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Joe's Senior Model Experience | Twin Cities Photographer of the Year

A couple of years ago, one of our favorite clients/assistants/BFFs, Keagan, went to prom with a guy named Joe. The next year, Joe applied to be a Senior Model at NPDP. He made it past the rigorous application process and we welcomed him into the fold. Little did we know, what a great young man we were welcoming into our NPDP family.

Joe and Nate clicked from the beginning and if you can't tell from the images below, Joe is one of the most well-rounded, genuinely kind individuals we have ever photographed. Always courteous, well-spoken and fun to be around, Joe and his mom, Therese, are the reason we love what we do so much. Joe and Therese's comments about their NPDP experience are below. Enjoy!

Joe: "Our personalities clicked. I enjoyed that. Nate is open-minded to ideas."

One of Joe's album spreads from his 10x10 Senior Album

Therese: "Quality from start to finish. What a beautiful way to take all your favorite photos and compile them into a wonderful book."

Therese: At the start, I thought we were going to meet with a photographer for Senior portraits. Very soon after arriving and speaking with Nate, I realized he is a mentor; Nate and the entire staff are vested in these kids and their confidence and self-esteem. They really want these kids to succeed; to build great character."


Joe's Senior Model session (above) and his Summer session (below)!

James's St. Paul & Studio Session | Twin Cities Senior Photographer

If you haven't met New Richmond Senior Model, James, then you are missing out. He is one of the most well-spoken, well-liked and all-round inspiring Seniors we have photographed. As you can probably tell from his Senior images below, he's got big plans for his future and we are excited to see him achieve every last one of them. Below are a few words from James about his Senior Model experience. 

"My favorite part of my session was definitely going downtown St. Paul to the capitol building!"

"I enjoy the way I'm portrayed in my photos. They cover everything from my serious/political personality to my fun loving/smiling side of me."

"All in all my experience was most certainly an 11 out of 10! There is NOBODY else out there who is as talented and creative as Nate is, and it was truly an experience to remember!"

Harley and Seth's Double-Trouble Sessions | NP Design and Photography Studio

This summer we had the pleasure of working with the Leavens family not once, but twice! Harley and Seth are both so talented and a blast to photograph. They also had the opportunity to model for NPDP at a photography convention in Madison, while Nate taught a class to other photographers from around the midwest this fall. Such fun! And both of their albums turned out incredible. Surf through some of their favorite images and album spreads below, as they talk about their experience with NPDP. 

A dance spread from Harley's custom 8x8 Senior Album

"My favorite part was the dance pictures. (Obviously, they take up half of my album) :)" -Harley

Another spread from Harley's Album

"Nate did an awesome job making things FUN! The rest of the team did amazing work on my book." -Harley


One of Seth's wrestling spreads in his custom 8x8 Senior Album

"I had a blast taking all of my pictures. Also learning some new jokes along the way!!" -Seth

"It was a great experience and it all turned out amazing. I love the pictures! Thank you so much!" -Seth



"We chose the block wall art - one for each - they captured the kids perfectly! We also chose a piece that was of both of them together on the dock, hanging out and chitchatting, brother and sister. Absolute treasures!" - Harley and Seth's mom, Tiffany

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!

Madeline's Marvel-tastic Session | NP Design and Photography Studio

"I'm a huge nerd, so when I brought out all of my nerd stuff (and there was a lot), it was super fun and Nate (fellow nerd) got excited with my superhero/Marvel stuff, which was fun to see."

Madeline's Album Spreads

"I absolutely love my pictures and I have gotten so many compliments on them. I like how people can see who I am just by looking at my pictures."

"I really enjoyed working with NPDP and I am so impressed with Nate's work. I would definitely come back again! Plus, everyone at NPDP is super nice and fun." :)

Madeline's Magical Session | NP Design and Photography Studio

"Nate captured my love of DISNEY with all my Disney clothes, movies, etc. It was so fun to be goofy with that stuff. My favorite part was listening to Disney music the entire time and guessing the songs before everyone else." :)

"I loved my experience! The day of my pictures was so much fun and I love how everything turned out! I feel like my pictures are so unique and really represent who I am which is exactly what I'd been looking for!"

Madeline's Album Spreads

My favorite product was my album. It is so fun to pull it out and show my family and friends. We also get a lot of comments when guests come to our house and see our wall picture and love that as well.
— Madeline, Ellsworth High School Senior

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!


Rockstar Rebels Creative Shoot | Commercial Photographer Twin Cities

A few of our favorite images from this month's creative shoot. Thanks to Aveda Institute Minneapolis for the amazing HMU, our Class of 2016 Senior Models and last, but not least, Rockstar Rebels!

James' Fall Senior Photo Shoot | Twin Cities Senior Photographer

James and his family have been close friends of ours for ages. They are an entertaining, quirky, and supportive family, to say the least. So when James' (and his twin sister, Erin's) Senior photo shoots rolled around, we knew it was go big or go home.  We all had an absolute blast for the back-to-back sessions. The weather was fantastic, locations were ideal and the company was phenomenal. To quote James, "What happens at the studio, stays at the studio."

From James and his family: "He managed to capture my true smile quite a bit, which was something I was afraid wouldn't happen. His ability to tease a smile from a fatigued face is commendable."

"The collage, wallets and framed images were very impressively designed and produced. The finishes, fillers and effects were tastefully selected. The pictures turned out incredible!"

James and his sister, Erin

"The NPDP experience, from the first day of planning, to shooting, to the final reveal was simply unparalleled. It was perfect."

Tyler's Extreme Sports Senior Photo Shoot :: Twin Cities Photographer of the Year

Eagan Senior, Tyler, joined us last summer for a session filled with snowboarding, skateboarding, some urban downtown shoots and plenty of fun! To hear all about Tyler's session, read his comments below!

"Something I feel Nate captured was the joy of my life and what I love to do during my session. My favorite part of the session was the skateboarding park FOR SURE."

"We received these metal plate pictures and I think they are sick. Really like the look and feel."

"It was one of the best experiences I've ever had being photographed. Unless Nate takes your Senior pics, you're not getting the full value."