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Collage Wall Art - An NPDP Must!

Master Photographer Nate Peterson is known for taking dramatic, quality portraits which often makes it difficult when choosing wall art.  Our custom collage creations are the perfect solution!


We love to take several images and layer them together to create a unique art piece that showcases different poses and expressions.


Our custom collages are a big hit with seniors!  Most of our seniors get at least one collage sometimes more depending on their hobbies, sports or musical talents.


NPDP Graphic Designer, Allie Wrich takes Nate's images and adds just that special touch of graphics, overlays and text to make the final collage a work of art!


Collages from NPDP come as framed portraits, gallery wrapped canvas and even metal prints.  All of these products come ready to for you to take home and instantly hang on your walls.  After all, why wait to start enjoying your custom artwork!


Winter Vacation Hotspots!

Wondering where to take that family vacation?  Let the Travel Agent Jessi Mishler at Travel Leaders share her top picks for sun & surf! 


Travel agents at Travel Leaders Travel Now have signed on as Ambassadors for the “One Caribbean Family” Campaign. Our intention is to share accurate information and updates about the Caribbean and help travelers make decisions about their fall and winter travel plans.  

Approximately 70 percent of the Caribbean was not impacted by the recent hurricanes. The Caribbean is extremely popular among our travelers, as it offers a warm, sunny escape to our cold winters. In addition to an opportunity to enjoy fun in the sun, visiting the unaffected areas in the Caribbean also helps to boost the economy of the entire region; which is a mutually beneficial way to support the tourism industry that the Caribbean depends on.  Travel Leaders is participating in this education and awareness campaign in conjunction with the Caribbean tourism industry to spread the word that most of the Caribbean is open for business and waiting to welcome visitors with open arms.

The hurricane season officially wrapped up November 30, 2017 after an active season of 17 named storms and 6 major hurricanes.  It was an unusual year, with triple the average amount of hurricanes, but most of the damaged hotels and cruise ports have been quick to recover.  Travelers that planned to visit the Caribbean were especially interested in following the storms paths, and may have even learned about some islands that they hadn’t heard of before to add to their travel wish list. Some people used to confuse the island of Dominica with the Dominican Republic, and also Antigua for Anguilla.  But if you studied the storms, you can probably now name several more islands than before.  Maybe you also learned about the “ABC Islands” of Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao, that are below the hurricane belt.

We are booking all of our usual winter hotspots; Jamaica, the Dominican, Aruba, St. Lucia, Barbados, Caribbean Cruises and of course, all over Mexico as well. There is plenty of warm sun and sand for everyone. Our expert agents look forward to advising you on the best Caribbean vacation to fit your travel expectations!


Jessi Mishler is an 'All Inclusive Travel and Gluten Free Specialist.'  Her destination specialties include the Mexico, Jamaica, Bahamas, Punta Cana and the rest of the Caribbean.  To learn more about vacations with Travel Leaders contact Jessi here.

NPDP Senior - Mikah Kier

Today we turn the spotlight on New Richmond High School Senior Mikah Kier.  Hear all about his experience and see some amazing images from his custom designed senior album!


We've known Kaleb for quite some time, having photographed his two older brothers.  "I very much appreciate all your work and really appreciate the latest pictures of Mikah so I have professional pictures of all three boys!" commented Greg Kier, proud father.  


Mikah-a three sport athlete, also wanted to include his beloved pup Buddy as well as his sweet ride!


"Thank you so much for your understanding and graciousness!  We are lucky to have your in our community!" - said Greg.


We love getting to know the families of our seniors and the Kier family was no exception!

Thank you so much for letting us tell your story, Mikah!  We know you will treasure your custom designed album for years to come!

2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Stuck on what to get the beauty obsessed lady in your life? Jenna Lundell, hair & make up artist did all the work for you!  And read to the end to learn how to win some of these awesome gift items!  

Here are her holiday picks for 2017:

Quick Picks

I personally have this weird problem where I prefer to give a few small gifts instead of one larger one, so here is an example of what I would run into Target and buy for a friend last minute that satisfies my weird safety-in-numbers tick but also makes for a happy friend!  The nice thing is that you can go into just about anywhere and find items similar to these, spend however much you want, and make a gift for someone in one Target run! Something like this is great for a large group holiday party where you have a set budget and don’t know who will end up getting your gift,too! 


