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Alli's Senior Model Experience | Twin Cities Senior Photographer

2016 Senior Model, Alli's session was jam-packed with laughs, goofy moments, and some pretty spectacular dance skills. Alli's quirky personality shines in her images. You can't help but smile when you look through her album. Below are a few album spreads, some of Alli's favorite images and a few words from Alli and her mom, Leann!

"The Photo Booth part was very entertaining for everyone in the room."

A couple of Alli's album spreads

"We love our album. It is on the end table in the living room so anyone can look at it by then we can also bring with with us to show out of town relatives."

"It was really nice how Nate was able to incorporate Alli's quirky side, but also create art with some of the serious photos."

James's St. Paul & Studio Session | Twin Cities Senior Photographer

If you haven't met New Richmond Senior Model, James, then you are missing out. He is one of the most well-spoken, well-liked and all-round inspiring Seniors we have photographed. As you can probably tell from his Senior images below, he's got big plans for his future and we are excited to see him achieve every last one of them. Below are a few words from James about his Senior Model experience. 

"My favorite part of my session was definitely going downtown St. Paul to the capitol building!"

"I enjoy the way I'm portrayed in my photos. They cover everything from my serious/political personality to my fun loving/smiling side of me."

"All in all my experience was most certainly an 11 out of 10! There is NOBODY else out there who is as talented and creative as Nate is, and it was truly an experience to remember!"

Senior Model Application Goes Live January 4th!

Do you know someone who'd be a great fit for NP Design & Photography's Senior Model Program?

Each year NPDP looks for a few outstanding High School Seniors (Minnesota and Wisconsin) to be a part of our exclusive Senior Model Program. If you are selected, you will be a part of a dynamic group of local Seniors that receives unique photo shoots, special products and the chance to earn an iPad or a MacBook Pro and more. As a Senior Model, you will be famous as the face of NP Design & Photography for 2017. Senior Models have exclusive access and opportunities that other Seniors do not receive.

Applications Due January 15th by 11:59PM!


YOU'LL BE FAMOUS.  Your images will be featured in our Class of 2017 Senior Magazine for literally hundreds of Seniors in the surrounding school districts to see and admire. Also, you get your Senior pictures taken before anyone else so you get to set the trends and have the most creative, fresh images.

RED CARPET TREATMENT.  You and your guests get to attend our exclusive VIP partyjust for Senior Models and walk the red carpet in style. We go all out to celebrate you at this event. Get dressed up, enjoy delicious catered food and be ready to be amazed when we reveal your Senior pictures! This is THE PARTY that everyone wants to be at. It is like the Oscars for Seniors.

PHOTOGRAPHED BY THE BEST.  Our photographer, Nate Peterson, M. Photog., CPP is the Wisconsin Senior Photographer of the Year and the Twin Cities Photographer of the Year. In addition, he has won numerous national awards. It doesn't get any better than that!

YOU CAN WIN.  Be the face of our brand to your friends and you can earn gift cards, a brand new iPad or the latest and greatest MacBook Pro. Along with your fellow Senior Models, we participate in events and festivals in the surrounding towns including parades and fundraisers.

You DON'T have to be the stereotypical model size or look like a fashion model to be an NPDP Senior Model. We base our decision on personality, activities and eagerness to be involved. This is not a discount program, but rather a rewards program. We are looking for male and female models that truly appreciate the quality, style and uniqueness of our work. We invest a lot in you and believe that you get out of the experience what you put into it. ONLY a limited number of Senior Models can be accepted from each school. Please fill out the following application to the best of your ability!

A few of our favorite images from the Class of 2016 Senior Models.

Class of 2016 NPDP Senior Models Earn Prizes | Twin Cities Senior Photographer of the Year

Senior Model Tamarah, from New Richmond

A couple of our Senior Models stopped in last week to collect their hard earned prizes. Tamarah and Luke each walked away with $200! Not only are our Senior Models spokespeople for the NPDP Experience and the face of our brand, they earn some sweet rewards for telling their friends about their Senior Portrait Experience and volunteering with NPDP around the community. Way to go!!

Luke, a Senior Model from St. Croix Central

More Senior Model Pickups! | Certified Professional Photography Studio

Any day our Senior Models show up at the studio, it's a good day. We especially love when they arrive to pickup their entire portrait order and we ask them for a quick snapshot with all their swag. This usually occurs as they are heading home from the gym/practice/swimming/work. Many protest, but we are ruthless. :) Below are Emily (Hudson Senior Model) and Emily (Hill-Murray Senior Model) with all their products, including the Senior Album, custom wall art, collages, gifts prints, wallets and SO MUCH MORE. Fun times!

Hill-Murray Senior Model, Kenzie

Hill-Murray Senior Model, Kenzie

Kenzie's Wall Art Collage (which was custom-framed by HPF)

Kenzie's Metal Print

Her Senior Model Canvas

Kenzie's Formal Canvas

A few of Kenzie's Album Spreads


Hudson High School Senior Model, Emily (with Nate photobombing in the background)

Hudson High School Senior Model, Emily (with Nate photobombing in the background)

Emily's Senior Model Canvas!

Emily Album Cover Image

A few of Emily's Senior Album Spreads!

Senior Model Hayley's Dance-tastic Session | 2014 Twin Cities Photographer of the Year

After photographing the dance studio she attends for the past couple of years, we've grown to know our awesome Somerset Senior Model, Hayley, through dance picture day, crazy dress rehearsal and the whole Senior Model experience. This year, she even helped us on dance studio picture day with posing, organizing the big groups and giving all the littlest dancers someone to follow that actually knew what they are doing (has anyone ever seen Nate do a plié??!!).

Hayley is quiet at first, but one you get to know her, she shines on stage and off. Below are a few comments from Hayley's mom, Erica and Hayley about her Senior Experience at NPDP, some of the custom-designed products she received and her favorite part of being an #NPDPSENIOR.

Hayley's Senior Model canvas that hangs in our lobby.

From Hayley's mom, Erica: "Nate was able to get Hayley's real smile out which is usually never captured in photos. Hayley loved how Nate let her practice with the camera and how she was able to help create her poses for the dance pictures."

"Our wall art is perfect. We were able to have multiple pictures in one frame which I love. Too hard to pick just one!"

Hayley's Custom Wall Collage

"Hayley's album is unique to Hayley. We love how all the design elements match the pictures."

"Wonderful Experience! At NP Design & Photography you're not just another Senior taking pictures. Everyone at NPDP goes out of their way to get to know everyone who walks through their doors."

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Hayley's Image Slideshow - Class of 2016

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!


Rockstar Rebels Creative Shoot | Commercial Photographer Twin Cities

A few of our favorite images from this month's creative shoot. Thanks to Aveda Institute Minneapolis for the amazing HMU, our Class of 2016 Senior Models and last, but not least, Rockstar Rebels!

#NPDPSENIOR Model Applications Due January 23rd.

The Class of 2016 SENIOR MODEL APPLICATION is LIVE!

Class of 2016 (current Juniors): make sure to apply by 11:59PM on Friday, January 23rd. No applications will be accepted after this deadline. If you have any questions, feel free to call the studio {715.246.7510} or email us at info@npdesignphotography.com. Be sure to fill out the application as thoroughly and as thoughtfully as possible. Best of luck everyone!