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

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Styling Your Clothing to Your Home Decor for Family Portraits

You found the perfect photographer to capture your family, now deciding what to wear can be challenging.  These photos are going to be displayed on your walls and cherished for years to come!  Deciding what to wear can seem overwhelming but when you work with professionals, they will guide you through every step of the way!

Coordinate Colors - Gone are the days of everyone wearing a white shirt and matching.  Instead, pick a couple of colors and chose solids and small prints that fit the color scheme.

Look at Your Home Decor - Is your living room decorated with bright colors?  Maybe the family room has a more neutral feel.  Make sure your photo day wardrobe has those colors so that your wall portraits will be a custom fit!

Accessorize - Small accessories are perfect to make outfits pop!  Especially if a piece has sentimental meaning, like Grandma's locket or Granddad's pocket watch!  Necklaces and hats are also great for kids to play with and let's the photographer capture their personalities!

Textures are your Friend - Just like accessories, textures add depth and dimension to photographs.  Leather boots, silk scarf and knitted sweater not only look great as layers, they also have different textures that play well together.

Classic - These portraits will be on your walls so be sure to not get too trendy.  Cartoon characters are fun but can be distracting and date your images.  Keep clothing logos small as you want to show your family off, not advertise for the clothing company.

Hair & Make Up - This can be overlooked with mom getting everything ready for her family!  Take an hour before the session and let someone spoil you! Let a professional do your hair and make up.  You will be amazed and how great you will feel and it will show in your photos!

Pinterest is Your Friend - Pinterest makes it so easy for you to plan your family's wardrobe!  Pre-existing boards often link to stores where you can even purchase your items!  NP Design & Photography not only has a Pinterest board for families but also has a color palettes guide to make it easy!  

The McNamee Family | Family Portrait Photographer Twin Cities

Loved working with the McNamee family this past holiday season! Such a fun bunch and we absolutely LOVE the image they chose for their family wall portrait. BEAUTIFUL!

The McNamee Family's Classic Wall Canvas Image

From the McNamee Family! "Fabulous Experience. Nate made it fun and we will be back for business photos soon!"

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!

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. 



Summer Family Portraits by NP Design and Photography

Winter Family Pictures | The Brown Family!

The Brown Family Portrait Presentation by NP Design & Photography

Knox Turns 3 Years Old!

Knox - Three Years Portrait Presentation by NP Design & Photography

The Olson Twins!

The Olson Twins - Ryker & Elijah Newborn portrait presentation by NP Design & Photography.

Baby Molly Kate!

Legacy Portraits: Irv & Mary

This past spring, we hosted a month-long event here at the studio titled Legacy Portraits. Basically, we asked leaders in the community to join us for a commemorative portrait that they and their family would treasure forever. We were absolutely honored when Irv and Mary Sather walked into our studio to participate and share their stories with us. This couple is the very essence and spirit of New Richmond and we can't wait to share their session with all of our clients and the town of New Richmond. For more from Irv and Mary, find their personal comments below. Thank you Sather family!


"We have received many compliments on our sofa photo! "You look so good," "Such a natural picture," etc. We think it was Nate's great photography that did the job of creating compliments for us!"


"Over past years, I probably was walking in the news office building on West Second Street {in downtown New Richmond} a thousand times. When we came for our appointment, I about fell over in surprise - Nate has redecorated beautifully with comfortable settings that make portrait taking relaxing and comfortable."