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July 2012

Military Discount for Photography

Discount for Active and Retired Military

As a special thanks for all who are serving or have served, Kurt Nielsen Photography is offering a special discount on our photography services. To receive this discount, please show your Military ID or service record for being honorably discharged (DD Form 214) at the time of your photo session. Please call Kurt at (419) 885-7153 for full details. Thank you for making our country free!


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Annual "Day at the Bay" Family Portraits

We are having our annual "Day at the Bay" family portrait day at Maumee Bay State Park on Saturday, July 28, 2012. The location session fee is discounted to $59.95 (normally $79.95). All portrait sessions are one hour in length and may include getting wet (fun photos!). Please call Kurt at (419) 885-7153 to schedule your family portrait Day at the Bay session. This is a very popular location and times will fill quickly! Don't delay, call today!


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Now Booking Weddings and Events for 2013 and Beyond!

We are in full swing for the summer wedding season and the summer bridal shows are about to begin. This is making future brides and grooms think about their own wedding plans. They are doing their research and starting to book their wedding vendors, including Kurt as their wedding photographer. Kurt already has several weddings and events booked for 2013. When planning a big event like a wedding, corporate function, or special occassion, it is always a good idea to secure your favorite photographer early, and by the looks of things for next year, the earlier the better. If you are still unsure or have questions, it is better to meet with your photographer to discuss these matters and Kurt's consultations are always FREE. However, Kurt cannot hold any date without a deposit and a signed contract. To check for availability and/or to schedule your FREE wedding or event consultation, please call Kurt at (419) 885-7153.


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Kurt's Kustom Keepsakes Green Screen Photo Booth

Do you want your wedding, event or party to be remembered for years to come? Kurt's Kustom Keepsakes green screen photo booth can make that happen. Not only will your guests have a blast getting their picture taken, but they can also take home a print as a party favor. Plus, the host gets a disk with all of the photo booth images. We can even make you a scrapbook that your guests can sign and decorate, adding to the fun!

We offer several packages and price options to fit any budget. Be sure to visit my Kurt's Kustom Keepsakes website to see what all the fuss is about! Click Here for pricing! Already have your wedding or event photographer? That's not a problem. We have packages that are for the photo booth alone and we have packages that include the amazing photographs of Kurt Nielsen Photography. Although Kurt is booked for this year, there are still some dates available for Kurt's Kustom Keepsakes. Call (419) 885-7153 to check for availability.


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Meet our Senior Ambassadors!

These are our Senior Ambassadors for 2013. If you are looking for ways to save money on your Senior Portraits, ask one of our ambassadors for their rep cards. Their cards, as shown above, will entitle you to half off of your Senior Photo session fees. Each ambassador has 25 cards to pass out, so get yours early before they run out! To schedule your senior portrait session, please call Kurt at (419) 885-7153!

As you can see, some of our ambassadors come from schools that have designated yearbook photographers. For your yearbook photo, you MUST go to your school's contracted yearbook photographer. However, you DO NOT have to purchase your Senior Photos from that photographer. You can go to any professional photographer for the ones you want to buy! You also do not have to go to the same school as our ambassadors to use their rep cards for the discount! You can go to any school!


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What Parents Need To Know About Senior Photos

Senior Pictures are not what they were like when we were kids! Today's high school seniors want fun and edgy photos that reflect their style and personality. They want to show off their sports, music and activities that they enjoy and participate in. They want their friends in the portraits. They want photos with their cars, pets and sometimes even siblings or parents. They want to show the world they are unique. Some want their senior photos to make them look like models on the cover of fashion magazines while others just want to look relaxed and "chill." Whatever they want, their senior photos should be all about them. Capturing their personality is what Kurt does best. He does not limit, like most portrait studios, what or who your senior student can bring in for their portrait session. Nor does he limit, within reason, where they can go to take their photos. All Kurt asks is that you let him know what you are bringing and where you want to go so he can be prepared and schedule properly.

Parents are ultimately the one (usually) paying for their child's senior portraits, so they should probably come along for the photo session, but it is not always necessary. Indoor senior portrait sessions are generally scheduled for one hour. For indoor and outdoor senior sessions, expect to spend at least 2 1/2 hours for the session to allow for drive time. If more than one destination is chosen for the outdoor session, additional session fees may apply. Session fees are due at the time of the senior portrait session. All of Kurt's Senior Portrait Pricing can be found here on the website, so there are no surprises as to what you will be paying. Seniors should bring at least two outfits for inside and two outfits for outside for optimal photo choices. Just remember, the more time it takes them for changing clothes, the less time they will have for photographing them. They should also bring with them their clothing for their yearbook photo to the studio portion of their session, if applicable.

