From beautiful Gainesville, Virginia

Love,
Emily

Photographer, twin mama, and sushi connoisseur.  I'm so glad you're here, and I hope you'll stick around and enjoy these blog posts!

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Northern Virginia Santa Experience 2022

It keeps inching closer to the beginning of fall and the holiday season, which means my Northern Virginia Santa Experience is coming up! With most children back in school, you have a little more time to start planning the rest of your year. The dates for this years’ Santa Experience at my studio are Nov. 11th, 12th, 13th, and 18th! Bring your children along for some truly magical moments with Santa. I can’t wait to see you there. 

Testimonials

“I just wanted to say thank you SO much for the Santa Experience! We absolutely adore these photos of Skylar and love that we will get to look back on her first reaction to Santa himself. And another big thank you for being so sweet and patient with us first timers! Despite Skylar’s concerns and my constant distractions, you still captured everything so perfectly. We hope and look forward to getting the opportunity to do this again for years to come! I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas season!”- Kaitlyn

“Emily shot our two children during her Santa Experience sessions. I discovered Emily on Instagram and fell in love with her esthetic- light, bright, crisp photos with a simple white background. It really allows for the subject of the photos to shine. The Santa photos of our children are more than I ever could have hoped for. They will truly be a keepsake we will have and look back on forever! Secondary to the photos, Santa himself was as perfect as if gets- an absolute dream! We are looking forward to shooting with Emily again in the future & I cannot recommend her enough as a client! Thank you!” – Paige

“If you’re looking for a personalized Santa experience — without the lines or cheesy backdrop — I cannot recommend The Santa Experience enough! We loved being greeted by the “Elves” who escorted us into the elegantly decorated studio. Emily eased our young children into the session as only a seasoned professional could, making them feel comfortable from the moment they sat on her couch. When Santa Bob arrived, they loved having time to chat with him one on one, ask every question they could think of, and, of course, have lots of hugs. We were thrilled with the gallery of images, capturing this fleeting season in our two boy’s childhood.” – Alicia

Frequently Asked Questions

06. Does Santa Have A Real Beard? Is He A Professional? 

Our Santa (Santa Bob) is a professional Santa for hire (and yes! with a real beard). He has many years of experience in his role and working with children, in fact he says his favorite holiday event to work is just this-in a private setting with a photographer!!

07. What Should My Children Wear? 

Anything festive and comfortable is fine! Some families chose to bring children in their Christmas pajamas, while others prefer a more dressed up holiday look! Burt’s Bees Baby, and Hanna Andersson have great holiday pajamas if you are on the hunt! 

08. What If My Child Cries The Whole Time? 

Please note that we will be practicing a child led approach. It is important to note that our Santas are experienced and knowledgeable and do everything they can to help children feel comfortable. Please remember that these sessions are 10 minutes long (not 1-2 minutes like other places). 

If you are especially concerned about this, please let us know ahead of time. We have some tricks to ensure we get a couple of great shots of your child(ren) with Santa without them even knowing! Consider a favorite book that Santa could read to him/her, or a favorite toy or stuffed animal). Note: Please only bring something you are okay with being photographed. 

Ultimately, if your child just really doesn’t want anything to do with the man in the red suit, we will do what we can to make the most of your session time (with your permission, of course)! We like to take the approach of embracing these memories and allowing the photographs to depict the true activity of the session. It’ll certainly make for a great story later! 

09. Do I Have To Book A Different Slot For Each Of My Children? 

No. Not at all! However, if you have more than four children coming, we highly recommend you book two back-to-back time slots to ensure plenty of time for each child to spend with Santa. 

If you have any other questions, you can reference my previous blog posts for more information. Of course, feel free to get in touch! I can’t wait for your 2022 Santa Experience with my Northern Virginia Santa photos. Make sure to follow me on Instagram for announcements and updates. Head over to my Pinterest for ideas and inspiration!

If you have any other questions, you can reference my previous blog posts for more information. Of course, feel free to get in touch! I can’t wait for your 2022 Santa photos with my Northern Virginia Santa Experience. Make sure to follow me on Instagram for announcements and updates. Head over to my Pinterest for ideas and inspiration!

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