minneapolis/Prior Lake family photographer

Remember this season ⟶

Parenthood is called a lot of things. But to you, right now, it means steep learning curves, rollercoasters of raw emotions and renewed sense of wonder. You’re in the most sacred season of your lives, with probably the most intense joy (and exhaustion) you’ve ever experienced. It's an honor to capture these moments of togetherness for you to treasure for years to come.

the most sacred season

documenting your family during

My Approach

We'll absolutely capture some classic "every one smile at the camera" photos at our session, and then we'll spend the rest of our time just capturing your family in your most genuine state - the cuddles, the tickles, the exploring, the busy toddlers -- you're encouraged to set aside expectations and trust me to capture you in your most important role yet - the way you brush your kiddo's hair off their face, the way the giggle at dad's jokes, the way they cuddle into your chest when they're getting tired. 

Savoring the

of childhood

beautiful chaos

My Approach

We'll absolutely capture some classic "every one smile at the camera" photos at our session, and then we'll spend the rest of our time just capturing your family in your most genuine state - the cuddles, the tickles, the exploring, the busy toddlers -- you're encouraged to set aside expectations and trust me to capture you in your most important role yet - the way you brush your kiddo's hair off their face, the way the giggle at dad's jokes, the way they cuddle into your chest when they're getting tired. 

Savoring the

of childhood

beautiful chaos

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The life you’re building. These are the moments your kids will talk about in 20 years. Let’s give them photos to remember it.

How great you are in this season. You might not be sleeping and you might be overwhelmed, but look at you! You’re doing it! You’re raising a human.

Those baby toes. There’s just something about those sweet, kissable little feet that you’ll want to remember forever.

The absolute tidal wave of love you feel right now. It’s all consuming and it looks good on you.

You'll want to remember...

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"They are truly worth every penny to have those memories captured - and it's something you can't do later, so it's worth doing as often as you can!"  - Lauren

"While you can't stop time, having beautiful photos is the next best thing!"

Natalie is a complete joy! I seriously adore our pictures and the entire experience! She's so thorough and easy to communicate with before each session so we know exactly what to expect. We also have a toddler, newborn and a dog, and Natalie tackles the whole session with a genuine smile on her face - taking anything that comes her way and capturing all the crazy, fun, special moments!  I love that she lets us be ourselves to capture very natural, real-life photos, but also has great pose suggestions and talks with us so everyone feels so comfortable. We get our photos quickly and are truly blown away every time! Natalie is such a kind, amazing person and has such a talent! 
- Erica

"SO HAPPY to have her as our family photographer, and I can't recommend her enough!"

Full Session

Mini Session

up to 1 hour / $550

20 min / $250

Mini sessions are offered multiple times a year at a predetermined location, usually with spring blooms or fall colors.  Click below to view available sessions for 2022 & book yours!

Family sessions typically take place at an outdoor location that is great for exploring, playing, and spending quality time together. I'll guide you through the whole process from location to outfit suggestions! Includes all edited, digital files!

Family Photo Sessions

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Minneapolis/Prior Lake newborn photographer

Lifestyle Newborn Photography

Photographing newborns and their new, over-the-moon-with-pride parents is truly one of my favorite parts of my job as a family photographer. I take a "lifestyle" approach to newborn photography, which means we won't do any crazy posing or have intricate props and set ups. I treasure the sacred simplicity of capturing newborn sessions in your home whenever possible, and will give you plenty of direction without creating stiff, emotionless images of the most emotional time in your lives.  

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newborn session

additional sessions

maternity session

up to 90 min / $650

30 min / $300

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Maternity sessions are taken about 6 weeks before your due date and can take place outdoors or at a studio! These precious sessions are simple, intimate and a special time to capture you and your partner's excitement before baby joins the family!

Newborn sessions take place in your home and I take a relaxed, lifestyle approach to capturing this sweet new season in your family's life. Whether this is your first baby, you have older children or a fur baby, we'll create the perfect session that captures the ones you love most during this time! 

