June 29, 2022

St Nicholas Storybook Experience 2022

Posted in: Children, Christmas Sessions

The Santa Claus experience Pretty Dreams photography, Ottawa Ontario

Where Magic and Christmas Dreams Come True:

Our Saint Nicholas Storybook experience is so much more than a portrait session, it’s pure magic!

The Saint Nicholas Storybook experience offers your children a chance to meet and interact with our vintage-styled Saint Nicolas in a private full-room setting while enjoying some truly magical moments with him. Your children will have the chance to share their Christmas wish list with Saint Nicholas and even find their name on his nice list, they will get a magical peek into what is in Saint Nicholas’s Magical big red bag, see the north pole through his magical Snow globe and can have a fun Christmas toast with milk and cookies, they will learn more about the North Pole, help in his workshop, read a book and enjoy other sweet moments with our beautiful Vintage Saint Nicholas.

The best part is there is no waiting in line and is a Full private interactive session.
 A Fresh Hot Chocolate Bar with homemade Gingerbread cookies and other goodies to enjoy. And your children will leave with some gifts from our Saint Nicholas.

The magic of Christmas truly comes alive in our Saint Nicholas Storybook experience, as they enter his workshop it will be like entering a child’s dream. The delicious smell of a fresh real gingerbread house and the fragrance of fresh-baked cookies and the sounds of beloved Christmas music will fill the air , these extra senses will add to the whole experience. The glow of all the Christmas lights illumines his workshop which is filled with toys, work tools, and vintage North Pole treasures such as the famous Saint Nicholas reindeer call bells which St Nicholas will explain during the session,  truly creating a truly magical memory that will last a lifetime.

The Planning:

The first part of the experience is once you book, we will have a phone conversation and we will discuss your child, I get a pretty good idea by the end of our conversation what they love and don’t like, so when they arrive Saint Nicholas can have a fully personalized experience with your child, We also go over wardrobe options and if you choose to go with studio wardrobe or if you choose to bring your own. If you decided to bring your own, I will help guide you and give you some suggestions to make the session look stunning.

Approximately 2 weeks before your session The magic will begin as a personalized letter arriving for your children on parchment paper from Saint Nicholas inviting them to join him in his temporary workshop in North Gower, this letter will have some of those details we discuss during the planning session, so it gets them truly excited for the experience as it’s all about them.

The Session:

Our hour-long sessions are filled with pure magic There’s also plenty of time to tell Santa what they want for Christmas and ask as many questions as they would like. You as parents will enjoy witnessing the excitement as you sit back and watch the magic come to life in front of you. While your children are in their experience with St Nicholas, I will be documenting this experience with my heirloom-styled painterly photography. Each of our Fine Art Santa portraits is a unique hand-finished art piece, These are more then your typical Santa photos you get at the mall, they are pieces of art you can put up every year and enjoy for generations to come. I take great pride and care in selecting the perfect archival prints from Italy so they last for up to 300 years. We offer a wide variety of options and finishes that we are certain will exceed your expectations.

Saint Nicholas Storybookexperience Sessions are Limited Edition and will only occur over 2 days In October, the 22 and 23nd of 2022!!

A great deal of attention has been put into creating these beautiful keepsake portraits. I have spent a lot of time paying attention to even the smallest detail when creating this setu. Each part of the set design is special right down to the custom Saint Nicholas Vintage Outfit was meticulously thought out to match the set and Is a one of kind belonging to our studio, the wardrobe that is picked for our little guests who are visiting is fully planned out and will match the scenery perfectly. I have spent months testing and buying treasures that are unique to this experience. I can’t wait to show you some of the beautiful surprises and items that will be added to the storybook experience and will add a whole new level to the story. I can’t wait to see the children interact with St Nicholas when he tells them more about the north pole, as I have some amazing surprises from his treasure collection that are fully interactive. Every detail adds to making this experience truly special and makes the setting perfect so the children would believe and feel the magic of Christmas.  Parents will enjoy watching the session unfold as much as the children!

