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A native of Tacoma, Washington, Tim Klein is a commercial/editorial photographer. His career spans almost 20 years, and he's been published in esteemed magazines and worked with many Fortune 500 companies such as Apple, Burberry, Esquire Magazine, The New Yorker, W Magazine, and Yamaha. He shoots with a variety of cameras but prefers his Leica.

“My photography is inspired by people, places, and things. I was trained as a photojournalist so I find inspiration everywhere — from my travels abroad to my own backyard. My biggest source of inspiration is light, especially the way it can dramatically change a scene. I love the glow of morning light through fog, the graphic shadows of noon light, the light of an overcast day, and the dramatic rosecolored light at sunset.

I am fascinated by people and their stories — from celebrities and people overcoming a life-changing obstacle, to simple loving moments between a parent and their child. There is so much beauty in everyday life. I meet so many people from drastically different backgrounds and all of them inspire me tell their stories with photography.

I am also drawn to nature, from vast open landscapes, to intricate details and patterns. The experience of really noticing the world around me is the greatest inspiration of all.”

Tim currently lives and works in Chicago, Illinois.


"Tim was a delight to work with. He is professional, communicative, and worked hard to help us meet project deadlines. Tim provided a targeted selection of photographs based on our parameters and each one showed his keen eye. We highly recommend collaborating with Tim!" 

Julia Sobieraj

Art Consultant at DeGroot Fine Art

"Thanks for your prompt response on my order.  I enjoyed meeting you, and find your work exceptional.  Glad to have these photographs as an incentive to use them in a new wine related adventure."

Charles F. Shaw

 Businessman & Wine Expert

"The work of Tim Klein is wonderfully diverse, always with a pop of color. It is a vibrant shot of life that effortlessly comes together to tell a story whether it is photographs taken throughout Chicago or a mash-up of lifestyle shots from all over the world. That is what is so much fun about his work, it is like having a passport to the human experience, seeing all of the details of life."

Heather Fritz

Creative & Marketing Director, CEDARst


"Tim's work is so visually beautiful, but is also very authentic and real. He is collaborative and wonderful to work with. Tim sees the world differently and is constantly finding the shot."

Joe Stuart

Creative Director


"I've had the pleasure of working with Tim for 6 years on projects big and small. He gives all of them the same attention and respect, and 100% effort."

Amy Wolff

Photography Editor

"Tim Klein captures life in photos that I find to be interesting and exceptional. His vision and eye for the unexpected proves to be his greatest attributes that produce profound and thought provoking images. His high caliber of editorial photos sets him apart from other editorial photographers. His work is authentic and powerful. I would strong recommend Tim Klein Photography."

Tara Orris

Director of Planning and Development for Cook County Clerk

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