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Christmas Contest!

I like to think I give thoughtful gifts for presents- things that I know my family and friends are surprised and excited to open. I love the present giving part of Christmas, seeing others open gifts that I’ve really put a lot of thought into makes me so happy.  I wanted to give the opportunity to share a little joy this Christmas, so I’m having a contest for a free session including an 16×20 wall print!

But the Christmas “catch” to this contest is that you can only enter the contest as a gift  for someone else. So instead of winning it yourself you’ll be winning the session for someone you know. A gift certificate will be emailed to you on the 23rd just in time for you to pop it under the tree. So maybe you have a best friend expecting their first child who needs maternity portraits, or a boss with children who’d love some fun family pictures,  or maybe your Grandma would love a wall print of all her grandchildren? 

Who would you love to give a session too?

There are two ways to enter:

1.) Leave a comment in this blog post with the person’s first name of  who you’d give it to if you won.

2.) For an additional entry, leave a message on my Facebook Fan page  with the person’s first name you who you’d give it to if you won.

If you know the person you want to enter for frequents my blog (or might see the FB comment) and you and you don’t want to leave a details or a name,  just leave a nice comment and send me a email.

If you know someone really special who would really love a family portrait session, share the links with friends for them to enter on their behalf as well. And maybe if you share the links enough someone will enter your name to win  too 🙂

A little fine print:

The prize includes one Lifestyle Session to be used in the 2011. This also includes one 16×20 custom wall print. The prize can not be used towards wedding coverage, but could be used as engagement session. Each person can enter  on behalf of one friend/family only. Deadline is December 23rd at 12noon. Winner will be notified by email.

Merry Christmas Everyone!!!


PS. My orginal verison of this contest is for a Free Wedding- if you would like to enter that, please send me an email to inlove (at) and explain why the couple deserves a free wedding.  Anyone can win the lifestyle session, no background story required!

  • Teri - December 14, 2010 - 3:18 pm

    My sister-in-law, Amber, and little brother, Cody! They have a 16-month old, Van, and another one on the way, and haven’t had family photos done. I would love to be able to give them the gift of Kelsy Nielson 🙂

  • Angela - December 14, 2010 - 3:29 pm


  • Kristina McAnally - December 14, 2010 - 3:44 pm

    My Mom…Tracy McAnally REALLY REALLY needs this! We haven’t had family photos since…1990 something…and let me tell you they were rough looking! We have been apart for 6 years and now she and my brother are home and we’re all back together and it would be so special to have this as a gift for her! Plus…the woman deserves a do over since the 90’s hair is tragic at best! Haha… Happy Holidays!

  • Chantel - December 14, 2010 - 4:36 pm

    Love this idea! I totally want to do it.

  • Nichole Cardinal - December 14, 2010 - 5:09 pm

    My bestest sister Rachel. She has a two and three year old and had never had family pictures done.

  • Heather - December 14, 2010 - 5:52 pm

    Randy and Amy – for the new baby coming this year. 🙂

  • Sarah Sloan - December 14, 2010 - 5:53 pm

    Our Neighbours, Brandy and Ryan Carty, they have two beautiful twin girls who are 2 1/2yrs old, and just welcomed their third child, our soon to be god son Xyrus who is 2 mths old. They have struggled financially and because of that have never had families photos done. This would be such a great gift and celebrate their beautiful family!

  • Terri - December 14, 2010 - 6:09 pm

    I would like to enter my friends Shauna & Zousar. They have one little boy and a new baby on the way early in January.

  • Kim - December 14, 2010 - 7:08 pm

    My Grandma Louise. In my 27 years, I don’t think she’s ever had a family portrait with all of her kids together. I think that would mean the world to her 🙂 Great idea, Kelsy!

  • Melissa F - December 14, 2010 - 8:36 pm

    My friend Maureen would love to get pictures from you. She’s on a tight budget so she couldn’t book you =(

  • Janet - December 14, 2010 - 8:56 pm

    I would like to enter my friend Saxony for your contest. She’s an amazing friend who loves to give, and unfortunatley has met some very unfortunate circumstances. She is in love with your work, especially our lifestyle pics of my little guy and the cake smash. Because of her circumstances she was never able to book you. Her son turns one in february, and because she was never able to have any professional family photos since he’s been born, i would love for her to win this contest so that she can have a family session with her little man, or possibly a cake smash shoot. I know this would mean the world to her. I’m crossing my fingers that she gets this cause thats one person i know for sure that would appreciate it more than you know!

  • Megs - December 14, 2010 - 9:54 pm

    Breanna & Christian – they recently received disappointing wedding photos from their photographer. And Bre was so beautiful, too!

  • Nicole - December 14, 2010 - 10:57 pm

    Id love to enter my friend Meghan (and her family). The Dirksens have been a corner stone in my life and the chance to capture the kindness, compassion and strength this family has to offer would be well…. priceless. Meghan is about to enter her last year of med school (yes, dedicated to a live of helping others) and I think having a momento with the people whom have supported her and inspired many along the way would be the best gift I could ever offer. xox

  • Jennifer - December 14, 2010 - 11:56 pm

    My aunt Marta is fighting a rare disease and is handling it in the most positive way I could ever imagine. Since being diagnosed only 8 months ago she has started a blog and a clothing line and is putting together a book – all to raise awareness and funds towards research for Wegener’s Granulomatosis. She is so incredibly strong and I believe she deserves this gift of beautiful family photos with her husband and 4-year old daughter.

