About Me

I was born in Wisconsin on a warm, summer day in August. Highlights of my professional photography career include three instructional/textbooks, a US postage stamp, a few billboards, and several magazine covers.


In 1995, I received my first purchase award from the Wisconsin Union. Two years later, I earned my B.S. in Art from UW-Madison. In 2006, I founded Timothy Hughes Photographics to pursue my passion for photography and visual art. I can be easily reached at (608) 345-9329 or via email (preferred):


I use a full-frame digital SLR camera and prefer utilizing prime lenses (fixed focal-length) whenever possible. Drawing from my extensive experience as a graphic designer, I possess a keen understanding of how to deliver impactful images that meet the demanding standards of art directors and photo editors, resulting in exceptional layouts. Rather than leaving things to chance, I take a systematic approach to assignments.

I operate a small photo studio located in downtown Madison, equipped with a cargo elevator, makeup area, garment steamer, an array of props, and access to many outdoor photo locations. Housed within Bedford Square, the historic brownstone building is over 100 years old, but it hasn’t lost its charm! It works perfectly for (small-midsized) product shoots, test shoots, and portraits. Larger shoots can be done at one of my favorite large rental  studios in town or on location. 

Since embarking on my journey as a photographer, I have had the privilege of showcasing my work at renowned galleries such as The Peter Jones Gallery in Chicago, Pico House Gallery in L.A., Echo Gallery in Chicago, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Bert’s Warehouse Theatre in Detroit, Kimia Lounge, Infusion Gallery in L.A., and various other venues.


I’ve received several awards for my photo work and have art residing in the Wisconsin Union, Kinsey Institute (Indiana University), and Wisconsin Historical Society permanent collections. In my free time, I love road racing (having over 60 triathlons/running races under my belt), and giving lectures on photography or other more eclectic topics.


I work with an awesome network of industry professionals including models, hair/makeup artists, wardrobe stylists & photo producers who can help on shoots as needed.


I’m very fortunate to have hundreds published photos which have appeared in such websites and magazines as: Glamour, Seventeen, Guitar World, Travel + Leisure, and Madison Magazine. Feel free to contact me to view my print portfolio or for reprint inquiries. I am able to travel internationally, my passport is current, and I love to work!


Click here for curriculum vitae (CV) in printable .pdf format

Photography Services


Professional aerial photographer in the midwest & beyond. I shoot construction sites, tourism, agricultural, and luxury real estate photos.


I've shot editorial photography for a number of magazines, newspapers and web publications nationally over the years. Let's talk!


Product photographer in Madison, WI. This has included high-end photography for websites, billboards and print catalogs.


My team loves to shoot beauty photography at the studio. Some of the work has been published internationally in magazines and books.


I work with models, modeling agencies and makeup artists to create modern fashion photographs at my Madison photo studio or on location.


Action sports, athlete portraiture, fitness, and active lifestyles. We've got the equipment to freeze high-speed action if needed.


Studio and commercial photographer in Madison since 2006. Corporate staff photos, advertising and portrait photography (studio or location).


A good segment of my business is shooting head shots for executives, actors, models, professionals and sports teams.


I love shooting travel and lifestyle photography. Much of it is available to licence on Getty Images and has been published around the world.

Madison skyline

Visit me in Madison, Wisconsin

I’ve lived in Madison my entire life and it’s undoubtedly one of the best cities in the US. If you’re thinking of visiting here for a photo shoot with me, you’re in for a treat! Summer is probably the best time of year to see the city. There are seven luxury hotels within a mile of my studio and dozens of fantastic restaurants, art museums, bike/run paths, venues, and shopping options. Welcome to Madison, the fastest-growing city in Wisco!

Business Hours

Professional Headshots

Monday:                         8am-5pm

Tuesday:                        8am-5pm

Wednesday:                   8am-5pm

Thursday:                       8am-5pm

Friday:                            8am-5pm

Saturday:                        8am-5pm

Sunday:                          Closed

I am highly experienced in photographing headshots for individual clients as well as new hires for Wisconsin companies. If you are in need of updated photos for a job search, editorial feature, or social media feel free to contact me for my availability. I have several options for backgrounds at my studio or am available to visit your location for a unique environmental portrait. The current rate for my headshot services stands at $235.00, which includes tax. This comprehensive package comprises a 30-minute session and professional retouching for your two favorite photos.