UPDATE! Upcoming Santa Sessions:

December 9: 9:00 – 1:00 at the Thunder Bay Country Market.

We are happy to have a live feed to Santa this year. Every day until Christmas Eve, Santa will be sending us a message here for you to read.

    Did you know that NORAD has a special Santa tracker so that you can see exactly where Santa is on Christmas Eve?  You’ll also find games and other activities there to keep you in the holiday spirit.

    You’ll find it at this link:



    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  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

    Your proof reveal is scheduled in our studio  3-7 days after your photo session.  We recommend that for ease of selection and 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 the products that you need, at a price that you can afford.

    Shine Photo is a full service studio.   We love the fun of digital sharing but in order to offer you true heirlooms, printed products form the basis of our offerings.  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 want our artwork to look stunning in the finished wall portrait, album, Christmas card,  blanket or other selected products. We do not sell our digital files for the Santa Sessions, but you will receive a low resolution digital images sized for social sharing with every purchased fine art print product. You can share these files online using a wide variety of social platforms.

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


    Santa’s Heirloom Nostalgic Art Sessions are, as we mentioned, the best of our service offerings.

    BLACK FRIDAY PRICING! $49.00 reservation fee for up to two children from the same family. Third child requires second session fee.

    The initial reservation fee is $149.00. This fee is for one child. 

    There is a $75.00 fee for each additional child to a maximum of four from the same immediate family.  Have more children in the same immediate family?  Please give us a call for special pricing and timing considerations.

    • The session is approximately 30-40 minutes in length.
    • Each child receives the Santa’s Magical Gift box set. (Not sold separately)
    • 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.  Be aware that very young children do not understand the concept and will not remember this amazing experience.

    See Our Price List for Session Fees, Collections and A’La Carte Items 

    It’s that time of year where Santa is really busy reading all of the letters he receives! If ypu’ve ever visited Shine Photo you know we have a direct link to Santa, so letters sent here get some special attention! Be sure to follow our Facebook Page so that you can hear your letter read out!



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