The summer before your senior year of high school is the best time to have senior pics taken. Once school starts in the fall, there is so much going on for the student (sports, homework, jobs, etc.). Plus, there is less time to photograph outside because it starts getting dark earlier, which makes it more difficult to get an appointment with a photographer. Also, yearbook deadlines are usually in October or early November of your senior year (some may be earlier). Parents should receive a senior letter or packet from your school about all that goes on for their student's senior year, including the yearbook deadline, so make sure you read it carefully. Don't wait for the last minute before the yearbook deadline to schedule your senior photos, you may not get an appointment.

Senior Portrait appointments can be made at any time. Kurt can even schedule them months out, which some students and parents choose to do. This gives you a better chance of getting the date and/or time you need. Because most of Kurt's Saturdays for this summer and fall are already taken by weddings, Saturday appointments are at a premium. With as hot as it has already been this summer, morning and early evening appointments (cooler times of the day) are also filling fast. To schedule your (or your child's) senior portrait session, call Kurt at (419) 885-7153.

All images will be posted online (through my website) for viewing for two weeks only. You can share the password with your family and friends so they can also see all of the images. However, if you do not place your order by the time the photos expire, a $25 fee will be charged to you to re-load the photos. It is therefore important for you to write down the image numbers of the photos you wish to order before the expiration date. All orders are taken in person (by appointment) so Kurt can edit the photos as needed to your liking before placing your order. Bring your list of favorite images and the sizes you want with you to your ordering appointment to save you and Kurt time.

Top 10 Reasons to book your Summer Portrait Session early
with Kurt Nielsen Photography!

10. You get a better selection of dates and times because everyone else is still waiting till the last minute to book their appointments!

9. It's already so hot, how much hotter will it be later this summer?

8. You need something fun for the whole family to do and Kurt will preserve the memories for you!

7. The grass is still green and the flowers are in bloom and haven't wilted from the summer drought.

6. Your hair won't frizz and your make-up won't bead or run because of the heat and humidity that usually comes in late July and August!

5. If you need to reschedule your portrait session due to inclement weather, there will still be dates available.

4. You will be getting Kurt out of the studio so he can work on his tan!

3. The mosquitoes, bees and other flying creatures aren't as bad yet!

2. You can brag to your friends all summer long about how great your portraits are and how much fun you had!

1. You miss hearing Kurt's famous sayings: "I'll grab that!" and "Did you call me a monkey?"


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It's time for Summer Portraits!

Looking for some great outdoor photos of your child, children or family? Are you having a family reunion and haven't had a photo of your entire family in a long time, or ever? Are you having a company picnic and want to have photographs to capture the memories? Now is the perfect time for outside portraits before it gets too hot or too dry or you get too busy! You can choose your favorite location or Kurt can choose it for you. Because of all of the weddings and events that Kurt has scheduled for this summer, Saturday appointments are extremely limited so it's best to book early. Early mornings and late afternoon or early evenings are the best times for outdoor photo sessions and will get booked quickly. Call Kurt at (419) 885-7153 to schedule your outdoor portrait session!

Kurt Nielsen Photography
(419) 885-7153
Hours of Operation:

Monday 10am - 5pm
Tuesday 10am -5pm
Wednesday - closed
Thursday 10am - 5pm
Friday 10am -5pm
Saturday - closed
Sunday - closed

Weekend and Evening hours available by appointment only.

Kurt does everything by appointment only, so even though these are his posted hours, please call in advance to be sure someone is actually in the office when you get there because he may be out of the office or on location.


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Are you on Pinterest? Kurt is also! Follow his boards for great tips and decorating ideas, photo displays, food and drinks, fashion and so much more!! There is even a customer appreciation board where you can add your business info and websites! Just let Kurt know you want to be on his customer board and he will add you so you can post your business info. Be sure to follow Kurt's boards, just click the Pinterest link above, and he will follow you back. Happy Pinning!


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Do you use social media? Kurt Nielsen Photography does! Be sure to find Kurt Nielsen Photography on the social media site you use most. You never know what specials or giveaways might be on there exclusively for those who follow Kurt socially. If there is a social site that you like that Kurt is not on, please let us know!

Kurt loves social media. However, he is not on as often as he would like to be because of his busy schedule. If he is not photographing, he is editing or busy with other aspects of his business. Kurt loves when you comment or "like" his posts but may not respond right away or may not always see your posts and comments. Kurt tries to keep up with his messages but may not always give a prompt response. Because Kurt may not be able to respond immediately, Kurt does not schedule appointments via email or social media. To make an appointment, please call the studio at (419) 885-7153. If Kurt or Deb (his secretary) are unable to answer the phone, someone will call you back as soon as they become available.


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Baby My Baby Plan

Looking for the perfect baby shower gift or gift for the newborn? Kurt's Baby My Baby plan has everything you are looking for at an affordable price. This plan covers all of the portrait sessions for the new bundle of joy's first year of life. Kurt's Baby My Baby package includes sessions to be taken at 3 months, 6 months, 9 months and their first birthday. At least one session must be a family photo session, but parents are encouraged to be in a few photos from each session. Plus, if you purchase the package before the baby arrives, the maternity session is FREE. A 10% discount is given for all purchases from each portrait session, and a CD slide show set to music is given for each session. If a portrait package is purchased from each session, you will also receive a FREE custom storyboard print with your favorite photo from each session. Ask Kurt about including a newborn portrait session!

