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Eagle Eye Photography LLC is a Minnesota-based service company that provides aerial imagery to governments and businesses around the country since 1993.  Eagle Eye Photography's sister company, called Eagle Pods, sells airborne camera pods and remote-sensing equipment for manned aircraft.


Blimp with Camera on Belly


Eagle Eye Photography LLC is located at the Maple Lake Municipal Airport in Maple Lake, Minnesota.  (KMGG) Feel free to stop by for a visit anytime


Eagle Eye Photography LLC was founded by, Steve Smith, 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 

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.  

Eagle Eye Photography LLC Hangar and Office
Cessna Cardinal in airplane hangar

James Aarestad

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 .

Kyle Zins

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

Corrine Aarestad

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

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