20 families, 2 days, 1 Santa, and a very exhausted photographer.
Last year when I blogged about the Santa experience I gave my kids, my inbox and voicemail were flooded for days with other families begging me to share this with them. I was hesitant at first, because it was something so personal I did for my kids. But just thinking about how much they loved it, and how they still talk about "the time they got to play with Santa," I just couldn't pass up letting other families get in on the Christmas Spirit.
I put my whole heart into this shoot. I spent the days and weeks before stressing and planning. Getting up at God-awful hours to visit the farm, chart the light, and scout the grounds, while climbing ladders, stringing snowflakes, stapling stockings, making real reindeer food and burning myself with a hot glue gun more times that I can count.
After all, if you're gonna do Santa Claus, you better do it right.
I've never attempted this volume of work in one weekend before. I truly wasn't sure how I was going to shoot 20 families in one weekend and give them each the time and attention they deserved. Not to mention, dealing with the harsh lighting conditions of shooting during peak hours of sunlight.
But the kids kept me going. Their wide eyes, their giggles, their "Oh my gosh, I just fed a reindeer" face.
With the help of Mother Nature, my husband highly trained assistant, and some faithful clients who wanted to see magic in their children's eyes, we did it. Together.
Please enjoy the slideshow below. Make sure you share it with your family and friends.
So, will I do it again next year? I can't say for sure, but probably.
If you would like to be added to my 2013 Santa Claus list just send an email to Kellymanno@yahoo.com…and if you're on my nice list, you'll be the first to know if they're happening again next year!