Looking for a Central Coast Santa photographer or festive photographer? You’ve come to the right place.

Santa photos are a wonderful annual tradition, and while 2021 will of course be a little different, the Central Coast’s many talented photographers have come up with creative and beautiful ways to bring this tradition to you. This year, you’ll find a sack full of options for where to get your festive family snaps!

You can visit Santa on the beach at North Avoca – with your fur babies too. Or, you can have your snaps taken in a pine forest, by a wintery studio fireplace decorated with candles and gifts, or surrounded by baubles in the bush. These sets are all so beautiful the only tricky part is deciding which one to do…

Header image courtesy Central Coast Santa (scroll down for details).


Natural Lights Photography festive photos in the bush

Image ©Natural Lights Photography

Nestled in the heart of Catherine Hill Bay, Natural Lights Photography’s gorgeous Winter wonderland-style setting makes a perfect location for Christmas photos!

Talented photographers Ellen and Danielle spend 30 minutes with every family to ensure they can capture some beautiful real and honest moments in this gorgeous outdoor setting bedecked with glitter and baubles!

Ellen and Danielle have a wonderful way of ensuring they capture images that are timeless and that can be used as both an annual account of your growing kids as well as the perfect Christmas card photo. They keep the focus on your beautiful family, so the end result is a series of stunning snaps you’ll want to frame and hang on your wall.

All that’s left for you to do is to come dressed in your favourite red party dress, angel wings, or twinkling Rudolph nose and head to Catherine Hill Bay where you’ll find an enchanting scene just waiting to be explored.

Sensitive Santa sessions and pet sessions are also available.  

Who: Natural Lights Photography
Cost: $249 for a 30 minute on-location photoshoot. The package includes 7 digitally downloadable images and 3 matted gift images 5×7 – all within a password-protected gallery.
When: Available dates are 23, 24, 30, 31 October, 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28 November, 11, 12, 18 December 2021 and 7, 8 and 9 January 2022!
Location: Catherine Hill Bay.
Contact: Danielle on 0410 117 328 or Ellen on 0429 997 864, email [email protected]
More info: Sensitive Santa sessions and pet sessions are also available.


Central Coast Santa

Central Coast Santa 2021
Image ©Central Coast Santa

Central Coast Santa is back again this year with their awesomely fun set that’s packed with festive decorations, glittering Christmas gifts, and a super comfy couch where you and your family can have your very special pics taken with the big man himself!

Not only that, but it all takes place at one of our favourite Central Coast beaches, meaning no waiting in line for old Saint Nick at the shops. And we love that furry friends are invited too!

Families can choose from a number of photo packages – from a simple digital download to a vast range of printed, acrylic, and canvas package options.

Who: Central Coast Santa
Price: Photo packages start at $80.
When: Saturday 20, Sunday 21, Saturday 27, Sunday 28 November, Saturday 4, Sunday 5, Saturday 11, and Sunday 12 December 2021 – see website for available times.
Location: North Avoca. Specific address details will be emailed to you when you make your booking.
Contact: Call 4367 8499 or Email [email protected].


Ginseea Photo Christmas Minis

Christmas scenes don’t get much cuter than the adorable Christmas Minis set at the Ginseea Photo studio in Umina Beach! Your little ones will have so much fun having their photo taken among giant Christmas presents, glittering confetti, sparkling baubles, and fluffy white snow. So if they’re happier playing than posing, this is the perfect environment – though it totally accommodates the posers among us too!

As well as three terrific photo packages, Ginseea Photo is also producing a unique collection of Birchwood Circle prints and ceramic Christmas ornaments which would make the perfect gift for grandparents! You can check these out on the Ginseea Photo blog here, as well as find colour palette and styling advice to help you plan your shoot.

Who: Ginseea Photo
Price: Package 1 $150 – 5 images | Package 2 $240 – 9 images | Package 3 $400 – 15 images. All sessions are 15 minutes.
When: Sessions are each weekend from Saturday 30 October to Saturday 4 December 2021. Visit the website for specific time availability.
Location: Ginseea Photo Studio, Umina Beach.
Contact: Call 0403 810 805 or email [email protected].


Soul Story Photography Christmas Minis

Image ©Soul Story Photography

Does a wintry fireplace, flickering candles and sparkling Christmas trees sound like your idea of Christmas Heaven? Then this elegant and gorgeous backdrop at Soul Story Photography’s studio in Green Point will make the perfect setting for your family’s Christmas snaps this year!

Soul Story Photography Christmas Minis 2021
Image ©Soul Story Photography

Renee’s Christmas Mini sessions are booked in advance so you needn’t worry about waiting in a queue, and as they’re indoors there’s no worry about Summer storms cancelling the shoot. But make sure you book in quickly as these sessions are very limited and will only be available the first weekend in December 2021.

