Oakland , CA


428-B Euclid Ave
Oakland, CA US 94610 (map)




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Ken and Brady are an award winning husband/wife wedding photography team, passionate about creating stunning fine art images for you. A wedding is such a momentous occasion, and we... Read more
Ken and Brady are an award winning husband/wife wedding photography team, passionate about creating stunning fine art images for you. A wedding is such a momentous occasion, and we genuinely enjoy the day with you. It's our vision to reflect your love, your families, the venue, and the celebration in our images. We were married in Yosemite National Park in 2007, one of our favorite places on earth and where we frequently photograph weddings. As recentweds ourselves, we understand your experience. We'll talk with you at length before the wedding to ensure that we see your vision & know what you want captured in memory.

We use state of the art cameras and lenses, and multiple lighting techniques to capture all the events of your wedding day in as much warm, natural light as possible. Ken is a Canon guy, and his large assortment of lenses & techniques produce astonishing images. Brady is a Nikon gal, producing beautiful portraits & romantic images with a completely different look. The combination of perspectives result in a wonderful variety of photographs for your wedding collection.

With two professional photographers, pro lighting, and photo styling, you have complete coverage for your wedding day. We don't have a set number of hours to photograph your wedding or charge by the hour, so your coverage is unlimited and your day is relaxed. Brady also designs all of our wedding albums by hand, so you're working with a close-knit team that never subcontracts design work.

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 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... being in a highly creative zone... and we're passionate about capturing the joy of your wedding day in our photographs. Read less




What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism, Portraiture, Traditional / Posed
What do your packages include?
Albums, Custom Graphic Design, Digital Files, Flush Mount, High Resolution Images, Negatives, Prints, Video Montage
Do you have liability insurance?
Do you offer special techniques such as hand-coloring or toning?
Do you have experience shooting in various lighting situations?
Is your media preference film or digital?
How many photographers do you work with?
Do you guarantee your presence at the actual event?
Do you sometimes book yourself for more than one event in a day? Weekend?
Do you have a replacement photographer in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
What kind of equipment do you typically bring with you on the day-of?
4-5 pro cameras, 1-12 pro lenses, pro lighting, pro video equipment.
Do you bring back-up equipment to the event in case of malfunction?
Do you charge hourly or full day?
Full Day.
Are you available to shoot extra hours? If yes, how much do you charge for extra hours?
No extra charge.
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
Meal required at reception provided by client.
Do you charge for travel?
Not in CA.
How soon after the event are the proofs ready for viewing?
8-12 weeks.
In what format are the initial proofs offered?
Jpg online.
How long can the client keep the proofs?
2 years.
Do you retain the copyright for the photos?
Do you reserve the right to publish the photos?
Do you provide the digital files and/or negatives (or copies of the negatives) to the client?
Yes, if purchased.
Will images be available for viewing online?
What kind of albums do you offer?
Many styles, all custom designed, Japanese or Italian high end mfr.
When will the client get the final album?
upon PDF approval, 3-4 weeks.


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I absolutely love the dynamic photo duo of Ken Mendoza and Brady Thomas. These two are such amazing wedding photographers and I can say this with confidence even though we haven't gotten our wedding photos yet.

We met with Ken & Brady about a year and a half ago when we started the process of planning our wedding. They were both so friendly and thoroughly answered all of our many questions. Our consultation was almost an hour and a half long! We were very impressed with their photography style, their albums, and with them in general and we knew they would be the perfect fit for our wedding.

In terms of value, their prices are very fair compared to other high-end wedding photographers. I know that Ken is an award-winning photographer, but their prices are still lower than other photographers and their work is much better in my opinion. We were able to customize our photography package to include a wedding album, prints, all-day photography, and an after-shoot. Our quote for all of this was quite reasonable.

Brady was great about responding to my many emails and provided some suggestions for our day-of wedding timeline. And I have to mention that we made it kind of hard for them because we had a very long photo shot list and a limited amount of time to take pictures. Ken & Brady were such professionals. My family and friends were very impressed with Ken's ability to get the perfect shot and Brady's expertise at posing. They had an iPad where we could see some of the photos and even though they were untouched, they were amazing. Ken & Brady stayed early for the getting ready shots until the late hours of the night when my now-husband and I made our grand exit. They were so amazing to work with and we can't wait to see all of the professional wedding pictures. We would highly recommend Duende Photo as a wedding photographer!
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My sister found Duende through Yelp after conducting a thorough search for photographers that had rave reviews & whose website gallery showed an impressive collection of wedding photos.After meeting with K&B, our minds were at ease knowing that we were in good hands & our wedding photos were going to be amazing.They far exceeded our already very high expectations! It was important that we captured the traditional photos of the day but, especially wanted unique shots on our wedding day & during a Day After Photo Tour at our fav landmarks in San Fran(made at their suggestion instead of doing engagement photos).K&B were far and above our favorite vendors from our wedding! They are true masters of their craft! They are so easy to work with, reliable (called when they said they would, made appointments to meet & were very flexible with our busy schedules) highly skilled, fun, relaxed and good-hearted people to boot. Family and friends have commented non-stop on the stunning photos they captured both on our wedding day and during our Day after Photo Tour (seriously-we showed a slide show of our photos at a 2nd wedding reception we had in Canada and there were audible oo, ahs, wows & gasps). We wanted to take photos at some of our favorite landmarks around San Fran and we had such a blast getting back into our wedding day attire to do this. It made the wedding day less hectic (photos by the venue only that day) and the photos they captured are true pieces of art. I strongly recommend you do this! One thing I noticed, about every other photographer we looked at, was that they charged by the hour. K&B said their coverage was unlimited & relaxed. They certainly delivered on this and it made ALL the difference. They showed up early to capture pre-wedding preparations & they were the last two to leave the wedding reception making sure every possible shot was taken & captured to recreate our special day.Thank you K&B for making our wedding portfolio dreams come true :)
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Wonderful. Ken and Brady have truly set the precedent for what it means to be a photographer in this industry. They captured my wedding day perfectly. They were patient, professional, and FUN. I didn't even notice they were there most of the day. They delivered the proofs, as promised and on time. My friends and family are still raving about the pictures that they took, and can't wait to order prints from them. In addition to being a bride, I'm also a wedding and event planner and am very particular about who I choose to work with. But the fact that I entrusted them to shoot my own wedding should say enough. I highly recommend them, you won't be sorry.
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Ken & Brady are a unique husband and wife photography team specializing in outdoor weddings held in the San Francisco Bay Area as including Napa and Yosemite. They both have exceptional eyes and calm/friendly personalities. Ken & Brady do not use associate photographers so you will always work with one or both of them personally. Hire them and you will love the results.

