About Ed

After graduating from Northern Michigan University with a BFA in photography, I began my photography career as the studio manager and on-staff assistant at Tony Kubat Photography.  As digital imaging began to redefine the future of commercial photography, I realized there was a unique opportunity for me to adapt with the changes in the industry as well.  Advances in technology gave way to the expectation that the photographer and their staff take responsibility for digital imaging, and in response, I immersed myself with mastering image manipulation from its very early beginnings.  Over the past ten years, I have become experienced with every evolution of Photoshop, and with this aptitude my professional role gradually evolved from Studio Manager to Digital Manager.

With 15 years of experience in the commercial / advertising photography business, I have decided it is time to embark on a new and exciting path.  This year marks the onset of my transition to freelance work as a Digital Tech in the Twin Cities - working directly with photographers, agencies, and art directors.  I enjoy building close relationships with clients and identifying solutions to overcome the multitude of challenges that come with working on set.  As a freelance professional, I look forward to providing you with the time and attention your projects deserve.

recommendations :


Robin Ogden

Photography Producer, Consultant & Portfolio Showing Service

Ed Fruin knows his business!  I’ve worked with Ed for over ten years.  He has always been a step ahead of technology and applies it to every aspect of his work.  He collaborates well with photographers during shoots not missing a detail.  As a photographer himself, Ed has a great eye for post production and retouching.  He is diligent, dedicated and truly a great digital tech.  I highly recommend Ed!


Patrick Dupont

JT Mega : Senior Art Director

Ed Fruin is a great photo retoucher!  I've worked with him for many years and he has always provided quality work on all the photoshoots I have been on with him.  His knowledge of retouching and meticulous attention to detail are excellent.  He approaches every job professionally and with a positive attitude.  Ed adds greatly to a productive photographic experience, and he's really fun to work with!


Matt McKenzie

JT Mega : Creative Director

I've worked with Ed on several occasions and have always been really impressed with his work.  He's got a great eye, and has great insight when it comes to problem solving.  Just really great to work with.


Mette Nielsen

Mette Productions, inc : Photographer & Owner

I have worked with Ed for over 15 years at Tony Kubat Photography and I would recommend him to everyone.  His knowledge, expertise and speed is amazing and he truly is a joy to work with.  I have also hired him to help me with personal projects and always goes above and beyond what you hire him for.  He is a great part of any photo team.


Amy Parks

Hunt Adkins : Account Supervisor

I have worked with Ed on various retouching and Photoshop projects.  His attitude coincides with his final product, professional and very well done!  I look forward to continuing our working relationship down the line.  I highly recommend utilizing his talents and skills.