About Helios Images

Helios Images is Douglas Despres and Katherine Park Deakin. We create documentary inspired photographs of warmth and love. Serving local California and far flung destinations, we frame your celebration from our camera to your walls and table tops. To date, we have photographed near 400 weddings between us over the last fourteen years. From the San Francisco bay area and Big Sur to Boston and Bangkok, our award-winning photographs hold up our moxie to print making excellence. Currently, Doug is rolling out with a new beautiful website, so keep an eye out next month :)

Our beloved couples often include dancers, film makers, attorneys, painters, interior and fashion designers, surgeons, actors, photographers, architects, and musicians. We adore fun eccentric couples living in honesty and love. We are honored to be part of the WPJA, which represents less than 5% of shooters worldwide and to have recently earned the Couples Choice Award from WeddingWire for the fifth straight year. It’s another recognition, given only to 5% of the field.

Our images are published on NPR, Brides, Style Me Pretty, Rock n’ Roll Bride, Snippet & Ink, Le Magnifique, Gentry Magazine, Wedding Row California, The Lovely Bay, On The Go Bride, Let The Kids Dress Themselves, Ventana Inn & Spa and Still Love Film. We are currently working with the luxurious Post Ranch Inn on their next wedding brochure.

Doug is the chief photographer of Helios Images, based in Alameda CA. He is listed number 27 in the world by the esteemed Wedding Photojournalist Association. He also leads private workshops to motivated image-makers. Outside of the Helios world, he pursues his own documentary projects, with future pieces on the San Francisco Ballet, blindness, Alzheimer’s patients and their loved ones, monks of the Central Coast, and “living statue” artists. See his personal work & website HERE.

Katherine is a full time artist / actress / musician, and is an integral part of the Helios Images creation. Trained by Doug for years behind the camera, she photographs on the larger and international destination weddings while providing invaluable input behind the scenes. Outside of the Helios world, Katherine is soon releasing her first 4-song EP “Sonatine Dream,” acting in lead roles in award-winning short films, and teaching voice and piano to the bay area’s rising stars. Her passionate film and music work has been on everything from NPR and WBCN to Hulu, MSNBC and the Halo Halo show with Kat Iniba. See her personal work & website HERE.

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Alameda, California 94501