As 20th century crooner Andy Williams once said, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year”.

If you don’t tend to believe Bryan’s story about our recent trip to the North Pole to photograph Santa, then let me offer up a different (slightly less sensational) version of the how the photos came to be.

This gentleman is a semi-retired CPA who truly enjoys his resemblance to Jolly Ol’ Saint Nick. So much so, in fact, that he refuses to take payment for portraying the Christmas icon. He does it out of the love of bringing joy to children (his words). When we (Michelle and I) approached him about doing some modeling for us, he readily accepted. In exchange for a few 8×10’s, he spent some time with us in front of the camera letting me shoot him for my stock portfolio (here is a link to the full set from the shoot).

Of all the people I have photographed this year, he was one of the most enjoyable.

Canon 5D, Canon 24-105 f/4L lens – 1/100 second, f/10, ISO 100