Since 2005, Douglas Despres and Katherine Park Deakin have collaborated with couples worldwide to craft documentary inspired photographs of tremendous caliber and incredible warmth.  This tradition grows today with Helios Images. Serving both local and destination events, we are able to develop your project through the initial capture to the hand crafted prints on your wall.  From the Bay area and Big Sur to Boston and Bangkok, our award-winning photographs hold up our moxie to print making excellence and underscore photography as one of the world’s finest visual mediums.

Within the familiar waters of wedding photography, our beloved clients often include film makers, dancers, attorneys, painters, interior designers, surgeons, actors, photographers, architects, and musicians. Experienced with discretion among politicians and celebrities, we are happy to provide a comfortable atmosphere. We are honored to be part of two of the most prestigious wedding photography associations in the world, the WPJA and ISPWP, to have recently earned the Brides Choice Award from WeddingWire for the second year in a row, and to have been published on NPR, Gentry Magazine, Wedding Row California, The Lovely Bay, On The Go Bride, Let The Kids Dress Themselves and Still Love Film.

Doug is the chief photographer of Helios Images, based in Alameda CA. He is a full time photographer, and a part-time professor of photography on the grounds of University of California Berkeley. He also leads photography workshops, with an exciting line-up throughout San Francisco, Big Sur, Cape Cod and the Caribbean for 2013/2014. Outside of the Helios world, he pursues his own documentary projects, with upcoming pieces on the San Francisco Ballet, Alzheimer’s, and “living statue” artists.

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 destination commissions with her talent and regularly gives her invaluable input on the business. Outside of the Helios world, Katherine is soon releasing her first 4-song EP “Sonatine Dream,” acting in lead roles around greater San Francisco, and teaching voice and piano to rising stars.