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8 Movies Every Senior Should See Before Graduation

Into the Wild - Based on a true story.  Recent HS grad Charles is on track for a great college but gets rid of almost everything and travels to Alaska for adventure, experience new things and take risks.   Just don’t leave without telling your parents, that’s not cool!

Toy Story 3 - Might seem like a kid’s movie but trust me…all graduating seniors should watch it!  In this movie, we watch the toys try to figure out their life without Andy after he has outgrown his toys.  It’s so much more emotional than it should be and it will make you feel all the feels as you realize what you’re leaving behind.

Grease - All of the bad messages aside, Grease is a great movie for seniors to watch because it’s about a group of friends going through their last year together.  It will remind you to tell your crush how your feel while you still have the chance - just don’t change yourself for him/her!

Dead Poets Society - It’s the story of a poetry teacher who inspires his class.  While heavy at times, it’s also pretty inspirational and motivational.  It will make you laugh and cry and rethink everything.

The Breakfast Club - If you don’t know what this movie is about, I genuinely feel sorry for you.  Five students who are an unlikely group stuck in Saturday detention.  What could possibly happen?

Billy Madison - Is this a masterpiece?  Not even close but a guy who has to go through all of elementary, middle and high school to prove himself will remind you that if you ever want to get anywhere, you can’t slack off!

Clueless - While this movie doesn’t focus on graduation, it does focus on relationships and friendships - which isn’t that what all seniors are really dealing with?  

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off - This movie seems like it’s just about some seniors cutting class but there’s a bigger session here.  It will really make you think about what you want to do after graduation and how you;re going to meet everyone’s expectations.  It will also make you smile!

Adventure land - this movie isn’t exactly about hs seniors but it’s worth watching.  James, a collage grad who plans to travel abroad for a summer but when his plans fall through he has to get a job at Adventureland.  It’s a great comedy that will remind you that even if your plans after high school don’t go the way you want, everything will work out in the end.

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

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!

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."

The McNamee Family | Family Portrait Photographer Twin Cities

Loved working with the McNamee family this past holiday season! Such a fun bunch and we absolutely LOVE the image they chose for their family wall portrait. BEAUTIFUL!

The McNamee Family's Classic Wall Canvas Image

From the McNamee Family! "Fabulous Experience. Nate made it fun and we will be back for business photos soon!"

#NPDPSENIOR Model Applications Due January 23rd.

The Class of 2016 SENIOR MODEL APPLICATION is LIVE!

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

Kody's Ultimate Senior Sessions: Winter & Spring

For most of the year, we have all of our Senior Models featured in the lobby/gallery right when you walk into the studio. Almost everyone who is here for a meeting, session or whatever, takes a minute to look around and view all the art on the walls. Some admire the creativity and passion in each wall art canvas. Others look for someone they recognize on the wall. Some get inspired and dream about their future session.

In the two and half years that I have been here, never has one individual been remarked upon more than Kody, a Senior Model for the Class of 2015 from New Richmond. For anyone that knew Kody, their first words were often, "Oh, there's Kody!" in delight and admiration. One client even told us, "He is the nicest kid I have ever met."  I think that says a lot about a person; what people say about you when they think no one is listening or paying attention. And not that all of our Senior Models aren't stellar individuals (we love you all!!). Below are a few comments from Kody and his family about their experience at NP Design & Photography, his session and all the fun products he received. Thanks Hermansen Family!!

-Kelly (graphic designer)

"Nate took several experiences and passions and spit-shined them into beautiful pieces of art. Nate was very relaxed and made picture-taking a lot of fun. He wasn't afraid to get dirty or wet to take it to the next level!"

Kody's Wall Art Canvas that hung in the NPDP Gallery

"I love the wall canvas. It is Awesome! For me, it shows Kody's wisdom, strength, passion and maturity. It sums up Kody's high school football story so well."

"Nate does an amazing job! He took Kody's passions and experiences from the last 17 years, put it in a storybook album and wrapped it with a bow! It is a special keepsake that we will treasure forever! Thank you!"

Accessories for All Seasons!

Our amazing Guest-Blogger, Kayla is back with more advise as we head into the very end of Senior Portrait Season and the beginning of Family Portraits! Tons of great advise below - don't miss it!

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Hello ladies!  Time to talk about ACCESSORIES (if you’re at all like me, they’re one of your biggest weaknesses).  Accessories include shoes, scarves, hats, belts, jewelry, and basically anything else that adds a little pizzazz to an outfit. 

Let’s start with the feet and work our way up! 

Shoes: 

Wedges are one of my favorite shoes to wear in the summer and fall (they are basically high heeled sandals).  Wedges go great with any outfit, and I personally love them because of the fact that they are high heeled.  High heels are AWESOME because they elongate your legs, and tend to help you stand straighter!  While high heels can be worn during all the seasons, wedges give a more summery feel (side note: don’t worry about being too tall for high heels, embrace your height!  I’m 5’8’’ and I still wear them.). Also, boots are a must have fall and winter!  Not only are they warm and comfortable, but they are also very stylish (win, win!).  Boots are also great because they usually come in neutral colors, which mean they go with almost anything!  I have found that a nice pair of boots can polish up any fall/winter outfit!