Image ©Soul Story Photography

Who: Soul Story Photography
Price: Sessions $250 for 20 minutes. Sessions include five high-resolution images that will be emailed to you one week after the shoot. Mini sessions are for up to 4 children.
When: Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 December ONLY. Sessions run between 9am and 5pm.
Location: Soul Story Photography studio in Green Point.
Contact: Call Renee on 0474 216 647 or email her at [email protected].


Storyteller Photography Christmas Sessions

We have wonderful news: Storyteller Photography will be running their hugely popular Christmas Sessions in the pine forest once again! Plus, this year, they’ve added a second location too.

Families have the choice of two spectacular outdoor locations – venture to the Pines Picnic Area of Olney State Forest for an ultra Christmassy backdrop or head to Woodbury Inn Park in Wyong where you’ll get some magical pics guaranteed to provide precious memories for years to come.

Plus, they’ve introduced some gorgeous new products, so that families on the hunt for Christmas gift inspiration can couple their annual festive photos with a selection of custom-made photo products – beautifully put together by Storyteller Photography.

Christmas Card Sessions

Price: $250 for a 20-minute session for families and children. Included is a pack of 10 Christmas cards with envelopes and 5 high-res digital images available via an online gallery. Additional packs of Christmas cards are $50. A $75 deposit is required on booking.
When: Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 November, 3.00pm – 5.30pm (Olney State Forest) & Saturday 20 and Saturday 27 November, 4.30pm – 6.00pm ( Woodbury Inn Park, Yarramalong Road, Wyong).
Contact: Call Stephanie on 0407466443 or email [email protected]

Family Calendar Sessions

Price: $600 for a 30-60 minute session. Included is a fine art 12 month 2022 calendar with your 12 selected images, timber easel, and linen mini album. Plus, you’ll get an online digital gallery with 12 included high-res digital images and the option to purchase more. A $150 deposit is required on booking.
When: Sessions can be booked any time until Jan 2022, but to ensure delivery before Christmas, you will need to book a November date.
Contact: Call Stephanie on 0407466443 or email [email protected]


Scene to Believe Santa at Lake Haven Centre

Image ©Scene to Believe


The magical Scene to Believe will be back taking your festive family snaps at Lake Haven Centre this November and they’ll be operating all the way up to Christmas Eve so you’ve still got heaps of time!

Sensitive Santa sessions are available for little ones with unique needs or abilities. PLUS, families with furry friends who don’t want to miss out can also book a special pet-friendly session!

Who: Scene to Believe at Lake Haven Centre
Price: Packages start at $23.95.
When: Santa photo sessions are daily from 27 November 2021 – 24 December 2021. Pet photo sessions are available on Thursdays 2, 9 & 16 December and Fridays 10 & 17 December, between 3.30pm and 7pm. Sensitive Santa sessions will run on Monday 13 December between 8am and 9am.
Location: Lake Haven Centre.
Contact: Lake Haven Centre 4392 7800.

NOTE: Bookings aren’t yet open so keep your eyes peeled here or on the Lake Haven Centre Facebook page for updates.


Jessie Walker Photography – Christmas Mini Sessions – SOLD OUT

This year, we’re excited to announce that Jessie of Jessie Walker Photography will be running three Christmas minis sessions, each with a completely different theme!  

Families wanting a rustic backdrop to their annual festive pics this year can head to the gorgeous setting of Kulnura Christmas Tree Farm and come away with images that will take pride of place all year round! ⁠

Or, if you’d prefer a more traditional setting, Jessie invites families to her gorgeous studio in Hamlyn terrace where you can choose from a Scandinavian style setting or for the first time ever, one of her BRAND-NEW Hot Cocoa Sitter Sessions!

Who: Jessie Walker Photography
Price: $180 for 7 high-resolution digital images (sessions are 30 minutes each).
When: All dates are now sold out.
Location: Hamlyn Terrace or Kulnura.
Contact: Jessie Walker, 0434 011 225, [email protected]


Local Favourites Not Going Ahead This Year

Santa on the Central Coast

Santa on the Central Coast has been taking gorgeous Santa snaps for many years and they’ve long been popular for their beach, bush and garden settings. Sadly Simone and Mel have made the difficult decision to not do Santa photos this year. Should the situation change between now and December, they will be posting updates to their Facebook page. Otherwise, they look forward to seeing you all in 2022!

+ We haven’t yet heard from charity Santas “Santa on the Sand” or “Brilliant Santa on the Beach” as to whether they’ll be operating again this year. Both didn’t go ahead in 2020 due to COVID. As we get updates, we’ll be sure to let you all know.

Don’t let your friends miss out! Click below to share these gorgeous Christmas photo sessions with them.