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I have never stood in line at the mall to get my son’s picture taken with Santa and I never will.
I have been spoiled by the staff at A Private Gathering in Franklin.
I get to make an appointment with Santa and have a luxurious 20-minute sitting and then have fabulous pictures to show for it!
Franklin, TN Photography Studio
A Private Gathering is a portrait studio owned by Elaine, the photographer.
She has been taking my family’s pictures for 6 years now and I have never been disappointed.
The studio is located in her home in Franklin, TN. It’s a very comfortable setting and Elaine makes the sessions easy.
Elaine is very suited for her job because she has fun with it and does a great job (and she is always happy!).
The Santa sessions are especially fun. Elaine includes snacks, toys, holiday movies, and extra helpers for a festive atmosphere.
This year was no exception. Once we arrived, we were greeted and taken to an open area of her home with a kitchen and a living room. My son snacked on cookies, crackers, and fruit while watching Frosty the Snowman.
I talked with the friendly staff about whether or not he would really sit on Santa’s lap this year.
After a few minutes, Elaine came to get us for the session. We walked upstairs to her studio where Santa and Mrs. Claus were waiting for us. This year Santa sat on a bench in front of a Christmas tree and stacks of wrapped gifts. (Elaine changes the scene each year.)
Sitting On Santa’s Lap
Since my son is only 2-and-a-half, she gave him time to warm up to the big guy. My son walked around the room inspecting the place for a minute and then ended up standing in front of Santa who watched him patiently.
"I want a blue scooter, Santa" he announced. We all laughed, relieved that he wasn’t too scared to talk to him. Since he seemed comfortable, Elaine took steps to get pictures of him interacting with Santa.
- First she had him sit on the bench and draw pictures for Santa on an Etch-a-Sketch.
- Next, he sat in Santa’s lap and discussed Christmas gifts (success!!).
- Then, Mrs. Claus joined them on the bench for a few photos too.
The whole time Elaine was taking pictures.
After a bit, she leaned over to me so that I could view the pictures on her camera. Once I was happy that I had some great ones to choose from, we said goodbye to Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Then I went up to another level of the house to view the pictures and place my order while my son went back down to the living room where he played with toys and was entertained by the staff.
The whole thing lasted about 30 minutes.
Is Your Child Afraid Of Santa?
So what if your child doesn’t want to sit on Santa’s lap?
No problem! Elaine uses Photoshop to include Santa in the picture with your child.
This happened with my son last year. He was too afraid of Santa to sit with him. So they took separate pictures of my son and Santa and then merged the 2 photos. The pictures were great and you couldn’t tell that they were never together.
More About A Private Gathering
The cost of a session with Santa at A Private Gathering is more than you would pay at the mall, but walking out stress-free with a great picture is so worth it.
A Private Gathering also photographs babies, families, brides, high school seniors, and fun seasonal projects.
For an appointment call (615) 595-8200.
I live in Franklin with my husband and our toddler son. I enjoy writing about our experiences visiting places in Franklin, Cool Springs, and the Brentwood area.