July 30, 2021

Christmas Storybook Experience 2021

Posted in: Children, Christmas Sessions, Magical

Pretty Dreams Photography Christmas Storybook Portrait Experience 2021

  Pretty Dreams Photography’s goal with the Storybook Christmas Experience is to provide your children with a truly memorable experience in a storybook-styled interactive way, one they will never forget. At the same time, we want to provide your family with beautiful heirloom portraits that will be treasured for a lifetime. I have selected truly stunning products from Italy that you will cherish for a lifetime and generations to come.

After you book your portrait session you will receive a phone call from me to plan out the children’s wardrobe, as I supply most sizes from my client closet and get to know a little bit about the children, you will then get a personalized letter from Santa inviting them to the Studio for a Christmas Adventure, I will be adding Santa to a few images in post-production this year. Due to COVID-19, I have opted to not have a real Santa; plus, little ones will sometimes do better with imaginative play.

When they arrive, they will meet me and I show them the set and you will get them changed into some beautiful wardrobe pieces selected by me to match the scene you have chosen, we will start at their own pace and our sessions are never rushed.

 During the phone conversation, you will choose one of the two scenes planned this year Was the night before Christmas, where they will participate in Christmas stories and activities depending on the age, or Cooking in grandmas’ kitchen where they will make real cookies, crack eggs, decorate them and even take them home. It’s a magical and often humorous event. 

During this time, I will capture the event for you. After the session, we will make an appointment for you to come back into the studio to view 15-20 of the best images which I will have turned into beautiful art pieces. You can purchase the basic package or all of the portraits in the upgraded menu with an album or upgraded wall art collection, it is up to you! we never put pressure on a client as they set their own budget.

We offer a variety of products from Christmas Cards and gift-sized portraits to beautifully framed canvas and albums all from Italy, in the most beautiful HD Fine Art Prints that will last for generations to come and are not available in our local market. Our most cherished item is the custom Storybook Heirloom Album that tells the story of your children’s time in a storybook fashion and at the end, you can write a personalized note or story on the very last page!

Covid Measures & Protocols

 For the Storybook Christmas Experience, there will be a low volume of sessions we accept each year.  For 2021, we are further reducing the number of available sessions to provide for a safer, cleaner environment for our clients and staff.  Only one session each morning will occur so there is plenty of time to clean and disinfect. 

Our studio is well ventilated with high ceilings and good airflow and an air purifier installed.  At this time, masks will be required for adults attending the sessions and we are currently limiting visiting parents/guests to two per session.  If you have a family, group of kids larger than 5, please let us know so we can schedule appropriately.  We do ask that if you or your children are sick or have been exposed recently to someone with COVID19 that you wait 2 weeks and reschedule as a COVID-19 waiver is needed prior to booking.  If you or your children get sick/test positive, we will reschedule your appointment.

Early Booking Bonus

JULY and Early August BOOKING BONUS!!

Book your appointment By August 15th 2021 and receive YOUR CHOICE of one of the following bonus items!

  • 25 Christmas cards Bonus
  • Stunning Metallic Photo Ornament
  • $100 Bonus Fine Art Print Credit (to be used toward wall portraits, albums, or grandparents Album)

Creative Fee

These will take place at my brand new professional portrait studio in North Gower Ontario ( 15 mins from Ottawa )

Our creative fee is $110 .  This is 60% off at this time *This does not include Prints or Digitals or Packages* Here is what you get with the Creative fee

– A 60-90-minute private interactive experience for your children in our New Portrait studio!

– A Gift filled with “Santa’s Magical Reindeer Dust.”

– A chance to purchase hand-finished art created under the direction of Master Photographer Sonia Gourlie Pretty Dreams Photography.

– A private appointment with a slideshow of your images and an ordering consultation.

– Complimentary 8×10 sized digital files of any photograph you purchase for sharing with your friends and relatives.

These experiences will take place in September and October of 2021

Top Ottawa children photography
Cooking in Grandmas Kitchen Setup
Top Ottawa children photography
Was the Night Before Christmas Setup
Basic Christmas Storybook Package:
The Original Storybook Christmas Experience. $599
  • Our original and best-selling Experience of “Was The Night Before Christmas” or “Cooking in Grandmas Kitchen”
  • A 60 to 90 -minute, private, interactive Christmas experience:
    • Three 8×10 mounted in 11 x14 HD Fine art prints, ready for framing.
  • A Gift of Santa’s Magical Reindeer Dust
  • Hand-finished art by Craftsman Artist and International Acclaimed photographer, Sonia Gourlie Pretty Dreams Photography.
  • A private appointment with a slideshow of your images and ordering consultation (required)
  • Accompanied digital files of the portraits purchased only.

If you want to upgrade from the original basic package you can pick from the list below but it is not mandatory, It’s only if you want more then the basic package, The below packages include wall art and albums ,but an upgrade to the basic. At the time of the reveal you can either choose the basic package or go with one of the upgraded packages.

Upgraded Packages Available:
How to Book your Experience:
  1.  You can email us at prettydreamsphotography@gmail.com or speed up the process by calling us directly at (613) 633 8618 to reserve a session.
  2.  After we determine a date and time you must pay the creative fee to reserve your spot.
  3.  The Creative fee must be paid to book and the remaining package amount must be paid the day of your ordering appointment, payment plans are available.
  4.  Read the materials we send.
  5.  Have an amazing Experience!



  1. Kirsten M says:

    These look amazing, you are such an incredible artist, and I cant wait to see my children do the cooking in grandmas kitchen. These are true keepsakes and can’t wait for our experience in September .

  2. Erin Mekenize says:

    I am interested in booking how many spots are available in October, These are so different and special.I cant wait to get some gifts for my parents.

  3. Leah Toffolon says:

    We absolutely LOVED our experience with the Christmas session. The girls had so much fun dressing up, interacting with the props, and baking in the kitchen that it made for such a wonderful, stress-free way to get some beautiful Christmas photos taken. Sonia has a way with kids and we just keep coming back for more! The girls will only be little for so long and I am grateful we have these timeless images to cherish forever.

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