2016 Santa Photos at the Nolensville Toy Shop

It’s that time of year again!  Announcing our…

3rd annual PHOTOS WITH SANTA at the Nolensville Toy Shop

November 12th* and 19th, 2016

Includes sitting fee for up to 4 children and 5 images of your choice
Option to purchase more digital images and/or prints.
Sessions are a flat fee of $95 this year. Sessions are for immediate family only with up to 4 children, with no extra fees for the 3rd and 4th child like we have had in previous years. I am glad to photograph families with more than 4 children or extended family (i.e., groups of cousins,  grandchildren, etc) just please book multiple appointments close together.  
*Please note that November 12th is the date of the Nolensville Veteran’s Day Parade.  Just be mindful of that when booking for this date and allow yourself extra time to get to your appointment that Saturday and consider using a route other than Nolensville Road as it will be shut down for a short time that morning.
I am implementing a new online appointment system that will allow you to see the times of all remaining sessions and book them for yourself anytime day or night without having to wait for my reply.  You will pay for the session at the time of booking, via credit or debit card.  I have included a button below that will take you directly to the booking site.
I am looking forward to seeing many familiar faces again this year.  Thank you SO MUCH for letting us be a part of your Christmas Tradition!


K’s Smash Cake Session

I loved getting my pink-and-ruffle-and-bow fix with Miss K’s smash cake session.  With all the boys in my house, I just don’t get enough of this sweetness.  Isn’t her cake to die for?  It was made by Delicious Desserts by Jennifer, which is right here in Nolensville.  So cute!  Happy first birthday, baby girl!

Vintage Pickup Sessions 2016

Even though temps are still in the 80s each day and the new school year just started, we are gonna be addressing Christmas cards before we know it. Every year I vow to have our cards done by Thanksgiving.  I don’t think that’s ever actually happened, but it’s a good goal. September is a perfect time for fall photos.  It’s not likely to be cold, our schedules aren’t as frantic, and I like that the leaves are still green.  Because, those green leaves…they look really great with this red truck.

These Vintage Pickup Photo Sessions were a big hit last year, so I’m really excited to be bringing them back for 2016. These images really make the greatest Christmas card photos. I’ll even have a Christmas tree on hand that day, so bring your winter hats, a big blanket or your coats to wrap up in, and at the very end of your shoot, we’ll throw the tree in the back of the truck for a couple of bonus Christmas-themed shots as well.  It’s so much easier to just look like you’re cold than to actually be freezing during your photoshoot, right?

Here are all the details:

Saturday, September 10th

$195, includes 20 minute session and 10 full-resolution digital images of your choice, with the option to purchase additional images and/or prints

There will be a limited number of spots available so email me at melissa@melissatomsphotography.com or call/text 615-364-3807 to book now

Live Bunny Easter Mini Sessions

Really excited to announce something new we’re going to try.  Easter Mini Sessions featuring live bunnies.  Here goes nothing 😉

These test shots were taken at the rabbity where the bunnies live, but on the day of the shoot we will be on private property outdoors in Nolensville.  In the event of rain, we will move the sessions indoors with a cute spring backdrop. There will be minimal props, some baskets, stools, chairs, etc, but mostly we are just going for a simple look.  Just your little ones, in their Easter best, interacting with these adorable bunnies amidst the beautiful natural greenery of spring.  Now let’s pray for some warm temps and that all this brown grass and bare tress turn beautifully green in the next couple of weeks!

Live Bunny Minisessions
Saturday, March 19, 2016

Private outdoor location in Nolensville, TN

$75 session (includes 1 child, $10/add’l child)
15 minute sessions
Includes 6 digital images of your choice with the option to purchase more

Garden Patch Rabbity will be bringing out 4-7 adorable bunnies of varying sizes and colors.

Email me at melissa@melissatomsphotography.com or text 615.364.3807.



It’s that time of year again! Time for our Photos with Santa event at the Nolensville Toy Shop!  I truly look forward to this event all year.  We are adding an extra day this year and extending the time, due to popular demand.  These sessions sold out super fast last year, so contact me as soon as possible to ensure your appointment.

This years sessions will take place on:

Saturday, November 14 and Saturday, November 21


Nolensville Toy Shop 

$75 per session

(Includes session for 2 children, $5 per additional child)

Appointments are first come, first serve.

They will be booked in revolving blocks of 20 minutes, although each session will only last about ten minutes.  We are allowing about 3-4 minutes per child with Santa, and time for a group shot with all children together.  We just like to allow plenty of time to get checked in and for payment.

So sessions will be booked every ten minutes, as follows:

Session #1: 9:00-9:20

Session #2: 9:10-9:30

Session #3: 9:20-9:40

and so on…last session will begin at 4:20.


Your choice of 6 FULL RESOLUTION DIGITAL IMAGES, via digital download within 2-3 weeks.

You also have the option to purchase the rest of your images as well.

Please call, text or email me for appointments.


(615) 364-3807


Your name, email address, phone number, the ages of the children being photographed, and your preferred appointment time.


1.  It is not unusual for children to cry or not want to sit with Santa.  We have a few tricks up our sleeves for this but please know that this is just part of it and we cannot offer refunds.  However, we can capture the classic screaming-child-in-Santas lap pics which in five years you will love just as much, I promise 😉  You may also want to come prepared to be an ‘extra’ in case you have to appear in the photo.

2.  Feel free to bring letters for Santa or favorite Christmas Books.  We will have “Twas the Night Before Christmas” on hand, but if you have a special book, these can be a great distraction and/or prop.

3.  What to wear:  It is very helpful to tack down baby and toddlers’ collars with a little needle and thread so they don’t flip up over their face.  Basically anything basic or Christmas-y.  Avoid shirts with writing (other than monograms) that will detract from the photo.  Our set will basically look like it did in last year’s photos, same chair, same Santa, etc 🙂

4.  It is imperative that everyone arrive on time for their scheduled appointment.  This keeps our entire day on schedule and everyone’s children happy.    If you arrive late, we may be asked to wait or rescheduled if there are any available appointments.