Many years ago, before I was a parent, I did a stint as a Santa photographer. Now that I’m a parent, I often reflect on how much importance some parents put on achieving the perfect Santa photo. It’s easy to become focused on how lovely it is for friends and family to see your child perfectly groomed and smiling sweetly, perched on Santa’s knee. It’s also so easy to forget just how scary Santa can be from a young child’s perspective.
This photo was taken at the Special Childrens Christmas Party, and is Dom’s Santa photo for 2010. I was actually surprised we managed to get something this good and was thankful there were no tears, fears or meltdowns. Sometimes, you’ve just got to take what you can get. I’m constantly being reminded of the things that I once took for granted. By the same token, it’s a wonderful reminder of the things that matter and the things you can let go of.
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