UPDATE! For Black Friday, Santa says, SLASH THOSE PRICES! New session reservation fee is $49.00 for up to two children from the same family.

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



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

  • Our interactive, Nostalgic Santa session is a 30-40 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 and a Once-In-A-Lifetime Photographic Art Experience.
  • Each session begins with a short consultation in advance, in person or by phone. 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!
  • Our Santa is the REAL DEAL. No fake wigs, no cheap costumes. Santa Mike is pure magic and straight from the North Pole.
  • Our session gives your child direct access to Santa, using their magic portal, for the next 12 years.
  • We provide all the costumes, props and antiques needed to make this session extra special.

The pre-session consultation can take place either in our studio or by phone or via ZOOM.

In Your consultation we delve into the specifics of the session and exactly what you can do to make  your child’s 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. Check out the Investment tab for pricing details.
If you would like to purchase the personalized album offering, then we’ll ensure that we have all the images necessary to make your album an heirloom 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.  As Christmas is typically everyone’s ‘spendiest’ time of year, we offer interest free, convenient pre or post payment plans for our Heirloom Artwork Sessions 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  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 

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 our studio to see a sample portraits from one of our actual sessions and learn more about Santa’s Nostalgic Heirloom Art. Studio hours are posted on our Contact Page.

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