Your Favorite Beauty Product

Try to avoid anything where you’d have to guess their shade, but you could toss in any lipstick, blush, or nail polish you think would look great on them! My current favorite product is L’Oréal Lash Paradise Mascara, and it’s only a few bucks! Lengthens and thickens lashes, amazing, long-wear formula, and is still soft to the touch! It’s on my lashes every day. 






Something Soothing

Everyone needs a little stress relief this time of year, so I like to throw in something they can use to pamper themselves. These bath bombs are adorable, but you could do a mini hand cream, a sheet face mask, or a hair mask, too!







Something Stylish

Wisconsin winters are brutal, and it’s easy to fall into the drab routine of coats-hat-and-gloves. Adding in a cute beanie or knitted headband is a useful seasonal item they’ll want and need! I prefer to go the more glam route however, so I would choose to do a beaded headband or some fun hairpins!  







Something Scented

I always grab a few mini scented candles from the dollar section at target for myself, so I usually have a few laying around that are seasonally scented! Nothing cozies up a room faster than a little candle action. 


 Something to hold it all together

To avoid wrapping your gift, just get a cute mug if you have all small items or toiletry bag from the dollar section to hold everything in! I usually just grab a sheet of tissue paper for some added fluff, a little paper tag, and it’s ready to go! If you’re looking for something bigger, you can grab a stocking from the Christmas section or just toss everything into a gift bag, whatever is easiest! 


Women’s Forest Animal 12 Days of Sock Set $15

When I saw this, I screamed and ordered it for myself immediately. Give this to a friend and fellow sock lover as an early Christmas gift that they can enjoy for the days leading up to Christmas, or to anyone who just has chilly toes.  You can order them from and they have sets for men, women, and kids with all kinds of prints too! It’s such a fun take on an advent calendar while still being useful. 





A New Day Jewelry Roll Organizer $15

GAME CHANGER! This is AMAZING for anyone who travels and loves their accessories. It has a ton of different pouches for separating your necklaces and bracelets, and even has little holes for your earring to stick thru! No more losing your fave pair of studs in transit! 







ELF 10 piece Brush Set $20

ELF is a super inexpensive drugstore makeup brand and they always come out with holiday kits this time of year! This brush set is awesome, it has a good assortment of brushes for only $20! These are from ELF pro, which is their higher quality line than the white handled ones you can buy year round, and they’re typically only sold online. This is there perfect time to snatch up some inexpensive, good quality brushes without the shipping and handling!

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Ouai-To-Go Kit $25

I included this kit because it has a travel size bottle of the Ouai (Pronounced WAY) Dry Shampoo Foam. This product is AMAZING and anyone who is a dry shampoo junkie will LOVE this! It absorbs oil without the powdery cast or gritty feel and really gives second and third day hair the boost it needs! The set also comes with the Wave Spray which is one the products I use in my hair every day! It does have a very strong floral scent, which I personally like, but if you’re sensitive to scent you might want to skip this. This is a great little on the go kit for anyone to just toss into their bag and I love this collection of products!

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Too Faced Under the Kissletoe Liquid Lipstick Set $25

This is such a cute little set of lip products in a variety of shades and finishes, and it has my all-time favorite lip formula in it: Melted Matte Liquid Lipstick. It stays put ALL DAY, feels comfortable, and has tons of color pay-off! Because they’re mini, you can separate them and give them out individually as little stocking stuffers, too!






Kristen Ess Travel Size Sets $10-$14

I rave about this brand constantly and I was so excited when I saw they released these minis! Minis are awesome to try out different products before investing in the full size, and this set comes with an adorable hair pin too! They have a variety of other options depending on your hair needs and make for a charming addition to your vanity!



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Sephora Perfume Sampler $65

I stumbled across this gift set while browsing online one day, and while it’s the priciest item on this list, it’s SUCH a great idea! This has a collection of 17 perfumes you can test out and then redeem the included certificate for a full size bottle of your favorite one! This is an awesome gift for someone who has a hard time finding a scent that they love, or someone who wants to add a more sophisticated perfume to their collection. 

