Tips for taking your best Santa photo

For many families, a highlight of the holiday season is a trip for the traditional Santa experience photo. Not only can the visit to Santa be fun, the photos you take can make great gifts for family and friends and cherished mementos for you and your children in years to come.

It takes more than magic elves, however, to get a great picture. There are steps you and the photographer can take.

• Before you visit the mall, show them pictures of Santa and talk to your toddlers about Santa. This will help ease their fears and familiarize them with “the guy in a red suit.”

• Keep colors simple and wear solids. Reds are very festive but can clash with Santa’s suit, so consider greens, silver, blues, black or even turquoise.

• Adjust hair bows and comb hair when you are the next person in line so you don’t lose valuable moments with Santa.

• Visit Santa during your child’s best-behavior hours-usually early morning or after a nap.

• Photographers say children usually look at their parents, so you can help by quietly standing near the photographer.

• If you have a long wait in line, make sure you have something to entertain your kids.

• For small infants, consider a new holiday bib to put on right before sitting on Santa’s lap.

• Have toddlers and small children wear a simple T-shirt and put on the festive dress or shirt just moments before sitting on Santa’s lap. Kids may not like how new dress shoes feel, so put them on right before the photo, too.

• By practicing beforehand what they will say to Santa, kids can be more comfortable with the whole process.

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