Professional commercial, travel, adventure & surf photographer. Artist. Storyteller. kenpagliaro@me.
Netflix’s Wednesday Adams
End of an era!
Moon’s Market is closing for good. They satisfied my sweet tooth, or any other random thing I needed, for the past 20 years. A true neighborhood convenience store!!
Congratulations to this guy💪🏼💪🏼, , and all of the paddlers and their crew that made it across the channel for the coveted and grueling 32-mile prone paddle during the 2022 Catalina Classic.
Photos #2 & #3 are of paddler 71. If anyone knows who that is I’ll tag ‘em. Thank you.
Thank you for the August cover and spread. Thank for accepting the task of photographing my !. Much gratitude☺️🙏🏻❤️
Daydreaming… mid-week slide
Been having a blast photographing for for the past 2 days!!
Thank you .monaghan and Southbay Magazine for sharing my story along with all of the other talented artists featured in this month’s issue.
Thank you for the under water shots and for the featured portrait!!
Thank you again .monaghan for honoring my story and telling it beautifully. ☺️🙏🏻
If you’d like to read the article the link is in my bio
HUGE art event tomorrow in Hermosa Beach!! Link in my bio for tickets and more info. Hope to see you there!!
SOTA’s theme is the Six C’s: Creativity, Consciousness, Connection, Communication, Content, and Culture. This will be an elaborate, immersive art and music experience like no other.
The evening will bring together top local leaders, influencers, established and emerging artists, visionaries, creators, and brands - all of whom will be led through an experiential celebration of creativity featuring South Bay’s emerging artists - culminating in an unforgettable celebration involving food, music, dancing and lots of surprises. And your ticket price covers all food and drink!!
Proud to be involved in the public art project . Thank you Sea Prite Hotel for the primo real estate overlooking The Strand alongside Keith Brinker’s epic board
Startind tomorrow, click the link in my bio to bid on any of the participating artist’s surfboards. Proceeds from my board will go to for the beautiful work they’re doing at and beyond.
The boards will also be on display this weekend at the South Bay Surf Awards hosted by , the Surfers Walk of Fame induction ceremony and the following weekend at State of the Art gala in Hermosa. Hope to see you there!
Thank you for the 📸
Oscars tonight! C’mon… mom’s makin’ crabby snacks and homemades!!😄😋
Before this helicopter took off the pilot gave me a survival pack and told me it would keep me alive for two days just in case he couldn’t come back for some reason… umm.. blink.. blink
A remote location on a shoot near the Columbia Glacier in Alaska 2013.
The March issue is out!! Congratulations Jules! It was a real pleasure to work with you and your family! Thank you for bringing all that good energy and creativity!!
7 Custom designed couture garments by
ARTIST & COUTURIER .hanbok
† HAIR by
© MAKEUP by
† Lashes & Nails by
A giant among giants and a truly humble soul. Your stories and influence in the surf community will be missed but never forgotten. RIP Hap❤️
Thank you Mother Nature for the long lasting electric light show last night 🌎⚡️
It was great to work with last weekend!! Thanks to for bringing me on board. Three straight days of good music and good vibes!!!✌🏼
Good luck to all the paddlers and es**rt boats crossing the channel this Sunday for the 44th Catalina Classic. The Classic journey ENDS with a 32-mile crossing from the Isthmus of Catalina to the Manhattan Beach Pier. The actual journey starts many months before!! If you’ve done it you know what I’m talking about!😀😉🤙🏼
Go ahead and tuck yourself in… OK🤷♂️
Walking home after an epic sunset session with your friends talking about your best waves…
Check out my good friend Mark Levy’s () spread in the latest issue of SouthBay Magazine (), written by .Monaghan. I’ve been photographing Mark ripping out front for years so it was really fun to be commissioned this time!
Mark has expanded his many talents to painting local scenes. Follow him to see his work and to experience his masterful storytelling. Link to the artical in my bio.
The multi-talented reaching for a breath…
Happy World Oceans Day🤙🏼
Ocean metaphor for life #1001...
Perspective is everything. I was 3 seconds and roughly 10ft away from breaking the surface when I took this photo. The scene above was plenty beautiful but had I been reluctant to enter the depths I would not have seen the beauty of the light poking holes in the darkness.
“It’s not, who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”
gettin’ some shade under the Hermosa Pier.
Rain on your wedding day?!!
No one prays for rain on their wedding day but in this case it highlighted the beautiful brides and everyone that came to celebrate them.
I remember nothing but love and laughter on this day and
Coors Light campaign up in Alaska. The sun came up at 10am and set at 4pm. Some of the coldest, shortest shoot days I’ve ever had. Such an adventure.
A photo of me taken by the insanely talented on a project we worked on together two October’s ago.
I don’t get many photos of myself so I appreciate the gift Ricky. Thank you😊🙏🏻🤙🏼
An article about our trip to Mavericks written by Kevin Cody.
The most powerful of the six back to back Northwest swells was forecast to hit Mavericks last Sunday, Jan 8. Three longtime El Porto friends, big wave surfer Bob Sievers, photographer Ken Pagliaro and…
I’m often appalled with the way humanity paints itself. I’m way more impressed with the way nature does it.
A shameless selfie...
I couldn’t help it! A few years back I had the opportunity to photograph a mock rescue with the U.S. Coast Guard from the air and water.
Before we left the ground they put me in a flight suit and told me that I was officially part of the crew and that I needed to familiarize myself with the inside of the helicopter in case we needed to ditch in the ocean.
I was told that the first thing that would happen once we ditched was that the helicopter would flip over due to the weight of the rotors and immediately start sinking.
Before we took off they put me in my seat and told me to visualize my surroundings and try to imagine being upside down while removing my safety harness and pulling the the explosively charged levers on the window that would blow the window outward and flood the cockpit so that I could escape.
That’s when I thought to myself🤔... what the f # am I doing?!!😳😄
We all saw it😱...
gracefully free falling from the ledge of a 40+ footer at Mavericks.
As heinous as it looked it was the wave behind this one that broke on his head and held him down that really hurt, he said afterwards.
One of my favorite directors, and an all around great human to work with, holding the torch on the set of The Chattering a few years back. The set was legitimately creepy!
Pretty dramatic sunset tonight.
The Pacific Ocean has been on fire with surf.
Tow rope, paddle... whatever it takes. It all takes balls trying to out run that scary f___ing vortex.
Unknown (to me) standup paddler. If anyone knows I’d love to give him props.
The cliff at a Pillar Point was lined with spectators trying to catch a glimpse of the kraken swallowing surfers whole.
with his feet planted firmly on the docks before charging Mavericks hard. Wil’s dad came out to watch him surf for the first time and witnessed what a gladiator his son is.
An absolutely mental day at Mavericks. From our captain dodging close out sets between the nav buoys on the way out and back, to the whole gallery of boats and skis going full throttle to get out of the way of a 50+ wave about to close out the channel. Adrenaline fueled ALL DAY😄🤦♂️
Pictured above: at the bottom of a behemoth while does a fly by.
More images to come...
...meanwhile, back in the Southbay.
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