Thanks so much to everyone who has followed the NPDP Blog this year! As a thank you, we are doing a giveaway on this post!!! To enter, please like this post on Instagram and comment on this post on our Facebook page for your chance to win some of Jenna’s Holiday Picks!!!


Jenna Lundell is a licensed cosmetologist and hair professional.  Formally trained at the Aveda Institute, she now works at Spalon Montage in Woodbury, MN.  To learn more about Jenna, you can follow her on Facebook at Jenna Lundell Hair

NPDP Senior - Max Nelson

Today we turn the spotlight on Hudson High School Senior Max Nelson.  Hear all about his experience and see some amazing images from his custom designed senior album!


Max is an extraordinary lacrosse player so it was important that Master Photographer Nate capture Max's love for the game!  "I like how Nate was able to include the lacrosse jerseys from all the different teams I played on."  - Senior Max stated.


Max does not like getting his pictures taken and any smiles always look forced.  Whether it was an edgy look, serious, game-face, Nate was able to pull the look from Max and make him appear relaxed and natural!" said Celeste, Max's mom.


"The album and wall art are phenomenal!  My favorite is the large canvas collage.  I know I wanted something that showcased Max's lacrosse experiences.  The collage did that and is a piece of artwork we will definitely treasure for years to come!" - commented Celeste, Max's mom.


Thank you so much for letting us tell your story, Max!  We know you will treasure your custom designed album for years to come!

NPDP Senior - Duane Stine

Today we turn the spotlight on Amery High School Senior Duane Stine.  Hear all about his experience and see some amazing images from his custom designed senior album!


We actually met Duane last year when we photographed his older brother Andrew.  (I'm sure you remember seeing Andrew's images!  After's not everyday that we get to photograph Batman!)  According to Amy, Duane's mom, "Duane started the process thinking that his pictures couldn't be as cool as Andrew's.  However, after the first meeting with Nate, Duane really started to enjoy himself!"


Even though we had just photographed older brother Andrew just a year before, Duane had his own interests and hobbies.  We love telling each senior's story!


Duane's images turned out awesome!  His love for video games, music and 'Deadpool' ensured that this session was sure to be one for the record books!


Amy, who now resides in sunny Florida said "The big reveal was the highlight of my trip back to Wisconsin!  We were blown away by the images!"


"Thank you all for such a (another) wonderful experience!  I'd give an 11 out of 10 if I could rate this experience!" - Amy.  

Thank you so much for letting us tell your story, Duane!  We know you will treasure your custom designed album for years to come!

NPDP Senior - Lance Siggens

Today we turn the spotlight on Woodbury High School Senior Lance Siggens.  Hear all about his experience and see some amazing images from his custom designed senior album!


We met Lance two years ago on the football field of Woodbury High School.  He is the quintessential 'All American!'  Lance is a star football player who also helps coach 3rd grade football.


"I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Lance's pictures!" says Desiree Siggens, Lance's mom.  


We love working with athletes and creating dramatic lighting that defines muscle tone like what you'd find in 'Sports Illustrated' or 'ESPN' magazine.


"I have literally been carrying the album around with me everywhere!  Everyone MUST see them!  THANK YOU!" - Desiree

Thank you so much for letting us tell your story, Lance!  We know you will treasure your custom designed album for years to come!

4 Clever Ways to Decorate Your Hallway

The hallway is way too often ignored when decorating… it is a space that is passed through so often, it deserves to have some attention! Since hallways tend to be small spaces, you don’t want to clutter or close it in, but you do want to add interest. It doesn’t have to be a boring, utilitarian space! Make sure you and your loved ones enjoy passing through… After all, isn’t life the journey, not the destination?  Here are 4 ideas to make your hallway shine!

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This is great idea for making the most of a small pass through space… Add storage! This could easily be DIY’ed by installing pre made bookcase style cabinets, headboard and coat hooks. Finish with some trim to create a built in look.

