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Client Ravs - Noah Dendinger

We love hearing from our clients and today we are excited to share Somerset senior Noah Dendinger's NPDP Experience with you!

Noah Dendinger | Somerset - Class of 2017

Noah Dendinger | Somerset - Class of 2017

Noah is all about basketball...and shoes!  "I'm very happy that Nate encouraged me to set up the shoe display." - Noah.  We truly believe in capturing your senior's personality and all that goes along with it!  "I appreciate that he researched GQ basketball image to replicate."

Noah's wall art displayed at his home.

Noah's wall art displayed at his home.

"We ordered four wall art pieces and graduation announcements.  Everyone said it was the best grad announcement they've seen!" - Beth (Noah's mom)  The quality of the wall art and frames is outstanding!"  All wall art at NPDP is available as a canvas gallery wrap, metal print or custom framed portrait.  They are finished and ready for you to hang in your house.  We make it easy of for you to go home and start enjoying your artwork immediately!

Beth was so happy with Noah's experience that she's already planning ahead!  "Reserve an appointment for Henry - Class of 2021!"  We can't wait to work with you again, Beth!  We look forward to telling Henry's story, too!

Your Story. Your Album.

So it's your Senior year!  You want this year to be big.  Epic!  These will be the "glory days" you look back at in 20 years and think, Remember when...  You need to make this awesome and your Senior pictures are going to document everything unique about YOU!

The NPDP Senior Album tells the sort of you.  Who you are now.  How do you want to be remembered in high school?  Every page says something important about you.  Twenty pages telling your story; the chapters of your Senior year bound into the ultimate keepsake.

Our signature album is custom designed by our full time graphic designer to include all your favorite images, favorite colors and show your lifestyle!  No two albums are ever the same!

At NPDP, we believe in the importance of the Senior Album so thoroughly, we include the album with every session!  You no longer have to 'choose your favorite.'  You get to keep them all in an album designed just for you!    

Alli's Senior Model Experience | Twin Cities Senior Photographer

2016 Senior Model, Alli's session was jam-packed with laughs, goofy moments, and some pretty spectacular dance skills. Alli's quirky personality shines in her images. You can't help but smile when you look through her album. Below are a few album spreads, some of Alli's favorite images and a few words from Alli and her mom, Leann!

"The Photo Booth part was very entertaining for everyone in the room."

A couple of Alli's album spreads

"We love our album. It is on the end table in the living room so anyone can look at it by then we can also bring with with us to show out of town relatives."

"It was really nice how Nate was able to incorporate Alli's quirky side, but also create art with some of the serious photos."

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)!

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.

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

Fall Portrait Pickups | Twin Cities Photographer of the Year

Just a few of the Senior and Family portrait pickups we've managed to capture over the last couple of weeks. So much fun to be had in the NPDP Studio Lobby. #feelslikeChristmaseveryday

Anna with her album and custom-framed wall art!

Anna's Wall Portrait


New Richmond Senior, Madison. Love her collage!

Madison's Custom Collage


Libby's album is full of reading, music, summer and fun. 

Libby's Custom Collage


The day the Peterson family and Ellsworth Senior, Blake, took over the lobby!

Blake's Album Cover Image

The Peterson Family's main wall image (they got a cluster of images from their summer session by the lake!)


Happy Deliveries for NPDP - so many pieces of wall art!

Senior Model Hayley's Dance-tastic Session | 2014 Twin Cities Photographer of the Year

After photographing the dance studio she attends for the past couple of years, we've grown to know our awesome Somerset Senior Model, Hayley, through dance picture day, crazy dress rehearsal and the whole Senior Model experience. This year, she even helped us on dance studio picture day with posing, organizing the big groups and giving all the littlest dancers someone to follow that actually knew what they are doing (has anyone ever seen Nate do a plié??!!).

Hayley is quiet at first, but one you get to know her, she shines on stage and off. Below are a few comments from Hayley's mom, Erica and Hayley about her Senior Experience at NPDP, some of the custom-designed products she received and her favorite part of being an #NPDPSENIOR.

Hayley's Senior Model canvas that hangs in our lobby.

From Hayley's mom, Erica: "Nate was able to get Hayley's real smile out which is usually never captured in photos. Hayley loved how Nate let her practice with the camera and how she was able to help create her poses for the dance pictures."

"Our wall art is perfect. We were able to have multiple pictures in one frame which I love. Too hard to pick just one!"

Hayley's Custom Wall Collage

"Hayley's album is unique to Hayley. We love how all the design elements match the pictures."

"Wonderful Experience! At NP Design & Photography you're not just another Senior taking pictures. Everyone at NPDP goes out of their way to get to know everyone who walks through their doors."

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Hayley's Image Slideshow - Class of 2016