About Helios Images
Helios Images is us… Douglas Despres and Katherine Park Deakin. We create documentary inspired photographs full of warmth and love. We work hard to proudly represent the rank within the top 30 talents in the world, bestowed by the Wedding Photojournalist Association.
The San Francisco Bay area is our home. From here, we have easy access to both coasts, Hawaii, and the rest of the globe. We often photograph throughout the bay, Big Sur, wine country and the Central Coast, as we find all to be completely breathtaking. We have covered near five hundred weddings and countless portraits over the last fifteen years. We are honored as WPJA members, who represent less than 5% of wedding photographers worldwide. We are also members of the Family Photojournalist Association. Most importantly we work hard to achieve our dreams, and hope you do the same. Our photographs are published on Brides, Style Me Pretty, Snippet & Ink and NPR, among others.
Our couples are all fun positive people living in humor and love. They are trail blazers and hungry for travel and adventure. Some aim for intimate and offbeat, others for lavish "to the nines" celebrations. For couples and their guests in the public eye, we are familiar in respecting your sensitive image, as we have worked with those in top tiers of art, technology, politics and entertainment over the years.
You're smart, strong and fun. You and your partner in life love traveling, carving your own path, and showing time and time again to your friends and family that you live the way you want to. If it's a wedding you're planning for, you understand the value of great imagery and trust, and are willing to invest in the thing that remains long after the last dance of the night... photos. Every piece of the wedding has a meaning for you and your guests, and the feeling that it's your event, radiates from your plan and excites you two for the big celebration.
If it's a portrait session as a couple or solo, you know exactly who you are, what you want, and where your going - and aim to show your confident energy and warm presence to all future social and career connections. You're after the best image of you that's ever been made.
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Doug is the chief photographer of Helios Images. He is listed as one of the top 30 event photographers in the world by the Wedding Photojournalist Association. He has served as a photojournalist for four newspapers and taught at the Maine Media Workshops and UC Berkeley. He is a current professional member of the National Press Photographers Association, Wedding Photojournalist Association, Family Photojournalist Association and volunteers his photography for the American Red Cross. Doug has been entrusted to photograph celebrities and high level politicians both in public, and in their personal lives, often on the basis on extreme discretion. His images appear in everything from music albums to museums and exist in private and public collections throughout the United States. Doug also on occasion leads destination photo workshops and online mentorships to motivated image-makers. Outside of Helios, he pursues documentary projects with future pieces on Alzheimer family portraits, blindness, elders born in the 1920's, and a hermitage in Big Sur. His most recent work on the daily camp life at Standing Rock was honored as a 25 page feature by Nowhere Magazine's 2017 Annual. His current work explores multi-generation family tobacco farms in Cuba's famed Pinar del Rio province, and the daily ups and downs existing while working independently under the rule of a communist regime.
See his documentary work at www.douglasdespres.org.
See his editorial and lifestyle work at www.douglasdespresphoto.com.
Katherine Park Deakin
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 otherwise providing invaluable input behind the scenes. Outside of Helios, Katherine is soon releasing her first 4-song EP “Sonatine Dream,” acting on TV and in lead roles in award-winning short and feature films, on stage in musical theater, and teaching voice and piano to the bay area’s rising stars from our studio. She has also taken up ballet for the past three years, fulfilling a childhood dream by studying under Julie Lowe, a former principal ballerina with the Oakland Ballet Company. Her most recent role was Ms. Elanor, a teacher in the feature length film "Don't Shoot! I'm the Guitar Man," about an aging rock guitarist teaching music to inmates at San Quentin. Based on a true story.
See her personal work & website at katherinepark.com.
More About Helios Images
We're honored on preferred vendor lists for the most beautiful places on the California coast, including Post Ranch Inn, Auberge du Soleil, Glen Oaks, Cavallo Point, Wild Iris, Big Sur Stone House, Big Sur River Inn and the Wind & Sea Estate. We're also humbled to be on various short lists of talented wedding planners throughout Northern and Central California. Our passports are warm, and we have photographed wedding events as far as Hawaii and Thailand. Inside the mainland U.S. we have photographed wedding events in California, New York, Texas, Ohio, Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Maryland, and Florida. Recently, we were honored to receive the Couples Choice Award from WeddingWire for the sixth consecutive year.
Our studio is located at 1242 Park Street Suite B in Alameda. It features off-street parking and an easy walk to all the shops and wonders that downtown offers. Here we create portraits, offer private art and music lessons, and delight in regular creative gatherings with all manners of artists in the bay area, especially those found within the visual and performing arts circles.
We enjoy giving back to the community by supporting benefits, charities, non profits, and NGO's. Together we donate our expertise for causes such as childhood cancer, diabetes research, bone marrow donation, security blankets to hospitalized children, prom dresses for high school youth, and childhood music education. Here are a few we wholeheartedly urge you research, help and share. ::: American Cancer Society / Amnesty International / Be The Match / Compassion and Choices / NAACP / Doctors Without Borders / Heifer International / Kids and Art Foundation / Linus Foundation / Relay for Life / Susan G. Koman Cancer Foundation / The Princess Project / ULUV Music / Back to The Roots and the Southern Poverty Law Center.