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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! :)"

"Peterson Honored as Master Photographer" | NP Design and Photography Studio

Nate Peterson (center) of NP Design and Photography is shown receiving the Master of Photography honor from the Professional Photographers of America. Peterson is pictured with his wife, Teresa, and PPA president Michael Timmons. Peterson received the award at the PPA national convention in Atlanta on Jan. 10-12. 

Nate Peterson (center) of NP Design and Photography is shown receiving the Master of Photography honor from the Professional Photographers of America. Peterson is pictured with his wife, Teresa, and PPA president Michael Timmons. Peterson received the award at the PPA national convention in Atlanta on Jan. 10-12. 

After attending the Professional Photographers of America National Convention this January in Atlanta, Georgia, Nate was honored to be featured in a New Richmond News article. The article highlighted his recent accomplishments at the state and national level, which included earning his Master of Photography degree. NP Design and Photography is also a Certified Professional Photography Studio. To learn more about the importance of hiring a professional photographer to photograph your family, high school senior, commercial work or sports team, read and watch below. 

See the Difference Certified Professional Photographers Make

Consistency. CPPs know how to achieve great results—every time. You get a strong collection of images that tell your story, not a few lucky snapshots, and you will work with someone who knows how to produce a quality image under any circumstances.
 
Technical Skills. CPPs are more than picture takers. They are students of art, lighting, posing, fashion and even interior design. They combine these elements to create images that fit your unique style and become works of art you will treasure for generations.
 
Unique Artistry. CPPs have the skills to create unique, customized works of art—not cookie-cutter pictures. They follow an artistic vision. It’s your story captured as a collection of art.
 
Professionalism. When you hire a CPP, you know you're getting someone who is willing to go the extra mile to deliver the best possible images. They are business owners who thrive on customer service and satisfaction, and they continuously aim to produce products that exceed your—and their—best expectations. These images are keepsakes whose stories you'll tell time and time again and treasure forever.
 
Just about anyone can take a good picture every now and then. But when life's biggest moments are unfolding and there's just one chance to capture that perfect memory, don't risk it. Entrust your photography needs to a Certified Professional Photographer and see the difference for yourself.

Source: http://www.newrichmond-news.com/news/busin...

NPDP Takes Over Atlanta | Imaging 2016 | Master of Photography

For those of you that follow Nate, Teresa, Kelly or NP Design & Photography on any social media outlet, you probably noticed us out and about last month. We traveled to Atlanta for the Professional Photographers of America's Imaging Convention and Expo 2016.

Not only did we attend classes taught by industry leaders and network with other professional photographers, Nate earned his Master of Photography degree at the Degree and Awards ceremony. The Master of Photography is "awarded for superior photographic skills—demonstrated through the PPA International Photographic Competition, advanced education and service to the industry."

The images above illustrate just a few of the incredible classes we attended, people we mingled with and accomplishments we achieved. We are super excited for 2016. It's going to be a great year!

Nate & Teresa with 2016 PPA President, Michael Timmons

St. Croix Art & Culinary Show | Event Graphic Design & Marketing

Legal Poster for St. Croix Art & Culinary Show 2015

5x7 Postcard & Check-Stuff for St. Croix Art & Culinary Show 2015

4x5.5 Mailer Invitation for St. Croix Art & Culinary Show 2015

The Goldsmith | Graphic Design & Commercial Photography

Dave, jeweler and owner of The Goldsmith, a custom jeweler and watch repair specialist located in River Falls and New Richmond.

Custom Design Pieces: an accordion fold, four panel brochure and insert.

High Point Framing & Art Gallery | Graphic Design Twin Cities

5x5 Trifold High Point Framing Brochure 2015 | Front, Back and Inside Flap

5x5 Trifold High Point Framing Brochure 2015 | Inside Three Spreads

www.highpointframing.com

Ty's Senior Experience - Two Amazing Sessions!

Ty and his family joined us towards the end of the summer for his session, which turned into two (!) after the weather put a bit of a damper on things. Nevertheless, both sessions were an absolute blast and we couldn't have asked for a more understand, amazing family to work with! You guys are spectacular! Here is a few words about Ty's Senior Experience from his family! 

From Ty: "I really don't like getting my picture taken or being the center of attention. Nate made it fun, lighthearted and relaxing."

From Ty: "Glad he took the time to get to know me and my interests. Favorite memory, Nate attempting to do a pullup at the gym." :)

From Ty's parents: "We received a wall portrait, wall collage and photo album/book. Each piece is unique. Favorite is the wall portrait {below}! There is nothing we don't love about it!"

"Also LOVE the Senior album. Would recommend this to all parents!"

From Ty's parents" "AMAZING! Very thankful we participated in the entire experience with Ty. Memories we can't ever replace! We couldn't ask for a better experience. Would do it again in a heartbeat!"

Dog Days of Summer 2014 = Success

HOT OFF THE PRESS!!

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 nate@npdesignphotography.com.

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

Summer Trends for Senior Pictures - Class of 2015, Part II!

I'm back! Find Part One {Girls' Senior Picture Fashion Tips} HERE!

Men; you guys are a bit more simple. I’ll admit that I don’t know quite as much about guys fashion as I do about girls, however, I do know the basics. To the knee denim or cargo shorts are huge this time of year, and look good on anyone!  These shorts come in all different colors, so the trick is pairing them with the right top. The top can be anything from a basic T to a button down shirt, as long as the colors match!

Jeans are timeless, and are ALWAYS in style (same goes for the ladies). A good pair of jeans can make any outfit look nice, whether you are going for a more casual look (pairing them with a simple T shirt), or a dressier look (pairing them a buttoned down collared shirt).

