My buddy RC Concepcion created this absolutely wonderful shot of his adorable daughter Sabine sitting on Santa’s lap and I thought it was the perfect shot to share with you guys as we head into Christmas weekend.

I think his post processing on the image really gave it that painted look and perfectly suited the image. To me, it really has that Normal Rockwell look, and well…I thought it was just lovely all the way around. :)  [Thanks to RC for allowing me to share this with you].

Here’s wishing you all the joys that His season can bring, and I hope Santa’s sleigh has everything on your wish list this year!

Merry Christmas!!!!!

-Scott and all the crew here at Kelby Media Group

About The Author

Scott is a Photographer, bestselling Author, Host of "The Grid" weekly photography show; Editor of Photoshop User magazine; Lightroom Guy; CEO; struggling guitarist. Loves Classic Rock and his arch-enemy is Cilantro. Devoted husband, dad to two super awesome kids, and pro-level babysitter to two crazy doggos.


  1. Wonderful shot!! Is that SK dressed as Stanta?? Just kidding.

    Could it be possible for RC to share with us how he did this wonderful shot?

    Regards and Happy Holidays!

  2. Scott, I saw the photo before I read your text and also thought of Rockwell! Awesome photo and thanks for sharing, tell RC awesome photo too! :)

    Hope you, your family and everyone at Kelby HQ as a very Merry Christmas!!!

  3. Great shot RC!! It takes me back to the good ol’ days, when I was young enough to do that!

  4. Great shot. How about walking through the creation of this image on one of the shows.

  5. A perfect Santa for a perfect girl! Great shot RC.

    Merry Christmas to everyone at Kelby Media.

  6. Glad to see someone else appreciates the Norman Rockwell look as much as I.

  7. Beautiful. As they say in the song ‘it just glows’ Happy Holidays to you all from St. Augustine.

  8. This is very cute, RC and all that seems missing is a Coke bottle :-P
    You know how your eyes is drawn to the brightest part of an image? I’m finding those blown highlights quite distracting, but it’s probably just me.

  9. This is a great shot! Merry Christmas to all!

    This would be a great tutorial, RC….Please!?!?!

  10. Gorgeous shot and sweet little girl,great Santa too, RC….

    Wonderful work.

  11. Gives us even more motivation to become better at Photoshop. Way to go RC. Happy Holidays to everyone!

  12. That is a gorgeous shot! RC did an amazing job! I’m guessing that wasn’t shot at a mall right? Because you don’t get that kind of light in a mall.

    Scott, any chance you may have another $50 off Kelby Training as a Christmas Eve special?! Just got a bonus from the studio I work at, and would love to have another full year of training. Thanks Scott! Hope you have a wonderful holiday with your family :)

    -Brian (The guy who told you to check out the Chinese Democracy album at your Indianapolis, IN Light It, Shoot It, Retouch It seminar)

  13. Great shot! Would love to see a tutorial of some sort on this!

  14. Absolute magic. Thank you for sharing this wonderful piece!

  15. Nice PP RC! Do I detect some Nik in there? :)

  16. Guys thanks soo much on this – if you guys want to see my blog post over on my blog where I talk a little bit about the image, be sure to go to

    Thanks again.. humbled.

  17. Wow! Terrific image, RC, and thanks Scott for sharing it with us. Sabine obviously loves the camera as much as it loves her. I’m sure she is off the wall with Xmas coming. She’s at that great age where everything is magical.

    Here’s hoping that all of you at Kelby Media have a joyous holiday season! Thanks for all you’ve done for me this year.


  18. I will echo the request for RC to post his Post-Processing steps. And echo the fact that is it one awesome photo and post-processing job. I love learning things like this. One of my favorite things to do. So, when it makes sense (Guest Blog Wednesday?) to have RC walk us through this (video anyone?), I and I’m sure countless others would love to have RC share some of that genius.

    Blessings & Merry Christmas,

  19. What a beautiful picture RC! I know that you are so proud.

  20. Thank you for sharing this beautiful image. Wishing you and your family all the blessings of this season and a peaceful and healthy New Year.

  21. Wonderful picture! RC is taking up a notch everyday.

  22. Great picture! But, at this time a year a manager scene would be more appropriate. What does Santa have to do with Christmas?

  23. Beautiful photo! It’s interesting that I made the same “Norman Rockwell-esque” comment about another photo (great minds think alike?!):

  24. 5Star image. Even better than the Coca-Cola Santa. Colours are beautiful.

  25. Youd be surprised as to how incredibly hard it is to find a manger in Tampa nowadays.

    It’s just a Santa picture. Not a religious statement.


  26. At Christmas-time, it’s not a religious statement? Strange coincidence.

  27. Without doubt that is an excellent shot, RC. Rockwellesque for sure, if you ask me. Scott, one day you must have this gentleman do a walkthrough of the creation of this shot.

  28. Wow that really is nice. Did you light it light that or did you paint the light in in Photoshop?

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