“Corina Nielsen Photography”- Client Design Feature

Well what do ya know… it’s finally my turn to show off my new digs!

I actually think its’ pretty ironic (in a sad kind of way) that for the past 8 months or so I have been helping photographers brand themselves from head to toe , all the while I barely had a background on my website!  Because I had transitioned my old design business to center more on photography tools and everything was absolutely rushed, I had zero time to really think about myself.  Once I saw that both my design and photography businesses were really taking, it only made sense that I couldn’t put my branding off any longer.  Obviously I want other photographers to take me seriously when then come to me for branding, but I had also decided late last year that I was shifting gears with my photography business… as of today, I will officially be specializing in newborn photography!  Of course I will still be taking on other children and family sessions, but those will be limited for the year.

When I first started my photography business, I really did it all… maternity, newborns, children, families, weddings… you name it, I would take it.  However, now that I have the design part of my business, having “normal” on location sessions just doesn’t work for me or my family.  Having the ability to only shoot from my home is HUGE!   I dont have to figure out child care for my kiddos if my husband is at work.  I don’t have to load my car up and travel.  All I have to do is drag my newborn set ups out, warm the room, and soak up those babies.  Eventually, the plan is for my husband and I to build a little studio for me and we are even looking into buying land very close by to build on…. so many plans in the works:)

Anyways, with all that going on the past few months combined with the fact it was also time to replenish my marketing pieces, it was the perfect time to rebuild my brand.  Here are the things that were must haves based on: #1 my personality and things I love, #2 the types of images I take and my processing style, and #3 my target market

  • bright colors
  • hearts
  • a simple logo
  • polka dots
  • eclectic, modern, with a bit of a vintage flair

Surprisingly, I had ZERO difficulty putting everything together and when I showed my husband the first draft of the store… the first thing he said was it’s 100% YOU (except he hates the bird lol).

Corina Nielsen Designs

Once the store was done, I had to tackle the blog.  This I had a bit of a problem with.  Because I use my blog for both photography clients AND to display my design stuff, I knew I had to keep it fairly simple so that the pictures and previews would stand out.  Originally, I had used the yellow polka dot background, but it totally overwhelmed everything…. so I lost it!  Then I also decide to take out my slideshow/photo rotator… not sure that will stay gone forever, buts its growing on me.  I like how that except for the header and the pop of color on my date headings, everything is completely white and clean.  Hoping it still looks like “me”!

Then it was time to get on the business/marketing pieces.  I already knew what items I was going to include in both my welcome packet and thank you packet, so it was just a matter of getting the store design on to the business templates and still make everything look cohesive.  Again… didn’t have an issue!  I 100% LOVE LOVE LOVE having pieces printed at the lab.  Most of my items are printed through WHCC and I pay extra for the UV Coating!

Here are some previews of my “welcome packet”…

And here it is printed and packed with my contracts and other info.

One of my favorite pieces I’m using is a folded brochure page.  I used to use a 5×5 trifold, but think I prefer the look of these instead.  I can fit way more information on them!  This is the inside view….

and the outside view…

Can’t wait to send my first packets out!  It feels SO good to have everything all put together, cohesive, and most importantly my new brand reflects me 100%:) Next post I will feature my packaging items and “thank you” packet, so stay tuned!

Guess that only leaves my other special announcement…. I had intended on announcing this on my birthday as a present to someone else, but things got a bit hectic!  So, without further ado…

Know anyone know someone who needs & deserves a branding of their very own?

I have decided that I would like to pay it forward for one lucky photographer!  This giveaway will include the following:

  • 1 on 1 conference call to discuss your business and what you are looking for in your branding
  • a custom logo design (I will provide 3 drafts like I normally do and we will work with one of them to finalize)
  • a business set/marketing set which includes 8 pieces of your choice

This isn’t your average giveaway though…. here is the catch and other details:

  • You CANNOT enter to win for yourself.  You must nominate someone else.
  • Leave a comment on THIS post letting me know of a photographer you know who deserves a branding AND why.  You must provide a link to their site and if you have a link to their Facebook or blog, that would be great too.
  • Both you and nominee must be “likers” on my Facebook page
  • Leave a comment on my Facebook wall with this message:

“@yourfriendspage deserves to win a branding of their very own and I want to win one for him/her from @corina nielsen photography!”

Please note that once you begin typing the @ symbol and a few letters of the FB pages, a drop down menu will appear for you to make the pages clickable!

  • Nominee’s must be posted by Sunday, March 27 2011.
  • I will handpick the winner myself
  • The winner will be contacted within 72 hours and the branding process will begin near May 1, 2011.

I’m really looking forward to hearing people’s stories.  I feel so incredibly blessed in my life… it’s only fitting that I want to share a bit with someone else.  Just knowing I can help someone with their business will bring a smile to my face!

Susan - March 23, 2011 - 5:40 pm

While i wish I had a chance myself, I am not sure sure I deserve it, rather I just want one! So I will nominate my young friend Natalie. She is a Homeschooled Junior in High School. Natalie is a very talented young lady and desires to go into photography after high school. I cannot think of a better gift than to get her started on the right foot with a personal branding. I believe she has potential to accomplish great things. Her website is:

Allison Leonard - March 23, 2011 - 6:20 pm

No quite a year ago I met another local photographer on a photography forum. We started chatting and decided to meet one day for lunch. I knew right away that I had made a new life long friend. With the photography business being so competitive I loved that my new friend shared my same interest but didn’t need to compete with me. She’s a awesome photographer who gives freely gives tips and advice on photography without expecting anything in return. Also, house just sold last month and we are in the process of building a new one. I am without a home studio for the next 6-8 months and got up the nerve to see if she would rent me her studio. She insisted that I not pay her for this but that I could just “buy her some props or something”! Another sign that she is a keeper! She is so kindhearted and I believe she deserves and could use this branding. I had you help create my logo (which i love) and I want her to be able to work with you to come up with something she will love just as much. I’m a big believer in “Pay it Forward” and I hope she will be on the receiving end of doing something nice for someone! Thanks for your time Corina!!!

