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Ken Mendoza

Studio: Duende Photo

top 302017 San Francisco (United States)

International Award-Winning Wedding Photographer
Available worldwide

WPPI Winner
Member of Fearless Photographers
Top 10 Worldwide 2017 Wedaward.com
Top 5 USA 2017 Wedaward.com

My goal is always to provide clients dramatic timeless images from an unforgettable shoot. You will laugh and maybe even cry! But you will leave with a glow from the peak experience of our time together. From the India to the top of Yosemite's Half Dome, I aim to always provide something new and fresh to every single client.

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This photo was taken at San Francisco City Hall, one of the most beautiful wedding venues in the USA. Unfortunately, almost the whole building was rented out for an event, so I had to improvise to find a nice location for wedding photos. Here I had the Groom hold a large monolight from camera left, while the Bride spun her dress , while I photographed her from across the building (@200mm). I had the instruct the Bride to pose into the light , since the distance and ambient noise in the building was such that we could not communicate. The most important advice I gave her was. " the most important thing is to have fun , not technique!"

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The 2017 summer fires in Norther California had one benefit, gorgeous sunsets. This photo was taken at Land's End in San Francisco where some of the best sunsets can be seen, when the famous San Francisco fog clears. The extreme palette of orange cast, almost overwhelmed the raw image, and required delicate processing to make the image resemble what appeared to the eye in this beautiful moment.

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When light shines through the large windows at San Francisco City Hall, standard camera settings result in a blown out highlights. Most photographers avoid these spots to get an even exposure. I find that embracing the light and posing the Bride into the light, results in dramatic effect . The lights add to the scene by framing the subject, The overall effect is an intriguing tension, of light to dark.

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This couple from Singapore was in love the idea of having their pre-wedding pictures taken in place far different from their home region , in the tropics, without mountains and wilderness. This is one of their photos from a whole day shoot in Yosemite National Park. that took them from Yosemite Valley (pictured here), to the highest road in California, Tioga Pass, where snow was still melting in late August.

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This lovely scene is on Yosemite's famous Half Dome, just feet away from the "diving board", a 4,500 ft drop to Yosemite Valley below. This couple , only minutes before, was married on the very highest point on Half Dome with a full bridal party. As far as we are aware, this was the first full wedding on top of California's most famous promontory.

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In the Italian port town of Camogli, near spectacular Portofino, I saw a woman looking out the window of enjoying smoke, in a classic Italian still-life moment. I thought placing the bride in the next window, would be a lovely juxtaposition of old and young and, gruff versus virginal The apartment owners were very accommodating and the scene was an absolute joy to direct. There are times as an artist, I envision a scene, and it comes out of the camera exactly, the way I saw it in my mind. This was one of those times.

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Mark Twain - "The coldest winter I ever saw was the summer I spent in San Francisco." True, but not if you go to the beautiful hills that ring the City. On a cloudy summer day, we took the couple to the highest ridge in the Marin Headlands North of the Golden Gate. I literally ran with he couple to make it to this ridge for this sunset photo. The moment was so beautiful, the couple cried.

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