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Our Creative and Fashion Blog is a great source for Senior Picture Ideas, Family Photo Ideas, Headshots, Modeling, Pet Photography and Fashion Photography. 3x Twin Cities Photographer of the Year.

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!"

St. Croix Art & Culinary Show | Event Graphic Design & Marketing

Legal Poster for St. Croix Art & Culinary Show 2015

5x7 Postcard & Check-Stuff for St. Croix Art & Culinary Show 2015

4x5.5 Mailer Invitation for St. Croix Art & Culinary Show 2015

Agave Kitchen | Creative Commercial Photography

Totino-Grace High School | Creative Commercial Photography and Design

Totino-Grace 2014-2015 Performing and Fine Arts Poster

Totino-Grace 2014-2015 Lasallian Youth Ministry Poster

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.