I believe she is currently working with a company on her website so here is her blog… http://www.elizabethsethi.com/

Kim Boyd - March 23, 2011 - 6:21 pm

I am with Susan..:) I wish I had a chance myself as well. While I need desperately to work on my branding, I LOVE the idea of paying it forward for someone else who deserves it. Laura Stricklin of Simple Treasures Photography is who I am nominating. We have worked together for a few years now in our “day” jobs , but have also become friends and sounding boards for each other’s photography. She is very talented and has worked extremely hard to get to the point she is now. She would very much deserve this give away. Though she is gone on vacation right now and won’t be back until the day you announce the winner, I would love for this to surprise her return home. :) Website: http://www.simpletreasuresphotos.com Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Simple-Treasures-Photography/182843548514

Carly Fuller - March 23, 2011 - 6:36 pm

My college dynamic duo! Karen Bauman was my closest friend in college and has continued to be an amazing photographer. As I wish I could win this as well, Karen deserves it more! She has been working with a studio that is now going under, and she is putting full steam ahead to go out on her own! I am so proud of her and really want her to succeed. Please vote for Karen

Adrienne - March 23, 2011 - 7:36 pm

Oh, Corina. I love that you are doing a giveaway where we have to nominate someone else. (Sometimes I enter these things and wonder if I sound greedy! So much more fun to nominate someone else!)

I knew as soon as I read this who I would nominate. I met my friend Amy through blogging about photos, but we became very connected when we realized both our husbands were fighting brain cancer–hers with glioblastoma and mine with a rare re-occurrence of leukemia.

After months of encouraging one another through comments on chemo and care-giver fatigue, we finally got to meet one another at the I Heart Faces Dream Big workshop in Dallas last October. What a thrill!

She is warm and caring and a fabulous photographer with a newly-launched business. I already checked and she is one of your FB fans, too, under Amy Elisabeth Photography. I love my branding, and I know you’d do a fantastic job for her, too.

Good luck, Amy. I ? you!

Adrienne - March 23, 2011 - 7:37 pm

oops, that was supposed to include her website, too.
Here you go: http://www.amyelisabethphotography.com/

janean Gray - March 23, 2011 - 8:12 pm

This is such an awesome giveaway. I want to nominate my friend Alyisa at http://www.alymariephotography.com because she is an awesome friend and photographer. We got into photography together and we always try to help each other out! She is a stay at home mommy with a wonderful little boy that keeps her incredible busy. This would help take her photography business to the next level! Her facebook page is http://www.facebook.com/pages/Aly-Marie-Photography/133055130056931

Mindi - March 23, 2011 - 8:13 pm

Tiffany is such an amazing, professional photographer. She puts you at ease so you forget all about the camera! She sets a friendly mood so you feel as if you are with a friend who happens to be taking a few pictures.

Tiffany juggles being a mom if four, wife and professional like it’s nothing out of the ordinary. She is definitely extraordinary!

The Brea Bursch - March 23, 2011 - 8:14 pm

I would like to nominate my lovely friend Dana of Urban Utopia Photography. She has bravely decided to make a GO of her photography business. She works tirelessly, is creative and HUMBLE. She has creative drive, a huge heart and passion. This girl is going places and I think a branding package would give her a huge leg up in securing her place in the market for her family’s livelihood. Check her out and connect!


Breanne Larkin - March 23, 2011 - 8:15 pm

About 6 months ago, I received a friend request from a Stephanie McKee. I knew that she was a photographer and I looked forward to creating a new friendship with a new friend. Little did I know that my good fb photo buddy would indeed become a friend. We have talked countless hours, about new ideas to the frustrations that come along with trying to establish our businesses. She is still trying to become more established and gain a bigger clientele and I feel that by receiving this wonderful opportunity that it would truly help her business flourish. I would love to be able to help my good friend out and by doing this it’s helping me to do so. She just had a brand new baby girl and I would love for her to be able to have some brand new branding! :)

Breanne Larkin - March 23, 2011 - 8:16 pm

Ooops…I forgot her facebook business page: http://www.facebook.com/TimelessMomentsPhotography.PA

Kathleen - March 23, 2011 - 8:24 pm

I would like to nominate my daughter Julie Wagner for your branding. She has been working very hard here in So. Ca to get her photography business running. She sold her makeup company to aquire funds for her photography however her husband accepted a job in Houston TX and now she is busy packing up her household and two children to meet him out there. Thankfully photography can be done anywhere so she is confident she can build her business in Texas. She hasn’t complained or whined about having to uproot and move and has such a positive attitude about going where her husband has work. I think she is very deserving of some help in her new location and thank you for considering her.
Here is her website http://www.juliewagnerphotography.com

Fran Falke - March 23, 2011 - 8:24 pm

My daughter, Aimee, has been taking pictures for about 6 years or so now. She has always had a passion for it. She saved her money and was so excited when she purchased her Nikon camera and lenses. She took pictures for family members and friends and decided to start her own business @AMarie Photograpy last year. She is a sophomore in college majoring in graphic design and photography. School is alot right now and she can only do her photography on the weekends, but she has been staying really busy with it lately. She is trying to build up her business and clientelle, especially with the summer months approaching and her not having classes.This is her only form of income to help to pay for school, but she is also trying to build her business at the same time, trying to get backdrops, props, and camera equipment. Your help with branding would really give her the chance to get her business to the level that she needs to be at while at the same time giving her knowledge of what she needs to do to make her photography business a success. She does a great job at capturing her clients naturally and innocence in pictures but needs to be able to get this across to prospective clients. I feel that you would be able to help her to do this through branding. I am extremely proud of her ambition and drive to make AMarie Photography a success. She has been keeping up her grades while putting in the long hours that it takes to edit and get her pictures to her clients and trying to build her business. This is something that she loves doing, and I would love for her to be able to be rewarded for her hard work with the chance to work with you on branding her business.
The name of her business is AMarie Photography

The link to her facebook site is:


Thank you
Fran Falke

Joe Kaye - March 23, 2011 - 8:28 pm

After busting her butt day in and day out in a corporate job, my best friend was laid off from her job with no warning at all. She was forced to move out of state and start from square one after just hitting her stride in the corporate world. She fabulous lady took a less than ideal situation and flipped it on it’s head. She took the brave path and instead of reentering the workforce in the same profession, which never entirely fulfilled her, and started from scratch to begin her new and improved career in photography. It’s been over a year now, and after countless classes and workshops, she has created a solid business model using her corporate knowledge and has began what is quickly becoming a successful portrait photography business. She continues to amaze me with her creativity and determination. The only thing she is lacking are the funds to invest in her “wish list.” At the top of the list is a marketing kit in order to consistently brand her company, and this gift would be AMAZING for her to receive. Thanks so much for the opportunity – my fingers are crossed for her!

