A child's annual visit with Santa Claus is an image that warms my heart time and time again. That wary, wide-eyed stare of the tiny tot just before he bursts into tears, the coy bowed head of the introvert, the excited glee of the extrovert are photo-worthy moments that just never get tired. The barely contained enthusiasm of energetic youngsters waiting for the big guy's arrival at the end of the annual parade is a better photo op than anything else along the route.
In this jaded society, there is probably no greater vision of innocence and wonder than the eyes of a child at this time of year. Sure, some may say it's all about materialism and must-have. But, that's not what I see when I look at a little one's face as they visit with Santa. What I see is a belief in magic, that good things still do happen, that dreams can come true. And sometimes, let's be honest, that Santa can be just a little scary.
See if you don't see the same thing here:
iCLIPART.com Photos of Children With Santa
Parenting Best Scared of Santa Photos
Boston.com Your Photos With Santa
Keeping in mind that second link, here is also some advice on how to make sure you get the wonder shot, not the weepy one:
About.com Tips for Great Santa Photos
Parenting Child With Santa Photography Tips
HowToDoThings.com How to Take Photos With Santa