I am an award-winning photographer based in San Francisco and the Bay Area.
I was born and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico. As a kid, I loved painting and drawing just as much as I loved taking apart wrist watches and fixing car radios. It wasn't until I picked up a camera as a teenager that I found an activity that combined my artistic sensibilities with my love of technical challenges. Photography has been my passion ever since.
I bring a happy, relaxed energy to every job I shoot. In general, I'm more of a listener than a talker. When I'm not taking pictures, you'll find me salsa dancing, or, more recently, playing ukulele very badly, though joyfully!
WHAT I OFFER
Nowadays, anyone can snap a photo with a smartphone, but I deliver something of a different caliber. My years of experience as a wedding photographer have made me an expert in both the joys and the stressors of weddings, and I know how to operate behind the scenes, doing all the leg-work that goes into creating truly amazing photographs so that my clients can just relax and be in the moment on their special day.
I shoot a mix of classic, dramatic, and photojournalistic styles. My goal is always to create timeless and stunning images that are nonetheless genuine, reflecting my clients' unique love stories. I believe that a good photograph should do more than serve as a record of the past - it should tell a story that invites us to see the world through fresh eyes. I feel incredibly privileged to witness so many joyous occasions of love and celebration, and my clients are a constant source of inspiration for me.
Ivan Duran is a member of and has won awards from the following organizations:
Wedding & Portrait Photographers International
Professional Photographers of America
Professional Photographers of California
Professional Photographers of Europe Community
Asia Wedding Photographers Association
2nd Place (Bride or Groom Alone Non-Wedding Day)
2nd Place (Fashion/Beauty)
1st Place (Boudoir Portrait)
2nd Place (Contemporary)
2nd Place (Creative Portrait)
1st Place (Bride or Groom Alone Non-Wedding Day)
1st Place (Commercial)
2nd Place (Commercial)
1st Place (Individuel)
3rd Place (Fashion/Beauty)
1st Place (Fashion/Beauty)
2nd Place Portrait Creative
1st Place (Portrait)
2nd Place (Portrait Creative)
3rd Place (Portrait Creative)
Top 20 Photographer of the year 2019
Top 5 Overall Print Case