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I had always wanted to be a photographer from as far back as I can remember, getting my first camera - a Kodak Instamatic for Christmas aged six.
My father designed women’s shoes for a living, and both my parents were fascinated by fashion, so I was brought up surrounded by clothes, discussions on clothes, fashion images, and glossy magazines. Despite my father wanting me to go into the shoe business, my grand plan for when I grew up was to become a fashion photographer.
I went to art school at 17, and quickly selected photography as my speciality. After graduation I was lucky enough to assist some of the best photographers of the era including Chris Craymer, Robert Erdmann and Snowdon.
My interest in music swayed my decision making process, and I set up in my early 20’s as a portrait photographer, specialising in celebrities and music.
At 30 I had a solo exhibition at a west end gallery of my special effect colour portraits. The images of electronic and dance music artists, spring-boarded my career to the next level and led to me to being represented by agents in New York, Paris and London.
Around this time I was offered an ad campaign to shoot the launch of a new Peugeot and when I saw how much money was on the table I quickly jumped ships to specialise in cars and still life. The next ten years I spent shooting pan-European and global ad campaigns for many of the world’s top automotive brands.
In my early 40’s I wound down my advertising career as my work was predominantly coming in from my USA agents, often involving long trips away from home, and having separated from my wife I wanted to be near my three young children in London.
In 2017 I decided to revisit my early ambitions of fashion and beauty photography and have since worked hard to establish myself in this field.
I have a well equipped studio and production facilities in south central London and would be delighted to shoot your next project either in London or anywhere worldwide.
Tim Kent: Latest magazines
spotlight magazine Jul 2021 fashion & beauty photography
Tim Kent’s theatrical approach to fashion photography is both powerful and playful. Bold compositions and razor sharp lighting techniques, coupled with Tim’s love of classic and quirky clothes and styling leaves his strong hallmark on all that he touches.
Tim draws his inspiration from a host of sources including his vast library of photographic books; Beaton, Bailey, Horst, Brassai, Avedon, Herb Ritts and Javier Vallhonrat are amongst volumes that rarely gather any dust on the shelf.
Recent collaborations with a diverse range of stylists, including Bernard Connolly, Rebekah Roy and Mark Dooris, has led to some great editorial spreads for BARE Magazine, DSCENE, and Tim’s new venture ROTOR magazine which is due for launch in early autumn.
Tim’s recently re-designed website features fashion, beauty, portrait and men’s sections plus the best of his recent editorial and commercial work.