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How does Santa Claus take pictures?

How does Santa Claus take pictures?

| On 08, Dec 2013

With his North-Polaroid of course!

It’s December! The tree is up, the heat is here and so is Santa! It is time to celebrate with family and friends and get your Santa photos! The images are surely memorable – especially if you’ve got a little someone bawling in the photo!

It’s not only an easy gift, but also an easy way to get into the spirit of Christmas this year. Santa photos are now available at all major shopping centres across Brisbane. Although, the Myer Centre’s Santaland is definitely the place to go for all your Santa Photos!

The elves are enjoying their time at Santaland in Brisbane CBD, with the train ride definitely a hoot for children!

Photographer: Hannah Rieck

Photographer: Hannah Rieck

Santaland at the Myer Centre has a variety of activities for all ages. There is a train ride for those young children, a green screen with three alternate backgrounds and the traditional photo with Santa. Santa’s room is also fitted with its very own Rudolph, all the way from the North Pole!

Photographer: Hannah Rieck

Photographer: Hannah Rieck

Santaland also allows you to take your own images and view the professional photos taken by the photographers. You can take selfies with Santa, or even elfies with the elves!

The packs range from a twin pack for just $26 to a family and friends pack for around $80. The best value is definitely the USB pack for $52, which allows up to six Santa images to be put on a USB for your usage. Options also include key rings, magnets and train photos.

Creative Drinks interviewed photographer Elyse Heyn on her experience at Myer Santaland.

CD: Who comes to see Santa?

Elyse: To be honest, a massive variety. Today we had a policeman, yesterday teenagers and then of course the young ones. It is not only for children, I’ve seen a lot in their twenties enjoying the festivities. I think it’s a great way to get into that Christmas mood.

CD: What are the busiest times?

Elyse: Weekends! Friday nights! And the couple of weeks leading into Christmas of course.

CD: How do you aim for the perfect Santa photo?

Elyse: It’s important to make Santa and the kids focus on the camera, so keeping the subjects in the centre of the frame along with the super big smiles generally makes for a winning photo.

CD: How do you get that smile from the kids?

Elyse: By being as silly and energetic as possible! Sometimes a sneaky tickle is necessary too. It depends on the age of the child as to whether I get them to say something like “Christmas” or whether I wave a bear around and jump up and down just to ensure they are looking, but getting that smile is the ultimate goal!

CD: What is the hardest part about taking Santa photos?

Elyse: The hardest part is definitely getting crying children to smile. Hard to believe, I know, but some kids don’t like Father Christmas!

CD: Why buy a Santa photo?

Elyse: The fat man only comes once a year, why wouldn’t you!?!

CD: What is the best package in terms of value for your money?

Elyse: The USB pack is great because you get two 6×8 prints, a magnet and up to six images on a USB so you can send copies to all the rellies – Christmas presents sorted! Santas Photo Factory (that’s us the photographers) is also great because if you purchase Santa photos you can get them put online (just as a low resolution file) and then you can upload to Facebook!

CD: Do the children really enjoy their time at Santaland?

Elyse: Yes! Whether they like Santa or not, all the kids love the Santaland experience since there’s so much on offer like the Express Train Ride and the magical Fantasy Studio – there’s a good time to be had by all!

Santa needs to know if you’ve been naughty or nice, so come on into Santaland!  It’s open every day, with late night on Friday night until 9pm!