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“My first school assignment: capturing movement. I used popcorn popping on my mother’s stove, butter and grease dripping onto the floor; half-popped kernels and a full- fledged mess, a beginning but I knew this was going to be exciting.” - Ken Hively

Lemmon and Matthau photographed by Ken HivelyFlash forward 20 years, Marina Del Rey, on board John Wayne’s boat "Wild Goose", Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon await their photo shoot for "Out to Sea". Immediately Jack Lemmon grills Ken on what lens, film, and camera he’s using only to be interrupted by Walter Matthau in a classic ‘Odd Couple’ moment saying, “C’mon Jack let’s get this fucking thing over with.”

Clint Eastwood photographed by Ken Hively

Warner Brothers Studio in 2004, Ken sets the scene for a Million Dollar Baby photo shoot with Hillary Swank and Clint Eastwood. He asks Clint to clasp his hands and look into the camera. Only a handful of photos later, Ken wraps up the shoot and Clint says, “I like a man who knows what he wants.” In closure, Clint offered a handshake only to be denied because Ken had a cold and wanted to spare him the germs. Clint reacts, “Well how about a punch in the gut then?” of which he followed through with a punch as his parting gesture.

Whether half-popped or over cooked, the possibilities are endless through Ken’s lens.

AWARDS

CELEBRITY PORTRAITS
Pop icons, celebrities and corporate executives captured in provocative settings
Pop icons, celebrities and corporate executives captured in provocative settings.

FEATURE
FEATURE Photos come to life in their presentation through artistic approaches, precise lighting and creative design
Photos come to life in their presentation through artistic approaches, precise lighting and creative design.

ENTERTAINMENT
Award shows: The Oscars, The Grammy’s, The Screen Actor’s Guild, MTV Awards, The Golden Globes.  Concerts and performances to name a few: Paul McCartney, Green Day, Madonna, Tom Petty, No Doubt and Cher
Award shows: The Oscars, The Grammy’s, The Screen Actor’s Guild, MTV Awards, The Golden Globes.  Concerts and performances to name a few: Paul McCartney, Green Day, Madonna, Tom Petty, No Doubt and Cher.

DOUBLE TAKES
DOUBLE TAKES Images that expand beyond the ordinary eye and take an intuitive approach, projecting “awe” and laughter
Images that expand beyond the ordinary eye and take an intuitive approach, projecting “awe” and laughter.

ARCHITECTURE
ARCHITECTURAL PHOTOGRAPHY
An uncanny ability to showcase the composition of structures by accentuating their angles, design and textures.

WEDDINGS
WEDDING photographer Malibu, CA
Go beyond just capturing the event to accentuating the magical, candid, and most memorable moments.

SCENICS
images from John Muir Trail, Malibu, Istanbul, New York, Venice, Egypt
Destination images from John Muir Trail, Malibu, Istanbul, New York, Venice, Egypt and beyond.

BLACK AND WHITE
BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY
Beginning with Groucho Marx in 1974, Ken's "wall of fame" includes Ceasar Chavez, Henry Fonda, Ansel Adams, Michael Jackson, Ted Kennedy & Muhammad Ali, just to name a few...