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Duke Photography

Pasadena , CA
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LOCATION

119 East Union Street, Suite E
Pasadena, CA US 91103 (map)

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626-744-9695

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ABOUT US

Duke's relentless pursuit to capture the best photos from your wedding day, along with his friendly personality, discreet presence and quick thinking, make him the perfect choice. He... Read more
Duke's relentless pursuit to capture the best photos from your wedding day, along with his friendly personality, discreet presence and quick thinking, make him the perfect choice. He will leave your day capturing an abundance of glamorous, photojournalistic and long-lasting memories. Duke views each wedding as a fresh and new assignment, striving to capture images that are unique to your wedding. His use of additional lighting and a keen eye to scout out the best locations are essential to his original style in wedding photography.

For the past 15 years, Duke has dedicated his life to photography. He is an award-winning wedding photojournalist whose work has been featured in Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, Ceremony Magazine, The Knot Best of Weddings, Your Wedding Day, Junebug Weddings, South-Asian Bride Magazine and numerous other publications. Read less
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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism
What do your packages include?
Albums, Custom Graphic Design, Digital Files, Flush Mount, High Resolution Images, Matted Prints, Prints, Proof CD of All Images, Thank You Cards, Video Montage
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
Do you have experience shooting in various lighting situations?
We pride ourselves in having an excellent grasp on lighting- whether it be finding the perfect natural light, or the use of strobes and tungsten lights.
Is your media preference film or digital?
We shoot with hi-end digital cameras
How many photographers do you work with?
We typically are a duo at most events. Occasionally we have been requested as a trio.
Do you guarantee your presence at the actual event?
Absolutely, if my name is on the contract you can be guaranteed that I will be there.
Do you sometimes book yourself for more than one event in a day? Weekend?
We reserve only one wedding per day- our focus is on giving the client all of our attention and not spreading ourselves too thin throughout the course of the day.
Do you have a replacement photographer in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
Although this has never happened, in the serious case that I am unable to photograph your wedding, I have a vast network of fellow photographers that would be able to take over my duties.
Do you bring back-up equipment to the event in case of malfunction?
Both myself and my second shooters have 2 cameras with us at all times.
In what format are the initial proofs offered?
We start with providing you with a webshow about 2-3 weeks after the event, depending on the height of the season.
What kind of albums do you offer?
We have many different styles of albums- our most popular being a Leather Craftsmen magazine style. We also have simpler coffee table books and classic style albums as we deal with a number of exquisite vendors.

