Tim Courtney resides in Los Angeles,  and loves to travel the U.S. and abroad for both work and pleasure. If you want to find him in public, you can almost bet on finding him enjoying a fine espresso and pastry at a select coffee house in LA, or an exceptional cafe in Paris.  Tim was born and raised in the blue-grass state of Kentucky, under the astrological sign of Pisces. In his college years he studied as a vocal performance major at Azusa Pacific University, in Southern California. Tim's first interest with photography began in 1997, with classic artistic black and white nudes.

Precisely one year after acquiring his first camera in 1997, his work was recognized by an art director of a New York magazine, who offered Courtney his first Hollywood celebrity with a magazine cover featuring TV and Broadway actress, Bea Arthur. One month later he photographed British actor Sir Ian McKellen and a long list of celebrities followed.  A few of these include: Dr. Maya Angelou, Shirley Mac Laine, Janet Jackson, Bea Arthur, David Cassidy, Shirley Jones, Phyllis Diller, Sir Ian McKellen, Fran Drescher, Tom Ford and Queen Latifah.

Upon release of these images, Courtney received a phone call and letter from LIFE Magazines, Neal Bulton. "You have Bea Arthur looking like a little girl and Ian McKellen, looks like he could actually be someone's father. You have a special gift in order to get these kinds of images, we very seldom get to see this intimate side of celebrities. We love your images here at LIFE Magazine.”

LA’s famous "Out Auction" in 1999, in which legendary photographer Herb Ritts was chair, Courtney’s famous image of barefooted Bea Arthur, was chosen to promote the event.

Oscars, Courtney has been hired as the exclusive photographer to
 photograph the  Italian Oscar nominees and other guest celebrities, for multi publishing in Italy’s entertainment magazines, at the Beverly Hills home of Italian filmmaker Dino de Laurentiis, .

Tim has made special guest appearances on both New York City and Los Angeles Television and Radio.  He has been interviewed and appeared in many national and international publications for both his photography, and his "giving back" through PictureMeHappy.org.  He has created and taught photography workshops at Laguna College of Art and Design, Palm Springs Arts and The University of Cincinnati.  Naturally with his love for travel, Courtney enjoys the luxury voyages as photography lecturer aboard Crystal Cruise Lines.

In May 2007, Tim Courtney founded his non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization called Picture Me Happy, (PictureMeHappy.org) Picture Me Happy helps inspire the healing process by providing "Photo Workshop," (an Art's in Medicine program) for hospitalized children who have serious medical conditions.  “Photo Workshop,” engages and inspires the children to take photos using insta-matic cameras, and then create and design their own personal magazines or photo books.

Celebrity Clientele         Corporate/Business Clientele
Dr. Maya Angelou            Edelman LA.Chicago.NYC
Sir Ian McKellen               Four Seasons Hotel
Shirley Mac Laine            USA Today
Queen Latifah                  GQ Magazine
Fran Drescher                  Forbes Traveler
Bea Arthur                        Vanity Fair
Chad Allen                        Vogue
Shirley Jone                      Los Angelenos
Rupert Everrett                 Dance & Fitness
Valerie Harper                  Boutique Design
Kathy Griffin                      Vegas News
Tom Ford                           Design & Architecture
David Cassidy                   Sipco Publications
Phyllis Diller                      A&U
James (Badge) Dale         Miller Hospital
Tate Donovan                   Big Bang Products
Nell Carter                         Applebaum House
Janet Jackson                   O-Bar Restaurant
98 degrees                        Citizen Smith Restaurant
Anthony Hopkins              Blend Restaurant
Edwin Mc Caine                The Rio, Las Vegas
Jeff Probst                         City of San Francisco
Sheryl Lee Ralph              Maggie Berry Fashions
Chris Showerman             Flying Pescado Pictures
Marla Gibbs                       Women in Film
Galen Gering                     Spike.com
Eva Tomargo Lemus         Italian Consulant, Los Angeles
Journee Smollett               New Times Magazine
Bryce Johnson                   GO Soft Wear
Beth Broderick                  Tiki Shark-Body Glove, Inc.
Jimmy                                 Lyons Johnston’s & Ass.
Jennifer Benson                RED Campaign
David Deluise                    Grove Press
Carol Channing                 Ballentine Publishing
Erin Murphy                       Barry's Boot Camp
Margret Cho                      Dance LA
CCH Pounder                    Air Alpha, Inc
Mother Love                      First Movies
Eric Stoltz                          Thomas Schoos Design
Heather Tom                     JMA
Kathy Najimy                     CBS
Nancy Wilson                    ABC
Heather Tom                     OM4 Men's Skin Care
Warren Beatty                   MyDamnChannel.com
Wilmer Valderrama           Shell Oil
Greg Louganis                   Fidelity Investments
Anthony Hopkins              Vapour Organic Beauty
Kevin Zeggers                   HBO