Born and raised in Southern California, in the household of a classic car enthusiast, Ken learned to appreciate the sways of a tailfin and the sparkle of a chrome bumper at an early age.

California's film industry influences and attracts its young citizens. And for awhile, Ken thought that would be his endeavour. A graduate of UCSC in Film Studies, his career path took a detour when he discovered still photography. Though his first love is the cinema, particularly Film Noir, Chiaroscuro, and German Expressionist Cinematography ; his still images retain the influences of this cinematic orientation. Ken's work (seen here) represents the merging of these influences into automotive imagery.

One effort, a depiction of a classic 1957 Mercedes Benz Gullwing emerging from a pool of darkness won him awards in 2007 from both American Photo and Strobist. The latter was bestowed as Photo of the year.

He considers his chief influences are: John Alton, George Hurrell, and Orson Welles.