  • Brendan Curson - December 15, 2010 - 1:23 am

    My wife Kalle would very much like a family photo session with you Kelsey!!!! Connor and his Girlfriend would be my second pic:)

  • Courtenay Mayowski - December 15, 2010 - 1:18 pm

    Hi Kelsy,
    I would like to enter my parents, Marg and Dave Knox. I know they would love some new family photos or even just pictures of them. I don’t think they’ve had pictures taken together since their wedding 32 years ago.
    Thanks, Courtenay

    Ps: I love your kind, generous, giving spirit! Merry Christmas!

  • Erin - December 15, 2010 - 3:42 pm

    I would love to give the gift of Kelsy Nielson Photography to my dear cousins Marina and Bruce (and their adorable dog Chella)!

  • Lori Lepp - December 15, 2010 - 6:49 pm

    Kelsey, I would love to enter my daughter Shari. She is a single mom and works very hard to support her and her son on a tight budget. It would be really awesome for her to have such a talented photographer take pictures of her son for her.

  • Jon - December 15, 2010 - 8:55 pm

    Another vote for Marta. She is such a brave woman; she hasn’t shown any weakness. Totally inspiring. The pictures would be perfect for her book.

  • Tabitha Potts - December 15, 2010 - 10:25 pm

    entering for my sister Ginger

  • Laurie - December 16, 2010 - 12:53 am

    I would love to give my parents the gift of KNPHOTO!
    They dont have many nice pictures together and I know it would make my mama so happy to have some nice natural shots!
    Good idea Kelsy!

  • Linda Kotzer - December 16, 2010 - 12:02 pm

    Kelsey- your pics are beautiful. I would like to enter Adrian for a gift photo along with his wonderful family

  • Ginger Potts - December 16, 2010 - 3:18 pm

    I would like to enter my sister Tabitha Potts for family photos that include the new addition!

  • Claire - December 16, 2010 - 6:40 pm

    Hi Kelsy,

    I would like to enter my friend Heidi for the contest. They have never had family portraits done, so I would love for them to be able to do that!


  • charlotte - December 18, 2010 - 3:23 pm

    Fabulous idea, Jennifer. Marta is struggling with this rare disease and of course the medications are creating symptoms that are almost as bad as the disease itself. A recent setback has her almost at the beginning again. When she is feeling well, a portrait session would be wonderful for her whole family.

  • Olga Meyer - December 19, 2010 - 1:19 pm

    I would like to nominate Tara Kilkenny. She and Clint are expecting a baby, and not only is she a great daughter but she is also compassionate and goes out of her way to help people in both her occupation, and every day life.She is an excellent mother to Trinity and her brothers say she is the best of the best.

  • Olga Meyer - December 19, 2010 - 1:28 pm

    I would like to nominate Tara Kilkenny.Tara and Clint are expecting a baby and not only is she a great daughter, but she is also compassionate, and goes out of her way to help people in both her occupation and every day life. She is an excellent mother to Trinity and her brothers think she is the best of the best.

  • Heidi - December 19, 2010 - 9:32 pm

    I would like to enter my friend Claire.

  • Heidi - December 19, 2010 - 9:35 pm

    I would like to enter my friend Claire. Thanks!

  • Michael - December 20, 2010 - 10:20 am

    I would love to win this for my wife, Natasha. She is so happy with all the photos you took of our wedding, and of Seth when he was little. We are expecting baby number 2 this spring and I would love for her to be able to get updated family pictures after the new arrival gets here.

  • Shara Cochrane - December 20, 2010 - 10:37 am

    I would love to give the gift of your amazing shots to my favorite little man. My nephew Lukas !!!

  • Erin Davis - December 20, 2010 - 10:44 am

    I would like to have my parents nominated in this awesome contest!

  • wilson - December 20, 2010 - 11:13 am

    my cousin Eugene and his family 🙂

  • Brittani Schell - December 20, 2010 - 12:02 pm

    I would like to nominate my brother, Tyler and his Fiancee, Stefani, who are due to have their first child together on Jan. 14 and would love to give them this Christmas present that will last a lifetime!!

  • Julie - December 20, 2010 - 2:04 pm

    Hi Kelsy!

    I would like to enter my sister-in-law and amazing bridesmaid Dalyce. Dalyce is a stay at home mom and spends her time with my beautiful 14 month old nephew (and ring bearer). She is always busy trying to help everyone else, and they still have not had any family photos done! Thanks – happy holidays!!

  • Jackie Meaver - December 20, 2010 - 3:18 pm

    I would like to enter one of me best friends Leslee and her family. She is a great friend with a husband 2 beautiful daughters and they deserve a nice family picture! The kids grow too fast!!

  • Cody Awid - December 20, 2010 - 11:25 pm

    Hi Kelsy,

    I would like to enter my mom, Doraine. She has helped both my brother and I a tremendous amount and with her recently becoming a first time Grandma, this would be a great present to give to her!

  • Peter - December 22, 2010 - 5:26 pm

    I would like to nominate my friends Rita & Willi with their growing family.

  • Reigan Sutter - December 22, 2010 - 11:31 pm

    My Grandma! We have never had family pictures done but I’m sure it’s something she would enjoy. She brings our family together and I think this would be a really unique way to show how much we love her (: