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Our Nostalgic Heirloom Santa Session will keep your children believing for generations to come!

Yes Virginia, there really IS a Santa Clause, and he stops at Shine Photo several times per year.

  • Our interactive, Nostalgic Santa session is a 40-60 minute extravaganza, designed to provide you with treasured heirloom art that is worthy of a space on your wall all year long.  This session is truly the crown jewel of our service offerings.
  • Each session begins with a consultation a few weeks in advance.  We’ll discuss all the important points of your session, from beginning to the final delivery of your products.
  • Each child receives a VERY special gift for their participation. Scroll down to our Detailed Tabs to find out more!
  • We use a REAL Santa. No fake wigs, no cheap costumes. Santa Mike is pure magic and straight from the North Pole.
  • Our program engages your child for the entire year, leading up to their session and gives them direct access to Santa for the next 12 years.
  • We provide all the costumes, props and antiques needed to make this session extra special.

The pre-session consultation takes place in our studio either individually or as a group information session on scheduled dates.

In Your consultation we delve into the specifics of the session and exactly what you can do to make the months leading up to your childs visit with Santa extra special.  We also gather some information so that Santa can better hold a conversation with your child.
We also determine exactly what image products you wish to purchase so that we can best represent this with the images we create.
If you want the personalized album offering, then we’ll ensure that we have all the images necessary to make your album a show-stopper.
Looking for a framed dining room portrait or a portrait for the child’s bedroom? We’ll pay extra attention to the images that will work best for those spots in your home.
Finally we’ll cover pricing and product offerings. In addition to the session fee, we have a minimum purchase requirement for these sessions. As Christmas is typically everyone’s ‘spendiest’ time of year, we offer a convenient pre-payment plan for our Heirloom Artwork Sessions in order to eliminate the stress of gift purchases in December.

Our Nostalgic Heirloom Santa Session has two tracks to choose from.

WHIMSICAL: Each of the images we create has a  fun, yet nostalgic feel, straight from the North Pole.

CHRISTIAN: Our captures in this track  are also whimsical but several images will include references to the Biblical Christmas Story of the birth of Jesus.

It’s your choice and we’ll cover the tracks in further detail at your consultation.


Each child receives a very special gift prior to the session.

The gift includes a beautifully boxed audio book that tells the story of a young boy’s visit to Santa’s workshop on Christmas Eve.

Also included is a carved, wooden, magic portal which provides direct access to Santa every December. Santa will activate the portal with snowflake magic during the photo session, and Bernard the Elf will confirm the activation. The portal also includes some special little tidbits for moms and dads that we’ll discuss in your consultation.

Finally, your child(ren) receive a leather wish book. They can record their Christmas wish list for 12 years, while in the back of the book, parents and grandparents record their wishes for the child. This book in itself in itself is designed to become an heirloom, capturing the desires and handwriting of your child as he/she grows, as well as the wisdom of their elders.

Private Proof Reveal Sessions

These sessions are scheduled for our Everyday Studio, Limited Edition and Fine Art sessions. Your proof reveal is typically scheduled for 3-7 days after your photo session.  We recommend that for ease of selection ordering, you do not bring your children with you to this session.   We have a step-by-step system in place that takes a lot of the indecision out of the process, and ensures that you go home with just the right amount of products that you need, at a price that you can afford.

Shine Photo is a full service studio.   Digital images are not the basis of our business. Print products are.  Think of it as fine dining. When you go to a restaurant, you expect that the meal is prepared for you.  You don’t want just the ingredients (digital files) left on the table for you to cook yourself.   A great deal of work and artwork goes into the preparation of your images so we want to be sure you receive the finished dish from the menu.  We do have digital images sized for sharing that accompany many of our print products as well as an awesome digital app designed to share your images online with as many people as you like across a wide variety of social platforms.

Please be sure to visit our Policy Page for important information about missed proof reveal sessions.


Santa’s Heirloom Nostalgic Art Sessions are, as we mentioned, the best of our service offerings. The session fee is $300.00 for the first two children with a $75.00 fee for each additional child to a maximum of six.  Have more children in the same immediate family? Please give us a call as this requires special timing considerations.

  • The session is approximately 40 -60 minutes in length.
  • Each child receives the Santa’s Magical Gift box.
  • Newborns are welcome, but again, special timing considerations may apply. We can safely seat children ages 2 month and older in our sleigh, high chair and soda fountain or vintage chairs.
  • There is a minimum $1000.00 purchase requirement, payable in advance of the session.  This credit can be used towards any of our products, but as an example, it will purchase a 16X20 luxury framed print and a print package. ( Our customers build their own print packages that include 5×7 – 11×14 prints, metal display pieces and more.)  We also have exquisite 10×10 Heirloom Art albums that are personalized with poetry that features your child’s name next to their images.  Each album has a protective photo box, lined in grey velvet to keep your album safe for years to come. Your child will be able to SHOW their grandchildren that Santa is real! They’ll have the pictures to prove it! Other products includes canvas wall art, wood prints, metallic canvas and of course, Christmas Cards!

Our Interest Free Pre-Payment Plan makes it easy to take care of your purchase BEFORE Christmas….so all you have to do is enjoy the experience.

  • 10 month Pre-Payment Plan:  $130.00/mth plus HST
  • 6 month Pre-Payment Plan:  $217.00/mth plus HST
  • 3 month Pre-Payment Plan: $433.00/mnth plus HST
  • Single Payment: $1300.00 plus HST
  • The $300.00 or additional child $75.00 session fees are non refundable.

The Reindeer Xpress

Straight from Santa at the North Pole, arrives 3x per year before the session and includes the goings on at the North pole, Santa’s workshop and of course the bake shop. Engaging for your child, and informative for the parents.  It’s a great way to keep the magic going all year long.

The Reindeer Xpress arrives on premium paper and is delivered by Canada Post. You’ll know it when it arrives by Santa’s personal wax seal on the envelope. Newsletters can be tucked into the Magical Gift box to be saved as heirlooms and read over and over again.

Santa Mike Seal of Approval

Santa’s Magical Gift   

A gift for every participating child from Santa and Shine Photo Studio.Every child enrolled in our session will receive a special gift. Santa’s Magical Gift includes:

An audio book that details a child’s journey to Santa’s workshop on Christmas Eve. The book is filled with beautiful images by world renowned photographer and artist Larry Hersberger.  Also included is a Magic Portal that offers a direct link to Santa at the North Pole. Santa will activate the box at your child’s session and confirm the activation with Bernard, the Head North Pole Elf.  Finally, there’s a little leather wish book. Record your child’s wishes for 12 years, and write your own wishes for your child in the back.  We also include scavenger hunt clue slips and thank you notes to send to Santa via the Magic Portal.

Visit us at the market to see a sample portraits from one of our actual sessions and learn more about Santa’s Nostalgic Heirloom Art.

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Total Number of Mini Sessions for 2019

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Number of LE Sessions in 2019

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Number of Fine Art Themes for 2019

Number of Elves at the North Pole

Average Number of Smiles in 2018