The storybook santa Experience

About the Storybook Santa Experience

The Storybook Santa Portrait Experience is held each year from October through December.  We offer children a unique opportunity at a new take on “pictures with Santa”.   They will meet Santa Claus in a private setting, with up to one hour of one-on-one time.  During your time with us, we follow a “script” that allows Santa to tell his story and allows the children to experience moments with him like never before.

The Storybook Santa Experience

We are creating a storybook sequence of events to photograph for you.  The entire process is designed to allow for natural expressions and interactions between your child and Santa Claus.  We will start in his living room, where he will confirm their names on his nice list, ask them what they want for Christmas, show them the North Pole, and show them how his Magic toy bag works.  The real fun with Santa begins in the workshop, where Santa will ask for help to paint toys for other children.  He will share the secret of how the Reindeer fly and how they make the trip around the world in one night.   Of course, Santa will share his cookies and milk, and then finish up with a reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.  Before they leave they will help him decorate his Christmas tree.  Be sure you read about our locations, and choose the one that matches your needs, even if the drive is a little further.  If you’ve been more than once, we encourage you to visit a new location!  UPDATE for 2020:  Our RICHARDSON location is now closed.  All Santa Experiences will be in Midlothian or Keller for 2020.

Once we receive your inquiry, we will call you for a consultation and confirm a date and time.  Please have a few dates in mind.  We sell out every year, so please call us if you’d like to verify a time before you pay your fees.

What is included in the Experience?

  • A 60-minute, private, interactive portrait experience with Santa Claus
  • A $225 Print Credit to be applied toward your product order (ask us for pricing on specific items)
  • A Gift Box filled with Santa’s Magical Reindeer Dust
  • Hand-finished art by PPA Master Craftsman Photographer, Chris Smith, M. Craftsman. Photog.
  • A one-on-one appointment with a slideshow of your images and ordering consultation
  • Social Media files for sharing all of your ordered images


NEW for 2020 – The Storybook Santa Experience Extended Family Edition

“Cousins” Bring your entire family to meet Santa and let us create a one of a kind panoramic portrait.

UPDATE:  Due to COVID19 and the current health and safety guidelines, we are not able to offer extended family sessions until further notice. 

The Extended Family Edition of The Storybook Santa Experience is a special version of our Experience designed for larger families.  If your family has a set of cousins or numerous brothers and sisters or even multiple generations this version of our experience may be best for you.  Each session includes a panoramic portrait (as shown above) of your family.  You may include children, parents, grandparents or even friends.  We will create one master image for you where each member of your family will be given a “character” or activity to portray.  Based on the best image combinations, we will composite the image together to create the final version.  The one shown above is made of 6 separate images.

In addition to the family panoramic, the children in your group will have a meet and greet with Santa, find their names on his Nice List, and then have a visit over milk and cookies.  We will make images in the same style as our standard Storybook Santa Experience during these smaller group visits.  We recommend at least 5 children and 2 adults for the best panoramic result.  We can accommodate as many as 15 children and 10 adults in the primary image.  Our Keller location is best suited for groups 8-25 and our Midlothian location is best for groups 8-12.  We do not offer the Extended Family Session in our Richardson location.

The Extended Family experience requires the purchase of one panoramic image sized 36 inches or larger, and a $100 minimum print purchase per nuclear family.  Our standard reservation fee is required to reserve your session.  We will invoice you separately with a custom rate for your group after a brief phone consultation.  Panoramic print prices start at $1500.  Duplicate prints of your main family image are available at 40% off and are available in sizes 14-inch and larger.  Our standard product rates apply, ask for details.

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Ivey Photography
Studio and Gallery located at

403 West Main Street
Midlothian, TX 76065

Santa Studios in Richardson and Keller, TX

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