Santa in the Sand

Santa in the Sand combines the traditional Santa visit and a Family Portrait Shoot all in one stress free experience. During booking process, you are encouraged to share something about each child, for instance; favorite cartoon, favorite athlete, or maybe you’d like Santa to acknowlede something special that may have just recently occurred. Santa takes this information and uses it to customize your children’s visit. While Santa is working his magic, I’m paying close attention to the moments as they unfold, capturing the expressions and pure joy in you and your children’s faces as each of you enjoy your visit with us at Santa in the Sand.

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The Wilderness


About Us

About Mark

Hi, my name is Mark DeJohn and I am the founder of

Santa in the Sand / Santa in the Wilderness. I have

been shooting since I picked up a camera when I was

8 years old and I’ve pretty much haven’t put it down

since. Santa in the Sand was a concept I imagined

many years ago. After meeting Santa Greg, we teamed

 up and as they say, the rest is history. The smiles on children’s

faces as they see Santa on the Beach and the compliments

I receive from the parents on the pictures and the

experience reinforce that this was something that needed

to be created. My wife Andrea and I have to two amazing sons;

Aiden & Weston.

About Santa



I am Santa Greg Ferguson, “The Original” Santa in the Sand. I Started

portraying the Jolly Ole guy 38 years ago when I found a suit on the

clearance rack at a store. I surprised my daughter and her Classmates

at her pre-school that year. Then seven years ago while shopping

I found a suit at Target on the clearance rack. I bought it and did a

few Family parties for my extended family. My wife saw how much I

enjoyed it and ask if I ever thought of doing it professionally. I did

some internet searching and found the Fraternal Order of Real Bearded

Santa’s. By joining the group I learned a lot. I bought an Adele’s of

Hollywood suit had some pictures taken and started booking my own gigs.

I did more research and did Mall relief for one of the Photo companies.

While portraying Santa for the Del Amo Mall in Torrance, I

met Mark De John’s wife. In June of 2015 I met Mark at a Starbucks where

Santa in The Sand was born. I have enjoyed working with Mark so much I

consider him Family. I portray Santa not for myself but for the joy it

brings when you make a Child’s dreams come true. I should mention

that I have 16 Grandchildren.  My younger Grandchildren tell their friends that their

Grandfather is Santa Claus. I love the feeling of Christmas, the

excitement of children of all ages. May the love you feel at Christmas

carry you through the rest of the year.

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