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Duende Photo

Hello & Welcome!

DuendePhoto is an award winning wedding photography team based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Ken Mendoza, as our lead photographer, is an International award winning photographer with over 100 recent award winning images. He is known for his dramatic and timeless images. We photograph weddings, engagements, elopements, pre and post wedding photography tours, family portraits, and fine art studio portraits.

We love what we do, and we've heard many times over that our enthusiasm is infectious. Whether an elopement of two or a gathering of hundreds, a wedding is such a momentous occasion, and we genuinely enjoy the day with you. We strive to reflect your love, your families, the venue, and the celebration in our images. We'll talk with you at length before the wedding to ensure that we see your vision & what you want captured in memory, as well as share our insights.

We use state of the art cameras and lenses, and multiple lighting techniques to capture all the events of your wedding day in beautiful light. The combination of perspectives results in a wonderful variety of photographs for your wedding collection, full of fun candids, romantic couple portraits, timeless group photos, sweeping wedding landscapes, and inviting details.

Our destination weddings have taken us from always stunning San Francisco to the romantic vineyards of California's wine country, to Northern California's ancient redwood forests, to the beautiful beaches of Santa Cruz, Malibu and San Diego, to spectacular Yosemite Valley.

We are available for travel worldwide.

Our name…

We adore Spanish music; Ken plays a little Flamenco guitar, and Brady was born in Barcelona. On our first date at a tapas bar in San Francisco, we got to talking about "Duende". Translations are many and elusive… it means roughly the zone that artists & musicians get into when they are in perfect, rhythmic harmony with each other, and with their art.

Years later, it seemed a fitting name for our business.

Come tell us YOUR story, and let us put the perfect wedding photography package together for you!

Over 100 International Awards

Master of WPPI - One of the world’s most prestigious guild of wedding photographers
Member of Team 🇺🇸 World Photographic Cup, Wedding Category 2022