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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!  

White Ash Lake Family Session | Wisconsin Photographer of the Year

Photographing our amazing client and friend, Kristina's family last summer at White Ash Lake was a great way to kick off the summer. Perfect weather, beautiful setting, great company and the images turned out incredible. Below are a few words from Kristina about her NPDP experience. Enjoy!

Kristina's family at their cabin on White Ash Lake in Northern Wisconsin.

"Every photo of our family turned out awesome. Nate captured the best smile of each of my kids, as well as each parent."

"We are so grateful to have these treasures in a wall art collage. Every time I walk into my living room, I get to enjoy all the smiles on all of my family's faces!"


Breck Turns THREE! | 2013 Wisconsin Photographer of the Year

Breck and his mom Lindsey have been incredible friends and clients for years. Every time we get to hang out with the little man, it is sure to be a great time. From his newborn session (images at the very bottom of this post) to his latest session, Breck is awesome!

So when Mr. Breck showed up for his three-year session (which was a surprise for his mom organized by his grandmother and Breck), we were ready for fun, smiles and plenty of high-fives. Breck had such a fantastic time on his photo shoot, he wrote into us with a few comments and thoughts about his experience. :)

Breck's 3-Year Canvas

From Breck's mom, Lindsey: "Nate captured all of Breck's expressions and personality."

From Breck: "Love my canvas! Also the Mini-Accordion is awesome!"

"We enjoy your work so much and love our friendship! Thank you!"


Breck's Newborn Session. So Cute!

Breck's Newborn Canvas

The Hexum Family | NP Design Photography Studio Sessions

This past December, we had the HONOR of photographing the extended Hexum family. What a joyful, kind and engaging group of individuals! We had a blast with the session which took place right here at the studio in early December. Below are a few of their favorite images and a few words from Kirk and his family. Thanks Hexums!!

From Kirk, when asked what his favorite part of the experience was: "Seeing Mom and Dad glow! Nate brought out the best in everyone!"

{Referring to the wall art and family heirloom album the family received} "They are very nice quality and will last a lifetime and more!"

"It was truly a FUN experience. Thank you!"

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!"

Summer Family Portraits by NP Design and Photography

Winter Family Pictures | The Brown Family!

The Brown Family Portrait Presentation by NP Design & Photography www.npdesignphotography.com

Knox Turns 3 Years Old!

Knox - Three Years Portrait Presentation by NP Design & Photography www.npdesignphotography.com

The Olson Twins!

The Olson Twins - Ryker & Elijah Newborn portrait presentation by NP Design & Photography. http://www.npdesignphotography.com

Baby Molly Kate!