Fran Falke - March 23, 2011 - 8:29 pm

I forgot to post her website http://www.amariephotography.org/ and her face book is AMarie Photography

Ashley Johnson - March 23, 2011 - 8:30 pm

Would love this for myself! But, if I could nominate a special photographer, it would have to be Courtney Jade Photography. I love her work and I’m sure she’d love it!

Karie Murray - March 23, 2011 - 8:37 pm

I would like to nominate my friend Jes Jones of Jes Jones Imagery. She is just starting out and I am sure would welcome the “branding” help to give her business a boost. She’s a busy mother of three and with our husbands working together in construction in Michigan, lets just say things have been tight. = new photography business on small budget……I would be tickled pink for her if she won!….
website is: http://www.jesjonesimagery.com/

Stephani Daxx - March 23, 2011 - 8:37 pm

Hi, my name is Stephani and I own Stephani Daxx Photography(stephanidaxxphotography.com) and I am here to nominate my friend, Kimi Coopet of Coopet Photography (http://www.facebook.com/CoopetPhotography) Kimi is a very sweet and established photographer. She is an AMAZING mother to her two beautiful children. The only thing her business is missing is a GOOD branding system for her to be able to market to more clientele. She very much deserves this opportunity!

Cari Renee - March 23, 2011 - 8:51 pm

I would like to nominate my sister in-law Kerri Pellegrini
This is her story,

Alexa Cade Photography, LLC
I have always loved to take pictures. It is thrilling for me to know that with each photo I take, it is a memory that is preserved in time. Photography became a passion for me 11 years ago, when my daughter was born. I wanted to capture every new discovery, from first smiles to first steps. It seems like in a blink of an eye they grow up. Nine months ago, my passion for capturing memories took off on a whole new level, when my son was born. My children inspire me everday, not only in photography, but in everything I do.

Leanne Brawner - March 23, 2011 - 9:12 pm

First, thank you for this opportunity! What a gift!

Secondly, I would like to nominate Sarah Wampler. She is a young woman from my church. She is truly one of the sweetest people I know. Still in high school, she has become quite the photographer, and is following in her father’s footsteps. Sarah will be famous someday! I am sure she will give back when she makes it. That’s the kind of person she is! Her website is:
http://www.wix.com/lilwamp/sarahwampler and her Facebook page is: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1384193721&sk=info.

Thank you so much! Whomever you choose will be very fortunate just to spend time with someone as generous as you, notwithstanding the gift!

Leanne Brawner

Katey Pettengill - March 23, 2011 - 9:38 pm

I would like to nominate my friend Yvonne Min of Yvonne Min Photography. She is an amazing mother of two, wife, and daughter to two parents who desperately need her to have a flexible schedule to assist in their health needs. I met Yvonne through a forum about 6 months ago and we have quickly become good friends even though we are states away from each other. I met her at a difficult time in her life, her father had just suffered a massive stroke and for months we did not know if he would make it. Because Yvonne had started to pursue photography full time, she was able to become his advocate and I have no doubt that if she had not always pushed for better and more efficient (and some time out of the ordinary) care for her dad, he would not be alive, let alone as independent as he is. Yvonne is really set on doing business the correct way and is constantly striving to become a better photographer before diving head first into the business aspect. Yvonne deserves this, as she is really seeking to define herself through proper branding. She gives so much back to not just me, but also our forum, always helping others. And only with photography as her new career is she able to provide top notch care giving for both of her parents.



Nicole - March 23, 2011 - 10:25 pm

I would choose my mentor, my friend Sarah at Pink Pigeon Photography. http://www.pinkpigeonphoto.com

corina - March 23, 2011 - 11:08 pm


tamara - March 23, 2011 - 11:29 pm

Hi Corina Thank you for hosting this wonderful giveaway to a lucky and deserving photographer. That is why I’m writing to you.
Strength.Enthusasium.Creativity. I cannot think of three better words to describe Andrea of Andrea Snedaker Photography. I had the extreme good fortune to meet Andrea through a mother’s forum three years ago. I was looking for a creative, talented, enthusiastic and someone who just had raw natural talent to capture the excitement of children wearing my hair accessories. I think one of the most sucessful photo shoots she had was when she had to work with 6-7 little girls for my Halloween tutu Costume line last year. I had a vision in my head and she captured exactly what I was looking for, excitement, enthusasium and just the beauty of the little ones in my product. I still receive many compliments on these photographs. She painted the story that I had in my mind with these photographs. so you can see, that I couldn’t just stop at those three words to describe Andrea. I could go on and on. She is a fantastic photographer, a wonderful mother and wife and most importantly a great friend.
I hope you will really consider and recognize her dedication to the one thing she loves, photography! Thank you again for reading my nomination letter and consideration.

tamara - March 23, 2011 - 11:30 pm

Forgot to add her facebook page

Kirby Quiles-Brown of KtL Photography - March 23, 2011 - 11:43 pm

About 6 or 7 years ago I was an assistant manager at Picture People, where I met Lynn. We clicked, as many of us did, we loved out job but Lynn out of the whole staff showed amazing talent and interest in Photography as a career. After working together for three years, we both left Picture People and went our separate ways. Lynn got married, had a baby and I moved out of state and married, we lost touch. Luckily for the power of the internet and social networking we rekindled our friendship and talk, text, email, FB daily. 2 years ago, I found out she was working for a wedding photography studio that I was trying to get into for work and she hinted to the owner and I was hired.

