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Don't Sit on Bad Santa's Lap
"We've gotten some crazy Santa photos," Bender says. "Santas with black eyes, Santas holding cigarettes. It's kind of a 'bad Santa' series."
Before you wait in line for hours, take a good look at the man in the red suit. If mall Santa isn't as snowy haired and rosy cheeked as the real thing, you might want to shop around.
Do Use a Nontraditional Venue
Jurick says to get outdoors. The one time he did take photos of kids on Santa's lap, he got in close and made the children laugh. When there's a smiling baby in the frame, who's looking at Santa?