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November/December Pickups! | NP Design and Photography | Twin Cities Senior Photographer

Our haul from the Fedex guys one particularly productive day.

Well, it's been a busy few months here at NP Design & Photography. Not only do we have the holiday rush in full effect, but we are under construction! Amidst all the craziness, we managed to capture a few of our Seniors and families stopping in for pickups. Apologies to all that we missed!   

Hudson Senior, Caroline, with her favorite album spread and two pieces of wall art

Caroline's Wall Collage

Caroline's Favorite Album Spread

The Werner Family with their son, Ben's wall art collection and Senior album.

Ben's Wall Portrait

Ben's Senior Model "Lobby" Canvas

More from Fedex, taking over Kelly's office.

So many Christmas cards after our Holiday Families day. Tons of fun!

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

Fall/Winter Pickups!

Senior Model Katelyn with her album and wall art!

Kacie's mom Mary Jo grabbed everything! Can't wait to see both pieces hung on their wall at home!

Rachel brought her Mom and Grandma!

We snapped a pick before Josh grabbed everything.. :)

We snapped a pick before Josh grabbed everything.. :)

Kody's Ultimate Senior Sessions: Winter & Spring

For most of the year, we have all of our Senior Models featured in the lobby/gallery right when you walk into the studio. Almost everyone who is here for a meeting, session or whatever, takes a minute to look around and view all the art on the walls. Some admire the creativity and passion in each wall art canvas. Others look for someone they recognize on the wall. Some get inspired and dream about their future session.

In the two and half years that I have been here, never has one individual been remarked upon more than Kody, a Senior Model for the Class of 2015 from New Richmond. For anyone that knew Kody, their first words were often, "Oh, there's Kody!" in delight and admiration. One client even told us, "He is the nicest kid I have ever met."  I think that says a lot about a person; what people say about you when they think no one is listening or paying attention. And not that all of our Senior Models aren't stellar individuals (we love you all!!). Below are a few comments from Kody and his family about their experience at NP Design & Photography, his session and all the fun products he received. Thanks Hermansen Family!!

-Kelly (graphic designer)

"Nate took several experiences and passions and spit-shined them into beautiful pieces of art. Nate was very relaxed and made picture-taking a lot of fun. He wasn't afraid to get dirty or wet to take it to the next level!"

Kody's Wall Art Canvas that hung in the NPDP Gallery

"I love the wall canvas. It is Awesome! For me, it shows Kody's wisdom, strength, passion and maturity. It sums up Kody's high school football story so well."

"Nate does an amazing job! He took Kody's passions and experiences from the last 17 years, put it in a storybook album and wrapped it with a bow! It is a special keepsake that we will treasure forever! Thank you!"

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


Kaylee's Dance Explosion Photo Shoot!

Early this spring, Miss Kaylee arrived in style for her dance photo shoot along with her mom, Michelle. During her three hour session, we all had more fun goofing around with her than most days here at the studio. Equipped with all her recital outfits, hair and makeup from our amazing stylist Shawna, and plenty of attitude, Kaylee brought everyone to life as she danced to her recital songs and taught Nate a thing or two about dance posing. What a blast!

Below are a few comments from Kaylee and Michelle, along with a ton of her favorites images and snapshots of Kaylee seeing her printed Canvas Wall Art Collage for the first time. Enjoy!

From Michelle: "I just looked over at the collage that Nate gave me and the word that came to me was effortless… Sorry if that is cheesy, Kaylee just enjoyed everything about the session and so did I."

Favorite part of the session: "Just how much fun the two of them had. Laughing and being serious when they needed to be."

"NP DESIGN & PHOTOGRAPHY ROCKS. If you want great photos and a great experience then NPDP is the place you need to go. Nate and his staff spend time with you before the photoshoot, during the shoot and after. After the photoshoot you sit and get the great experience of a photo slideshow, and after you wipe away your tears, then you get to go over each picture and Nate is great at being patient and helpful during this time. We've been through this twice and counting.."

"I love love love the art piece that was done. It was my fault I could not pick which photos I wanted - there were NO bad pictures so Nate helped create something for us to show off all the great pictures."

Kaylee's 15x30 Wall Art Collage with all her favorite images.

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

March & April Portrait Pickup Fun!

So many fun clients and portrait order pickups, so little time.. Enjoy everyone! Send us images of your wall art hung up in your home!

2014 Twin Cities Photographer of the Year & 2014 Twin Cities Senior Photographer of the Year


Local Photographer Awarded 2014 Twin Cities Senior Photographer of the Year and 2014 Twin Cities Photographer of the Year

New Richmond Photographer Nate Peterson, owner of NP Design & Photography Studio, has recently added to his collection of awards this year. Nate was awarded top honors in the Twin Cities area, taking home the award for ‘2014 Twin Cities Senior Photographer of the Year’ at the Twin Cities Professional Photographers Association in Eden Prairie, MN on February 10th.  Nate’s artwork featured a collection of images from local high school seniors Keagan VanEperen and Ethan LaMirande.

Nate was also awarded 2014 Twin Cities Photographer of the year.  This collection shows high school seniors, high fashion and commercial work.  His portfolio included images of Nicole Hedlund, Jade Ha, Kendra Steinlicht, Brett Freier and Bosch Technology.

Nate was also named 2013 WI Senior Photographer of the Year back in October.