Douglas Despres

Doug is an award-winning photographer based out of San Francisco Bay. His style is documentary with drops of lifestyle. He is best known for his peaceful and positive demeanor, and ability to easily connect with all of the guests. Doug has shot near 400 wedding events since 2002 from San Francisco to Seoul and Big Sur to Bangkok. Seen as an extension of the family, he gets in close and comfortable, becoming quickly accepted and forgotten, to frame the perfect composition at the height of the moment. Departing a bit from his days as a photojournalist, Doug prefers to photograph from "inside the circle" instead of out... often ending up as a longtime family photographer and friend. Published in leading blogs such as NPR, Brides, Style Me Pretty, Rock N' Roll Bride and Le Magnifique, his images are treasured by the professional community. Doug is listed as one of the top 30 photographers in the world by the Wedding Photojournalist Association and one of the top 100 wedding photographers in the U.S. by the popular blog Brandsmash.

Photographer Douglas Despres 
Business Helios Images 
Location Alameda in Northern California, United States
Starting Rates $4000+ (USD)  View Packages
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Photos 6 Contest Winning Photos
Client Letters 10 Client Letters
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The Wedding Photojournalist Association proudly recognizes the accomplishments and creative excellence of Douglas Despres. The following awards have been earned by Douglas from the WPJA. These achievements come with great merit considering the high level of competition that a member faces in the contests.

2015 Q4 20th Place - Groom Getting Ready
2013 Q4 1st Place - Reception
6th Place - Ceremony
14th Place - Humor
2010 Q4 18th Place - Bouquet/Garter (Action)
2008 Q4 11th Place - Other Vendors

Our rates for traditional weddings are from $4000 and $800 for elopements, and are uniquely designed for every couple - making sure that everything you choose is of special meaning. Contact me with your wedding date to see about availability and we'll go from there :) As seen on NPR, Brides, and Style Me Pretty, among others. - Doug D.

The following letters are from the clients of Douglas Despres. Click an image to view a larger version.

Nicole  &  Chase

Nicole & Chase
Married June 21st, 2014
"Hi Doug! I meant to ask you this before but I forgot... What's a good place (or places) for me to write a review of you for future brides to see? You were wonderful and made our day so special and stress-free and I wanted to share that with anyone looking for a photographer :)"

Christine  &  Bryan

Christine & Bryan
Married May 1st, 2014
""Doug these are amazing!! I can't even tell you how much I'm in love with them! You did such an incredible job and I cannot thank you enough! They're unreal!""

Lauren  &  Seth

Lauren & Seth
Married July 13th, 2013
"Doug this photograph is so beautiful... I'm stunned! The film almost glows. It was such a delight to have you at our wedding, we couldn't imagine a better choice."

Karen  &  Fumi

Karen & Fumi
Married June 9th, 2012
"You guys were amazing at our wedding!! It was hands down the best day of our lives and we were so happy to have you and Katherine with us on our special day. It was so much fun! I cannot thank you enough for shooting some photos in film. It is one of the best present we received so...more "

Eleanor  &  Dave

Eleanor & Dave
Married March 10th, 2012
"Doug you did the most FANTASTIC job! The photos are all so beautiful I can't even make a favorites list because they're all so great. I confess that I even teared up looking at them it was such a happy day and you captured everything. We're so grateful for all your efforts, we really can't...more "

Jenny  &  Eric

Jenny & Eric
Married June 4th, 2011
"WOW. Pictures are simply amazing. We especially love the super special film photos. Thank you once again for being a part of our wedding, and our life! When you come to Boston next, please shoot us an email! We would love to have you and Katherine over to our place. :)"

Nelia  &  Tom

Nelia & Tom
Married May 24th, 2011
"This is absolutely amazing. I sent it to several friends and they all said that they felt they had a peek into a really intimate moment. Since we didn't have any guests, it has felt really great to share this with people so they can see what it was like. I've said thank you a million times but here I go again - thanks! I am so so happy that you were our photographer and everytime I look at your photos I am taken back to my wedding day and the beauty of it all. I know that even when I am 80 I will feel the same way."

Lea  &  Danny

Lea & Danny
Married March 12th, 2011
"Doug & Katherine!!! We are speechless!!! Awesome photos!!! We love all of them. Thank you for capturing each & every smile, laugh, kiss, and moment of joy during our celebration... Without you guys, it would be just a memory. But with these incredible photos, we can relive our special day over & over again... Thank you again for everything."

Alexis & Ted

Alexis & Ted
Married October 10th, 2010
"W-O-W! I knew you and Katherine were at the wedding but I didn't realize you captured so many moments when we weren't looking. You guys have an amazing storytelling ability and allows me to experience the emotions and relive the magical day. You never cease to surprise me with your use of angles and interesting perspectives that make the images so beautiful and artistic. I'm so glad we got some film, they are fantastic in that they DO give that romantic old world feeling so thank you! And thank you for indulging my request for formals/facing the camera and details.,"

Christina  &  Tony

Christina & Tony
Married September 25th, 2010
"Hi Doug and Katherine - I've been meaning to email you both and tell you how happy we were with you both. Even BEFORE we saw the amazing photo you just sent, we were so happy with your wonderful personalities, your sense of space and how comfortable you made everyone. It was a pleasure working with you both!"