Three children wearing red plaid pajamas blowing snow with Santa during their holiday photo session

Make this holiday season even more magical.

HO HO HO! Another magnificent holiday season is on its way! Santa and I are planning our sixth year of limited-edition Santa Experience sessions. We’re looking forward to continuing this fun-filled tradition. Whether you joined us in previous years or will be experiencing these sessions for the first time this year, we’re excited to bring you our luxury version of the traditional Santa visit. Join us for a unique way to get Santa photos in Grand Rapids!

Click below to peek inside a Santa Session…

Three young kids sit on a bench looking through a red sack of presents while Santa decorates a tree in the background

The Details

When your kids step inside the studio, they’ll be surrounded by the sights and sounds of Christmas. But their eyes will probably only be on jolly Santa himself as he smiles and welcomes them in. They’ll delight in telling Santa their wishlist, reading a book, sharing “milk & cookies,” or maybe even doing a little singing and dancing.

You’ll get private access to my exclusive studio setup where your children can have quality interactions with THE REAL Santa Claus (no fake beards here!). He’s the most popular and sought after Santa in the Grand Rapids area.

WHERE: Erin Massie Photography Studio in Ada, MI
WHEN: early November 2024

Why so early?? Scheduling Santa photos early in the holiday season allows plenty of time for you to receive your images before needing to order and mail holiday cards. Plus, it’s a great way to kick off the season before all the real chaos sets in.

5 young kids wearing plaid pajamas reading a book with a magical sleigh flying from the pages while Santa looks over the top of them

What parents are saying…

We thoroughly enjoyed our Santa session with Erin Massie Photography! It was a fun, relaxed atmosphere that really captured the joy of Christmas. The pictures of my boys reading a book with Santa are some of my many favorites. Our little guy wasn’t having it, but Erin got creative and managed to get pictures of our little Ollie with Santa. We will treasure these pictures!! – Alicia S.

Our family loved having a personalized, private experience with the REAL Santa from the comfort of Erin’s studio. Santa’s heartfelt discussion and dialog with the kids will be a cherished memory. Erin’s talent behind the camera is a real gift, as she captured the pure joy and magic of Santa in our children’s faces. – Amy V.


Step 1: Pay the Session Fee

A $200 non-refundable Session Fee is required at booking to reserve your time slot. The Session Fee includes:

  • A 20 minute private session (with THE famous Grand Rapids Santa)
  • Conveniently scheduled time slot (no crowds; no waiting in long lines)
  • Custom set design (exclusive to my studio families)
  • All of the magic with none of the hassle!

NOTE: No images or products are included in the Session Fee. The session fee reserves your time slot and covers Santa’s and my time, talent and props.

Young girl wearing striped pajamas sitting next to Santa pointing at her name on the "nice list"

Step 2: Choose Your Collection

Three kids trapped inside a clear ornament that Santa is holding
– 12 digital images
– Golden ticket invitation
– Christmas book signed by Santa
– Post-session letter from Santa
– Animated photo for social sharing
– 25 Christmas cards
Three kids wearing white pajamas sitting with Santa painting wooden toys
– 8 digital images
– Golden ticket invitation
– Christmas book signed by Santa
– Post-session letter from Santa
Toddler boy sitting on Santa's lap showing him his Christmas list
– 3 digital images

Step 3: Optional Upgrades

Two boys sitting with Santa smiling during their Christmas photo session
Closeup of Santa holding a newborn baby girl wearing plaid holiday pajamas

Personalized Storybook Album
An exquisite, custom album to commemorate your Santa Session. A soft cloth cover and thick lay-flat pages showcase your images with a personalized, rhythmic Christmas story.

Christmas Cards
Thick, quality, double-sided press printed cards with metallic foil. Customized with your choice of photos and text.
$150/pack of 25

Digital Images
Additional high-resolution digital images
$55 each

Three young kids sitting with Santa on a bench sharing milk and cookies
Mom and 3 kids wearing matching holiday pajamas sitting with Santa during their Christmas photo session

about why you should choose a professional Santa session in Grand Rapids for your family this year…



  • No cell phone/personal camera photos or video may be taken during these Santa sessions.
  • Refunds will not be given for uncooperative or unhappy children.
  • The non-refundable Session Fee is due at booking. Remaining balance for your chosen Collection will be due by October 15th. You can choose to upgrade your Collection before this date. However Collection materials (golden tickets, Christmas books, and Santa letters) will be purchased on October 15th, and therefore are unable to be added on after that date. A la carte items will still be available at any time.
  • Please be respectful of Santa’s health and cancel your session if anyone experiences contagious illness symptoms or is positive for COVID on the day of your session.
Grand Rapids Santa Claus and Erin Massie clinking milk jugs in a Christmas studio setup

From Erin:

I’m REALLY looking forward to these Santa sessions. They take all year to plan. It’s such a joy to create a safe, fun environment for your child’s Santa visit, and to create beautiful images for your family to cherish for generations. This is a fantastic opportunity for Santa photos in Grand Rapids! Especially because this is the same Santa you’ll often see in parades or other community events. The consistency helps keep the magic alive!

The Booking Process

These will be booked first come, first served. And there is no guarantee I’ll be able to book additional sessions because Santa is very busy during the holidays. The booking link below will take you to a page where you will choose your time slot, sign the session contract, choose your Collection, and pay the non-refundable Session Fee. Once those are complete, your Santa session will be booked.

(Santa sessions are done for 2023. See you in 2024!)

two kids looking at a magic glob with Santa while a sleigh drives over it