Hello! My name is Laura Nerness, and I am a wedding and portrait photographer based out of Windom, MN.

Art has always been a passion, but it wasn’t until taking an art class in 2004 that photography came to the forefront. It opened the door to a continuous, exhilarating, exhausting, and fulfilling pursuit. Learning and growing every day, or at least that’s my aim!

Life is full of opportunities to connect, listen and love one another. One of my favorite parts about photography is the opportunity to get to know people, discover their personalities and capture that light as it shines through.

It seems that time escapes us so quickly, yet each passing moment is jam packed full of value and purpose. So whether it be a family piled together in the grass, a high school senior stepping into the next season of life, or two love birds on their wedding day, each of these are an honor to be present, witness and document.

On an ordinary day you might find me out in the country in awe of stormy clouds… lost in a book about a character from another time or place… savoring a hazelnut latte on the back porch… dreaming of a return to Italy’s red rooftops and cobblestone streets… journeying deeper into God’s extravagant love and grace.

Hidden within each person and place there is,
A glimmer of light, exquisitely unique and like no other,
A wisdom, strong and noble, resting in the most humble of hearts,
A hidden glory, patiently waiting to burst forth,
A steady hope, even in the deepest of sorrows,
And so much more to every story.
My hopes?
To maybe capture a page, or even a word, of these stories as they are being written.

2010-2013, Augustana College, Bachelor of Fine Arts
2011, Studio Arts Center International (SACI) Florence, Italy
2008-2010, Rhema Bible Training Center, Missions
2004-2007, Minnesota West Community and Technical College, AA

2014 BARC Library Gallery, Windom, MN
2014 Wanda J. Skogerboe Juried Exhibition‏, Okoboji, IA
2013 Senior Student Art Show, Eide/Dalrymple Gallery, Sioux Falls
2012 Juried Student Invitational, Eide/Dalrymple Gallery, Sioux Falls
2011 Photography Student Exhibition, SACI Gallery, Florence, Italy
2011 2D Student Exhibition, SACI Gallery, Florence, Italy
2011 Student Art Show, Florence Gospel Fellowship, Florence, Italy
2011 Juried Student Invitational, Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD
2008 Nobles County Art Show, Worthington, MN
2007 Cottonwood County Student Art Show, Remick Art Gallery
2005 Cottonwood County Fair, Windom, MN
2004 Cottonwood County Fair, Windom, MN

2013 Outstanding Student Artist Award, Artist of the Plains Art Show
2012 Palmer/Esther Eide Scholarship
2008 Uncover Award for Art, Minnesota West Magazine of Art and Creative Writing
2007 Best of Show, Cottonwood County Student Art Show, Remick Art Gallery
2005 Art Show Merit Award, Minnesota West Community College
2005 Sweepstakes Champion, Cottonwood County Fair


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