Many parents choose to add on a few additional shorter sessions throughout the year. Options include: pregnancy announcement, gender reveal, maternity, fresh 48, newborn, 3 month, 6 month, 9 month and 1 year photo sessions.  Baby's features change SO much during their first year, it's so special to have photos that document their growth through the seasons.

Motherhood Photo Sessions

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document their first year

- bridget & AJ

- Alyssa

- Mikki

"Natalie was fantastic to work with! She was very communicative leading up to the day and helped prepare us for the session. She is very comfortable with newborns and knows how to calm them and also understands their limits. This put me at ease as a mom and made our pictures turn out amazing. She was great at guiding us to get the perfect shot while also capturing the natural occurring moments. If you go with Natalie you are going to get a very flexible, gracious, fun experience and incredible photos!"

Natalie is amazing!  I was impressed with how efficiently and fluently she moved our extended family through all the combos we requested… keeping kids smiling and comfortable, nudging moms to shift their hair or pose, etc. My kids are 3 and 1, and neither of them were happy to be doing pics- I thought for sure we didn’t get any pictures with everyone smiling- but somehow she got them!! Not to mention they were some of the most beautiful, vibrant, highest quality pictures I’ve ever had taken of my family! Natalie is also super well organized and she takes care of all the details for you! All you have to do is show up dressed and ready to smile.

If you’re reading this review— end your search and book your next session with Natalie! You won’t regret it!

 Looking back just now at the photos Natalie took 6 weeks ago on the day my husband adopted my son has me back in the moments; the moments of joy, happiness, relief, amazement, love, partnership, completion. Natalie captured everything we were feeling that day in her photos. The way she coached us, made us feel comfortable and have fun - including our dogs! - was honestly remarkable. Her expertise and guidance on hand placements, a slight tilt to a head, a spot to stand, truly make a significant difference in the outcome of the photos. The photos from that day are amazing - and with those photos come memories I will cherish forever.  I could never recommend Bauer Creative Photography enough.

"She is an absolute baby whisperer!"

"I could never recommend Bauer Creative enough."

"She has a natural grace for guiding you to picture perfect!"

kind words from sweet families

- Alex & Jaclyn

Natalie was recommended to us by a close friend. We could not be happier both with our experience and our photos.Natalie has the perfect wedding photographer personality, instantly friendly and likeable. It can be hard to relax for pictures sometimes, but Natalie made it feel like we were all just hanging out. . One of our (married) bridesmaids commented "if I would have gotten married after you, I would have used Natalie as my photographer." The pictures speak for themselves. We have so many gorgeous ones that we just love. We could not recommend Bauer Creative and Natalie highly enough.

"We could not be happier!"

real clients say...

"Natalie has a gift and I highly recommend booking with her-you will be forever grateful you did. I absolutely love the way our photos turned out and she truly has my highest praise.

She has such a creative eye and made our day so fun, relaxed and easy - she genuinely made us enjoy our experience together. We will definitely book her for all our future photography needs!"

"she truly has my highest praise"

- mariah

"Her photos are magical and real and full of light and life — exactly what we wanted in a wedding photographer!"

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"i couldn't image our biggest day without her. It was like having another bridesmaid."

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"SHE CAPTURED MOMENTS I NEVER WANT TO FORGET. AND THESE PHOTOS WILL HELP ME DO THAT."

Ready to capture this season?

I can't wait to meet you & your sweet family! I treasure the time I'm able to spend with families, documenting your unique connections & love together. I cant' wait to connect with you!

I’m a wedding, family & newborn photographer based in Minneapolis, MN! When I’m not working on my business, I spend my free time cuddling my rescue pups, exploring a new park or bingeing a new crime thriller. Let’s be friends — follow along on Instagram to get to know me more @bauercreativephoto!

Hi, I'm Natalie!