When looking for the right top, try to stay away from anything with words.  For getting pictures done, words can often distract from YOU, which should be the focus.  This also goes for shirts that are too busy in their pattern.  Sometimes less is more, so try to stick with shirts that are more subtle and that complement you, rather than distract.

A few rules of thumb:

1. Just like the ladies, stay away from pairing patterns with patterns, or prints with prints.  If you have plaid shorts for example, pair them with a solid shirt.

 2. Brightly colored or patterned shorts can be very difficult to match, so try to stick with neutral colored shorts.  That way you can focus more on finding a shirt that you love without worrying about whether or not it matches the shorts (you still have to consider the shorts color, however if the shorts are neutral there’s a much greater chance they will match the shirt).

3. Try to buy clothes that are a bit more fitted (especially shirts).  Most guys I know are all about comfort, so they tend to go for the larger sizes.  Do your best to judge what fits your body, but ultimately what matters is what makes YOU feel confident!

Again, where can you find these trends?!  You can basically find them at any clothing store, but here are some of the stores that are popular right now for teens/young adults.  For both the men and the ladies; American Eagle, Pac Sun, Hollister, Abercrombie and Fitch, Express (for a dressier look), Urban Outfitters, and various department stores (my favorite is Macy's).  For the ladies; Forever 21, Charlotte Rouse, Charming Charlie (a jack pot for jewelry as well), and Delia’s.  Lucky for us, the Mall of America is right next door, so if you can’t find one of these stores near you, chances are you’ll find it there!

 

-Kayla, Guest Fashion Contributor
Class of 2015 Senior Model

 

Summer Trends for Senior Pictures - Class of 2015

{PART ONE OF TWO} 

Hello everyone! My name is Kayla Parker, and I am a Senior Model at NPDP this year for the Class of 2015!

When I was asked if I would want to write for this blog, my immediate response was YES YES and YES.  Fashion is for SURE my biggest weakness, I could spend HOURS in one store mixing and matching different outfits! In college, I plan on studying to be a writer and editor for (hopefully) a fashion magazine, so what better opportunity to get a taste of the business than to write for this blog?!  I am ecstatic that I get the chance to try out my talent, and share some of my knowledge of fashion with YOU!

{That's Me Below!}

For any of you teens/young adults out there who are unsure of what’s “in” or where to get the latest looks, this is for you!  I am going to go over some of the latest fashion trends of this season, and where you can find them!

Ladies; summer is HERE, which means skirts and dresses are at the top of the shopping list! Both skirts and dresses are huge this year! Maxi skirts and dresses, in particular, are some of the latest trends! Maxi skirts and dresses are awesome for a couple different reasons; first off, in a season of showing skin, they can give you a more modest look while continuing to be in style. Secondly, they are SUPER comfortable (on a comfort scale from 1-10, I’d definitely give them a 10)!

Short skirts and dresses are in style this season as well! There are so many different varieties of short skirts and dresses, so you can have a LOT of fun with them.  Stores this time of the year are full of these types of skirts and dresses, so try on some different styles to figure out what suits your body and makes you feel the most confident! My favorite short skirts are the ones that are tight around your waist and flowy everywhere else. I LOVE them because they accentuate the waistline and give you an hourglass shape! They also go great with all the adorable crop tops that are out, which is just another reason to love them! 

If you are NOT a skirt/dress kind of person, have no fear!  Shorts are just as in style! High wasted denim shorts are back, and are EXTREMELY popular right now. They don’t only come in the typical light blue and dark blue denim colors; I have seen them in white, navy, black, maroon, pink, red, etc!  I have a maroon pair and I think they are wonderful because they add a little color to an outfit that would otherwise be lacking. High rise flowy fabric shorts are also a new popular trend. These shorts from a distance can almost look like a skirt, and can dress up any outfit!

With the hype for high rise, crop tops are a staple in this season’s fashion. Crop tops add an element of fun to any outfit, and are perfect for summer! They are very versatile; they can be worn with both shorts and skirts, and they can be dressy or casual depending on what you pair them with. Aside from crop tops, I could write pages upon pages about tops alone. However, I’m guessing you don’t want to read a novel about shirts, so I will keep it short. Like skirts and dresses, tops come in a large variety of styles, and the best way to find what suits your body is to try on as many different styles as you can. It’s trial and error with this one… but have FUN with it, and choose whatever makes YOU feel beautiful!

Just some rules of thumb:

1. Try not to pair prints with prints.  Most of the time it doesn’t work, so to avoid clashing, try pairing a patterned top with solid bottoms (or vice versa).

2. This doesn’t always apply, but I have found that balancing tight and flowy often works well in putting together an outfit.  If I have a flowy skirt, I’ll pair it with a tight top.  If I have a flowy top, I’ll pair it with tight bottoms.  This little rule has saved me a couple times from looking like I was either wearing a jumbo garbage bag, or about to hit the club.

3. Neutrals (such as black, white, brown, dark green, beige, navy, etc.) go with almost everything.  If you are looking for something that will be versatile, go with a neutral!

Now for the really important part; where can you find these trends?!  You can basically find them at any clothing store, but here are some of the stores that are popular right now for teens/young adults.  For both the men and the ladies; American Eagle, Pac Sun, Hollister, Abercrombie and Fitch, Express (for a dressier look), Urban Outfitters, and various department stores (my favorite is Macys).  For the ladies; Forever 21, Charlotte Rouse, Charming Charlie (a jack pot for jewelry as well), and Delia’s.  Lucky for us, the Mall of America is right next door, so if you can’t find one of these stores near you, chances are you’ll find it there!

Guys are up next! Tune in tomorrow for everything the boys need to know about styling their Senior Portraits!

-Kayla, Guest Fashion Contributor
Class of 2015 Senior Model NPDP