Master of Photography,
Photographic Craftsman, IE,
Fellow-American Society of Photographers
Inducted – Cameracraftsman of America
& International Society of Portrait Artists
Eastman Kodak Mentor, FDPE, FSA, FED
PPA National Award – SEPPA Award
3-Time Kodak Gallery Elite Recipient
A Photographer since the sixties, Tim became a photographers assistant and the “darkroom rat” for a large studio in 1968, having aspired to become a professional for a few years, he was set on becoming a top imagemaker as a teenager. His training included senior portraits, undergrad portraits, pre-bridals, families and executive portraits which were among the daily assignments. Tim became a master printer in the black & white world, but the studio he spent almost ten years in, also had a very rare, in-house color lab. We ran color on automated printers and hand printed on Chromegas, all day long. Tim ran one of the beta test lines for Kodak’s new C41 process. Densitometry, chemistry, retouching negatives and positives and print finishing were also mastered while in the New York / northern New Jersey area studio.
In 1974, Tim opened his first Florida studio, but after just a year and a half, he rejoined his former studio as a partner and returned to New Jersey for three more years. Selling out in 1978, Tim headed back to Florida to pursue his own studio once again. Though there would be many studios over the years, this time it would be for keeps. In 1990, very early into the digital revolution, while Photoshop was in 1.0, Kelly was implementing digital retouching and showing instant previews in his studio. By January 1999 he was one of the first filmless studios, and finally, rounding out the conversion, invested in his own high powered Kodak in-house lab in 2000. Leading the way, Kelly helped guide countless studios into the digital age.
Tim’s success in photography is legendary. He began teaching in 1988 and was immediately recruited to Kodak’s prestigious “Pro-Team” and became one of their first “Mentors”. As an instructor of advanced portraiture at Winona and then many affiliate schools coast to coast for nearly twenty five years, Tim has influenced the careers of many of todays industry leaders. He is determined to remain an asset to the industry, and accessible to photographers who are ready for some very big steps.
Now he is making a new level of mentorship available.