NP Design Photography – 3x Twin Cities Photographer of the Year

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Kate's Senior Experience | Hudson Senior Photographer

Hudson Senior, Kate's fall session was filled with laughs during hair and makeup, a ton of fun outfit changes in the studio and some incredible light during her outdoor shoot. Nate was so excited about Kate's images, that he decided to enter them into the Twin Cities Senior Photographer of the Year competition. And won! (More on that later!) To read all about Kate's session and see a few of her award-winning images, continue scrolling!

From Kate's mom, Kris: "Our entire session with NPDP was perfect and worth the investment. Nate is professional, yet fun and the whole experience was stress-free."

"Our daughter loved the pampering by the hair/makeup stylist and we able to relax and enjoy every minute." We have a great memory of her senior session - both of us had a blast!"

"The album takes our - and everyone who see it - breath away! Exceptional quality and attention to detail. So glad this was part of the experience, I know I will enjoy it for years to come! Kelly was also awesome to work with! As was Teresa - they all cared about our experience!"

"Don't go anywhere else! What NPDP offers is unique to this area and you won't find a better quality experience. I wish I had known about NPDP for our older son and it is too late to capture that moment for him. I can't express how happy the photos of my girl make me! :)"

Summer Pickups! | 2014 Twin Cities Senior Photographer of the Year

Here are a few of our #NPDPSENIORS pickups from the last couple weeks and some of the products our clients received. Fun times in the NPDP lobby. 

Mackenzie's mom, Tammie picking up here entire portrait order. LOVE HER CANVASES!

ABOVE: Mackenzie's canvases!

Colleen, our Senior Model from Stillwater, grabbing her bag full of goodies - her album, mini-accordion books, custom-framed and designed wall art collage, prints and so much more!

Colleen's Album Cover Image

Colleen's Album Cover Image

Colleen's awesome wall collage!

Senior Model Alli grabbing her album, prints, wallets and iPix images!

ABOVE: A few of Alli's wallet and print images!

Kailey's Incredible Senior Photo Shoot

Kailey's Senior Session was an absolute blast! We stayed here at the studio for most of her shoot, but then ventured into the bear-infested forest :) for the very end. Such a fun time with an amazing young lady and her fantastic family. Here are a few words from Kailey and her family regarding her session and entire NPDPSENIORS experience!

"I felt like Nate captured the true essence of me. Not only did my pictures display snippets of my personality, but also of what I love to do, ie. dancing and shooting."

"We chose NP Design & Photography specifically because we loved how artsy Nate's shots are. I didn't want a bunch of pictures, but a few artsy shots. The music shot {below} he took of Kailey turned out fabulous!"

"What we enjoyed most is how original the pics are and how they reflect Kailey."

"I had a wonderful time working with Nate! He was fun and easygoing, making the procedd of taking photos a lot more exciting."

Dog Days of Summer 2014 = Success


NP Design & Photography’s third annual “Dog Days of Summer” event was held on Wednesday August 6th at their studio at 145 Second Street.  The event focused on pet portraits to raise donations for Gregory’s Gift of Hope, a local “no-kill” shelter in New Richmond.

“This year, we raised $800 and collected 267 pounds of dog food!” stated Nate Peterson, studio owner and photographer.  “We were blown away by the donations that came in for this great cause!  We really are lucky to live in such a caring community.”

Next year’s event plans to be bigger and better.  For further information or to participate in next year’s event, please contact the studio at 715-246-7510 or email us at

To make a donation, please contact Gregory’s Gift of Hope at 715-246-2467.

Babies and Kids Galore: Family Pictures, Newborn Images from NPDP

For a studio that doesn't photograph many kids or babies throughout the year (we specialize in Seniors, Families, Commercial and Sports), it sure has been a busy spring filled with tiny bundles of joy, dirty diapers and gummy smiles. What fun! Check out a few of our favorites from each session below!

Kaylee's Dance Explosion Photo Shoot!

Early this spring, Miss Kaylee arrived in style for her dance photo shoot along with her mom, Michelle. During her three hour session, we all had more fun goofing around with her than most days here at the studio. Equipped with all her recital outfits, hair and makeup from our amazing stylist Shawna, and plenty of attitude, Kaylee brought everyone to life as she danced to her recital songs and taught Nate a thing or two about dance posing. What a blast!

Below are a few comments from Kaylee and Michelle, along with a ton of her favorites images and snapshots of Kaylee seeing her printed Canvas Wall Art Collage for the first time. Enjoy!

From Michelle: "I just looked over at the collage that Nate gave me and the word that came to me was effortless… Sorry if that is cheesy, Kaylee just enjoyed everything about the session and so did I."

Favorite part of the session: "Just how much fun the two of them had. Laughing and being serious when they needed to be."

"NP DESIGN & PHOTOGRAPHY ROCKS. If you want great photos and a great experience then NPDP is the place you need to go. Nate and his staff spend time with you before the photoshoot, during the shoot and after. After the photoshoot you sit and get the great experience of a photo slideshow, and after you wipe away your tears, then you get to go over each picture and Nate is great at being patient and helpful during this time. We've been through this twice and counting.."

"I love love love the art piece that was done. It was my fault I could not pick which photos I wanted - there were NO bad pictures so Nate helped create something for us to show off all the great pictures."

Kaylee's 15x30 Wall Art Collage with all her favorite images.

Our New Websites Are Up & Running!

Over the past few months, we have been working on improving our presence on the web with a revised and more relevant website for NP Design & Photography and a whole new separate site for our High School Seniors, NPDPSENIORS.COM. After much brainstorming, experimenting, research and implementation, we are excited to finally and officially share both sites with the world. Take a look around and see what you think! Any feedback can be left in the CONTACT section. 



Senior Model Unveiling Gala = Success

What a great night! Thanks to everyone that made this amazing event such a success - models, parents, stylists, Lindsay(!!) - we couldn't have done it without you. Here's to an amazing summer filled with Senior Photo Shoots and good times. Enjoy! #NPDPSENIORS #ClassOf2015