Genuine Moments from Master Storytellers

Jenn Ackerman and Tim Gruber are a husband and wife team based in Minneapolis, MN. You will almost always find them shooting side by side, which has been the case since grad school. They enjoy the collaborative nature of being a tight-knit team and pushing each other to create images that sing. Their goal on every shoot is simple - evoke emotion and authenticity in every image they make.

They take an authentic approach to their work and specialize in providing images of real people to advertising, corporate and editorial clients. They pride themselves in being storytellers and work to create a narrative in every photo they take.

Their work has been honored by the Communication Arts Photography Annual and Advertising Annual 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, American Photography 28, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, PDN Photo Annual, Review Santa Fe Center Project Competition, Photolucida’s Critical Mass, Inge Morath Award, Magnum Expression Award, POYi, and many others. Their most recent documentary film won an Emmy and they were named a McKnight Fellow and to PDN's 30 Photographers to Watch.

For their aerial work they are FAA 107 certified pilots and fully insured. 

    Select Clients

    AARP The Magazine
    American Lawyer
    Bicycling Magazine
    Bloomberg BusinessWeek

    Bloomberg Markets
    Bon Appetit
    Chase Bank
    Delta Sky Magazine

    ESPN The Magazine
    Family Circle
    Fast Company
    Field & Stream

    Food & Wine
    Inc. Magazine
    International Bus
    Men's Health
    Midwest Living

    Minnesota Monthly
    Miss Universe
    Money Magazine
    Mother Jones
    Mpls. St. Paul Magazine
    National Geographic
    National Geographic Traveler
    Outdoor Life
    Outside Magazine
    People Magazine
    Pew Foundation

    Popular Science
    Rolling Stone
    Runner’s World
    Smithsonian Magazine

    The Atlantic
    The New York Times
    The New York Times Magazine

    The Wall Street Journal
    The Washington Post

    Travel & Leisure

    US Bank


    Awards and Honors

    2018 American Photography 34
    2017 American Photography 33
    2017 Communication Arts Photography Annual
    2016 American Photography 32
    2016 Magazzini Fotografici Exhibit, Venice Italy
    2015 Communication Arts Photography Annual
    2015 American Photography 31
    2015 PDN Photo Annual
    2015 Minnesota State Artist Initiative Grant Recipient
    2014 Communication Arts Photography Annual
    2014 American Photography 30 Book Selection
    2013 McKnight Fellow
    2013 Communication Arts Advertising Annual
    2013 PDN Photo Annual
    2013 Minnesota State Artist Initiative Grant Recipient
    2013 Documentary Photographers Fund
    2012 Best of ASMP
    2012 PDN’s 30
    2012 American Photography 28 Book Selection
    2012 Flash Forward
    2011 PDN Photo Annual
    2011 Center Project Award Finalist
    2011 Magnum Expression Award Finalist
    2010 International Photojournalism Competition on Human Rights
    2010 Flash Forward – Emerging Photographers
    2009 Emmy for Trapped: Mental Illness in America’s Prisons
    2009 Photolucida’s Critical Mass Top 50
    2009 Communication Arts Photography Annual
    2009 Webby Awards
    2009 New York Photo Awards
    2009 Best of Photojournalism Awards: 1st Place
    2008 Pictures of the Year International
    2008 Photographers Giving Back Award
    2008 Finalist for the Center for Documentary Studies / Honickman First Book Prize
    2006 Pictures of the Year International

    Selected Press

    Wired - Robotic Babies
    New York Times Lens Blog
    The Power of Personal Projects
    aPhotoEditor - Art of the Personal Project
    Runner's World - Behind the Scenes Cover Shoot
    aPhotoEditor - The Daily Edit - Fortune Magazine
    Best of ASMP Interview
    PDN - Why Editorial Works
    PDN - Still and Video Convergence
    PDN - Interviewing
    PDN - Video from PDN 30
    PDN - Minneapolis
    PBS Newshour
    Digital Photo Pro
    Daily Mail
    Feature Shoot
    Business Insider
    This is the What
    Visura Magazine
    It's Nice That
    Burn Magazine
    Rear Curtain - Minnesota
    Rear Curtain - Frozen
    Oxford American
    PDN Photo of the Day - Latinos in the Midwest
    PDN Photo of the Day - Miss
    Langley Field Notes
    Huffington Post

     Jenn and Tim with their best personal injury lawyer pose.

    Jenn and Tim with their best personal injury lawyer pose.