Not only did she help me get into the studio she has been a great mentor and with the Photography industry being so competitive, I’ve been luck to have Lynn as a friend and mentor. Lynn’s work speaks for itself and if it’s possible, it get better and better. She’s a awesome photographer who gives tips and advice on photography freely without expecting anything in return. She’s always asking if I’d like to join her on newborn shoots, which is great for me because I prefer old babies, kids, families, boudoir and maternity photos so I invite her on my shoots as well!

Lynn and I have discussed our businesses and where we want to see them or whats standing in our way, she’s helped me with my business logo design that I’m stumped on. I love her truthfulness when she gives her opinion, it’s exactly what I need, especially since she’s a fellow photographer and knows what “sells”.

Lynn has been so kind and supportive and she totally deserves and needs this branding. She’s helped me so much and I’d love if she was granted this, especially since I know she’s had such a hard time coming up with a logo and “look”. Although she has one, it’s one she’s just settled on, she likes but isn’t crazy over.

She’s currently in the middle of setting up a website but again she is having issues with her “look” so you can find her on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/#!/akamom

Thank You Corina for “Paying it Forward” I really hope that Lynn is the “forwardee” ;-)

~Kirby Quiles-Brown

Jessica - March 24, 2011 - 12:06 am

Would love to win one of these, what a wonderful thing for you to do!! I’d like to nominate my Friend Christine of Christine Melissa Photography, her Facebook Page, http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Christine-Melissa-Photography/187527016995, Her Blog, http://christinemelissaphotography.blogspot.com/ and of course her website! http://www.christinemelissaphotography.com/. She is a fantastic photographer! And most certainly deserves to win this fantastic prize!! Their are so many of us out there trying to make a name for ourselves and this would be a wonderful way to help!! Good luck to everyone entering!!

Christine - March 24, 2011 - 12:16 am

I nominate AJNick Photography b/c I know she would LOVE a branding set and it would really boost her business! (http://www.ajnickphotography.com/ FB http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Aj-Nick-Photography/126681190678954)

Gary Fitch - March 24, 2011 - 2:42 am

I am nominating my wife. She follows you on facebook and your blog. She shows me all your amazing products and told me about this giveaway. She is in her first year of her photography business and it is going awesome. She works so hard at it along with raising our two toddlers. This giveaway would be a blessing to her and her business. She needs something like this to really professionalize her stuff.

Gary Fitch - March 24, 2011 - 2:42 am

ohh sorry here is her info:

{the website} http://www.heatherfitchphotography.com
{the blog.} heatherfitchphotography.blogspot.com/
{the email} HeatherFitchPhotography@gmail.com

Jill Hurley - March 24, 2011 - 3:46 am

While I’d love to have branding from you, I’m going to nominate my fellow photog friend, Stephanie Morin of Stephanie Morin Photography. Not only is she an amazing photographer but she is so generous with sharing her knowledge with her fellow photographers. And while she doesn’t expect anything in return, I’m a firm believer and karma and this is one young lady that definitely deserves good karma coming her way!
Her website is http://www.stephaniemorinphotography.com/

Kristi Brawner - March 24, 2011 - 4:08 am

I would like to nominate my mom, Leanne Brawner! She is so talented, so amazing, and I am soooo clearly biased. :) There are four kids in my family, so we’ve grown up in front of the camera as my Mom documented every slumber party and impromptu photo shoot. It wasn’t until these past couple of years, though, that she took her love of photography to a new level! She began taking photography courses and will graduate the same time as me (I’m a theatre major at Southwestern) and be a professional photographer! She initiated this major life change and has been her own driving force to propel herself to meet contacts, put her name out there, and spend hours of quality time with her computer editing pics.

She’s one of the most courageous, spontaneous, vivacious people I’ve ever met and I’m so insanely proud of her, her determination, and her beautiful photos. I DEFINITELY think she deserves a second look. :)

Here’s her website:
Her facebook page:


Jhanell Moore - March 24, 2011 - 4:20 am

She’s not only a daughter, a sister, a friend; Crystal Saly is a wife and a mother of two. She has a beautiful 5 year old daughter and a handsome 3 year old son. She has a busy work schedule and is too nice to do anything that revolves around herself. Nominating her for this giveaway is just the beginning of how I can show my appreciation for her friendship.
She’s a special person and I can tell ya how I know…
I met Crystal Saly in June at a mutual friend’s summer BBQ. We instantly clicked, as she is so kind and outgoing. I asked to view some of her photography and thought, “Wow, I wish I had
that talent and the guts to go out and do that!” (She read my mind or I really said it out loud… can’t remember).
“You can!” she said, “I’ll teach you everything I can!” I thought she was just being nice and trying to boost my confidence. :D We kept discussing photography over the next few weekends at family/friends get-togethers. She was dead serious on helping me fullfill my passion of becoming a “real” photographer. I told her how much I love taking pictures and it would be amazing to be able to create the kind of statements she produces through photography.
I joked that one day I could be her “Wedding Photography Assitant”. I bought my Canon 7D on Labor Day weekend and that joke became a reality just 3 months after we met.
Crystal let me shoot side by side with her at a wedding in September. “Don’t worry about anything, ‘J’, just have fun. Let’s see what you can do!” “uh, ok, you sure?” Man, was I scared!
I loosened up after a little bit because Crystal put so much faith in me and built up my confidence. I had questions here and there about lighting and camera settings. Crystal was just “clicking away” capturing those special moments all the while telling me what settings would be helpful. It was a tough thing for me to ask so many questions while she was working, but she never hesitated to help. Crystal is one of the biggest reasons why I am doing professional photography today.
We had “play dates” that consisted of “processing” training, composition, lighting, and camera play. She was so patient with all of my questions and anything I needed help with.
If I needed her for a shoot, she would do whatever she could to make sure I was ready for it.
Crystal has done everything she can to help me get my very own business started; she got my logo to come to life, taught me how to process pictures and find my own style, she gives me tips
and honest opinions on my work, she tells me about workshops and meet-ups so that I can further my knowledge and grow as a photographer.
Crystal gave me a “non-stock” lens, a 50mm f/1.8. “Here’s a gift to you to help you follow your dreams, You go girl!” is what she said as she handed me my very first lens.
Because I had to buy things slowly, Crystal has let me borrow her memory cards, lighting equipment, background stands, props, and even her baby, yes, her 24-70mmL f2.8 lens.
Crystal’s photography style is sharp and clean and vibrant. She does an amazing job capturing life and bringing smiles out in people. All around, she’s great company and I’m lucky to have her
in my life.
I believe that Crystal Saly deserves not just a giveaway, but recognition and appreciation. She is a lot of things to many people. Anyone who is a part of Crystal’s life is a blessed person.
It is her and her husband’s mission to always be a helping hand whether big or small to the friends and family in their lives.
I won’t be able to say Thank you enough for what Crystal has done for myself and my family as a friend and a mentor.
*Now I will post this and let her know how grateful I am for her!* -XOXO!

