Celebrity photographer Tim Courtney has shot over forty major magazine covers featuring Hollywood celebrities, published in books, interviewed and appeared in many national and international publications, as well as on radio and television. After twenty-seven years in Los Angeles, Tim Courtney Photography is now based in Palm Springs, California.
His exceptional Hollywood celebrity portraits have defined his career and truly been the mark of his fame and popularity among industry elite.
Most afternoons you can almost bet on finding Tim taking time to enjoying a fine espresso and pastry at a select coffee house or cafe.
He 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. As studio-singer, Tim has been a long time voting member of NARAS, aka, the Grammy’s. Tim's first interest with photography began in 1997, with classic artistic black and white nudes.
Tim loves helping people enhance their talents and passion through his photography workshops held in Palm Springs and Los Angeles. He has also held special photography workshops at the Laguna College of Art and Design, Palm Springs Arts and The University of Cincinnati. In addition, with his love for travel and public speaking, Courtney enjoys lecturing as Celebrity photographer aboard the luxury voyages of six-star Crystal Cruise Lines.
In May 2007, Tim Courtney founded his non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization called Picture Me Happy. 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 photo books using their photos, brightly colored papers, yarns, magic markers, and the most fantastic stickers!
Every age celebrates the photographers that capture the spirit of that time. These creative, successful people could photograph the greats - the artists, writers and celebrities of the day - so well because they were celebrities in their own right.
From Nadar, Steichen, Snowden, David Bailey, Richard Avedon, Herb Ritts, Greg Gorman, Annie Lebovitz, Tim Courtney belongs in the pantheon of these greats - he’s one of the most respected visual story tellers of our time. His conceptual vision, delivery of good direction to his subjects, and dramatic use of light have created some of the most intimate and powerful images ever made.
Timothy has been a voting member since 1983. Timothy has been a professional singer both live and in-studio. From performing at Hollywood clubs like West Hollywood’s Rose Tattoo, and SUNSET STRIP’S Carlos & Charley’s, The Central (now The Viper Room), The Roxy, and Wisky a Go Go, to national touring and singing back-ups in famous Hollywood recording studio’s.