’s best just to roll with it and enjoy the experience as much as you can. Crying photos are ok too.