|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, represented Team USA for the World Photographic Cup (Wedding Category), an Olympic style international competition between top photographers from around the world.
As long as I can remember, I've been inspired to create. Ever since I discovered my passion for photography it's been my obsession. As a client, you will feel the love for what I do and the enthusiasm for making each image perfect.
Photography is my lifestyle and my channel through which I capture and appreciate the beauty that surrounds me every day. The beauty in People. The Beauty of the Bay Area. And yes, the beauty of light.
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, and yes, to San Francisco City Hall , I aim to always provide something new and fresh to every single client.
Recent Awards and Accolades
Chosen to represent World Cup of Photography Winner 2022, Team USA in wedding category.
2022 3rd Place Creative Wedding Category WPPI Annual with a City Hall exit photo
Master of WPPI (one of about 150 award winning photographers with over 20 awards in all photographic genres) the most prestigious of the world’s photographic competitions.
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
I am based in the San Francisco Bay Area and often travel to Wine Country, Vancouver, & Yosemite. In that last year, I photographed a wedding in India of a couple that had their American wedding at City Hall. I also photographed a full wedding on top of Half Dome, in Yosemite. Yes, I'll go anywhere in the world to capture that special moment.