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Ken Mendoza

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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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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I love shooting in Californian and Italy, since the sun sets over the ocean! This photo was taken on a cliff South of San Francisco, using a strobe with a reflector, set at almost 20 ft, in order to balance the sun in a natural looking way.

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On the grounds of a beautiful winery in Sebastopol, California, we arranged a first look with the couple's beloved dog and the Groom's childhood muscle car, placed on a winding service road. The bride ran elegantly to the groom and this beautiful moment was the result.

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This grove of Redwood trees had flat central area that seemed to be a perfect location to place the couple in a dramatic pose , fitting the overall scene, filled with strong lines and radiant light.

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Sometimes the best photographic opportunities are just pure serendipity. Between wedding prep and the church ceremony , I saw this idyllic scene and had the limo driver pull over and we raced to pose the couple in this beautiful grove of trees.

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I wanted the light in this photo to appear as window light, so I put off camera lighting in a position that was in perfect alignment with the subject. It goes without saying , that I was very pleased to see that she could do a Grand Jeté leap! At that point, the photo's composition was obvious and after about ten tries, we achieved this dramatic scene that appears both effortless and elegant and the same time.

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San Francisco's iconic Fairmont hotel is full of surprises. This ceiling in the Penthouse Suite was a perfect place to photograph these newlyweds during their reception. Below, while well over 100 guests enjoyed their cocktails and appetizers, the couple enjoyed a moment to themselves, while their shadows danced with the Zodiac symbols.

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I am always looking for ways to evoke classical painting motifs in my work. This photo came together as an inspiration from subject's effortless motion and the beautiful light, almost falling from the window.

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This photo was taken at the beautiful Castillo de San Felipe del Morro in San Juan Puerto Rico. I waited until the sun set just enough behind the clouds, so that I could emphasize the subject's beautiful profile. When I had her drop her lens facing shoulder, down and back, her stunning profile matched the drama of her surroundings.

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This bride's flowing dress inspired me to develop a series of photos I call the 'Spin Collection'. This photo was taken just after the ceremony. After a number of tries , I found that having the bride face away, allowed her to focus on the movement of her dress, without worrying about expression. This allowed her to truly enjoy her wedding dress in an almost private way, while communicating her experience with beautiful body language to the camera.

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Understandably, so many outdoor wedding photos from California focus either on mountain or ocean scenes. The foothills of the Sierra Nevada are a perfect place for idyllic scenes of oaks, rolling hills and stunning sunsets. In this photo, I tried to make the couple a part of their environment by placing them as a tree in on the rolling hills.

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I am always looking for a something different for my clients. Instead of just having the couple be photographed in typical celebration, as they leave the building (in this case San Francisco City Hall). I thought I would take a reverse approach and backlight them in semi-silhouette, but ensure there is light on their faces to reveal their obvious passion. Once I have a vision I keep at it. This is probably the 10th attempt at this shot and I finally achieved what I set out to do.

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I have been waiting for years to photograph a full wedding on top of Half Dome , in Yosemite National Park. The logistics, and sheer effort of two days backcountry travel with full gear, were formidable. After the ceremony, I posed the couple on the edge of the 5,000 ft face and captured this image , that I had envisioned all these years.

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