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Summer Pickups! | 2014 Twin Cities Senior Photographer of the Year

Here are a few of our #NPDPSENIORS pickups from the last couple weeks and some of the products our clients received. Fun times in the NPDP lobby. 

Mackenzie's mom, Tammie picking up here entire portrait order. LOVE HER CANVASES!

ABOVE: Mackenzie's canvases!


Colleen, our Senior Model from Stillwater, grabbing her bag full of goodies - her album, mini-accordion books, custom-framed and designed wall art collage, prints and so much more!

Colleen's Album Cover Image

Colleen's Album Cover Image

Colleen's awesome wall collage!


Senior Model Alli grabbing her album, prints, wallets and iPix images!

ABOVE: A few of Alli's wallet and print images!


Karen's Ultra Glam Surprise Session :: Twin Cities Glamour Photographer

Karen's Session was an absolute blast! Seriously, we had so much fun! Love, love, love how her bubbly personality and addictive smile shines in each image. BEAUTIFUL!

Read about Karen's NP Design & Photography experience in her own words below!

"The photographs were taken as a surprise for my husband. Nate really captured the flirty nature of that and we had such fun with it. The session was very much like the special attention you receive on a wedding day or the fun of playing dress-up as a child. And more was the added bonus of Nate wanting to capture it in a beautifully artistic way. It could not have been better"

"When my husband saw the photos he wanted all of them. He settled on an album which he treasures, a portrait for his office and one photo he chose to frame for a wall in our home. I love that some of the photos are so artistic that you want to look at them or display them whether you are familiar with the subject of not."

"The whole experience was a delight. Nate's talent and the talent and special touches his team provides should be shared with a market that will make him famous, but the experience is so perfect as it is now, I wouldn't want it to become inaccessible to the area he is now serving so well."

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Ty's Senior Experience - Two Amazing Sessions!

Ty and his family joined us towards the end of the summer for his session, which turned into two (!) after the weather put a bit of a damper on things. Nevertheless, both sessions were an absolute blast and we couldn't have asked for a more understand, amazing family to work with! You guys are spectacular! Here is a few words about Ty's Senior Experience from his family! 

From Ty: "I really don't like getting my picture taken or being the center of attention. Nate made it fun, lighthearted and relaxing."

From Ty: "Glad he took the time to get to know me and my interests. Favorite memory, Nate attempting to do a pullup at the gym." :)

From Ty's parents: "We received a wall portrait, wall collage and photo album/book. Each piece is unique. Favorite is the wall portrait {below}! There is nothing we don't love about it!"

"Also LOVE the Senior album. Would recommend this to all parents!"

From Ty's parents" "AMAZING! Very thankful we participated in the entire experience with Ty. Memories we can't ever replace! We couldn't ask for a better experience. Would do it again in a heartbeat!"

Kailey's Incredible Senior Photo Shoot

Kailey's Senior Session was an absolute blast! We stayed here at the studio for most of her shoot, but then ventured into the bear-infested forest :) for the very end. Such a fun time with an amazing young lady and her fantastic family. Here are a few words from Kailey and her family regarding her session and entire NPDPSENIORS experience!

"I felt like Nate captured the true essence of me. Not only did my pictures display snippets of my personality, but also of what I love to do, ie. dancing and shooting."

"We chose NP Design & Photography specifically because we loved how artsy Nate's shots are. I didn't want a bunch of pictures, but a few artsy shots. The music shot {below} he took of Kailey turned out fabulous!"

"What we enjoyed most is how original the pics are and how they reflect Kailey."

"I had a wonderful time working with Nate! He was fun and easygoing, making the procedd of taking photos a lot more exciting."

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!"

Accessories for All Seasons!

Our amazing Guest-Blogger, Kayla is back with more advise as we head into the very end of Senior Portrait Season and the beginning of Family Portraits! Tons of great advise below - don't miss it!

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Hello ladies!  Time to talk about ACCESSORIES (if you’re at all like me, they’re one of your biggest weaknesses).  Accessories include shoes, scarves, hats, belts, jewelry, and basically anything else that adds a little pizzazz to an outfit. 

Let’s start with the feet and work our way up! 

Shoes: 

Wedges are one of my favorite shoes to wear in the summer and fall (they are basically high heeled sandals).  Wedges go great with any outfit, and I personally love them because of the fact that they are high heeled.  High heels are AWESOME because they elongate your legs, and tend to help you stand straighter!  While high heels can be worn during all the seasons, wedges give a more summery feel (side note: don’t worry about being too tall for high heels, embrace your height!  I’m 5’8’’ and I still wear them.). Also, boots are a must have fall and winter!  Not only are they warm and comfortable, but they are also very stylish (win, win!).  Boots are also great because they usually come in neutral colors, which mean they go with almost anything!  I have found that a nice pair of boots can polish up any fall/winter outfit!

 

Belts: 

You’ve got to love belts, they are both functional and stylish (another win, win!).   Besides their obvious job of keeping the pants up, they can also add a little extra to an outfit!  I love wearing belts when I have a shirt that needs to be tucked in, or a shirt that isn’t long enough to go past the belt loops.  Belts can really tie an outfit together, so if you feel like your outfit is missing something, try throwing on a belt!

 

Scarves:

Coming from a girl that has a whole section just for scarves in her closet, you can never have too many of them!  Scarves are SO fun, and are very trendy in the fall and winter (not to mention they keep your neck warm without having to wear a turtleneck).  Scarves add a lot to an outfit, which is why they’re so fun!  My favorite type is called the infinity scarf (which is basically a scarf with the two ends connected, they look like a circle or a loop).  These are my favorite because they’re easy to wear (just wrap it around your neck twice), and because you don’t have loose ends to worry about like a regular scarf.  Scarves can make an awesome fashion statement; however, keep in mind that scarves work the same way as all your other pieces of clothing do.  Try not to mix patterns with patterns!  If you have a patterned top, pair it with a solid scarf, and vise versa.

 

Jewelry:

There are many different types of jewelry, therefore many different options in wearing it!  When wearing jewelry try to have it compliment the outfit you are wearing.  Although there are always exceptions, warmer colors tend to go well with gold, and cooler colors may look best with silver.  Also, as a general rule, wear gold and silver separately.  For example, wear a silver necklace with silver earrings, rather than a silver necklace with gold earrings.  Just like clothing can show your personality, jewelry can as well, so make it your own!  I have found that ordinary things around the house can make adorable necklaces if you put a chain through them (such as an old key, a ring that no longer fits, or a charm off of a broken bracelet).  Also, mixing and matching different sized chains with different necklaces can be helpful.  If you feel that a long necklace doesn’t go well with the top you are wearing, try swapping the long chain with a shorter one, or vice versa.  Just remember, as with everything else, that jewelry can be overdone.  Especially when getting your pictures taken, you don’t want your jewelry to distract from YOU.  Try to stick with only one bold or “statement” piece!

 

-Kayla, Guest Fashion Contributor
Class of 2015 Senior Model NPDP

 

 

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