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About me

Tim Paton is currently employed at Magnum Photos, responsible for generating commercial opportunities for the agency’s photographic membership. Tim has spent his whole career in the photography business. He started out as a photographer himself working for the legendary music Magazine the NME. He then went on to set up his own commercial photo agency called Balcony Jump, which quickly became established as one of the best agencies in London. With Balcony Jump, Tim has worked with many of the worldwide leading brands including Nike, Gucci, Guess, Ford, Volvo and IBM. He has helped nuture the careers of many well established photographers and produced both large and small shoots all over the world.


  • Commercial Photography
  • Editorial
  • Creative Direction
  • Photography
  • Magazines
  • Image Manipulation
  • Fashion Photography
  • Portraits
  • Photoshoots
  • Digital Photography

Work history


Advertising Manager

Magnum Photos London

May 2013
  • Building a new Magnum Photos commercial website to help define their commercial offer Selling the photographers in to commercial brands, advertising and design agencies Helping to plan and devise a new digital strategy for Magnum Photos Quoting and Negotiating commercial stock sales.



Balcony Jump Management Ltd

Jan 1995 - Mar 2013
  • Balcony jump management was one of the leading uk photographic and style agencies. 1 Selling and pitching for new work, to companies of all sizes. 2 Negotiating fees, production budgets, contracts and usage rights 3 Organizing production for photo shoots and full project management including casting, location searches, client liaison, budgets and digital workflow. 4 Creating new marketing initiatives for our talent to insure they have maximum exposure within the industry (including social Media) 5 Discovering new creative talents 6 As MD I was fully responsible for the financial accounts, HR and other Directorial duties.



Business Management

Bournemouth University

Jan 1984 - Dec 1986
  • HND Business Studies/Advertising