The Kuhn Family and Santa Claus are all very much looking forward to your visit with us on Saturday, November 23rd ! To follow is a comprehensive list with all of the information you should need to ensure a fun-filled and successful photo session. If you find you still have questions, please don't hesitate to call us at 706-971-4725.
We've found that the most accurate directions can be found by simply typing in 'Scott Kuhn Photography' under google and following the directions given there, however if that doesn't work or is inaccessible, further directions are below.
Using GPS Type in 244 Muskrat Drive, Chatsworth. Please be advised that GPS is not always dependable. If you enter the address and it shows you to be very close to the intersection of CCC Camp Rd and Crandall-Ellijay Rd, with the turn to Muskrat actually off of Crandall-Ellijay, it is correct. If it shows something else, try typing in 'Crandall' for the city rather than Chatsworth. This actually works for certain GPS systems.
No GPS Travel North on Hwy 411 to Eton red-light. Turn right onto CCC Camp Rd. In approximately 3.5 miles, turn left onto Crandall-Ellijay Rd. After the turn, top the hill and you will see Muskrat Dr. on the right. Follow the signs and/or balloons to our home studio.
To assist with directions, we will post a picture of Santa with an arrow just before you're to turn onto Crandall-Ellijay Rd, again at your turn onto Muskrat Drive and finally at the driveway leading to the studio.
CELL SERVICE IS MORE OR LESS NON-EXISTENT ONCE YOU PASS CROSSROADS CONVEINENCE STORE ON CCC CAMP RD. IF YOU LOSE RECEPTION AND NEED TO CONTACT US FOR LOCATION ASSISTANCE, YOU WILL LIKELY NEED TO TRAVEL BACK TO THE STORE TO GET A CONNECTION.
Please plan appropriate travel time to arrive at our studio. Drive time from Chatsworth is approximately 15 minutes and Dalton (Walnut Square Mall vicinity) is approximately 30 minutes.
Santa will have a very busy back-to-back schedule. In order to be fair to all of our clients , late arrivals are subject to a shortened session or may be asked to return at a later time, depending on amount of time remaining for the session. Because we want you to have the best experience possible, we recommend that you make plans to arrive at least 5 minutes before your session.
Your session takes place inside our studio, which you will see to the left of the house. You are welcome to park in the driveway or in the grass facing the row of cypress trees. However if there has been any significant area rainfall less than two days prior to the arrival, we advise that you avoid the grass to prevent the chance of getting stuck.
Your session will last 10-15 minutes. This will allow ample time to capture several portraits and allow your children an opportunity to share their wish lists.
Outfit changes are welcome at no additional charge but must take place within your current session allotment (The client following you will be ready to begin 20 minutes after your session appointment time). Please note that we currently have no restroom/changing facility inside of our studio. If desire for an outfit change or need for a restroom does arise, however, we will guide you to our facilities, located inside the house.
The balance of your session is due on portrait day. The cost is $125.00 if you have not yet made a deposit, or $100.00 if you have. This includes a 10 minute private visit with Santa, your sitting fee and digital download access to all of your photos. If you would like to include a print package, which includes Two 8x10, Four 5x7 and Six 4x6 of mix and match prints, you can purchase it along with your sitting fee for an additional $75.00 ($200.00 total for a savings of $29.00 off of our regular prices for quantity/size of portraits purchased individually). We prefer cash or checks but also accept credit cards. Please note that those paying by check may experience a delay of up to 7 days to access to your online gallery while we wait for the check to clear.
We are often asked if we have the ability to provide prints. The answer is YES! We have our own, high quality photo printer by Canon in-house for the smaller jobs and work with a professional lab for the bigger jobs. We use special order luster paper, which is the same paper most often utilized by professional labs. So if you need prints and want something better or larger than you can get from CVS or Walgreens, give us a call. We even offer FREE delivery to the cities of Chatsworth and Eton for orders of $30.00 or more!
If anyone in your party smokes, Santa asks that they refrain from smoking inside or immediately outside the studio. This will assist him in keeping his suit as clean and odor-free as possible so that he can continue to delight children throughout the Christmas season.
Please, no drinks in the studio due to contained spaces and the fact that liquids can cause damage to lighting, props and staged flooring. We also ask that shoes, if wet, are properly dried before posing for photos.
ABOUT THE STUDIO
Our studio is currently housed in a 12x20 portable outbuilding. Because our future plans include moving to a permanent structure, we've chosen not to invest in climate control measures for our temporary building. As a result, you may find temperatures inside not to be as ideal as they would be in a standard building outfitted with central heat and air. While we do make an effort to establish some climate control, please be advised that there may not be a large variation between the inside and outside temperatures.
Also, due to limited space to work within the building, we recommend that no more than five people pose for a single photo (3 adults maximum). While we will accommodate a larger group at your request, we cannot guarantee a quality picture when a large group is present. This is because the larger the group, the further back the photographer must stand to fit everyone into the frame. Because there are limits to our background space, a larger group means that we may have to go beyond the limits of our background, resulting in a not-as-attractive photo that includes side walls or windows that were not intended to be part of the photo.
INCREASING THE CHANCE OF GETTING GOOD RESULTS FROM TODDLERS
1. Partake in exciting 'Santa' activities with your child the evening before the visit. Talk about the upcoming visit with excitement. Do 'Santa' activities together, such as baking Santa cookies, reading a Santa story or coloring a Santa picture. Talk about their Christmas wish list and encourage them to ask Santa for the items they would like. Anything that will help put them in the mood for the visit.
2. Ensure your child is well rested before making the trip to see Santa . It's been our observation time and again that children who arrive to the session and are pulled sleeping from the car rarely warm up to the idea of posing for pictures or sitting on Santa's lap in the time allotted for a session.
3. Along with rest, make sure your child is not hungry. A small snack that won't get them dirty (such as cheerios) on the way to the shoot can alleviate a situation that may cause them to become restless and irritable.
4. If your child does become cranky or reluctant, Santa has a method for winning them over. He simply asks that we back off and let him try his technique for a few moments. If that doesn't work, you'll be asked to join your child in the photo or let your child see you having photos made with Santa. Often, this 'plan B' does the trick!
All children who do well for the portraits will receive a special surprise!
NEED TO CANCEL?
If you must cancel please let us know right away so that we can re-open your appointment time for any last minute requests. Unfortunately because all up front deposits are paid directly to Santa to cover his appearance fee, we cannot offer refunds unless either we or you can find another client to successfully fill the vacancy.
If you have any questions, we can be reached at 706-971-4725. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you on Saturday!!!