Yes, we know it’s only September, but the best-of-the-best Santa photographers are already taking bookings for their 2018 festive photo sessions – and some are nearly booked out! We’ve decided to share this special list with you now so you don’t miss out.
There are so many talented photographers here on the Central Coast, and many of them go to great lengths to create beautiful festive-themed settings for your Christmas snap. Many run their sessions in October-November to ensure they get the prints to you before Christmas so you can send a copy with your Christmas card to your Great Aunty in Yorkshire and Grand Poppy in Texas.
This year you’re spoilt for choice. You can visit Santa in his workshop, at the beach or in the bush. Or, you can choose to forgo Santa altogether and instead have your child snapped in a beautiful festive scene. If you don’t want a teary toddler snap (it’s a rare babe and toddler who doesn’t balk at the sight of jolly Saint Nick), this is a lovely option.
So, without further ado, here are the best-of-the-best Christmas photo opportunities for you here on the Central Coast.
Central Coast Santa
Santa is going barefoot casual at Avoca this year. Glenn Mckimmin – local landscape photographer and owner of the spectacular Glenn McKimmin Gallery in Terrigal – is swapping nature for portraiture to bring you this Aussie Santa experience. We love his overalls and Wally-esque shirt and that you can bring your pooch along to the shoot too.
Who: Central Coast Santa.
Price: Packages start at $80 (digital package of 3 images). They also offer print packages (acrylic face mount, framed and canvas). Each session runs for 5 minutes.
When: November 17, 18, 24 and 25; December 1 and 2. 8am-7pm.
Location: Private beachfront property on North Avoca Beach (address confirmed via email after booking).
Santa on the Central Coast
Mel and Simone, the team from Magnolia Tree Photography and Santa on the Central Coast, are back for their eighth year of festive snaps. Their North Avoca Beach (above) and boho photos have long been popular, and this year they’ve added a new theme – the Avoca Lagoon set up. If you have a child with special needs, please let the team know and they’ll happily help make things easier on the day. They also shoot a non-santa festive photo one day each year – call them to find out more.
Who: Santa on the Central Coast
Price: $65 for 3 digital images.
When: Boho Santa in Picketts Valley 27th Oct, 3rd Nov, 10th Nov, 1st Dec; Avoca Lagoon 28th Oct, 25th Nov; Santa and Surf on North Avoca Beach 11th Nov, 17th Nov, 18th Nov, 8th Dec, 9th Dec, 15th Dec, 16th Dec.
Location: The beach photos are taken at North Avoca; the Boho sessions are at Picketts Valley; Lagoon shots at Avoca Lagoon.
Contact: Simone 0423 854 558; Mel 0412 463 946.
Book: Click here to book.
Brilliant Santa on the Beach
Everyone is welcome to get their photos taken with “Brilliant Santa on the Beach”, but his real forte is in understanding kids with special needs – particularly those with autism. The photographer, Joe Mullen, is a teacher at Terrigal’s Aspect School – a school for children with autism – and past clients tell us that “not only is he fantastic with children but he also takes beautiful photos.” Santa can be in the photo with the children or can be in the background if children aren’t sure about him (as the pic above shows).
And, do you know what is even more amazing about this photo shoot: all proceeds are donated to Aspect Central Coast School. Last year they raised $2300 for Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) Central Coast School. Huge thanks go to Mr and Mrs Claus Rod Stubbs & Jeanette Stubbs, and to Joe and Megan Mullen for their amazing work, compassion and sense of humour!
Each booking is for 10 minutes. If you would like a longer session so you can have photos taken with grandparents and extended family members, you’re welcome to book consecutive time slots.
Who: Brilliant Santa on the Beach
Price: Prices for 2017 are still being determined. Prices for 2017 were 3 high-resolution images for $40. Cash only on the day. All proceeds donated to Aspect Central Coast School.
When: Dates are yet to be released.Click here to follow their Facebook page, and you’ll be the first to hear about date releases.
Location: Naomi Honey Reserve, Southern End of Shelly Beach.
Contact: Megan 0425 341 275 or email@example.com
The Original Santa on the Beach with Kat Carr
This is Kat Carr’s 10th year of Santa on the Beach, but this year she has a few surprises. Kat will be offering three settings in 2018: a Sandy Santa beach setting, a Santa’s Toy Workshop setting and a secret session – shhhh, details to come!
Roy, the Santa of children’s storybooks (pictured above), will be Santa again this year. If you have a child who’s questioning the likelihood of flying sleighs and elves, a sitting with this Santa will have them believing again – “his eyes how they twinkle, his dimples how merry…And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.” The beard is real, the tummy is real – this surely is the REAL Santa. We’re definitely convinced.
Who: The Original Santa on the Beach with Kat Carr
Price: Santa’s Toy Workshop or Sandy Santa session $80 (4 unique images); Baby/Toddler Santa session $120 (4 images and more time to ensure your bub is comfortable). There’s a special new session coming this year – shhh: details will be released soon. All packages are digital.
When: Check the booking form for dates currently available (link below). New session times will continue to be released; if you wish to be notified of them, follow The Original Santa on the Beach Facebook page.
Location: New location – details coming soon.
Contact: Kat Carr, 0405 393 272, click here for contact form.
Click here to book.
Festive Christmas Photos without Saint Nick
Joy and Sparrow Christmas Mini Sessions
A Christmas photo session among a forest of pine trees – now this is a concept we love. The smell of pine needles rings in the festive season and just begs for you to pour a glass of eggnog and put on the carols. Photographers Sam and Jess of “Joy and Sparrow” are taking festive Christmas snaps on a local farm at Wyong this year, and they’re inviting families and groups of friends to join in on the fun. You can use the session to create a gorgeous Christmas card pic or just as a fun way to get some updated family snaps.
Who: Joy and Sparrow
Price: $100 for 5 high-resolution images (10-minute mini session).
When: Multiple dates throughout October and November. Available dates are listed on the Events tab of their Facebook page.
Contact: Email Sam and Jess on firstname.lastname@example.org
To book: Message via Facebook or email email@example.com
Studio Christmas Sessions with Ginseea Photo
Ginny has transformed her studio into this gorgeous rustic festive setting (pictured above) that’s sure to make you the envy of everyone on your Christmas-card list. These santa-free sessions are fabulous for babies and toddlers, as you’re more likely to get smiles than shock or terror 😆. She has very limited spaces available, so nab your spot now before you miss out.
♥ You’ll find Ginseea Photo on Playing in Puddles’ local Photographer Directory. Click here to see her beautiful newborn and family shots.
Who: Ginseea Photo
Price: There are two package options: $95 for 5 digital images (in colour and black & white) or $145 for 8 digital images (in colour and black & white) and a 10cm x 10cm birch block print. Each session runs for 20 minutes.
When: Wednesday 17th October 10am-4pm and Saturday 27th October 11am-3pm.
Contact: Ginny Boros, 0403 810 805, firstname.lastname@example.org
Book: Click here and nominate your day/time on Ginny’s Christmas Minis 2018 Facebook post.
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