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My name is Ken Mendoza and I am a photographer based in San Francisco, California and the founder of San Francisco City Hall Wedding Photographers and Cofounder of Duendephoto (San Francisco Bay Area & Destination Weddings).
Ken has over 100 International Awards (many captured at City Hall) from prestigious international photographic competitions such as WPPI (Wedding Portrait Photography International), PPA Professional Photographers of America, Asia Wedding Photographers Associations (Asia WPA) and WPE - European International Photography Awards.

In 2022, I look forward to representing Team USA for the World Photographic Cup , an Olympic style international competition between top photographers from around the world.

Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, we are available for travel worldwide. We do not charge for travel anywhere in California. Our destination weddings have taken us from San Francisco, to the romantic vineyards of California's wine country and the Russian River, to the towering redwoods of Humboldt, to the beautiful beaches of Santa Cruz & Malibu, and of course to spectacular Yosemite Valley.

Our name: 'Duende' is a term borrowed from Ken's love of flamenco music. It means passion... two artists being in a highly creative zone... and we're passionate about capturing the joy of your wedding day in our photographs.

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Kate Sent on 05/26/2016
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Ken and Brady have been amazing to work with and the photos are more stunning than I could have ever imagined! They captured some of the most precious and raw moments at my wedding and I am forever grateful. Not to mention everyone looks beautiful in the photos! I am very particular and they worked with me on every angle. I saw their wedding album at the venue we chose and it instantly sparked our interest. After meeting them and viewing the their endless talent, it was an easy choice for both my new husband and I (and my husband is big into photography, so as picky I am, he can be even harder to please). I could go on and on, but simply put if you are debating between photographers or still searching, stop now and just choose Duende, you won't be disappointed! I should mention too they were there ALL DAY, 12 hours and were so sweet and nice. Most photographers keep you on a tight 8hr time frame which isn't enough to capture all the precious moments, you never know when they'll come up! Well Ken and Brady were there to capture it all.
Jennifer Sent on 01/24/2016
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We were very fortunate to find Brady and Anne for our Yosemite wedding photographers. We are from Kansas City and were married in Yosemite National Park. Brady and Anne were extremely knowledgeable about Yosemite and the many great locations they helped us choose for our wedding pictures. The sites they took us to doubled as an incredible scenic tour of Yosemite's many wonderful sites. It was a very wonderful experience that we will always remember and cherish.
Jimmy Sent on 11/23/2015
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Brady and Ken are very professional, responsive, and helpful. We developed good personal relationship and they provided many valuable suggestions to the whole wedding day other than their high quality photography job. I highly recommend them for your wedding if you are looking for San Francisco Bay Area wedding photographers.
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Ken Mendoza
Ken Mendoza
Lead Photographer

Recent Awards and Accolades

Chosen to represent Team USA in wedding category 2022 World Photographic Cup

2nd Place 2021 WPPI annual print competition (Gold Award ) bride and groom wedding day category

2021 Grand Imaging award finalist PPA International Photographic Competition

Top 10 (#6 overall )WPE Europe International Photographer Awards 2019

Gold Award Bride Alone Wedding Day Category for a City Hall Wedding Photo. WPE Europe 2019

Elite Member Status - Asia Wedding Photographers Association (one of 5 Americans with this honor with 12 Silver Awards)

3 Silver Awards (Total of 11 Awards) WPPI (Wedding Portrait Photography International) 1st 1/2 Competition 2019

Photographer of the Year - Professional Photographers of the Wine Country 2018

Top 10 Wedding Photographers Worldwide Ranked #10 in World & #5 USA- Wedawards Best Wedding Photographers 2017

Admitted to WPPI (Wedding Portrait Photography International) Honors of Excellence Guild - March 2018

2nd Place award for City Hall Wedding Photo "Love is Love" in WPPI Bride and Groom Wedding Day Category 2017

WPPI (Wedding Portrait Photography International) Award Winner (5 awards - including City Hall Real Wedding Photos) 2016 & 2017

Wedding Photographer of the Year 2017 - Professional Photographers of the Wine Country

Member of the Prestigious Fearless Photographers

Member of Inspiration Photographers

Photographer of the Year 2016 - Professional Photographers of the Wine Country

Print Competition Judge PPWC - Professional Photographers of the Wine Country

Educator - Classes taught to professional photographers on lighting for wedding photography

Member of Masters of Light (International) - A invitation only group of 1,000 of best wedding photographers worldwide

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Ken and Brady of DuendePhoto are simply superb. They are both truly skilled at their craft. What makes them even more special is that they are a husband and wife team. They have an ease when interacting with their clients that makes everyone feel comfortable. Likewise, the quality of their work is impeccable. I would highly recommend them to any bride who wants her day to be captured perfectly.

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