PS: Ken is not only a wedding photographer but also shoots business and family portraiture. A friend of mine hired him to shoot a portrait for a dating site and the results were stunning: photographically and socially!
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I could not have asked for a more perfect wedding photographer to so purely and beautifully capture the essence of how happy we felt as we stood before our closest friends and family to exchange our vows. Duende's artful combination of photojournalism and traditional wedding photography was perfect and turned out to be exactly what I didn't even know I wanted :)

When I look at our photos I relive the joy of our wedding day and the really magical thing about it is that I get to see it not only through my eyes, but through the eyes of our friends and family. With all of the fancy digital technology in cameras these days any decent professional wedding photographer can take satisfactory pictures of all the traditionally important moments of a ceremony and reception. In my experience, what makes Ken and Brady at Duende so special is that they captured those expected moments perfectly and then delighted me by catching so many unexpected vignettes in between. All of those in between moments that I didn't even know I wanted, but Ken and Brady so intuitively captured anyway are the photos I find I love the most.

When albums by other wedding photographers are shared with me there is usually something that I think is very important missing: what was happening where you weren't and when you weren't looking? For example some of my favorite and most touching photos from our wedding are of our friends and family watching the ceremony. Most wedding photography I see doesn't capture this because the photographer is completely focused on the couple. With the point of view of 2 amazing photographers that we got in the team of Ken and Brady our wedding was captured from many perspectives that would otherwise have been lost. Having 2 photographers was also great for getting both wide and close angles and for moments like the bouquet toss...I don't know anyone else who has such great photos of both themselves tossing and the guests catching. These may seem like little things, but when I sit down to peek at or share our wedding photos I deeply appreciate them.
Friends and family who weren't able to make it to the wedding, but visited the online galleries that Ken and Brady made for us have repeatedly told me that our photos are so great and vivid that they felt like they got to share in the day from afar.

Can you tell that I LOVE how our wedding photos turned out? :)

I'll stop gushing after sharing one last, but I think very important thing: in addition to delivering technically stunning and beautiful photos that I love even more than I expected to, Ken and Brady were beyond fabulous and comfortable to work with. This is critical because, although it is obvious in hindsight, it didn't occur to me in the midst of planning craziness that your wedding photographer is always nearby and shares some of the most intimate parts of your wedding day with you. They aren't just another vendor who does their job and then is gone. You need to like them and you need to be confident that they can capture your day perfectly without imposing or distracting you from it. At this Ken and Brady are masters...practically ninja-like. I hardly knew they were there unless I needed them or Brady was doing double-duty as an eagle-eyed stylist to adjust something quickly to make a shot perfect.

I have been wholeheartedly recommending Duende and singing their praises to anyone I know who is planning a wedding in the San Francisco Bay Area, Oakland, and beyond so I'm thrilled to tell you about them too! They're simply amazing and I want every couple to be as happy with their wedding photography as I am.
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Ken and Brady shot our wedding and our entire experience with them from preparation & engagement shoot to the wedding day to receiving our album and prints was 100% fantastic.

There are a few things that set them above the competitors we considered:

1) Ken's style of photography includes more than just mastery of traditional, mainstream wedding work. While he's experienced and completely capable at classical portraiture, he is also trained and experienced in photojournalism and landscape work. He got a few special shots at out wedding that are different and better than anything I've seen in friends' albums. Candid unscripted shots of preparation and special moments with friends and family and also stunning wide shots that captured the beauty and feeling of our outdoor location.

2) Brady has a gift for planning and professional organization. I was impressed by her detail-oriented thoughtfulness; during a meeting before our wedding she asked to see photos of the friends and family members closest to us so she could know who to focus on besides us and when we were talking through the wedding play-by-play she was able to help with details down to which way we faced during the ceremony to catch the best light.

3) Working with two professional photographers who have extensive experience shooting together was a treat. They have an instinct and rhythm together, during important moments they knew where to be to catch the same shot from different angles and when things got busy they split up to catch all the action. I was especially impressed (and a few guests also commented) that they managed to always be with us, and sometimes be in two places at once, but never be imposing or in the way. This is something you might not get with a pro photographer and a less experienced assistant. Besides your partner, your photographer is probably the person you spend the most time with on your wedding day, and with Ken and Brady that experience was completely comfortable and enjoyable.

The quality of their work is artistic and gorgeous, the style of their work is extraordinary, and the experience of working with Ken and Brady for our wedding photography was professional and enjoyable.
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