With over fifty years in professional photography, Tim is known as one of America’s top portrait photographers, a teacher and mentor to portrait photographers, whose work remains relevant, demands top dollar, and is widely published. Well established as an exceptional instructor, in 2015 Kelly received PPA’s Helen K Yancy achievement award for far reaching impact on professional photography.
The portrait lighting style he introduced to the industry changed the photographic portrait industry and influenced many of America’s top photographers. Tim’s style has become iconic. His background designs, famous.
Tell me about your studio.
What got you into black and white?
I started in black and white when I was a young teenager hobbyist. I liked shooting black and white because I could process it myself. I fell in love with it. Everything that I like as far as art styles happens to be monochrome; pencil art, ink art, scratch-board art, and lithography. All monochrome.
Over the course of many years in 1988 I opened a studio in downtown Winter Park in the high rent district. I realized, at the last moment, that I didn’t have anything in my windows for my opening. I quickly made some portraits of children and the next day I had 20 inch and 30 inch black and white portraits in my store window. It was fast, natural, and it changed everything in Florida as far as portraits go. Suddenly the black and white, very loose children’s portrait with super high fidelity, became all the rage. I kind of fell right back into black and white as my main affair in the late 80’s and I stayed there.
What do you mean when you use the word “loose”?
What have your speaking engagements been the last year?
When you speak what is the subject matter?
What was your greatest resource as a developing photographer?
What is one tip that will help someone in their photography?
Tim Kelly is a Master of Photography, Photographic Craftsman, ASP-Fellow, recipient of the Imaging Excellence Award, a former Affiliate Juror, International Master of Photog; Inducted: Cameracraftsmen of America, Inducted: International Society of Portrait Artists; a recipient of Florida’s Degree of Photographic Excellence, Service and Educational Awards, More than 25 yrs. as a Kodak Mentor. Tim has three times received the Kodak Gallery Elite Award, 30+ Gallery Awards, Multiple Epcot Awards, countless print and imaging awards. His 2nd book. “ Portrait Mastery in Black & White” has been a best seller in it’s category.