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Marine
Wedding:
11/3/2012
5.0/5.0
Amazing personality and Amazing person...... He is an artist that captures extraordinary details.
My engagement photos look great and I love the preview of the photos of my wedding night.
Amazing personality and Amazing person...... He is an artist that captures extraordinary details.
My engagement photos Read more...
Amazing personality and Amazing person...... He is an artist that captures extraordinary details.
My engagement photos look great and I love the preview of the photos of my wedding night. Read less
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punjabijunior
Wedding:
2/4/2012
4.9/5.0
Duke Photography is the best in the industry! I picked Duke because of his artistic eye and ability to capture great photos in a very unique style. Duke's photos are very fashionable, dramatic and glamorous. He pays a great deal of attention to fine details through out the wedding day. My wedding date was February 4th, which is a winter month. Duke is a photographer who has the ability to create great photos in darker settings with extra-ordinary lighting. He also pays attention to these weather details which a lot of other photographers don't (through my experience of meeting with them). Duke has been featured in NUMEROUS publications. He's the BEST and girls, that's one thing you NEVER skimp on. Aside from video, photography is one of the only things that will last the rest of your life and will be the only thing you can look back to your wedding with. DO NOT BE CHEAP WITH PHOTOGRAPHY. You pay for what you get and Duke is MAGNIFICENT and worth every penny.
Duke Photography is the best in the industry! I picked Duke because of his artistic eye and ability to capture great Read more...
Duke Photography is the best in the industry! I picked Duke because of his artistic eye and ability to capture great photos in a very unique style. Duke's photos are very fashionable, dramatic and glamorous. He pays a great deal of attention to fine details through out the wedding day. My wedding date was February 4th, which is a winter month. Duke is a photographer who has the ability to create great photos in darker settings with extra-ordinary lighting. He also pays attention to these weather details which a lot of other photographers don't (through my experience of meeting with them). Duke has been featured in NUMEROUS publications. He's the BEST and girls, that's one thing you NEVER skimp on. Aside from video, photography is one of the only things that will last the rest of your life and will be the only thing you can look back to your wedding with. DO NOT BE CHEAP WITH PHOTOGRAPHY. You pay for what you get and Duke is MAGNIFICENT and worth every penny. Read less
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Jake
Wedding:
7/30/2011
5.0/5.0
Photographer and his assistant were awesome. They do amazing work and so dedicated. Expensive but well worth it. One of the best decisions we made for our wedding.
Photographer and his assistant were awesome. They do amazing work and so dedicated. Expensive but well worth it. One of Read more...
Photographer and his assistant were awesome. They do amazing work and so dedicated. Expensive but well worth it. One of the best decisions we made for our wedding. Read less
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Jia
Wedding:
6/26/2011
5.0/5.0
Wonderful team and super professional.
My first experience with duke was my e-shooting in April and he took the extra time to take pictures even on our way back to parking lot. He is perfectionist and relentless to get the effect he wanted. The pictures were ready for me in may and they looked amazingly nice considering my bad make up that day.
The next time I saw him was on my wedding last weekend. I am sure the pictures will look great.
I highly recommend duke to my friends. He is friendly, professional, and artistic, his packages Are very reasonable for his quality.
Wonderful team and super professional.
My first experience with duke was my e-shooting in April and he took the extra Read more...
Wonderful team and super professional.
My first experience with duke was my e-shooting in April and he took the extra time to take pictures even on our way back to parking lot. He is perfectionist and relentless to get the effect he wanted. The pictures were ready for me in may and they looked amazingly nice considering my bad make up that day.
The next time I saw him was on my wedding last weekend. I am sure the pictures will look great.
I highly recommend duke to my friends. He is friendly, professional, and artistic, his packages Are very reasonable for his quality. Read less
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625YAY
Wedding:
6/25/2011
5.0/5.0
If you cannot tell from Duke's work (check out his website and blog), he is a photography genius. The photos of my wedding day were the MOST important thing to me. I did not hire a videographer because I wanted to go all out on my photographs. Pictures will be viewed and shared again and again. I searched A LOT before I finally found Duke. Once I found him I was hoping that he was not booked on my date because I did not want anyone else! I did not want your typical snapshots - thousands of pictures staring into the camera with the same expressions. I wanted pictures that evoked feeling. Duke creates a lot of emotion with his lighting techniques and locations. He turns a dirty street into a piece of art or an alleyway into a romantic backdrop. He can make anyone look like a vintage movie star or a glamorous red carpet couple. He is very good at giving directives on how to position yourself and where to look, etc. This is super important to me, because if it is left up to me, well it probably won't turn out so great! He is very thorough and super easy to work with. Our engagement pictures are incredible. He even powered through our wedding day with a hurt ankle. That is dedication. And of course, our wedding photos are fantastic! I have so many favorites. You will not regret having Duke's gorgeous photos to look at and treasure for years to come.
If you cannot tell from Duke's work (check out his website and blog), he is a photography genius. The photos of my wedding Read more...
If you cannot tell from Duke's work (check out his website and blog), he is a photography genius. The photos of my wedding day were the MOST important thing to me. I did not hire a videographer because I wanted to go all out on my photographs. Pictures will be viewed and shared again and again. I searched A LOT before I finally found Duke. Once I found him I was hoping that he was not booked on my date because I did not want anyone else! I did not want your typical snapshots - thousands of pictures staring into the camera with the same expressions. I wanted pictures that evoked feeling. Duke creates a lot of emotion with his lighting techniques and locations. He turns a dirty street into a piece of art or an alleyway into a romantic backdrop. He can make anyone look like a vintage movie star or a glamorous red carpet couple. He is very good at giving directives on how to position yourself and where to look, etc. This is super important to me, because if it is left up to me, well it probably won't turn out so great! He is very thorough and super easy to work with. Our engagement pictures are incredible. He even powered through our wedding day with a hurt ankle. That is dedication. And of course, our wedding photos are fantastic! I have so many favorites. You will not regret having Duke's gorgeous photos to look at and treasure for years to come. Read less
