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Tim Wheeler

Tim Wheeler

Photographer Tim WheelerTim Wheeler knew he was going to be a photographer when he was 7 years old. As he stared at an old Sports Illustrated poster above his bed, he realized he could be the one taking those pictures. Coming from an artistic family, he knew his creativity would be best expressed on film. He spent his high school years shooting memories for the school yearbook. He was even accepted to the Center for Creative Youth at Wesslyan University, a prestigious summer camp where only 500 kids from around the world were accepted.

In 1995, Tim was accepted to The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. Here he majored in photojournalism and earned a degree in Science of Photography. Making the move to South Florida gave Tim the chance at fulfilling his dream of becoming a sports photographer. During his sophomore year, he received an internship with The Miami Herald, and soon after began his career of becoming a sports photographer.

He began shooting for sporting events around the city, including; high school baseball and basketball and Little League Baseball. It was his work in the sports pages of The Miami Herald that earned him the chance to become a freelance photographer for major league sports. He began shooting the NFL, NBA, MLB and Major League Soccer regularly. It was because of his love of sports and passion for photography that he was able to be published in newspapers across the country.

In 1999, Tim needed a change and set his sites on Cleveland, Ohio. Here he began freelancing for The Cleveland Plain Dealer. Soon he landed a job as a staff photographer for The Cleveland Free Times. This gave Tim the chance to really stretch his wings as a photographer. Here he began to shoot everything from the the horrors of Frankenfoods to exposes on the city’s homeless. It also allowed him to discover another passion in concert photography. Here Tim began shooting for The Rock n Roll Hall of Fame and the Gund Arena. He was able to shoot everything from Erykah Badu to Dave Matthews Band.

In 2002, Tim returned to his hometown of Danbury, Ct. He received a position as a staff photographer for the Danbury News Times. Here he received recognition winning An Excellence in Journalism Award for his photograph of a child inspecting his new silver medal. It was here Tim was given the chance of a lifetime. Because of his proximity to New York City, he was able to cover some of the aftermath of the tragedy of 9/11.

Using his connections in the art world, Tim was able to have a breakfast with the firefighters, police officers and ground zero workers at St Paul’s Cathedral. Because of this, Tim became the only professional photographer to shoot inside the Cathedral.

In 2004, Tim returned to South Florida and began assisting to long time friend and mentor, Michael Theonnis. Assisting on commercial accounts including Traveler’s Insurance and American Airlines.

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Comments to “Tim Wheeler”

  1. “Had a great time. Tim was great!”

    -Melia Healy

  2. “Absolutely phenomenal composition class, and great instructor! I learned so much at today’s class, and I finally feel like I can use all the great functions on my camera! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!”


  3. ” Just wanted to let you know I very much enjoyed the class on Saturday at
    the Lowry Park Zoo with Tim Wheeler He was very approchable and
    knowledgeable. I will take more classes with him.

    – Yvette Cowdrey

  4. “The class was amazing!! I got to meet new people and we got to take pictures.
    Tim was amazing, I’d love the opportunity to learn more from him. He took the time to answer all of our questions and he showed me a few tricks to take the type of pictures I like.
    It wouldnt let me attach more than one, but I like this one :)”
    Thank you guys!


  5. “The class is awesome!! My teacher Tim taught me a lot about my camera and how to use a lot of the features I was confused about. The instructor took time with each student along with group instruction. I would definitely take future courses with this company to further my knowledge! Here are some photos I took yesterday! All of my photos I submitted are directly from the camera by the way. No editing, photoshopping or cropping by the way. Thanks again!!”


  6. “Richard,
    Enjoyed the class today in Tampa and Tim was great.
    Attaching a few pics for you from today’s class-a gorgeous day in Florida!!”

    -Patty Pryde

  7. “Hello Richard,

    I wanted to email you and let you know that I really enjoyed the class I took with Tim Wheeler at the University of Tampa last weekend.”

    -Haley Bockius

  8. “Tim,
    Thank you for a great class and sharing your insight, stories and knowledge. I so much enjoyed talking with you and the tips gave me more to think about in my composition.
    The pictures were large to email. I added a “photo” page to my website and posted the pictures there for you to see. I will send Richard Rabinowitz an email referencing the Plant Hall class and how well you did. (I will send that tomorrow, it is getting late).

    I would love to get together with you sometime and do a fun shoot at Busch Gardens (my kids are grown but you could make it a family day) or do the scavenger hunt thing with a group. We could invite those who were there today and others you may know that might enjoy it.

    Thanks again for all the information and taking the time to do the class. It is great to see someone who is passionate about their work and really enjoy it.

    Take care and hope to hear from you.”

    -Rodney Altamore

  9. “Hey Richard! Im back home from meeting with Tim. You were right about him being a great person. It was an awesome experience and it really made up for the inconvenience. I will email you some of the pictures as soon as I transfer them to my laptop. Thank you and I am looking forward to the Composition in the field Workshop. Thank you both and I look forward to keep learning with your courses. ”

    Johnny Suriel

  10. “We met with Tim today as planned. He is spectacular! We had a great session”

    – Meghan

  11. “My name is Isaura Gomez. I was one of the students for the class given in Greynolds park this past weekend by instructor Tim Wheeler. The class was great and we learned new tricks to make a better composition. Definitely taking another class with him soon. Thank you so much for having this academy. My hobby is photography and this class is helping me to get better at what I like.”

    – Isaura Gomez


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