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Photos and white frames to tie the space together, yet not close it in. Professional photographed family portraits mixed in with candids shots of your kids as vacation pics gives an artsy feel to the space, and the grey walls warm it up. Using wide white picture frame mats helps keep a bright look as well.  NP Design & Photography will actually do a 'pre consultation' in your home to discuss your family photography session so that we can plan coordinating outfits as well as where your images will be displayed. 

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This may be my answer to my lifelong dream of having a library all for myself! Since it’s unlikely in today’s small home you can devote an entire room to books… how about using the least usable room for what should be the most usable things!

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Children's art work is a great way to boost self esteem and add color and creativity to your walls!  A calming, pale grey to keep the space looking open and light. Gallery style frames along the walls in light colors draw the eye down. Don't forget to add art at the end of the hallway so it will make the space seem less like a bowling alley, and more like a room. Pretty, but never overdone!  High Point Framing & Art Gallery will have the perfect frame for your child's art!  With over 2000 moulding options, they have the right frame for any budget!

NPDP Senior - Elise Kolbeck

Today we turn the spotlight on New Richmond Senior Elise Kolbeck.  Hear all about her experience and see some amazing images from her custom designed senior album!


"The senior picture experience was seriously indescribable and such fun!"  - Paula, Elise's mom.


Elise's session wouldn't be complete without the beloved family dog, Summer!  She had a way of stealing the show!


The streets of New Richmond became the catwalk at Elise' strutted her stuff!  "Thank you for your energy, enthusiasm and simply awesomeness that you showed with our family!"


"There are no words to share with you for how great we felt and how grateful we are for NPDP!  We are forever indebted!"  We feel the same way, Paula!  We heart our clients!

The Top 10 Secrets of Stylish Women

Between career, family, finding time for ourselves and all of the things, stepping out the door with style every day can seem impossible. But, trust us, there are a few attainable things that fashionable women do to look painlessly put-together.



You can’t plan for everything, but don’t let your Monday mornings catch you off-guard. Just like you’d plan a week’s worth of meals on a Sunday if you’re trying to stay trim, plan your outfits in advance for stress-free mornings and outfit-regret-free days.


Browse internet trendsetters in your free time. Find a few fashionistas whose style you admire, then use their photos as inspiration to create daily looks. A good place to start? Check out our Instagram and Pinterest boards for endless style inspo.



If you’re ever on the fence about what to wear, consider where you’re going and who you’ll see. When in doubt, always err on the side of being too dressy—it’s a big no-no to be the only person in jeans.



A well-known fashion “it-girl” hack: swipe on a touch of bright, cherry-red lipstick in a tone that best suits your skin. It’s an instant face brightener that screams “I took time for myself”—even if you didn’t.


Try to have at least one accessory on, whether it’s a statement necklace, a pop-color scarf or an great pair of earrings. And remember: sometimes less is more. You don’t need to get crazy at an arm party—minimal can also be memorable.



Basics really aren’t basic—they can be the foundation of extremely fashionable (and simple!) choices. Ever wonder why a woman looks great in a white button-up, skinny jeans and heels? It took a minute to think of the look, but it took planning to ensure her pieces fit perfectly.


When it comes to footwear, color packs a huge style punch—and they don’t have to be sky-high heels, either (flats can make the same statement and your feet will thank you). Next time you’re in jeans and a tee, throw on cobalt or fuschia flats to make your outfit go from 0 to 100 instantly.



Every once in a while, you need that pure “wow” factor. Whether it’s an amazing pair of over-the-knee boots, a vintage dress that you borrowed from you mom’s closet or an enviable handbag, keep something in your arsenal for the days you need to really show up stylish.


The most stylish women are always prepared. Whether it’s a snag, stain or sandal-induced blister, be on your toes with a 911 carryall chock-full of band-aids, sewing kit and other essentials to (stylishly) save the day.


Stylish women know the foundation (hehe, literally) of a great look is appropriate underwear. Besides, nothing instantly throws off a look like VPL (visible panty lines). Be strategic about what you slip on and why—then do a quick mirror scan in natural light before you leave the house.

There's our Top 10 secrets!  How'd you do?