Photo by Marit Williams Photography

Photo by Marit Williams Photography

hi friend!

I’m Natalie Werness,
a wedding + portrait photographer in the Twin Cities!

I’m a newlywed living in the cozy suburbs of the Twin Cities with my forever MCM, Jay! Oh, and you might be wondering.. why Bauer Creative? Isn’t your last name Werness? Bauer is my maiden name, and I decided to keep it as my business name even after I got married - my love for photography began as a child, and it’s a sweet nod to my past.

+ I am an old soul but a kid at heart and deep conversations are my jam. I love quirks and real, raw, honest relationships. I’m passionate about marriage, growth, commitment, and having a close circle who is with you through it all!

+ When I’m not at a shoot or editing, you can find me lifting heavy at the gym or curled up at home, catching up on Netflix or with a new book! I am a TOTAL homebody at heart! I also love exploring outdoors, eating buffalo wings (extra blue cheese, please!), dancing to Beyonce in my pajamas, and dreaming up our next vacation!

Photo by Marit Williams Photography

Photo by Marit Williams Photography

What I’m Known for:

my wild curls, using too many exclamation marks, coral lipstick, chasing the perfect golden hour light, always being homesick for the mountains, snort-laughing at my husband, adding way too much creamer to my coffee, & car dancing to Drake + Beyoncé!


These are a few of my favorite things!


Flowers. All day. Every day!

My favorite little splurge is fresh flowers on my desk. I basically keep Rifle Paper Co. in business! If it was up to me, we’d cover our home in floral prints! And my favorite week of the year is the one week in May when all the trees in Minnesota bloom!



I love collecting prints when I travel. My desk is where I create so it needs to be an inspirational, calming space! travel photos, wedding photos, beautiful illustrations and inspiring quotes always cover my walls.


REAL, quirky, honest Relationships

In my book, honest is always better than perfect. I love quirks + I totally get that life + relationships are often more of a struggle than we portray online. Deep, heartfelt conversations are one of my FAVORITE things!!


The Pacific Coastline

the wild and wonderful coastline of California! Redwoods, mountains, and the Pacific are my happy place.


I don’t just love weddings. I love marriage.

I love real, messy relationships and the bravery is takes to be wholly devoted to another - for better or worse, in sickness and in health - when your bank account is bursting at the seams or you’re living paycheck to paycheck.

Your wedding day is wonderful and meaningful, but not a fairytale - it’s the beginning of a sacred and courageous journey with the person you love most. I hope to photograph not only your wedding, but your anniversaries, your future pregnancies, children, Christmas cards - someday your child’s senior photos or new headshots when you decide to start your own business.

Your life and your relationship matters and it is worth capturing. 

I’d be honored to be the one to do it.


Some of my favorite photos from our wedding