About Jenn and Tim

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.

Their work has been described as colorful, genuine, full of life, humorous and soulful by editors, art directors and curators around the country. 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, 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
    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
    The New York Times
    The Wall Street Journal
    The Washington Post

    Travel & Leisure

    US Bank


    Jenn and Tim with their best personal injury lawyer pose.

    Jenn and Tim with their best personal injury lawyer pose.