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Nina
Wedding:
5/8/2010
5.0/5.0
Duke is, by far, UNPARALLELED! Our wedding was the 3rd time we used Duke (engagement party and engagement shoot were the first 2 occasions) and I must say he has gone above and beyond our expectations!!! He not only has a unique and artistic eye, but he's also extremely easy to get along with and most importantly, FABULOUS to work with! He will go out of his way (no matter what it takes) to get that PERFECT shot for you. His turn-around time is AMAZING (our wedding was less than a month ago and I already have my webshow!). I did a lot of research when I was looking for a photographer (because it's what was MOST important to me) and when it came down to it...Duke SURPASSED every other photographer in Southern California in all categories! Trust me when I tell you, he will be the GREATEST investment from your wedding! I know far too many brides with photographer horror stories...photos are what you will cherish the most in the many years to come, it's not worth risking or compromising at all! With Duke, you know you will get QUALITY, BEAUTY and PRICELESSNESS! Can't wait to use him for our next big occasion...THANKS DUKE!!!
Duke is, by far, UNPARALLELED! Our wedding was the 3rd time we used Duke (engagement party and engagement shoot were the Read more...
Duke is, by far, UNPARALLELED! Our wedding was the 3rd time we used Duke (engagement party and engagement shoot were the first 2 occasions) and I must say he has gone above and beyond our expectations!!! He not only has a unique and artistic eye, but he's also extremely easy to get along with and most importantly, FABULOUS to work with! He will go out of his way (no matter what it takes) to get that PERFECT shot for you. His turn-around time is AMAZING (our wedding was less than a month ago and I already have my webshow!). I did a lot of research when I was looking for a photographer (because it's what was MOST important to me) and when it came down to it...Duke SURPASSED every other photographer in Southern California in all categories! Trust me when I tell you, he will be the GREATEST investment from your wedding! I know far too many brides with photographer horror stories...photos are what you will cherish the most in the many years to come, it's not worth risking or compromising at all! With Duke, you know you will get QUALITY, BEAUTY and PRICELESSNESS! Can't wait to use him for our next big occasion...THANKS DUKE!!! Read less
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Sylvia
Wedding:
4/17/2010
5.0/5.0
Duke's work is outstanding! We continue to get wonderful compliments on our engagement and wedding photos. He takes photos that look like they should be published in magazines! And not only is his work beautiful, he is great to work with. He knows what he's doing, gives us a lot of direction, and really makes you feel comfortable...I would recommend him to anyone! Thanks Duke!
Duke's work is outstanding! We continue to get wonderful compliments on our engagement and wedding photos. He takes photos Read more...
Duke's work is outstanding! We continue to get wonderful compliments on our engagement and wedding photos. He takes photos that look like they should be published in magazines! And not only is his work beautiful, he is great to work with. He knows what he's doing, gives us a lot of direction, and really makes you feel comfortable...I would recommend him to anyone! Thanks Duke! Read less
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Sylvia
Wedding:
4/17/2010
5.0/5.0
Duke's work is outstanding! We continue to get wonderful compliments on our engagement and wedding photos. He takes photos that look like they should be published in magazines! And not only is his work beautiful, he is great to work with. He knows what he's doing, gives us a lot of direction, and really makes you feel comfortable...I would recommend him to anyone! Thanks Duke!
Duke's work is outstanding! We continue to get wonderful compliments on our engagement and wedding photos. He takes photos Read more...
Duke's work is outstanding! We continue to get wonderful compliments on our engagement and wedding photos. He takes photos that look like they should be published in magazines! And not only is his work beautiful, he is great to work with. He knows what he's doing, gives us a lot of direction, and really makes you feel comfortable...I would recommend him to anyone! Thanks Duke! Read less
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cyan20
Wedding:
9/12/2009
4.9/5.0
Duke and his second shooter overall were great. The only negative was on the day of the wedding there was a need for someone either in the wedding party or family that needed to hold the light for the pictures.
Duke and his second shooter overall were great. The only negative was on the day of the wedding there was a need for Read more...
Duke and his second shooter overall were great. The only negative was on the day of the wedding there was a need for someone either in the wedding party or family that needed to hold the light for the pictures. Read less
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SWP
Wedding:
9/19/2008
5.0/5.0
Duke and his second shooter were wonderful. Perhaps our favorite vendor of the night. He's prompt, laid back, professional, easy to get along with, and encouraging. He clearly loves his craft. In fact, he made it feel like we were doing him a favor by agreeing to the great pose suggestions he had. He was busy taking pictures all night, without being at all intrusvie. We love his portfolio and are looking forward to seeing the professional pictures from our wedding!
Duke and his second shooter were wonderful. Perhaps our favorite vendor of the night. He's prompt, laid back, Read more...
Duke and his second shooter were wonderful. Perhaps our favorite vendor of the night. He's prompt, laid back, professional, easy to get along with, and encouraging. He clearly loves his craft. In fact, he made it feel like we were doing him a favor by agreeing to the great pose suggestions he had. He was busy taking pictures all night, without being at all intrusvie. We love his portfolio and are looking forward to seeing the professional pictures from our wedding! Read less
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Melissa
Wedding:
2/29/2008
