Photo by:  Danny Tayenaka

Photo by: Danny Tayenaka

Tim Kothlow is a photo editor and photographer based in Orange County, Calif. As both a photo editor and photographer, Tim has worked with a number of nationally recognized publications, brands and nonprofits such as Hurley, Australian Surfing World Magazine and Forge54.  

Tim graduated with degrees in Photography + Graphic Design and Marketing from California Baptist University in 2015. 

During his time at university, Tim worked his way up from staff photographer to photo editor for Pursuit, the university’s student-produced magazine. During his tenure as photo editor, the magazine and its staff won several awards from the Associated Collegiate Press and College Media Association. In the 2014-15 academic year, Tim won both a CMA photography contest and a Silver Addy Award. 

Besides working his way up ranks of his school’s magazine, Tim set a goal to become the photo intern for the world’s most recognized surf publication, Surfer Magazine. By his senior year, he landed the photo internship, and his photo editing and photography career took off. Within the first weeks of his internship at Surfer Magazine, the photo editor and assistant photo editor developed enough confidence in Tim to leave him with their duties while they traveled around the world for the magazine. 

Since graduating from university, Tim has worked with many of the world’s top professional surfers and brands like Carissa Moore and Rachael Tilly for Hurley, Bianca Buitendag for Roxy and Courtney Conlogue for Billabong. With these athletes and brands, Tim has traveled around the globe and created content that has been seen and used all over the world. 

Currently, Tim is the associate photo editor for ZUMA Press. Tim is also working with a growing nonprofit called Surf Deployments, which connects service members and veterans to friends and mentors with a shared passion for surfing. He acts as the photo editor and photographer to curate and create content for the brand as it grows.


Work Found In:

- SURFER Magazine

- Australian Surfing World

- Tracks Magazine

- Sea Together Magazine

- Novelle Vague

- Pursuit Magazine

- The Surf Channel


- American Advertising Award: Silver

- 1st Place ACP/CMA Photo Contest

- “Best in Show” Pursuit Magazine CMA Conference



- Hurley

- Album Surf

- Surf Deployments

- Sun Bum

- Billabong

- Roxy

- 7Twelve Marketing

- Target

- Quest Diagnostics

- MD Live

- Prism Sport

- Sparkhouse Production

- Forge54


- Allons Rider

- Novelle Vague

- Voyage LA


 Photo By: James Epperson

Photo By: James Epperson