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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)!

Pickups {that got lost on Kelly's iPhone} | Twin Cities Senior Photographer of the Year

NR Senior Lexi, with her wall portrait, 12x12 Senior Album and Nate creeping in the background

NR Senior Lexi, with her wall portrait, 12x12 Senior Album and Nate creeping in the background

Lexi's 24x36 Canvas Gallery Wrap Image

Lexi's 24x36 Canvas Gallery Wrap Image

The cover image of Lexi's 12x12 custom Senior Album


Ellsworth Senior, Madeline, posing with her favorite album spread, wall portrait and bag full of goodies.

Ellsworth Senior, Madeline, posing with her favorite album spread, wall portrait and bag full of goodies.


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!

Class of 2016 NPDP Senior Models Earn Prizes | Twin Cities Senior Photographer of the Year

Senior Model Tamarah, from New Richmond

A couple of our Senior Models stopped in last week to collect their hard earned prizes. Tamarah and Luke each walked away with $200! Not only are our Senior Models spokespeople for the NPDP Experience and the face of our brand, they earn some sweet rewards for telling their friends about their Senior Portrait Experience and volunteering with NPDP around the community. Way to go!!

Luke, a Senior Model from St. Croix Central

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!

More Senior Model Pickups! | Certified Professional Photography Studio

Any day our Senior Models show up at the studio, it's a good day. We especially love when they arrive to pickup their entire portrait order and we ask them for a quick snapshot with all their swag. This usually occurs as they are heading home from the gym/practice/swimming/work. Many protest, but we are ruthless. :) Below are Emily (Hudson Senior Model) and Emily (Hill-Murray Senior Model) with all their products, including the Senior Album, custom wall art, collages, gifts prints, wallets and SO MUCH MORE. Fun times!

Hill-Murray Senior Model, Kenzie

Hill-Murray Senior Model, Kenzie

Kenzie's Wall Art Collage (which was custom-framed by HPF)

Kenzie's Metal Print

Her Senior Model Canvas

Kenzie's Formal Canvas

A few of Kenzie's Album Spreads


Hudson High School Senior Model, Emily (with Nate photobombing in the background)

Hudson High School Senior Model, Emily (with Nate photobombing in the background)

Emily's Senior Model Canvas!

Emily Album Cover Image

A few of Emily's Senior Album Spreads!

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

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!