At Fun Time Entertainment, we have clients call each year to book Santas for pictures. A lot of these Santas are booked for parties to allow guests a Santa photo opportunity. We love sending our best Kris Kringles to events and receiving emails with several of the fun pictures taken with our Jolly Santa Claus! After having worked in the industry for an extended period of time, we have gathered a few tips to help you set your guests up for “party picture-taking success” with Santa.
Some of the best photos we have seen with Santa come from clients who have a designated area for pictures with Santa. They seat Santa in a chair and capture the reactions of children and adults as they approach him, talk with him and pose with him. A designated area allows people to queue for a few moments and creates a level of clarity as to who is next to take their picture with Santa. This also allows the little ones a moment or two of individual time with Santa, creating great photo opportunities.
It almost goes without saying that décor will be a key factor in your designated photo area. It is wonderful to have Santa seated by a tree or a fireplace to create that beautiful holiday feel in your guests’ photos.
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After you have set up your designated photos, you will want to consider lighting. Without the advantage of professional photographer lights, natural light is best. Take your pictures in natural light if you have a party before the sun goes down. If you have inclement weather, then position Santa by large windows to take advantage of the best light possible.
If natural light is just not a possibility, then you can set up lights in the area to create the best possible lighting configuration. Take test shots with your lighting is set up in various positions to discover the best configuration for your lighting.
If music is not being played throughout the house or on an intercom system, you will want to keep it at medium volume by Santa’s photo area (so everyone can hear Santa). Music helps to set the mood and get people ready to talk about Christmas! Make sure you have your music tuned to a great (crowd-friendly) Christmas channel or have several Christmas songs queued to play and loop. You don’t want the music to run out while your guests wait for Santa!
4. Photographer options:
Your final option is to have a professional photographer come to your party and take full advantage of your professional Santa! Professional photographers will have the lighting and equipment needed to capture great photos. They will also be able to capture pictures of the whole family so mom won’t have to hold the iPhone while Dad and the kids are photographed. There are many advantages to a professional photographer, and the other option you can pick is a photo booth. Santa can join you in a photo booth for multiple background options and the photographer can capture you and your family or guests celebrating the season in style!
Whichever photo option you choose, be sure to allow your guests an optimal opportunity to capture the best of memories at your party. Pictures with Santa come once a year, and time moves quickly. Don’t let an opportunity to get a photo of a precious moment in time escape you!
If you have any questions about booking a Santa for photos or acquiring a photographer or photo booth for your event – we would love to help! We can help combine the best services for your party and your budget! Feel free to give us a call at 214-886-4243. We always look forward to speaking with you!