Photoshoot takes sick children from the confines of the hospital to a magical winter wonderland


The holiday season is all about the gift of giving -- giving thanks, giving new resolutions a shot and in this case, giving many people a reason to smile under difficult circumstances.

A digital artist pulled off that feat with a series of pictures with Santa that turned out to be no normal photoshoot.

Award-winning photographer Karen Alsop took pictures of 30 sick children with Jolly Old St. Nick inside Monash Children's Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. What the kids and their parents didn't know was that Karen would use Adobe Photoshop to transport the photos from the confines of the hospital to stunning holiday settings.

Karen Alsop
Karen Alsop

The 2016 Story Art Christmas Wish Project featured photogenic newborns, toddlers and teens and was the Christmas gift we didn't know we needed this holiday season. Alsop edited the images to make it appear as if the kids were feeding reindeer, reading Christmas stories under Santa's watchful eye, and sitting by the fire.

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The finished images were framed, wrapped and delivered by Santa himself. Tears of joy were shed in a situation that solidifies what the holiday season is really all about -- selflessness, giving and just a touch of magic.