7th Annual "That’s Me!" Free Baby and Child Portrait Contest

Posted Mar 16th, 2017 by Kurt Nielsen  Category: Business, Community Interest


7th Annual “That’s Me!” Baby and Child Portrait contest benefiting
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northwest Ohio
Starts Monday, March 27, 2017!

Starting on Monday, March 27 through April 28, 2017, families can have their child’s portrait taken for FREE by local children’s photographer Kurt Nielsen at Kurt Nielsen Photography, 5431 Schultz Drive, Sylvania, Ohio, and help raise money for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northwest Ohio at the same time!

This contest has helped raise thousands of dollars for the local Ronald McDonald House each of the last six years, and we hope to raise even more money this year. All the money raised from this contest goes directly to our local Ronald McDonald House.

This photo contest is open to all children ages 12 and under. There is NO entry fee, NO session fee and NO purchase is required to enter or win.

Each fun and candid photo session is meant to showcase each child’s individual personality. Parents are encouraged to bring to the free photo session their child’s favorite play items such as their favorite toy, dress-up clothes, dance outfits, sports items, etc. Each “mini” session will consist of between 15 and 20 images. These sessions will be scheduled every 30 minutes starting March 27 and ending April 28, 2017. Parents will get to choose their favorite image to be entered in the contest.

Voting will begin on May 8 at noon, and last until May 12, 2017 at 5 pm on Kurt Nielsen Photography’s website. Winners will be announced on Kurt’s website ( and his Facebook page ( on or before May 18, 2017.

The Grand Prize Winner will receive:

*A certificate for an Overnight Stay in an Executive Suite at Wingate by Wyndham
*5 Day passes and a Family Fun Pack (large pizza, pitcher of soda, and 30 arcade tokens)
to Splash Bay Resort Indoor Water Park
*A Gift Certificate to Shorty’s True American Roadhouse
*Voucher for 4 Field Level Tickets to any Regular Season Toledo Mud Hens Game
*4 Bounce and Play Passes AND 4 Mini Golf Passes to Sylvania Playland
*A Gift Certificate to Beautiful Blooms by Jen
*4 General Admission Tickets to the Imagination Station

Other prizes will be awarded for 2nd through 5th place.

The first one hundred entries will also receive a goody bag containing items from KidsWatch in Perrysburg and McDonalds. All prizes were donated by the respective businesses.

How we raise money:

With a minimum of $5 donation to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northwest Ohio, the parent’s will receive a complementary CD slideshow set to music of all the images for their child’s portrait session from Kurt Nielsen Photography. By doing this, we raise hundreds of dollars for the Toledo Ronald McDonald House each year.

If parents wish to order prints from their free mini sessions, Kurt will be offering discounted package pricing until May 5, 2017 for this contest, but purchase is not required to enter or win.

The Ronald McDonald Charities of Northwest Ohio serves more than 500 families each year. These families can stay at the Ronald McDonald House of Toledo at no cost to them as long as their child is receiving medical care at any of the Toledo area (temporary stay) medical centers or hospitals and can come back as often as needed for follow up care. While staying at the Ronald McDonald House, the families are provided with a safe and comfortable place to relax, eat and sleep. There is no charge to these families for the housing, their food, doing their laundry, parking or transportation to medical facilities. All of this is made possible through the generosity of others like yourself. The need in our area is so great that the Ronald McDonald House is currently in the process of expanding. Kurt Nielsen’s goal with this contest is to raise awareness of how important the Ronald McDonald House is to families with sick or injured children that come to Toledo for their treatment and help raise money for the daily needs of the house.

About Kurt Nielsen Photography:

Kurt has been a professional photographer since 1986. In 1997, he went out on his own and established Kurt Nielsen Photography in Sylvania, OH. Kurt photographs everything from babies, children and families to high school seniors, weddings and events. He also photographs businesses, head shots, and even pets.

Kurt Nielsen feels everyone should give back to their community. He has donated his time and services to Ronald McDonald House Charities for many years now, along with many other charities such as The American Heart Association, The Red Cross, Sal’s Pals, Gliding Stars and The Epilepsy Center of Northwest Ohio, just to name a few. This contest is just another way Kurt is giving back to the community and a way the community can participate and have fun doing so.

For complete contest details and rules, please visit Kurt’s website at, or call (419) 885-7153. Feel free to share information about this contest on your social media pages and website.

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