 

Belts: 

You’ve got to love belts, they are both functional and stylish (another win, win!).   Besides their obvious job of keeping the pants up, they can also add a little extra to an outfit!  I love wearing belts when I have a shirt that needs to be tucked in, or a shirt that isn’t long enough to go past the belt loops.  Belts can really tie an outfit together, so if you feel like your outfit is missing something, try throwing on a belt!

 

Scarves:

Coming from a girl that has a whole section just for scarves in her closet, you can never have too many of them!  Scarves are SO fun, and are very trendy in the fall and winter (not to mention they keep your neck warm without having to wear a turtleneck).  Scarves add a lot to an outfit, which is why they’re so fun!  My favorite type is called the infinity scarf (which is basically a scarf with the two ends connected, they look like a circle or a loop).  These are my favorite because they’re easy to wear (just wrap it around your neck twice), and because you don’t have loose ends to worry about like a regular scarf.  Scarves can make an awesome fashion statement; however, keep in mind that scarves work the same way as all your other pieces of clothing do.  Try not to mix patterns with patterns!  If you have a patterned top, pair it with a solid scarf, and vise versa.

 

Jewelry:

There are many different types of jewelry, therefore many different options in wearing it!  When wearing jewelry try to have it compliment the outfit you are wearing.  Although there are always exceptions, warmer colors tend to go well with gold, and cooler colors may look best with silver.  Also, as a general rule, wear gold and silver separately.  For example, wear a silver necklace with silver earrings, rather than a silver necklace with gold earrings.  Just like clothing can show your personality, jewelry can as well, so make it your own!  I have found that ordinary things around the house can make adorable necklaces if you put a chain through them (such as an old key, a ring that no longer fits, or a charm off of a broken bracelet).  Also, mixing and matching different sized chains with different necklaces can be helpful.  If you feel that a long necklace doesn’t go well with the top you are wearing, try swapping the long chain with a shorter one, or vice versa.  Just remember, as with everything else, that jewelry can be overdone.  Especially when getting your pictures taken, you don’t want your jewelry to distract from YOU.  Try to stick with only one bold or “statement” piece!

 

-Kayla, Guest Fashion Contributor
Class of 2015 Senior Model NPDP

 

 

Summer Trends for Senior Pictures - Class of 2015, Part II!

I'm back! Find Part One {Girls' Senior Picture Fashion Tips} HERE!

Men; you guys are a bit more simple. I’ll admit that I don’t know quite as much about guys fashion as I do about girls, however, I do know the basics. To the knee denim or cargo shorts are huge this time of year, and look good on anyone!  These shorts come in all different colors, so the trick is pairing them with the right top. The top can be anything from a basic T to a button down shirt, as long as the colors match!

Jeans are timeless, and are ALWAYS in style (same goes for the ladies). A good pair of jeans can make any outfit look nice, whether you are going for a more casual look (pairing them with a simple T shirt), or a dressier look (pairing them a buttoned down collared shirt).

When looking for the right top, try to stay away from anything with words.  For getting pictures done, words can often distract from YOU, which should be the focus.  This also goes for shirts that are too busy in their pattern.  Sometimes less is more, so try to stick with shirts that are more subtle and that complement you, rather than distract.

A few rules of thumb:

1. Just like the ladies, stay away from pairing patterns with patterns, or prints with prints.  If you have plaid shorts for example, pair them with a solid shirt.

 2. Brightly colored or patterned shorts can be very difficult to match, so try to stick with neutral colored shorts.  That way you can focus more on finding a shirt that you love without worrying about whether or not it matches the shorts (you still have to consider the shorts color, however if the shorts are neutral there’s a much greater chance they will match the shirt).

3. Try to buy clothes that are a bit more fitted (especially shirts).  Most guys I know are all about comfort, so they tend to go for the larger sizes.  Do your best to judge what fits your body, but ultimately what matters is what makes YOU feel confident!

Again, where can you find these trends?!  You can basically find them at any clothing store, but here are some of the stores that are popular right now for teens/young adults.  For both the men and the ladies; American Eagle, Pac Sun, Hollister, Abercrombie and Fitch, Express (for a dressier look), Urban Outfitters, and various department stores (my favorite is Macy's).  For the ladies; Forever 21, Charlotte Rouse, Charming Charlie (a jack pot for jewelry as well), and Delia’s.  Lucky for us, the Mall of America is right next door, so if you can’t find one of these stores near you, chances are you’ll find it there!

 

-Kayla, Guest Fashion Contributor
Class of 2015 Senior Model