About Us

Eagle Eye Photography has been providing the Minneapolis/ St. Paul and surrounding areas with professional, cost effective, low and high altitude aerial photos and videos  since 1993.  

The company founder, Steve Smith, started Eagle Eye Photography after realizing the need for low altitude precision aerial photos in various industries, that traditional aerial photographers could not obtain. Steve used a 21ft helium filled blimp for low altitude photos and he rented a helicopter for high altitude photos.  Steve became known as “The Blimp Guy” hence our website  BlimpGuy.com

In 2011, James Aarestad purchased Eagle Eye Photography LLC and is now the owner of this unique specialized business.  Although we still have the blimp, we mostly use our UAVs (aka Drones) and Cessna Aircraft to do the job.  This new equipment has given us greater utility allow us to obtain aerial imagery from virtually every perspective and altitude.  Over the years, Eagle Eye Photography LLC has served thousands of business, local governments with quality, customized aerial photos, aerial video and maps.   No one else in the midwest has a photography system like ours.  This is what makes our service so unique.  

We are also a member of the Professional Aerial Photographers Association.  Additional we routinely work with other aerial photographers such as Erdahl Aerial Photos and other firms like Aerial Scapes.

Blimp Aerial Photos
St. Cloud Times article about Eagle Eye Photos LLC
Eagle Eye Photos LLC in the News
Newspaper Ariticle

Here are some press articles about the development of our unique camera pod system for our Cessna.

James Aarestad standing next to Cessna
Midwest Flyer Magazine
Midwest Flyer article about Eagle Eye Photos LLC
We use this blimp for aerial photos

James is a commercially licensed pilot with over 11,000 flight hours.  He has  13 years experience with acquiring aerial imagery and is responsible for planning and execution of each flight mission.  With a Bachelor's degree in Aviation Technology he has many years experience in operating a variety of aerial camera systems .  He is also the chief hangar janitor.


James Aarestad

Kyle is our photography consultant and sensor operator.  Kyle is responsible for controlling the camera systems inflight, ensuring the required data is obtained.  Additionally, Kyle has a background in air traffic control, helping us plan and execute missions in busy airspace






Kyle Zins

Corrine is the grease that keeps the wheels turning.  She helps out in the office, making sure things run smoothly.


Corrine Aarestad

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Our air to air photographer

Nick is our air to air photographer for photo flights.  With an aviation background, over 20 years experience as a photographer and 5 years experience in the airshow industry he brings a wealth of knowledge to the table.  He has conducted photo flights around the world including photo flights with the Blue Angels.


Nick Halseth

Nathan is our certified photogrammetrist responsible for processing all the data after flight.  He is an ASPRS Geospatial Intern Photogrammetrist.  He holds a Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems from Penn State University.  Additionally, he holds a Graduate Certificate in Remote Sensing and Earth Observation from Penn State University and is working on his Masters in Geographic Information Systems at Penn State University.  He is basically a genius.  


Nathan Mangsen

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