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Happy Holidays: How To Capture Magical Photos with Santa

Hello all my Tatertots and Jello reading friends. My name is Emilie, and I am a
photographer and educator. You can find me at www.photobyemilie.com/blog.

I’m thrilled to share with you a little Christmas spirit. What’s more Christmasy than SANTA CLAUS? There is nothing like visiting Santa to get kids (and parents) excited for Christmas. Today I’m going to give you a few ideas to make your pictures with Santa MAGICAL.

The first tip I give parents is to orchestrate the visit. Give your kids a
little direction and encourage them to interact with Santa in ways that
allow you to capture those wondrous moments. Enjoy these ideas…
Don’t miss capturing the special moments with Santa because you are waiting for them to look at the camera and smile. Some of my favorite photos
were taken while the kids are simply chitchatting with Santa. Enjoy these examples…
The first thing my 2 year old said after sitting on Santa’s knee was “his fluffy
bread tickled me”.  Encourage hugs and kisses, those close moments make
the most adorable photos. Enjoy these examples…
  Santa with a child on his knee is the traditional photo.  I say break tradition and have your child stand next to him.  Great for girls in pretty dresses, fun for older kids and everyone else too. Enjoy these examples….
A visit with Santa is delightful for most kids, and very frightful for others.  Be sure to capture the terror in their faces.
We’ll all laugh later. Enjoy these examples….

Wishing everyone here at Tator Tots and Jello a very Merry Christmas.  May your days be filled with the magic and wonder of little children.


Thanks Emilie! Aren’t her pictures amazing? She is an incredible photographer, as you can tell!! Visit her website, Photo by Emilie for tips on taking great photos!! Here are a few of my favorite tutorials of hers:


I loved this post she shared on her blog on how to take Perfect Christmas Tree Photos!

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She also shared a great tutorial on Creating Collage Templates.

Want a little more education on taking and editing photos?  Looking for the perfect gift for the camera lover in your life?  She has it all!!  Classes are only $35 and include the live and recorded versions.  Classes start in January.  Visit www.photobyemilie.com/blog for more info.


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  1. Hey There. I found your weblog using msn. This is a really neatly written article.

    I’ll make sure to bookmark it and come back to read more of your helpful information. Thank you for the post.
    I will definitely return.
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  2. We LOVE Emilie! We have seen Santa at her event the past 3 years and my kids just love it. (I do too, it’s relaxed, fun and no long line at the mall!) She for sure is one talented lady with her camera!
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  3. Would you be able to share your camera settings/lens that you used for these photos? Thank you so much.

    • Hi Amanda! I used my 70-200mm 2.8f lens. I shot with lighting equipment so my settings were 3.5f, 1/120 or 1/160 shutter and 100 iso. I hope that helps.

  4. Oh my gosh–these pictures are BEAUTIFUL! I wish I could take pictures that looked that great!

  5. They’re so adorable! Their reactions and smiles are priceless! Love this post.

    xoxo Zoe
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