Jennifer Mayne - March 24, 2011 - 4:46 am

I nominate Jennifer Jones. Just just recently started her photography business about a year ago and you would think she has been doing it for years. I think she deserves to win the giveaway because she is always willing to help out any way that she can and a branding package is just what she needs to grow her business and give it a professional boost. You need so much when your just starting a photography business and it can get very expensive. This would help her out so much. She would love to win something like this and especially from Corina Nielsen.

Courtney Beyers - March 24, 2011 - 5:02 am

I Courtney Beyers am nominating Jennifer Mayne Photography.
@jmaynephotography.blogspot.com and maynephotography.smugmug.com deserves to win a branding of their very own and I want to win one for him/her from @corina nielsen photography!”

Jennifer is a very deserving person she works hard at being a great mother and also a great photographer. This is her dream to do Photography full time instead of watching kids out of her home and photography in other waking hours. Please pick her.

Thank you for your kindness and the opportunity you are providing for other photographers.

Taylor Dieringer - March 24, 2011 - 1:13 pm

I nominate Leanne Brawner Photography. Mrs. Brawner has taken pictures with me on several occasions, and it has been a BLAST every time! She is the perfect balance of fun pictures and serious pictures, and it’s always so interesting to see what else she’s working on! (: She manages parenting her 4 children and being an excellent wife while still juggling getting her photography degree, and she’s pretty much a superstar!

Jennifer Lewis - March 24, 2011 - 1:53 pm

I would like to Nominate Jennifer Mayne Photography to win a branding of her very own! Since I met Jennifer, it has been her dream to do photography full time. In this last year, she has taken many steps to make that dream a reality and spread brand awareness. I think that a full identity branding package is exactly what she needs to raise the bar and bring her business to a whole new level! She is so deserving of this awesome giveaway!
Website { http://www.jmaynephotography.com/ }
Blog { http://jmaynephotography.blogspot.com/ }
Facebook { http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Jennifer-Mayne-Photography/122209284457001 }

Rebecca Cook - March 24, 2011 - 3:30 pm

I would like to nominate Monica Eusebio. We all know how hard it is to build and brand your business, imagine how hard it would be to start over every three years. This is the life of a military wife who gets stationed somewhere new every three years. Monica has just move from Alaska, with all of its challenges, to Savannah Georgia. I know she would be incredibly blessed to have a little lift from your as she begins a new journey!


Lynn Puzzo - March 24, 2011 - 3:59 pm

While I would love to win this myself, I do need to nominate a friend of mine!! <3 Her name is Kirby. She is an amazing wife, mom and photographer! I met her several years ago. I was a single mom, and she was just a teenager – and we were both working for Picture People. She was a great photographer back then – and is even better now! :) Although we both went different ways with our lives for a while and lost touch, Im proud to say that Ive watched her grow into an amazing woman and mom! Right now, she is not only a wife and raising her little girl, and working with me shooting weddings for another studio, but shes also attending school while trying to build her own photography business. She deserves to win this branding because she just doesnt have the time in her day to be able to devote to doing her own!

You can check out her work here: (KtL Photography on Facebook!)

Thanks for offering this opportunity to a lucky photographer!


Kirby Quiles-Brown of KtL Photography - March 24, 2011 - 4:10 pm

Lynn’s Facebook and Blog info didn’t show up!

Here it is:



Annette Rogers - March 24, 2011 - 4:39 pm

I am nominating Morgan Kervin, because the girl is awesomely sweet and is always doing something to help someone else out with their own business. Her Photography business is run in a frienldly and professional manner and has really blossomed in recent months. Having her very own brand would pull it all together into a neat little package that would show off all the Awesomeness that is Morgan. :) I really hope you choose her, and thanks for the opportunity to nominate my friend for this wonderful giveaway — so I can indirectly give back just a tiny bit of what she’s given.

Annette Rogers
Nette’s Hook Nook

Heather Lingerfelt - March 24, 2011 - 4:43 pm

I would like to nominate Lisa Schlereth. I met Lisa after my husband and I won a Valentine’s photoshoot giveaway from her. I was nervous about getting the pictures done because we had never had professional photos done outside of Kmart. But Lisa instantly put me at ease with her bubbly personality and friendliness. We had so much fun during our photoshoot that I couldn’t wait to see the finished products. Lisa had the pictures back to us in a timely manner and I was very very impressed with them. She runs an honest business and is very creative and talented. Lisa even talked with me and gave me advice when I mentioned to her I was thinking about starting photography as a hobby for myself. She’s been very generous with her encouragement and has pointed me in the right direction to start my hobby. Any time I need advice, I know I can go to Lisa and she will always take time away from her busy days to help me. I’m proud to say she has become a great friend. Thank you for hosting this giveaway for these deserving photographers, I know my friend Lisa is definitely one of them.



Connie - March 24, 2011 - 5:40 pm

I am nominating Luxe Photagraphy, owner Jennifer Jones. I have known Jennifer for only a short while and believe she puts her heart and sole into photgraphy, she took my daughters senior pics and All were outstanding! She was so great about including myself and my daughter in all poses and that really made me feel involved.I hope and believe with her passion she will soon become a household name.I believe she deserves this and would truley appreciate it.
WEBSITE: http://www.photographyluxe.com
BLOG: http://www.photographyluxe.blogspot.com
FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/photographyluxe

Ashley - March 24, 2011 - 6:02 pm

Hi Corina, Thank you for hosting this wonderful giveaway to a lucky and deserving photographer.

