2018 Santa Experience

All About The Santa Experience

One of our favorite portraits of the year is definitely our Santa Experience. We strive to make this a magical time for your children and family. These will be memories that will last a lifetime! When you arrive at our studio you will first enter into our waiting room full of Christmas music where kids can sit at tables to color pictures from our Santa coloring books or use the paper and markers available to make a perfect letter to give to Santa. Once it’s time for your session you will enter into Santa’s home, an intimate and personal experience just for your family. This room is blocked off from the rest of the studio so it’s perfect to provide your children with intimate time with Santa in a comfortable setting.

We focus on capturing your children authentically and immersed in the magic, not the forced smiling on Santa’s lap photo. Before your session you will receive an email where you will fill out information about your children that you want Santa to know. Maybe they need to improve or work on some things at home? Maybe they have been doing a really good job and you want Santa to acknowledge that?! Before your children meet Santa he will review all those important things to remember about them and they will be so surprised he knows so much!! Santa will have many activities and options during your 15 minute portraits such as reading a book, checking out some toys he has in his bag, playing on the floor with the little ones, singing Jingle Bells, or going over their Santa letter.


We will be hosting our annual Santa Experience at our studio (1814 S Valley Forge Rd Norristown PA) from 12-4 on Sunday November 25th. After your portrait session you will take a quick break in our lounge for some snacks and refreshments followed by your reveal session. So you get to see and pick out your images the same day! We will even have a Christmas movie playing for the kids so you can really focus on your images.


Creative Session Fee

The creative session fee is $49 plus tax. This includes your opportunity to have an exclusive and intimate portrait session with Santa which will last 15 minutes. You will have a reveal/ordering appointment at our studio immediately following your portraits. There will be a slideshow of 15-25 hand edited images to view. From there we will look at the different product samples and help guide you in picking your favorite images to be printed! Your creative session fee does not include any prints, digital files, or other products.

The Portraits

Most clients invest an average of $750 on their portrait sessions. However we do not have a minimum purchase requirement, so if you don’t love your photos you are not obligated to make a purchase. Please click here for our complete holiday pricing guide.

The Santa Experience with Ray of Sunshine Photography was the most heartwarming way to start the season. Watching my son light up when seeing Santa was amazing in its own regard, then to have pictures that reflect that wonder is absolutely priceless. The detail and time put into this session is something that will make you never return to the typical mall photos. No more screaming children and long lines, only pure Christmas magic for this family. I would absolutely recommend The Santa Experience this and every holiday season.
— Heather
It was truly an easy and magical experience and having 3 little kids in dressy clothes is not often described as easy. They had everything planned from coloring pages to snacks, but when you step inside to see Santa, he was even better. He took time with each kid to hear their list, talk to them, and spend time. Erin captured them in amazing spontaneous poses! These pictures are some of my favorites ever taken! We loved it and can’t wait to come again!
— Christie
We had such a wonderful experience with Ray of Sunshine during the Santa Experience. My son is shy and the activities while we waited put him at ease and got him excited to see Santa. Santa was warm and funny, keeping us smiling the entire time! Erin caught every genuine smile. We will treasure these photos for many Christmas seasons to come!
— Sara
Erin Morell