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How to Plan Your Perfect Graduation Party

Nowadays, you practically need to hire an event planner for a Graduation party!  They certainlyhave become ‘events’ rather than a social get-together in the garage!  As a high school senior, this big bash is all about you and your accomplishments so let’s celebrate

Location!  Location!  Location!

You have two choices on where to have your party- home or at a restaurant.  There are reasons and advantages to both.  If you are looking for a cozy gathering for family & friends, then having your party at home is your best bet!  This is the perfect chance for you to serve your mom’s favorite mac and cheese or your aunt’s favorite carrot cake!  If you are looking for something a little different, then a restaurant might be the perfect change!  With a list of possible food choices, several local restaurants that can accommodate large gatherings!  And mom and dad don’t have to stress out with all the ‘home projects!’


Choose a theme or color scheme.  This doesn’t necessarily have to be your school colors.  I love this ‘Kate Spade’ inspired combo.  Your graduation party would not be complete without all those embarrassing photos of you!  But there are creative ways of showing your photos that also make great centerpieces!  Ikea lanterns are a bargain at $7.99 and easily fit a 4x6 photo.  Insert a flameless candle and watch your images glow and dusk!  Don’t forget to include a sign in board or sign.  It’s always great for guests to give you ‘life lessons!’  You never know when you are going to need it!  Be sure to show your graduation images!  Your album, wall art and gift prints are a great way to show everyone your ‘senior look!’

Invite Etiquette

Finally, but probably most important…your invitations!  Your invitations say a lot about who you are so make sure they reflect your personality and show off lots of images!  Also, be sure to mail your invites six weeks prior to your event.  (eight weeks are recommended if your event falls on a holiday such as Memorial Day or 4th of July)  This will give family and friends plenty of time to plan ahead!  And remember, for every invitation you mail out, people will send you a check so don’t be stingy on the invites!  After all, collage is expensive!  Happy Celebrating!


Senior Model Application Goes Live January 4th!

Do you know someone who'd be a great fit for NP Design & Photography's Senior Model Program?

Each year NPDP looks for a few outstanding High School Seniors (Minnesota and Wisconsin) to be a part of our exclusive Senior Model Program. If you are selected, you will be a part of a dynamic group of local Seniors that receives unique photo shoots, special products and the chance to earn an iPad or a MacBook Pro and more. As a Senior Model, you will be famous as the face of NP Design & Photography for 2017. Senior Models have exclusive access and opportunities that other Seniors do not receive.

Applications Due January 15th by 11:59PM!

YOU'LL BE FAMOUS.  Your images will be featured in our Class of 2017 Senior Magazine for literally hundreds of Seniors in the surrounding school districts to see and admire. Also, you get your Senior pictures taken before anyone else so you get to set the trends and have the most creative, fresh images.

RED CARPET TREATMENT.  You and your guests get to attend our exclusive VIP partyjust for Senior Models and walk the red carpet in style. We go all out to celebrate you at this event. Get dressed up, enjoy delicious catered food and be ready to be amazed when we reveal your Senior pictures! This is THE PARTY that everyone wants to be at. It is like the Oscars for Seniors.

PHOTOGRAPHED BY THE BEST.  Our photographer, Nate Peterson, M. Photog., CPP is the Wisconsin Senior Photographer of the Year and the Twin Cities Photographer of the Year. In addition, he has won numerous national awards. It doesn't get any better than that!

YOU CAN WIN.  Be the face of our brand to your friends and you can earn gift cards, a brand new iPad or the latest and greatest MacBook Pro. Along with your fellow Senior Models, we participate in events and festivals in the surrounding towns including parades and fundraisers.

You DON'T have to be the stereotypical model size or look like a fashion model to be an NPDP Senior Model. We base our decision on personality, activities and eagerness to be involved. This is not a discount program, but rather a rewards program. We are looking for male and female models that truly appreciate the quality, style and uniqueness of our work. We invest a lot in you and believe that you get out of the experience what you put into it. ONLY a limited number of Senior Models can be accepted from each school. Please fill out the following application to the best of your ability!

A few of our favorite images from the Class of 2016 Senior Models.

#NPDPSENIOR Model Applications Due January 23rd.


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 Be sure to fill out the application as thoroughly and as thoughtfully as possible. Best of luck everyone!

Senior Model Unveiling Gala = Success

What a great night! Thanks to everyone that made this amazing event such a success - models, parents, stylists, Lindsay(!!) - we couldn't have done it without you. Here's to an amazing summer filled with Senior Photo Shoots and good times. Enjoy! #NPDPSENIORS #ClassOf2015