I would like to nominate Tatiana of Little Bubbles Photography. I could not think of a more deserving, creative photographer. She has the raw natural talent in capturing the excitement of people she works with. Not only is she an amazing Photographer, but she is a wonderful wife, daughter, sister, friend & mother.

In her first year of her photography business she has shown everyone just how talented she really is. She is always making sure that she gives them the best experience and photos. She has been working so hard to get her business off the ground and really bring it up to the professional level. All along while raising her 4 children (one who battles with Cystic Fibrosis), maintaining a house hold & always being there for her friends. This giveaway would be a true blessing to her and her business. She needs this to really professionalize her business.

I hope you will really consider and recognize her dedication to her passion in life, photography! Thank you again.


nicole hames - March 24, 2011 - 6:08 pm

I want to nominate Esha Hart. She has been working hard to expand her photography business. She does the best work. She is the sweetest person and a great mommy. I have known her for a few years now and i cant think of anyone who deserves this more.

Monica Potucek - March 24, 2011 - 6:18 pm

This gracious branding giveaway is such a refreshing idea..I so appreciate your ‘pay it forward’ flavor! And so…I would like to nominate Maleah Ahrens (maleahahrensphotography.com) as your grateful recipient. She is a delightful,talented,giving,young wife and mother of 3 very busy young children (5,4 and 2&1’2 yrs!) with a fairly new found passion for photography. Her eye for photography is so intriguing as she is able to ‘capture the story’ with her work. I know how much she’d appreciate this help in marketing her business with your branding gift and knowing her, she would find a way to ‘pay it forward’ herself. She is awesome and so deserving. Do check out her site and you’ll see what I mean!
Thank you for your generosity,

Morgan Kervin - March 24, 2011 - 6:49 pm

I think Jennie Pyfferoen deserves to win her very own branding from you. She is such a great girl and has come into her own photographically and still doesn’t have herself branded. She is becoming more and more amazing daily and yet she is still so humble. She has no idea how amazing she is, really she doesn’t. I would love for her to win so she can worry less about finding the branding for her and work more on sharing her art with the world and her beautiful little clients.

Amanda - March 24, 2011 - 7:15 pm

Jennie Pyfferoen deserves to win the branding. She is an up and coming newborn photographer in Tennessee who absolutely shines behind her lens. http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.jenniepyfferoen.com%2F&h=ff89d

Pao Palacios - March 24, 2011 - 9:22 pm

I want to nominate my good friend and excellent photographer, Abril owner Abrakadabra Fotografía.
She is an amazing photographer, but she is just starting in baby photography, so it would be great to help her!!
She is an amazing photojournalist, with an extreme sensibility.
She loves live, colour and the time I worked with her was amazing.
She has 2 babies (twins), 2 dogs (one 14 years old and the other 1 year old, 3 cats and 2 turtles, all by herself.
So, she is an extraordinary strong woman, that deserve to win!

Stephanie Morin - March 24, 2011 - 9:42 pm

Corina, this is such a nice thing for you to do! I do not envy your task of picking the winner, because there are so many talented photographers out there!

With that said, I would like to nominate my friend Shay Winget. Not only is she incredibly talented, but she is an amazing mother, friend, and all-around human being! She has the biggest heart of anyone I know and she is full of wonderful, invaluable knowledge.

She just oozes talent, and this branding would help kick-start her business, I just know it!


Thanks Corina!

CHRISTINE HERSOM - March 24, 2011 - 11:23 pm

I am writing to you to make an attempt to give you a snapshot into the life of Tammy Leech. Being the Aunt of an Air Force “brat”, for which now is an Air Force wife & mother, couldn’t make me prouder. Unable to spend the quality time together because of her living on base somewhere in this country, I felt it was important to have her involved in my wedding. She jumped at the opportunity…she was going to be my photographer and at that point, I had no worries that every photo was going to be snapped with love. And they were.

The story starts way before this day. You see, Tammy and Scott were married young and started their family shortly after that. Their first child, Darien, was born with Cerbral Palsy. She was given months, then a few years to live…and because of the love and care that Tammy and Scott have provided, Darien just celebrated her 15th birthday! In between caring for Darien and Scott’s deployments overseas…they increased their family and added Kara, Micah and Aaron. Tammy is an amazing mother and wife but it’s her photographs that truly depict what she is made of. Her huge heart, her caring nature, her love of family and friends…it all comes out through her photos.

I have never in my life known anyone like Tammy. I am not being the typical “auntie” either…she is unique in all facets and her dedication and drive to better herself, her family and her new business is incredible and amazing.

This opportunity for being able to communicate with you and receive your guidance with her branding would be such a huge help and it would be so very appreciated. I am in hopes that you give her the opportunity to show you all that she can be!

You can read Tammy’s Blog at http://www.inspiredimagesbytammy.blogspot.com/

You can email Tammy at

You can connect with Tammy thru facebook at

Thank you for hearing me out…

Tiffany - March 25, 2011 - 1:52 am

I nominate Mandy Cornick of Cornick Photography. Althought I don’t know Mandy well, she sparked my interested in photography. She is a hard working mother who has adopted two sons. I think of what encompasses a hard working woman, and mother, and she seems to balance it all effortlessly, and is such a caring, genuine person. I can’t think of anyone else that gives so self-lessly, and really deserves a nice boost for her business. She inspired me to follow my passion by just a one hour session, so I am thankful that I can take the time to nominate her!

Good luck Mandy!



Keri Kay Holcombe - March 25, 2011 - 2:37 am

Streetlight Republic is a husband and wife team that are also very dear friends of mine. Their personalities are SO great, they are a lot of FUN. They truly care about their clients and it is evident in their work…. work that is amazing… they have a natural talent that keeps getting better and better. Although, they have been great photographers for a long time, they have just recently gotten into the business of wedding and portrait photography… so I can’t think of anyone better than them to deserve this branding!

