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September 17, 2019 in Main

Santa is coming back for 2019, with a brand new set and new ideas!

UPDATE! This event is complete for 2019! To make sure you don’t miss next year’s event, sign up for the mailing list below and you’ll be notified as soon as the dates are posted so you get the first chance to sign up!

This will be my 4th annual Magic of Santa event!

I created the Magic of Santa series when my kids were young, and we found visiting Santa at the mall or even many private studios to be very stressful and rushed, and I thought there had to be a better way! I wanted to give kids a magical experience and create amazing keepsakes in the process. I wanted to create images that will be displayed as part of your holiday decor year after year – I’ve had clients tell me they display their Santa photos year round because they can’t take them down! So here we are!

My sessions are set up to give your children a fun experience playing games, experience magic, and even show off their acting skills to get those fun expressions! Kids have a blast and Santa makes each child feel special. This will allow each family to have a stress free experience, be able to savor every moment, and will allow me time to get you a great selection of detailed images that will become family heirlooms.  Sessions are geared toward the creation of a wall portrait to hang on the wall year after year, so every detail counts!

A 5 minute break is scheduled between sessions to allow time to transition from one session to the next, and to allow time for kids who may need a few extra minutes to warm up.

25 minutes with Santa – your child will be able to sit on Santa’s lap, tell him their wish list, check the nice list, possibly enjoy some cookies with Santa, and look into the magical storybook or gift, along with some new ideas that I’m still coming up with!   This is great for one immediate family who is looking for a nice selection of images for the wall and gifts.  Children will be photographed together, separately and a family portrait may be done as well if requested.  $299 includes $200 toward your final purchase.

55 minute storybook session – The storybook session is geared toward the creation of a custom storybook featuring your child!  We will photograph him or her in a variety of scenes with the goal of creating several images that tell a story.   You will get everything that the 25 minute session has to offer, along with a  series of creative storytelling images and some extra “magic”  (maybe we’ll make you fly!)   $599 includes $450 toward your final purchase.

Private viewing and ordering sessions:  Because there is so much magic to be created in the after effects, I need to be with you when you make your selections. I make this a fun experience for you with your images projected huge on the wall so you get to experience the slideshow of your child’s magical session, then get first hand help choosing how you’d like to use your images. We compare images side by side, select favorites, and I’ll help you put together a collection that gets you the most enjoyment out of your photos at the best price. There is never any pressure to buy more than you want, I’m there to help you! We schedule meetings during the weeks after your session, and ideally before Thanksgiving to allow enough time to bring magic to your images with plenty of time to enjoy them for the current season. For those who are traveling from a distance, I offer virtual viewings via GoToMeeting, but in person is always best!

Follow the links below to view the pricing guide for 2019 (Digital collections are new for this year!) and to view samples from previous years’ Magic of Santa sessions.

Pricing Guide – Click here to look over the 2019 pricing guide.  

Click here to view more examples from my Magic of Santa series.

Magic of Santa sessions will be held on Saturday, October 26th and November 2nd, 2019 from 9am-3pm

Kari Layland Photography

7638 Jorgensen Ct S

Cottage Grove, MN 55016

Each family will have 25 or 55 minutes with Santa.  We will have books to read, a “good list”, games to play, maybe even some cookies.  They’ll get to spend time with Santa without having to wait in line.  Your appointment is for your family only – I will not book multiple families in your time slot like at the mall.  We have a Christmas tree with gold trimmings, a one of a kind, made from scratch holiday set, and will add some gifts and extra decor as we plan for the day.

Based on the level of interest I’ve already gotten at the mere mention of these sessions and the limited number of sessions available, I anticipate these sessions will be sold out very quickly.  If you’re interested in reserving your time, you may do so below.  If you have any questions, you may email me at

Registration for this event is now closed. I’d love to see you next year! Please sign up for the mailing list at the top of this page to be notified when the dates are announced for next year. Thanks!

Thank you! Here are some photos from previous years to show some of the magic we can create. This is the old set – this year will have the new set shown in the examples above.