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Annual Fore! The House Golf Outing

Kurt Nielsen Photography is proud to once again be the official photographer for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northwest Ohio's annual Fore! The House Golf Outing on August 13, 2012 at The Legacy by Arthur Hills golf course in Ottawa Lake, MI. The Toledo Ronald McDonald House provides a "Home Away From Home" for families of children receiving medical treatment at Toledo area hospitals at no cost to the families. They also provide grants for programs around the community that are set up to educate and promote health and wellness to children and give to programs such as the Sunshine Foundation, Toledo Day Nursery, Diabetes Youth Services, and so many others. For more information on Ronald McDonald House Charities, please visit their website. For more information on their annual golf outing, please call their Development Director Dana Syrek at (419) 471-4663 ext 211.


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Kurt Nielsen Photography Gift Certificates

Looking for great gift ideas for the hard to buy for? Want to do family photos but want to keep it a surprise for a gift? Can't get everyone together in time to have it ready for your special occasion? Then Kurt Nielsen Photography gift certificates is the perfect gift idea! You can make them any denomination that you want and Kurt will personalize them for you. All you have to do is call (419) 885-7153 and Kurt will give you the details on how to get your gift certificate! Kurt Nielsen Photography Gift Certificates are the perfect Easter and Mother's Day presents!

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Pet Photography

Have your pet's portrait taken and help the Toledo Area Humane Society at the same time. Schedule any photographic session with your pet and receive half off of the session fees. Plus, 5% of your purchase will be donated to the Toledo Area Humane Society! Sorry, this cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts.


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Personalized Family Photo Cards

Did you know that I offer Custom Greeting Cards? This can be for Christmas, Hanukkah, Birth Announcements, Graduation Announcements, Save the Date cards, or just about anything you can think of. We can use pictures from a new photo session or one you have already had. Call me at my studio at (419) 885-7153 for more information and pricing details.


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Best of the Knot 2012

Kurt Nielsen Photography is proud to announce that Kurt has received The Best of the Knot 2012 pick for wedding photography in the local Toledo market. This is Kurt's second year advertising on The Knot and his second year in a row winning this prestigious award, as voted by local brides and grooms. Voting is done by writing reviews and rating the wedding vendors service on a scale of one to five. Brides, grooms, parents of the couple, and even members of the wedding party can write a review for Kurt or any wedding vendor. It can be a recent wedding, or a wedding that took place at any time (even years ago as long as Kurt photographed the wedding). The Knot then takes the reviews and ratings and determines the winners for each category. There are hundreds of wedding photographers in the local area with over 100 of them being listed on The Knot website. Reviews are a great way for brides and grooms-to-be to learn about local wedding vendors. If you would like to help tell future brides and grooms about Kurt Nielsen Photography and would like to write a review for Kurt, all you have to do is go to The Knot website and write your review for Kurt's services for your wedding. Thank you in advance for your support of Kurt Nielsen Photography!


2012 Brides Choice Award Winner for Toledo Wedding Photography

2012 Wedding Wire Brides Choice Award Winner!

We are excited to announce that Kurt Nielsen Photography has won the Bride's Choice Awards 2012. This is the third straight year Kurt has won. This prestigious award is determined by reviews from your past clients and recognized the top 5 percent of local Wedding Professionals from the WeddingWire Network, which includes WeddingWire, Martha Stewart Weddings, Project Wedding, Wedding Bee, Wedding Aces and

"The WeddingWire Bride's Choice Awards recognized the top local wedding professionals from the WeddingWire Network that demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. Unlike other awards in which winners are selected by the organization, the Wedding Wire Bride's Choice Awards are awarded solely based on the reviews from over 1.2 million newlyweds. Awards are determined by a combination of four factors: Overall rating (quality), total number of reviews (quantity), review performance from 2011 (recency), and consistency of reviews from year to year (consistency). This year's recipients represent the top 5% of WeddingWire's vendor community, across all service categories and all regions throughout the US and Canada." (from

Kurt is very honored and humbled that he has been awarded this prestigious honor and sincerely thanks the brides, grooms and mothers of the newlyweds who took time out of their busy schedules to write such awesome reviews to help him achieve this standing.


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We are also excited to announce that Kurt Nielsen Photography has been named to's 2012 Wedding Professionals Hot List for Wedding Photography in Toledo.

The annual Wedding Professional Hot List recognizes excellence within the wedding industry, as determined by reviews from tens of thousands of brides and grooms. Kurt Nielsen Photography was among the best reviewed vendors in the past year.

This is another great honor bestowed upon Kurt for his overall excellence in Wedding Photography in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan.

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5431 Schultz Drive
Sylvania, OH 43560
419 885 7153

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