I am writing this to you for a reason. I would like to say thank you.
When you began working with me at Kissing Tree Studio I am sure you had no idea of the artistic journey that would ensue. Yes, I am a photographer, however I am an artist first. This has meant my expectations of you as a Santa were not going to be simple and sometime certainly not easy. I have asked much of you as my artwork unfolded and evolved. You have not only followed my creativity (which lives within my mind ) but you have also taken the time to try to understand the art that has burst from within me. There have been sooo many details and demands that I have asked of you of these creative years. You worked very hard, thought deeply and have given your me such consistent professionalism. This has not gone unnoticed nor have I taken your efforts for granted. I think the end artwork speaks volumes as to how hard you have worked and how much you bring to each and every session. From one artist to another, I must tell you, it is not easy to follow or even understand another artists thoughts or dreams. You have been such a key figure and person in unlocking much of my work.
The other side of my thoughts are more personal. Your kindness and willingness to "communicate" with both children and parents alike is unmatched. You are forever tactful and gentle when sharing the real meaning of Christmas with everyone you meet. You call your mission your Santa Ministry and I have seen this first hand. You are loved by so many and you have earned this love and trust. The amount of love you share with people on a daily basis is not only a joy to witness but and honor to experience. I have learned a great deal from you over these years. Your friendship has meant so much to me.
So in summary, not only do I feel I have the great honor to work with a true craftsman of the Santa profession, I also am humbled to weekly be in the presence of a truly great man and person. Thank you for all the joy you bring to my art, countless children and this world Santa Cliff! Your love and purity of spirit has such a ripple effect. You will continue to positively impact many more lives in the future. I know He admires who you have become...from my heart Cliff...thank you!