Keri Kay Holcombe - March 25, 2011 - 2:39 am
Rachel Miletich - March 25, 2011 - 3:44 am

Maleah Ahrens is my sister and best friend! My entire life I have known Maleah as a “type A” kind of a person! I am fascinated and moved by the way she chooses to live her life. She studied to be a nurse, and until recently, worked at Children’s Hospital as a NICU nurse for many years. Not only do I see that job for someone who is intense, but also for someone who has a great compassion for families, children, and babies. I always thought my sister would continue to be a nurse throughout most of her life, but things changed once she and her husband started to add little lives to their family. I remember when Maleah walked away from nursing, and how painful it was for her to do. But she knew being a mother was the most important job she could ever have….So now a couple of years later, my sister is a mother of 3 beautiful children (if I say so myself). She has uncovered another passion, and to be honest, it was a very surprising passion. Now as I already stated, I would categorize Maleah as a type A person. So when she told me she was very interested in photography, I have to admit, I scratched my head in confusion. I never saw my sister going up that avenue, but I told her that I thought it was a great idea and I couldn’t wait to see her work!
So after a few months of workshops and doing some small photo shoots, it was then that I realized how talented my sister really was. I actually balled my eyes out when I looked at her website for the first time. “My sister is really good”, I thought. Maleah not only takes snapshots of life, but she has the ability to take pictures from the eye of a child. I am not sure if this goes back to her passion as a children’s nurse, but she is able to capture a moment of time, that most would miss.
Maleah is wanting to focus her business towards childbirth, newborns, and children! She was actually in the delivery room with me when I was laboring my twins two weeks ago! I have loved looking back at some of the moments I had, which I had already forgotten about due to my contractions :) ! They are memories I will carry with me for the rest of my life, and I know she wants to give that gift to every client she has.
I would love to nominate my sister, Maleah, to be chosen for this awesome opportunity. I know how busy she is with her 3 little kids, being a wonderful wife, and living her passion as a self made photographer. I know how much she would love your help in branding her business! Thanks so much!!!

Rachel Miletich - March 25, 2011 - 4:21 am

Oops, forgot to add Maleah’s website

Dana McGlocklin - March 25, 2011 - 4:32 am

I adore Brea from CYE Photography. Thank you, first of all, for offering your MAD skills to someone deserving…and for having US pay it forward to someone we admire.
Brea is AMAZING at what she does. She has struggled finding a branding that she ADORES. She truly deserves this…she works VERY hard, is an adoring wife and loving mother to 2 sweet sweet boys, as well as active in her church and faith, recently returning from a missions trip in Honduras.
She’d apprecite it immensely.

her links are:

:) Thanks for giving us this opportunity. :)


Cathy Forbes - March 25, 2011 - 4:51 am

I admire your willingness to pay it forward to other photographers like yourself and the chance to win this amazing package of branding . So thank you for giving such a priceless gift to each entry to be able to win this . I am the proud mom of Esha Hart Photography and I want to nominate her for such a gift. When Esha was very young she would always make a wish list for Christmas and one year at the top of her list she wanted a camera, and of course she started taking picture from that day on. Her talent has amazed me each time I see her photos and the how she captures each of her subjects and it touches my heart as I know that her clients have something they can cherish for a life time and it give Esha the chance to follow her dreams. Esha gave birth to her first child over a year ago and decided to become a stay at home mom with her daughter. Of course this decision has brought on many challenges with finances so Esha has counted on her photography to off set the difference in income. So I would love for her to have this branding package so her business can grow and she can always follow her dreams of being a mommy and the amazing photographer she has become. Thank you and May God always show His favor on you, your family and your business.

Thank you, Cathy (Proud Mom of Esha Hart Photography!!)


Holli Pietropaolo - March 25, 2011 - 3:12 pm

I would like to nominate Jennifer Mayne. She is my daughter and I am just amazed and in awww of her photography. I truly believe she has a gift and eye for things most people don’t see and it shows in her photgraphy. She has worked her way up over 10 years and also went to the newborn workshop in Portland,Oregon this last Feb. with Keri Meyers and Robin Long. She has earned the right to have something really nice come her way and she would truly cherish this if she was nominated. She is almost there as far as her photography full time profession. She is in the process of creating a new website and this would be perfect for the new design. She loves it so much she told me one nite ” Mom I love my work so much, its all I think about before I go to bed and as soon as I wake up. I could do it 24 hours a day if I didnt have to eat or sleep” !!! I really can’t think of a more deserving person.

Holli Pietropaolo
website: http://www.jmaynephotography.com
blog: http://www.jmaynephotography.blogspot.com
facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jennifer-Mayne-Photography/122209284457001?v=photos&sb=0

Tierra Small - March 25, 2011 - 4:23 pm

Hi I want to nominate my friend Kim Smith. She has had a rough last year or so and could use some good in her life. She is an awesome mother, wife, friend and photographer. She has been doing photos for a while now but still needs some help in her identity branding and such. She was forced to move across the country last year after her husband was unable to find work for many months. It was hard but ended up being a good thing as her dad passed away from Lung Cancer very shortly after arriving and she was able to be there with her daughters to say goodbye. Kim is always doing things for other people and always puts herself last. She raises money for lung cancer awareness, autism and more.
Since her husband was out of work for so long they dont have the mo ey for something like this. It would really help her to further her photography business. Kim is truly deserving of this. Thank you.

Kim Slack - March 25, 2011 - 10:15 pm

Corina Nielsen Photography,

I want to tell you about my VERY talented friend, Erin Woolwine. I have known Erin for over 16 years. During that time we have shared laughs, tears, endured cross country moves (and moves back:)and way too many memories for my normal sized heart to contain and my (sometimes forgetful) mind to hold on to.
Lucky for me, I happen to be friends with a very talented photographer whos lifelong passion it has been to capture those moments we’ve shared, on film (or memory cards). As well as those memories she has shared with all of her other friends and family who Erin devotes her life to.

Aside from being the most amazing friend and photographer, Erin is a mommy to Jackson (probably the most charming little boy on Earth… just sayin’) and a wife to Jason, her enviably devoted husband.

Between the time she spends caring for her beautiful family, taking and editing the most lovely photos, obsessing over the most functional camera bags/lenses and setting up websites and promotions (always thinking about the next thing she can do for someone else, I’m not surprised that Erin has not had the time to think about “branding” herself. Not to mention the fact that Erin is a stay at home mommy while Jason works and goes to school full time, so the funds are not always available for those extra special details like company logos and business cards.

