Greatest Gifts Holiday Photo Contest with Portraits by Thomas Balsamo

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Want to win a holiday gift to last a lifetime? Barrington’s own Thomas Balsamo is giving away the gift of portraiture in a brand new contest we’re kicking off this Thanksgiving week at It’s called our Greatest Gifts Holiday Photo Contest. For a chance to win, simply share a snapshot below of anyone in your life for whom you are grateful. On the line for FOUR WINNERS are generous prizes from Portraits by Thomas!

We all want beautiful portraits of our children and that is the true gift of Portraits by Thomas. Through an interpretive style of photography developed over many years of study, Thomas Balsamo’s fine-art portraits capture the essence of the individual…

But there are no professional portraits needed to enter our Greatest Gifts Photo Contest! Just take a minute to think about who is on the list of people for whom you’re grateful this Thanksgiving. It could be anyone who brings you joy in ways, big and small. Family, friends, neighbors, the tolerant teacher, kind bus driver, friendly mailman, ANYONE who makes your life a little brighter just by being in it. Submit a snapshot you’ve taken of whomever comes to mind for a chance to win one of FOUR Portraits by Thomas prizes.

You’ll find the entry form below, but I’ll go first.

Our three kids are among our greatest gifts. They provide countless opportunities for me to practice being patient, sorry, forgiving and calm. I’m no expert in any of these areas but I’m working on it. They challenge me to be better and make life more colorful. For that, I am thankful. Here’s a photo I took during a family trip to San Francisco.

OK now it’s your turn! To enter the contest share a recent or past snapshot of one or more of your “greatest gifts” – those people who make you happy – and tell us what makes them special. There will be FOUR WINNERS in this contest. The first place prize is a FREE basic portrait session with Thomas Balsamo (a $200 value) PLUS an additional $100 toward your portrait order. Three runners-up will each receive a $100 gift certificate toward a portrait session with Thomas.

Here’s how to enter plus the contest rules & timeline:

  • You have through midnight on Sunday, December 8th to submit your photo & caption via the contest entry form below.
  • Thomas and his team will review all entries & select winners, which we will announce on Sunday, December 15th.
  • Winners may use the prize themselves or give as a gift for the holidays.
  • At least one month from session needed for delivery of finished, printed portraits.

By the way, because portraits make great holiday gifts, Thomas is also offering a 20% discount on gift certificates for your family & friends through the end of December. For possible Christmas portrait delivery, don’t wait to book your session. Studio time with Thomas Balsamo is limited during the holidays so give him a call at 847-381-7710 to confirm your session today. The 20% off gift certificates offer expires 12/31/2019.

Schedule a holiday session with Portraits by Thomas or secure your 20% gift certificate discount today by calling Thomas at 847-381-7710. Learn more about Thomas Balsamo and see his work at

Through an interpretive style of photography developed over many years of study, Portraits by Thomas renders images in a classic, poignant, and immutable style of black and white fine-art portraiture that is beautiful, widely recognizable, internationally renowned and cherished for generations. Contact Thomas to set up your portrait session and learn more about his work at

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