and listens to their wishes. He reads books for children, lets them peek at the 'nice and naughty' list, and shares cookies with them. Santa gives every child a special gift to leave with. 

Kids who are a little reluctant at first find themselves giving him big hugs or high fives before they go, and continue to talk about their visit for weeks. 

About You:
Mom and Dad can relax and enjoy this time too. You will be with your child every step of the way. We believe that you deserve your portraits in a timely fashion, especially during the holidays.  

We are big believers in print. 
You'll receive an 11X14 folio box of 6 edited, printed, and matted Storybook photos from the session along with their 6 digital files for personal use.  Everyone loves to hold the prints and see them immediately. The files and the prints both take the same amount of work, so instead of charging you for each separately, you receive both. 

We understand the value of your images for other gifts, and so we deliver final images to you no later than 10 calendar days.


Booking and Visit Information:
A $200 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of booking to reserve your time with Santa, with the balance of $1175 due at the time of your session. 

If you book 2 weeks before your session, your family will receive a letter from Santa, along with a golden ticket inviting you to visit him in his home away from home in historic downtown McKinney, TX. 

Once your family arrives, you and your kids will visit with Santa for 30 minutes, find your names on his 'nice & naughty' list, share some Christmas cookies, and read some of his favorite Christmas stories while we shoot photos for you to cherish. 


Before you leave, Santa and his friends have a couple gifts for your family. Santa has a special bell ornament for you to hang on your tree. His friends have a cookie basket with Christmas cookies from Sweet Clover Cookie Company for you to take home.  


Approximately 10 days later, Santa's friends will let you know that it's time to come pick up your 11x14 folio box filled with your 6 prints and the digital files of those prints. The files are yours to use for social media or for additional prints or gifts for loved ones.  Please consider tagging @debrahelmbergerphotography when sharing on social media.


About Debra:
Debra Helmberger has been in the portrait business for 10 years and has been teaching photography in the public schools for 15 years. Debra has been awarded 8 bronze awards from The Portrait Masters in the last 18 months alone. Debra is using 'the Storybook Look' for the Santa Experience portraits which ultimately gives the photos a timeless finish.


Listed below are all items you can expect with the Storybook Santa session by Helmberger Photography:

  • a letter from Santa with a golden ticket (for those who book 2 weeks prior to their session)

  • a scheduled 30-minute visit to give your little ones time to get to know Santa

  • checking the 'nice & naughty' list, eating cookies with Santa, and story time with Santa

  • a bell ornament for your tree at the end of the session

  • a cookie basket to take home filled with Christmas cookies from Sweet Clover Cookie Company. 

  • 6 Storybook Photos edited in Storybook fashion, printed and matted to display, share, and cherish

  • an 11x14 keepsake folio box to store your printed photos 

  • digital files of your 6 prints for both social media and printing use 

  • and as a thank you, after you receive your keepsake folio box, a porcelain ornament of one your photos and the year printed on the back will be sent to your home 

  • And a promise to keep this experience as simple and relaxing as possible

Storybook Santa

Serving the McKinney, Frisco, Prosper, Allen, Plano area

Christmas Magic     Christmas Wonder Christmas Joy






The Storybook Santa exclusive photography session and visit is $149

Individual images and products available for purchase separately.

Storybook Santa

Merry Christmas!

We are so happy you are here. 

We believe in slowing down; in taking time to enjoy life's little moments. And that is exactly what our Storybook Santa Sessions are all about.

We invite you to slow down and visit with Santa for a moment. And while you do, we'll record the experience for you to share and re-live time and time again. 


Storybook Santa Session Includes:

  • a scheduled 30-minute visit to give your little ones time to get to know Santa

  • checking the 'nice & naughty' list

  • eating cookies with Santa

  • story time with Santa

  • a big Christmas cookie to take home

  • a Reveal Session immediately following so that you may choose images and products for purchase

  • And a promise to keep this experience as simple and relaxing as possible 



If this sounds perfect for your family, then click the booking button. You'll see a calendar of available appointments. Choose your date soon because Santa is only in town for 3 weekends and then he needs to get back to the North Pole. 


You will be directed to some questions so we know your littles (or biggies) better. You'll also pay the session fee here. 


Our products are designed to continue to bring you and your family joy throughout the years. Purchase a few extras for grandparents, aunts and uncles. It's all up to you.

Individual prints start at $90. Our collections start at $340 and go up from there. Collections are available with or without digital files. Purchase one collection at full price and all additional duplicate collections are half price.

We only like good surprises and so have provided you with the list of products and prices for review before arriving for your session. 


" This is a unique, fun experience and the only pictures where my kids have authentic expressions. Santa is great and doesn't just sit in the chair. He makes it interactive by playing a game or reading books with them. "-- Cieandres

" This is the family tradition that goes far beyond a photo opp and a chance to report Christmas lists to Santa-- the intentional time for our kids to truly be children, to truly surrender to the mystery of the season, and to be truly seen and heard and valued by adults who are asking for nothing of them in return-- that's the magic." --Becca





Arrive 5 minutes before your scheduled session. It's important to arrive on time because another family will arrive after your visit.


After your time with Santa, you will IMMEDIATELY view your unedited images and choose those you love most for purchase. Yes, there will be tons to choose from, but we know how to help you narrow down your choices quickly. 

You will see the products so that you can make your selections for yourself and gifts. We have ornaments, Christmas cards, or wall portraits. Or you can keep it as simple as a print. It's up to you. 

We then take your choices, edit the photos in Storybook Santa style and order your products. Products come 10-14 days after your session. We will contact you for pick-up. 

Your babies are getting older every single minute, every single year. They grow up in a blink. Slow down, take a moment and soak in the joy. No matter their age. Soak it all in. 

Helmberger Photography will help you do that and then we'll create products to remind you of this moment year after year after year. 

Debra Helmberger


" These are the most amazing images I've ever had. Truly authentic and something you cannot (and in my opinion will not) find anywhere else. The experience with Santa was so special and he really took the time so my son was not scared. Some of the 'in the moment photos' were my favorite! 

It's a perfect mix of an amazing Santa experience, the best photographer, hands down, the best customer service, and then the most gorgeous photos that will make you never want to go anywhere else for any of your photos."-- Whitney


"My son doesn't do great with crowds or waiting for things. This way Jackson got one on one time with the big guy and really got to interact with him. Santa got down on the floor and played with Jackson. Santa took the time to make him feel special."--Laura