5.0/5.0
Thank you for everything :) It was great to have Duke and his team be part of everything, yet not to be noticed. They got all the shots and even made a special photo shot with me and my dress, since I designed it myself. They really got to know Michael and I and what kind of people we are and caught on to what people are important to us and had to be in the shots. We love you guys and can't wait to do and family portrait with you guys one day. Thanks again:)
Thank you for everything :) It was great to have Duke and his team be part of everything, yet not to be noticed. They got Read more...
Thank you for everything :) It was great to have Duke and his team be part of everything, yet not to be noticed. They got all the shots and even made a special photo shot with me and my dress, since I designed it myself. They really got to know Michael and I and what kind of people we are and caught on to what people are important to us and had to be in the shots. We love you guys and can't wait to do and family portrait with you guys one day. Thanks again:) Read less
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mbullock333
Wedding:
2/29/2008
5.0/5.0
We couldn't be happier everything turned out perfect. Duke and his team made everybody in our wedding party very comfortable and took amazing photos that will forever be with us. I can't say it enough everyone that has seen our album their jaws drop at how great of a album we have. It's exactly what we want it real does look like a magazine. Thank you Duke we love you. HUGS & KISSES :)
We couldn't be happier everything turned out perfect. Duke and his team made everybody in our wedding party very Read more...
We couldn't be happier everything turned out perfect. Duke and his team made everybody in our wedding party very comfortable and took amazing photos that will forever be with us. I can't say it enough everyone that has seen our album their jaws drop at how great of a album we have. It's exactly what we want it real does look like a magazine. Thank you Duke we love you. HUGS & KISSES :) Read less
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Vanessa
Wedding:
11/3/2007
4.7/5.0
I thought Duke and his staff were very professional and artistic at the same time. Duke was wonderful to work with and the final product was amazing.
I thought Duke and his staff were very professional and artistic at the same time. Duke was wonderful to work with and the Read more...
I thought Duke and his staff were very professional and artistic at the same time. Duke was wonderful to work with and the final product was amazing. Read less
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melodiouscarol
Wedding:
10/6/2007
4.7/5.0
I absolutely loved my photographer. Not only was he classy, super nice and very efficient — he had to deal with a lot of problems and was really cool about it. He would say, “Don’t worry, let it go. Remember… just have fun!” He was also very fast in changing lenses and making quick decisions. He was very upfront and honest with you, but at the same time he was always gentle and very sweet. And his pictures were awesome! He definitely is a photographer you'd feel comfortable with on your wedding day.
I absolutely loved my photographer. Not only was he classy, super nice and very efficient he had to deal with a lot of Read more...
I absolutely loved my photographer. Not only was he classy, super nice and very efficient — he had to deal with a lot of problems and was really cool about it. He would say, “Don’t worry, let it go. Remember… just have fun!” He was also very fast in changing lenses and making quick decisions. He was very upfront and honest with you, but at the same time he was always gentle and very sweet. And his pictures were awesome! He definitely is a photographer you'd feel comfortable with on your wedding day. Read less
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that1grrl84
Wedding:
10/21/2006
5.0/5.0
My best friend/MOH is a photgrapher, so she was the first person I went to when I started looking for a photographer. Of course, she couldn't shoot the wedding herself since she was the MOH, but she works for a wedding photographer who has plenty of talent and experience. Based out of Pasadena, Duke has been in the industry for several years. Most of his clients have a lot more money to spend than we had, but because I was friends with his trusty assistant, he gave me a significant discount. Usually, his packages start around $3500. We payed $2500 and got coverage for the entire wedding (just one photgrapher), a minimum of 400-500 images shot over the course of the afternoon, an online webshow for two months, a leather craftsman album with 30 5x7s inside, plus 250 4x6s. Reprints are super cheap, too. Duke is super professional and really NICE, so he was great to work with. He doesn't need a lot of direction. I never gave him a "must take" list, but he got everything I wanted. I highly recommend his service. Check his website because his work is amazing. And, like I said before, his normal second shooter is my best friend and she is also an amazing photographer. You can check out her personal website at www.tanyakechichian.com.
My best friend/MOH is a photgrapher, so she was the first person I went to when I started looking for a photographer. Of Read more...
My best friend/MOH is a photgrapher, so she was the first person I went to when I started looking for a photographer. Of course, she couldn't shoot the wedding herself since she was the MOH, but she works for a wedding photographer who has plenty of talent and experience. Based out of Pasadena, Duke has been in the industry for several years. Most of his clients have a lot more money to spend than we had, but because I was friends with his trusty assistant, he gave me a significant discount. Usually, his packages start around $3500. We payed $2500 and got coverage for the entire wedding (just one photgrapher), a minimum of 400-500 images shot over the course of the afternoon, an online webshow for two months, a leather craftsman album with 30 5x7s inside, plus 250 4x6s. Reprints are super cheap, too. Duke is super professional and really NICE, so he was great to work with. He doesn't need a lot of direction. I never gave him a "must take" list, but he got everything I wanted. I highly recommend his service. Check his website because his work is amazing. And, like I said before, his normal second shooter is my best friend and she is also an amazing photographer. You can check out her personal website at www.tanyakechichian.com. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Duke and his team are AMAZING!!!!! Please checkout my review on Yelp!! You will be so happy with the photo's!!
Duke and his team are AMAZING!!!!! Please checkout my review on Yelp!! You will be so happy with the photo's!!
Duke and his team are AMAZING!!!!! Please checkout my review on Yelp!! You will be so happy with the photo's!! Read less
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