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!



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 

Portrait Masters 



2nd Place (Bride or Groom Alone Non-Wedding Day)

2nd Place (Fashion/Beauty)

Portrait Masters 

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 


1st Place (Individuel)

3rd Place (Fashion/Beauty)

1st Place (Fashion/Beauty)

Asia WPA

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 

Let's talk

Tel: 510-495-9441



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