"The first thing I told Craig before my shoot was that I don't photograph well—and I have a lifetime of bad photos to prove it. Craig proved me wrong. I left my session with so many great shots I didn't know which ones to choose. He's very easy to work with, and the session was relaxed and fun—and that showed through in the photos. Thank you!" Jill Jepson, Author
In addition to headshots and portraits for actors, authors, artists, and musicians, I've worked with executives and employees at several companies in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
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"These look absolutely beautiful, and I really appreciate you doing me such a huge favor in sending them quickly. I feel so much more confident walking into an audition with these headshots. The casting director told me she thought it was gorgeous!
Again, thank you so much for such a fantastic experience. I will be telling all my Minneapolis actor friends to shoot with you!"Lauren S. / Actress
"What a pleasure it was meeting you today! I was having one of those sort of ho-hum days before I arrived and ended up feeling like the happiest person after I left your studio. It's awesome connecting with a person on a level that doesn't seem superficial at all. Thank you for being so refreshing and kind and fun to talk with! Hope to cross paths again!" Kelly / Corporate client
"I'm so happy with them! They look perfect :) I was concerned going into the session that the photos may not capture my "true self." These photos are better than I ever anticipated. It means a lot. Thank you for your time and fantastic work!" Alexa / Dancer
"I chose Craig to do my headshots because his work is gorgeous and I knew I'd be in good hands. But I love Craig because, in addition to being a stellar photographer, he's kind and approachable and makes the session so comfortable. I was nervous walking into the session and left feeling like a supermodel. Craig did that." Bethany Watson / Actress & radio personality
"These are fantastic! I am so happy with them. I've never been so confident in my head shots. I had such a hard time deciding which ones I liked most… these are great, man. Thank you, thank you, thank you." Josh Allen / Actor
"I needed professional photos that didn't look like the usual talking head consultant/speaker shots. Not only was the process relaxed and easy, but the ability to review shots as we went gave us each the freedom to edit and adjust along the way. Craig allowed me to be part of the process, not just a subject propped in front of the camera. He really 'got' where I was coming from, then took me where I needed to go. Craig, you're a rock star in my book!" Cinda Baxter / Founder, The 3/50 Project
"Your working style is laid back but super detail oriented—an awesome combo! I really enjoyed the session a lot and there are so many great shots that it was difficult to choose." Eric / Pianist
"Thank you so much again for taking such wonderful pictures and being so laid back; it made the process so much less scary than I thought it was going to be!" Heather / Actress
"It was time to get new head shots and I chose Craig because the quality of his work was evident on his website. Equally impressive is the way he approached our session.
The first thing he did was take time to sit and discuss my goals for the shoot and end product. He asked the right questions and listened carefully to my response. Every effort was made to ease into the process. We took time throughout the shoot to view photos and make sure we were on track. I was immediately impressed.
Craig created a relaxed and supportive atmosphere and I never felt rushed or stressed during the process.
My proofs arrived earlier than I expected and I was thrilled to have so many great shots from which to choose. That said when I asked for his professional opinion he carefully guided me to the ones that make the best statement.
I am now the proud owner of wonderful new headshots that I will share with confidence. Bravo Craig!" Wendy Short-Hays / Actress
"Craig knew exactly what I wanted in my photos even when I couldn't pinpoint it myself. He has a relaxed quality that helped the shots look natural, and a careful eye that caught me at my very best. My only regret is not getting headshots from him years ago." Timmy Hays / Actress
"I have nothing but positive things to say about my experience working with Craig. He created a very relaxing environment that made the session fly by. His attention to detail was well balanced by his openness to play. The toughest part was picking which one I liked best. There were so many to choose from. The quality of the photos was equal to the quality of the experience." Randy Reyes / Actor
"In just one week, I've had one full day job and two auditions based on the photos you took...because I think they were above and beyond standard headshots and captured my personality as well as my image. They were exactly what I was hoping for...a perfect mix of my preferences with your vision and expertise. Plus the entire experience was a blast!" Bill / Fitness model
"Craig was wonderful! He kept an open dialogue to ensure the look and the feel of the photo was what I wanted. He also created a great environment in his studio that allowed me to leave the 'camera shy' attitude at the door." Nathan / Actor
"I didn't think that it was possible for me to take a serious professional photo that truly reflected my personality and my work without it looking forced or overdramatic, because I take smiling photos much better, however Craig was able to capture great serious pictures of me, that truly look like me and represent me at my best. He's the only photographer who has been able to take a great non-smiling pic of me." Meggie / Director
"Thank you again for creating such a relaxing and non-intimidating environment for photos. It could have been a very self-conscious experience, but you made it great. I appreciate your expertise and kindness." Trina / Entrepreneur
"To put it bluntly, my headshots look amazing! I put the one of me laughing on Facebook as my profile pic and the response was incredible with the most "likes" I've ever had." Leon / Realtor
"Working with Craig was a wonderful experience. Not only was he gracious enough to work with my crazy schedule, but the session we had was comfortable and fun. The only thing better than a headshot session with Craig is the product he produces. The images are stunning and are a real representation of me as an artist. Craig Rocks!" Bergen / Minnesota Opera
This was the first time I'd ever had any kind of professional photos taken, so I didn't know what to do or expect going into it. Craig really helped me through the process because he was open, and full of voiced options. He let me know my options and expanded on my opinions and ideas. I'm so excited about my new headshots! Ryan / Actor
"Craig was easy and flexible to schedule with and Craig was the consummate professional in updating and reminding us of our scheduled shoot. Craig was both professional and casual with my 17 year old daughter Bella. He walked her through thoughts of how he saw the shoot proceeding and asked for her input. Craig was very meticulous about every aspect of the shoot and quickly showed us results on the computer. Within hours he had the proofs page emailed to us of which we could easily view and make selections from. Overall the experience was excellent and the photo outcomes were fabulous." Dan
"Craig was the most fun to work with. He was open to new ideas and wasn't satisfied until we got it right. They should rename 'headshots' 'VanDerSchaegens.'" Max Leibowitz / Brave New Workshop