Family Photographer Columbus Ohio // Portraits by Carmen // Santa Mini Sessions

Pictures with Santa are something every Mom wants as a keepsake through the years. Nothing is more magical than those early years when they still believe in Santa. Sometimes that magic moment turns into a traumatizing event when a child is forced to wait in line and then is hurriedly plopped down in a stranger’s lap! That’s why I decided to create a magical Christmas mini session so you and your family can have a relaxing photo shoot with the one and only Santa Claus all to themselves! Santa is all real – the beard, the belly and everything- which is less frightening to children. Hot cocoa and marshmallows help lighten the mood a little too. The vintage Christmas setting make for a photo shoot you may want to display year round. Your children will leave with magical Christmas memories and you’ll have beautiful photos to remember it by.

This little guy wasn’t so sure about Santa at first but he was happy about the yummy candy canes! I let him enjoy the sweet treats for a while and got some great shots with Santa in the background. Eventually he warmed up to Santa and as you can see by the smile on his face he had a great time!

Family Photography at Gantz Park with Santa Claus

Family Photography at Gantz Park with Santa Claus

These darling sisters couldn’t stop smiling during their photo shoot, especially after Santa showed them their own names in his nice book. They couldn’t believe it!

Family Photography at Gantz Park with Santa Claus

Family Photography at Gantz Park with Santa Claus

Santa snuck up on this trio while they were drinking their hot cocoa! What a great moment for them! All three made the nice book this year too. It was candy canes and celebrating for everyone after that and I had a great time capturing those happy, smiling faces.

Family Photography at Gantz Park with Santa Claus

Family Photography at Gantz Park with Santa Claus


  1. Kathy on March 24, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    What a great idea! My kids are all terrified of the Mall Santa. This is an amazing alternative for parents!

  2. Monique on March 24, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    HA! ADORABLE! This was such a cute session and that first little boy’s faces crack me up. Beautiful kids

  3. Kat on March 24, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    What an adorable mini set-up. I love the Holidays and this is just too cute. Plus the hot cocoa and candy canes are perfect!

  4. Tracy from Love and be Loved on March 24, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    Such adorable photos and a beautiful setup!

  5. Jessie on March 24, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    I love your set up! It’s so beautiful. I would love to schedule a family session with you when we visit Columbus next year!

    • Carmen on March 25, 2015 at 9:19 am

      Hi Jessie!
      Thank you!! Definitely get in touch. I’d love to do it!!

  6. Emily on March 24, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    This gets me eager for Christmas time again! Great holiday photos!

  7. Rochelle on March 24, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    i can’t wit for Christmas, this is such a cute setup! I love it!

  8. Amanda Berube on March 24, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    These are adorable. I love Christmas so much. Beautiful work!!

  9. Audrey on March 24, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    This setup that you have is ADORABLE!!! All of these photos turned out so beautiful and definitely warm and cozy feeling. Love it, great job!

  10. Chasity Noel - Houston Heights Photographer on March 24, 2015 at 10:24 pm

    Such cute kiddos and fun, colorful Christmas photos!

  11. Melissa on March 24, 2015 at 10:52 pm

    Such a cute setup!

  12. Stephanie necessary on March 25, 2015 at 6:24 am

    Great Christmas photos!i really love the details, like the “Nice Book”! I’ve never seen that done before. Great job all around! I’d hang these in my home for sure!

  13. Corey on March 25, 2015 at 10:12 am

    These sessions with Santa are adorable! Love the set!

  14. jennifer beitchman on March 25, 2015 at 11:18 am

    Love these. Your set-up is great and the one of Santa sneaking up on the kids is perfection. Great looking Santa too!

  15. Jessica on March 25, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    wow what a great idea!! I love this!!

  16. Cynthia on March 25, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    Great Santa mini sessions!!! I LOVE Santa!!!

  17. Deanna on March 26, 2015 at 7:51 am

    These Columbus Ohio Santa Mini Sessions are just adorable. I love how they are not too posed, and the props are cute! You’re right, these Santa Mini portraits are something the family can hang on the wall. Good job!

  18. Christine D on March 26, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    These Santa mini sessions are adorable! I love the set and the location! So much better than a mall photo any day. Having each kid’s name in the nice book is such a great touch. I may have to visit Columbus before Christmas this year!

  19. Nikki on March 26, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    These are so great! I love the different expressions you were able to capture. Photos with Santa are such a fun way to celebrate the season!

  20. Anna on March 27, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    I love this session!! The setup is perfect, and all of the family portraits look so candid and happy.

  21. Jenny Storment on March 28, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    OMG I love your setup for the Santa Mini Sessions! Those family were so lucky to have you as a family photographer!

  22. Melissa on November 24, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    Hi! I love The Nice Book!!! May I ask where you found it? Id love to do this with my kids!This is adorable!

    • Carmen on December 21, 2015 at 10:41 pm

      Melissa, Santa brought it along 🙂

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