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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."

Joe's Senior Model Experience | Twin Cities Photographer of the Year

A couple of years ago, one of our favorite clients/assistants/BFFs, Keagan, went to prom with a guy named Joe. The next year, Joe applied to be a Senior Model at NPDP. He made it past the rigorous application process and we welcomed him into the fold. Little did we know, what a great young man we were welcoming into our NPDP family.

Joe and Nate clicked from the beginning and if you can't tell from the images below, Joe is one of the most well-rounded, genuinely kind individuals we have ever photographed. Always courteous, well-spoken and fun to be around, Joe and his mom, Therese, are the reason we love what we do so much. Joe and Therese's comments about their NPDP experience are below. Enjoy!

Joe: "Our personalities clicked. I enjoyed that. Nate is open-minded to ideas."

One of Joe's album spreads from his 10x10 Senior Album

Therese: "Quality from start to finish. What a beautiful way to take all your favorite photos and compile them into a wonderful book."

Therese: At the start, I thought we were going to meet with a photographer for Senior portraits. Very soon after arriving and speaking with Nate, I realized he is a mentor; Nate and the entire staff are vested in these kids and their confidence and self-esteem. They really want these kids to succeed; to build great character."


Joe's Senior Model session (above) and his Summer session (below)!

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!"

Harley and Seth's Double-Trouble Sessions | NP Design and Photography Studio

This summer we had the pleasure of working with the Leavens family not once, but twice! Harley and Seth are both so talented and a blast to photograph. They also had the opportunity to model for NPDP at a photography convention in Madison, while Nate taught a class to other photographers from around the midwest this fall. Such fun! And both of their albums turned out incredible. Surf through some of their favorite images and album spreads below, as they talk about their experience with NPDP. 

A dance spread from Harley's custom 8x8 Senior Album

"My favorite part was the dance pictures. (Obviously, they take up half of my album) :)" -Harley

Another spread from Harley's Album

"Nate did an awesome job making things FUN! The rest of the team did amazing work on my book." -Harley


One of Seth's wrestling spreads in his custom 8x8 Senior Album

"I had a blast taking all of my pictures. Also learning some new jokes along the way!!" -Seth

"It was a great experience and it all turned out amazing. I love the pictures! Thank you so much!" -Seth



"We chose the block wall art - one for each - they captured the kids perfectly! We also chose a piece that was of both of them together on the dock, hanging out and chitchatting, brother and sister. Absolute treasures!" - Harley and Seth's mom, Tiffany

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

Madeline's Marvel-tastic Session | NP Design and Photography Studio

"I'm a huge nerd, so when I brought out all of my nerd stuff (and there was a lot), it was super fun and Nate (fellow nerd) got excited with my superhero/Marvel stuff, which was fun to see."

Madeline's Album Spreads

"I absolutely love my pictures and I have gotten so many compliments on them. I like how people can see who I am just by looking at my pictures."

"I really enjoyed working with NPDP and I am so impressed with Nate's work. I would definitely come back again! Plus, everyone at NPDP is super nice and fun." :)

Tyler's Extreme Sports Senior Photo Shoot :: Twin Cities Photographer of the Year

Eagan Senior, Tyler, joined us last summer for a session filled with snowboarding, skateboarding, some urban downtown shoots and plenty of fun! To hear all about Tyler's session, read his comments below!

"Something I feel Nate captured was the joy of my life and what I love to do during my session. My favorite part of the session was the skateboarding park FOR SURE."

"We received these metal plate pictures and I think they are sick. Really like the look and feel."

"It was one of the best experiences I've ever had being photographed. Unless Nate takes your Senior pics, you're not getting the full value." 

Kate's Downtown Stillwater, MN Senior Photo Shoot!

Kate, a 2015 Senior from Stillwater, joined us this summer for her Senior Photo Shoot that took place here at the studio and on location in and around Stillwater, Minnesota! It was an absolutely beautiful day and Kate was a natural in front of the camera. We had a blast! Can't wait for warm weather and more fun times in Stillwater! 

Below are a few words from Kate about her session and experience at NP Design & Photography. Thanks Kate!

"Nate made sure that the locations we went to were special to me and told my story."

"My favorite item is the album because it truly tells a story. I also love the wall art!"

A few of Kate's album spreads

A few of Kate's album spreads

"It was a great experience. Nate is very talented and wants to make sure your story is told."

#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!