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 over 250 weddings between us over the last twelve 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. This year, we have the honor of adding the locations of Austin, Carmel Valley, and Kauai to our list.
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 third straight year.
Our images are published on NPR, Style Me Pretty, Rock n’ Roll Bride, 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.
Doug is the chief photographer of Helios Images, based in Alameda CA. He is currently ranked number 31 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, Alzheimer’s, 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. See her personal work & website HERE.