I cannot think of anyone more selfless and deserving of such a special giveaway. Erin does for others 24 hours a day 7 days a week and it would be so awesome to see her win this opportunity to further the success of her business and ever growing passion for photography.

At the very least, You should check out her work at the links below. When I am ready to get married and have my babies, I know who I’ll be asking to capture the way my veil looked in the sun, or the wrinkly skin on my newborns tiny feet. Even if she doesnt have a logo…

- Kim

Her Website:

Her Blog:

Her Facebook link:

Cheryl Sheehan - March 25, 2011 - 11:13 pm

Keri Kay Photograph deserves to win a branding of her very own and I want to win one for her from Corina Nielsen Photography. Keri photographed my adult children and captured their spirit in a way that was so true to them as individuals, as well as their special bond as bother and sister. Keri has a such a rare special gift and we are blessed to know her.

Keri is a giving sensitive loving mother of 2 preschoolers. While caring for them during the day she does most of her work in the evening into the wee morning. It is evident that she really loves each and every one her “models” whether a baby, toddler, child, or pregnant mom. She puts her heart and soul into every picture. Thank you for the opportunity for someone so deserving.


Michael F. - March 26, 2011 - 6:11 pm

Hi, Thank you for hosting this wonderful giveaway.

I would like to nominate Tatiana of Little Bubbles Photography. I could not think of a more deserving photographer. She is an amazing photographer, young wife and mother of our 4 young kids (12, 7, 3, & 17 months). She is not only known for her photography talent, she is also known for being a wonderful support system. Our 3 & 18month old were born very premature & our 3 year old also suffers from Cystic Fibrosis. My wife has taken it upon herself to pay it forward by helping fist time mothers, mothers of premature infants & families with children with health problems. She has taken her two loves and brought them together, by providing her photography service to those families for free. But she provides so much more than just wonderful photos to these families. She always says that to her it’s more about being there to listen & help; how she would have loved to have another mother who had been through what we were going through to be there to listen. By not only being there as their photographer but to also be there to provide support & love.

My wonderful wife spends her days taking care of our home and family. I am so grateful to have such a wonderful wife & mother for my kids, I am nominating her because she truly deserves this chance to help make her dream come true.

Thank you so much,


Michael F. - March 26, 2011 - 6:14 pm
James Brawner - March 26, 2011 - 10:53 pm

I’d like to nominate my beautiful wife Leanne Brawner. She has spent the last 22 years tirelessly meeting the needs of our 4 children and just recently decided to purse her own passions. She fore-went finishing college when we got married and then side-stepped a career as an executive assistant when we had our first child. She decided to stay home and raise our kiddos. What a great decision. Then she took it to the next level by deciding to home school our child (and subsequent 3 children). This continued all the way through middle school and proved to be very successful. Our first child graduated 3rd in her HS graduating class and received numerous scholarships. Her efforts were again rewarded when our second child graduated in the top 5% of her graduating class and also received numerous scholarships. Now our last two children are in HS and doing great (thanks to Mom’s sacrifice) and it’s time for Mom to pursue her passion: Photography. She decided to join her oldest daughters as college students by going back to college and majoring in photography. Did she wait until her 3 year program was completed to start her business? No way. She’s a go-getter. She’s now a full-time, straight-A student and has won numerous awards in her studies. How does she do this while continuing to be a mom, wife and professional photographer? Perseverance & Prayer. Please help her business with this blessing.

Leanne Brawner Photography
Website: Needs on urgently!
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/reqs.php#!/profile.php?id=659193950
Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/people/leannebrawnerphotography/

Katie - March 27, 2011 - 12:32 am

I think this is so cool… I want to nominate a friend of mine., Jenna. She is an awesome Mom and wife and very busy in her church. I know time is always hard to find and I know she would LOVE to have a branding set from you… We started our business’ around the same time I’m in NY she’s in Texas .. and to me it’s been so fun to follow each other in something we love so much.. The one thing that I really admire in her is she is always looking to learn more and give her customers only top rate products… I know she would be so excited if she won.. Thanks so much for this opportunity…
(website) http://www.cammijphotos.com
(blog) http://www.cammijphotography.blogspot.com

Shawna - March 27, 2011 - 4:04 am

My friend Tammy deserves this! <3 she is an awesome photog, and a HUGE inspiration to me, both in photography and life. She puts everyone else before herself, and this would be awesome for her!


Kristy Metcalfe - March 28, 2011 - 12:43 am

My friend, Jennifer Marsh, with Photojennic photography is an amazing photographer, mother of 5 and friend. She is extremely busy raising her 5 children, yet still maintains a wonderful photography business, specializing in newborn photography. She has been having a hard time finding the money to invest in her branding, so this contest would be a blessing for her and would help advance her business.

Lindsay Kolk - March 28, 2011 - 1:38 am

Lore’ Quick deserves this, more than any other photographer I know! Besides being an amazingly talented photog, Lore’ has a heart of gold.

I hired Lore’ to photograph my wedding two years ago. She did a beautiful job, and I still get comments on the photos! More than that though, I really enjoyed the time I spent with her, and I was inspired that she was able to start her own business, while being Mom to three kids.

About a year ago, I started dabbling in photography….a dream of mine. Lore’ was always supportive and encouraging, leaving me comments on my photos on facebook page. As I continued to grow, she continued to encourage me. When I started my own photography business six months ago, she “liked” my business page and gave me virtual “high fives”! She has gone above and beyond to teach me, help me, and answer my questions. In the photography world, I’ve run across a lot of jealously and hate. There are many established photogs who look down on the ones just starting out. Lore’ has been an INCREDIBLE blessing me to, and because of that, I’d really love to see her win this! She’s been a big reason I had the courage to take the leap and follow my dreams….I’d really love to see her win something that could really help her take her business to the next level!

As talented as Lore’ is, I know that the marketing/branding side of things is one place where she struggles with having the time to do it right.

Business website: http://www.essenceoflightphotography.com
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Essence-of-Light-Photography/153510839073