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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)!

NPDP Takes Over Atlanta | Imaging 2016 | Master of Photography

For those of you that follow Nate, Teresa, Kelly or NP Design & Photography on any social media outlet, you probably noticed us out and about last month. We traveled to Atlanta for the Professional Photographers of America's Imaging Convention and Expo 2016.

Not only did we attend classes taught by industry leaders and network with other professional photographers, Nate earned his Master of Photography degree at the Degree and Awards ceremony. The Master of Photography is "awarded for superior photographic skills—demonstrated through the PPA International Photographic Competition, advanced education and service to the industry."

The images above illustrate just a few of the incredible classes we attended, people we mingled with and accomplishments we achieved. We are super excited for 2016. It's going to be a great year!

Nate & Teresa with 2016 PPA President, Michael Timmons

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." :)

October Portrait Pickups | Twin Cities Senior Photographer

So many wall portraits, so little time. Fall is so much fun here at NPDP. Most of our Senior stop in to pickup all of their awesome images, albums and wall art. Our fall families are out and about, stopping in for frame selections, order appointments and album approvals. And the holidays are right around the corner, so the studio is full of cheer, treats and few presents. :)

Our haul from the Fedex guy one day. He had to make four trips!

Our haul from the Fedex guy one day. He had to make four trips!

Woodbury Senior, Grant picking up all his images which were displayed in the lobby.

Woodbury Senior, Grant picking up all his images which were displayed in the lobby.

Grant's Custom Wall Art Collage

SCC Senior, Carter, with his wall portraits and album!

SCC Senior, Carter, with his wall portraits and album!

Carter's Custom Wall Art Collage

Carter's wall image hanging in his home next to his sisters's images!

Carter's wall image hanging in his home next to his sisters's images!

Peterson family pooch admiring their incredible, custom wall art cluster. Love it!

Peterson family pooch admiring their incredible, custom wall art cluster. Love it!

The Peterson Family's central image in their wall art cluster

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!