The Nielson Family and an Auction

****  We have our first bid!  Woohoo!  Next bid is only $355 or higher.  Remember to leave a comment in the comment section with your bid.  The auction ends tonight, September 11, at midnight Pacific time!

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Hello Fabulous Blog Readers,

Today while reading some blogs I came across the story of Stephanie and Christian Nielson who were in a private plane accident last month. They are both in critical condition with extensive burns. While it looks like they are going to pull through, they both have a very long, extensive, and expensive recovery ahead of them.

Stephanie is the writer of Nie Nie Dialogues and while I had never read her blog before today, I found myself reading every single entry of her blog and learning all about her, her husband, and her four young children. We’re both 27 and we are moms and we are both madly in love with her husbands and she has a little redhead (you know I have a soft spot for redheads). I just can’t help to think if something like this happened to my family…

So, I want to help them. I’ve already donated to their Paypal account, but I wanted to give more. I’ve decided to auction off a portrait session and all proceeds will go directly to Stephanie, Christian, and their family, which was inspired by their fabulous family photographer Wendy with Blue Lily Photography. The winning bidder will receive a session (family, baby, children, maternity) with DrewB Photography (valued at $350), 30 – 50 images presented in an online gallery, AND the digital negatives from the session (valued at $500). The session must be shot on a weekday (Monday through Thursday) in Orange County. The winning bidder will directly pay the Paypal account of Stephanie and Christian and once I receive the receipt of payment your session will be scheduled. For those of you who already have a deposit with me for an upcoming session you can apply that deposit to the auction if you would also like to place a bid! I’m starting the bidding at $350 and the auction will close at midnight on Thursday, September 11. To place a bid leave a comment in the comment box. Please bid in whole dollars in at least five dollar increments. If you have any questions or problems please email me at Also, you can get updates on the Nielson’s on Stephanie’s sisters blog, C Jane.

Please pass this info onto your friends and family. You need pictures. They need money. So let’s see what we can do to help this family!

Here is one of their many fabulous family photos from Blue Lily Photography.

And I also have to give a big congratulations to my favorite new kindergartner! Owen started his first day of Kindergarten today. This was shot last week during a little mini session with my two favorite kids in the whole, wide world. More to come later this week.

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11 Responses to The Nielson Family and an Auction

  1. That is so awesome Drew. I actually just came across their story today as well and my heart breaks for them. Thanks for doing this for such a worthy family!

  2. With faith and family comes courage and strength. My thoughts are with them. Thank you for having such a huge heart.

    Your favorite kindergartner had a wonderful first day. He can’t wait to go back. I asked him what he wants to do this weekend for being such a good boy and he said he wanted to go to Toys R Us, and hang out with FF, in that order.

  3. Wendy says:

    AWESOME! Good for you for being so thoughtful toward this family’s cause. I took a long look at your work and found myself very inspired… I love your fresh colors and vibrance in your photos- amazing. Simply breathtaking! I’m adding you to my reader FOR SURE!

    Blue Lily

  4. Jeanette says:

    This is a great picture of the kids. I think every parent owes it to themselves to have this kind of picture taken at least once. Kids grow up fast and pictures like this are invaluable later on down the line. My husband and I once hired an event photographer and had pictures like this taken both of our kids and the entire family. It was one the best things we ever did.

  5. Margie says:

    I would love to take you up on the photo auction. I’ve read a lot about the Nielson family since they have a lot of connections in Utah. I’ll start the bid at $350 as long as we can plan our session next year after our new baby comes. Thanks for putting forth the effort to help a great cause!

  6. Tiffani says:

    I would like to bid $375.00. :o )

  7. Tracy says:

    I will bid $380.00

  8. Christine says:

    I’d like to bid $385.00

  9. Tracy says:

    I will bid $400.00, and I really, really, really want to win!!!

  10. drewb says:

    Christine is at $405

  11. Tracy says:

    I will go to $425

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