Sleep Number President and CEO, Shelly Ibach

Shelly Ibach - photo by Craig VanDerSchaegen
Shelly Ibach, President and CEO of Sleep Number

A few months ago I got to spend several hours working with Shelly Ibach, President and CEO of Sleep Number. I did her first headshot for the company several years ago and have been working with her since. It’s always so much fun and everyone there is great.

The photo above was the last one we took of the day. I loved how bright her office was that afternoon.

Here are some more of the photos we took that day.

A few weeks later I was pulling into a parking ramp in Minneapolis one morning to do some headshots at the IDS Center for another client and saw one of the photos of Shelly that we did on three billboards. That was pretty cool.

Congrats to Shelly for being named Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s 2019 Executive of the Year!

Side note for photographers:

Because I was going to be there taking photos all over corporate headquarters, I needed a setup that was portable and didn’t require lots of breaking down and setting up.

I used a rolling stand with a flash, umbrella and a couple of weights at the bottom. As a bonus, my camera bag was easy to hang so it wasn’t on my shoulder all day.

Food and Coffee in Northeast Minneapolis

Every winter I do a lot of headshots for clients coming to Minneapolis from out of the state. Most often, people are traveling home for the holidays and use the downtime to get new photos. Throughout the rest of the year I get people coming in from outside of the city that haven’t spent a lot of time in Northeast.

Want to explore the neighborhood after your headshot session? Here’s a list of my favorite places for food and drinks in Northeast Minneapolis.

Places to eat

The Sample Room (image from Eater)


My favorite place in Northeast is The Sample Room. For lunch or dinner it is always my top recommendation.

Young Joni – New to the neighborhood, they are a stylish pizzeria serving wood-fired pies, Korean-inspired grill fare & cocktails in a hidden bar. This is another one of Ann Kim’s (of Pizzeria Lola) restaurants.

Maya Cuisine – Casual Mexican food.

El Taco Riendo – Very casual. Very delicious.

Holy Land – Middle Eastern deli attached to a market offering traditional from-scratch eats & a lunch buffet.

Hai Hai – Modern Vietnamese street food & craft cocktails. This is on my list to try, but trusted friends say it’s great!

Eastside Food Co-op – A traditional co-op that’s perfect if you need to grab something on your way home or need a quick snack. Their grab and go food is great.

Glam Doll Donuts – What else is there to say?


Diamonds Coffee – Kitschy and casual.

Maeve’s Cafe – Relaxed and cozy.

Mojo Coffee – This used to be called Mill City Cafe and is located in the California Building, owned by the same people as the Casket Arts Building that I’m in.

Matchbox Coffee Shop – Cash-only and very small coffee shop with outdoor seating.

Anelace Coffee – Rotating selection of single-origin coffees, espresso drinks & pastries.

Spyhouse – Located in a restored warehouse, this is a rustic coffee shop with large windows & a patio.

There are also many bars and breweries around, but I’ll leave that to Yelp. 

Did I miss something? Want to share your favorites?  Go ahead and leave a comment.


Happy New Year – It’s a great time for a new headshot

HeadshotThe new year is a great time for new headshots. It’s a time to update your image and do something good for yourself during the cool winter months.

The holidays are always busy with theater students home from college needing new photos.

After that, January is busy with actor headshots and businesses professionals updating their profile and LinkedIn photos.

Kristin came to my Minneapolis studio for an update to her current business headshot, which we got dialed in pretty quickly.

After that she asked if we could do something a little more candid that she could use on social media.

Thanks to the beautiful natural light and a fabulous wooden rocking chair, we got this great shot:

Casual Headshot

Ready to update your headshot?

If you’re in Minneapolis and looking for a headshot photographer, you’ve come to the right place. Check out my headshots page for info and pricing and then reach out to book your session!

Mini Headshot Sessions Now Available

For most of the last ten years, I’ve only offered 2+ hour long headshot sessions at my studio in Minneapolis.

After doing several of quick sessions for friends, I’ve realized that not everyone needs a longer headshot session. I’m now offering mini headshot sessions to everyone.

I’m always surprised when I see people who are still using bad snapshots as their LinkedIn profile photo, especially because it’s so easy to get a better photo.

My mini headshot sessions usually last under an hour and are most often best for business headshots and profile pics. That said, it can also be a good way for actors to get a quick update between their regular headshot sessions.

Here are some headshots that came out of a mini session.

business headshots

Click here for more information or contact me to set up a session.

From Theater to Headshots

Before I started doing headshots in 2006, I was primarily photographing live theater around Minneapolis. I did a lot of that, which eventually lead to meeting actors who needed a new headshot or promo photos for their plays.

I got busy enough at my studio that I eventually had to choose to continue shooting live theater or focus on headshots. I chose the latter and am proud that I’ve maintained the same photo studio in Northeast Minneapolis for 10+ years.

Just last week I had the opportunity to photograph a lovely new play (Roller Derby Queen) over at the Gremlin Theatre in St. Paul.  To my great surprise, I had two photos above the fold on the cover of the Pioneer Press weekend section.

I didn’t get a physical copy, but a friend sent this photo to me that I wanted to share.

Minneapolis theater headshots

Need new headshots? Check out my website and get in touch.

Minneapolis Headshots


Hello! After over 10 years in Minneapolis doing headshots, I decided to start this blog as a way to share helpful info.

I’ll post every week or two and have a list of posts ready to go, but if you have an idea for something you’d like to read more about, let me know.

Have a question or want to book a headshot session? Get in touch.

About me

I’m a headshot photographer based in Northeast Minneapolis, MN. My studio work focuses on headshots and portraits for print, LinkedIn and social media, but I also love travel and documentary photography. You can view my personal photography work here.


I feel so lucky to have a studio in the Casket Arts Building, located in the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District. It features 1,200 square feet of comfortable shooting, work, and lounge space. The whole building has great lobbies and textures for lots of headshot options.

Here are some photos:

Headshot studio