Pretty Dreams Photography Ottawa Ontario Storybook Portriat experience


 I choose approximately 15-17 images from each session to edit. These images are then each meticulously hand-edited and painted by International Award-winning Photographer Sonia Gourlie. We work with one of the very best print labs in the industry and the world in Italy to create the highest quality art pieces available. These are truly heirloom quality art pieces to be cherished for a lifetime and shared for generations to come. The recommended age for a visit begins at six months or when your child can sit alone unassisted

The Ordering appointment:

Approximately 2-3 weeks after your Santa experience we will make an appointment for you to come back into the studio or do a virtual reveal if you are from out of town to view your beautiful art pieces and pick your artwork. You can purchase the basic package or move on to the upgraded menu with an album or wall art collection, it is up to you! I never put pressure on a client as they set their own budget.

I have hand-selected the most beautiful fine art line of wall art for you to choose from that is perfect for displaying and cherishing these beautiful images for years to come.  From Matted Prints to wall art that is truly breathtaking and show pieces for your home at Christmas time each year.

Our stunning personalized storybook album is made of the finest quality paper made on the Amalfi coast, and binding and made of either faux suede or Italian finest leathers available.   Each album is completely custom created for your family to cherish for years to come.  It includes all the images edited and will have a poem-style story line and the night before Christmas story at the end, complete with your children’s names and title.

The Santa Claus experience Pretty Dreams Photography Ottawa Ontario
The Santa Claus experience Pretty Dreams Photography Ottawa Ontario

The Creative Fee:

These will take place at my beautiful professional portrait studio in North Gower Ontario ( 15 mins outside of central Ottawa).

Our creative fee is $150 plus tax.  This is 60% off at this time *This does not include Prints or Digitals or Packages* Here is what you get with the Creative fee

A 60-minute private interactive experience for your children in our beautiful Portrait studio!

A Gift filled with “Santa’s Magical Reindeer Dust.” And their own Polar express Reindeer Bell” to take home” as a gift from St Nicholas.

A chance to purchase hand-finished art created under the direction of PPOC Award-winning and accredited children Photographer Sonia Gourlie from Pretty Dreams Photography.

A private appointment with a slideshow of your images and an ordering consultation.

Complimentary 8×10 sized digital files of any photograph you purchase for sharing with your friends and relatives.

Complimentary Hot chocolate Bar and Goodies at the studio

Access to stunning studio wardrobe pieces that match the set and are timeless.

Basic Christmas Storybook Package:

The Original Storybook Christmas Experience. $599 plus Tax

  • Three 8×10 mounted and Matted in 11 x14 HD Fine art prints, ready for framing.
  •   Accompanied digital files of the 3 portraits purchased only.

Upgraded Packages Available :

If you want to upgrade from the original basic package you can pick from the list below but this is not mandatory, It’s only if you want more than the basic package, and want to get some stunning larger wall art or album. The below packages include wall art and albums but is an upgrade to the basic. At the time of the reveal you can either choose the basic package or go with one of the upgraded packages below for the Upgraded packages:

Pretty Dreams Photography St Nicholas Storybook experience upgrade packages.

How To Book Your Experience:

   You can email us at prettydreamsphotography@gmail.com or speed up the process by calling us directly at (613) 633 8618 to reserve a session or click here to book: https://prettydreamsphotography.com/contact

   After we determine which of the two dates and time you want for the session, you then must pay the creative fee to reserve your spot and sign the contract.

   The Creative fee must be paid to book and the remaining package amount must be paid the day of your ordering appointment.

   Read all the materials we sent from now till your session.

   Have an amazing experience!

  1. Sue says:

    Has this ever been done with adult children….would love pictures like this with my adult children😁

    • Good Morning Sue, Yes we can definitely do this with your adult children, and yourself these are heirloom treasures that are true keepsakes . Only part is I don’t supply the wardrobe for adults but guide you every step of the way and give you suggestions on wardobe. I look forward to hear more from you.

  2. Michelle says:

    I truly cant wait to see my daughter in this setup your saint Nicholas is perfection !! You always take the most stunning portraits and love seeing them on my walls. Now I will be able to add some Christmas ones to that collection, Im so excited to do these before she doesn’t believe in Santa anymore, what a timeless setup. See you in October

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