Douglas Despres

Douglas Despres


San Francisco Bay Area

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Douglas Despres's Overview

  • Co-founder and Chief Photographer at Helios Images
  • Photography Instructor at Berkeley Art Studio
  • Owner/Chief Photographer at Douglas Despres Photography
  • Digital Service Bureau Internship at Maine Media Workshops

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Douglas Despres' Summary

Douglas Despres is a passionate photographer based out of the San Francisco Bay area. His focus draws upon the documentary perspective, and many of his commissions involve people in either movement and celebration, or stillness and strength. His commissions have won international awards and been published in magazines, newspapers, and music albums. His personal and documentary work has been exhibited in galleries and museums, and is collected both public and privately throughout the United States.

Assignments occur primarily throughout the bay area, but Doug's commissions also take him around the country, and occasionally overseas. His latest far flung commission was a destination wedding in Thailand, and he will be photographing in Texas, Kuaui, and Seoul so far in 2014.

Bringing an intense passion for the art of photography, Doug’s images reflect a deep understanding of the craft, as well as the personalities of his subjects. He adores the process of film photography, and revels in the poetic tones found in black and white. Chiaroscuro is his preferred lighting style, and he welcomes the challenge of capturing multiple layers of movement within his images.

Doug seeks inspiration. He strives for timeless classics within his imagery, and welcomes clients searching for the same.

Specialties: Producing outstanding photographic quality on a consistent basis to individuals and organizations. Keeping a low profile while moving to anticipate the best moments from the best positions in the best light. Able to direct a single subject or large group into the desired composition, while keeping them entertained. Ability to put many at ease in front of the camera; from a migrant field worker or music centerfold to the former first lady of the United States.

Douglas Despres' Experience

Co-founder and Chief Photographer

Helios Images

January 2013Present (1 year 9 months) Alameda, CA

Photography Instructor

Berkeley Art Studio

March 2012December 2013 (1 year 10 months)

Owner/Chief Photographer

Douglas Despres Photography

Photography industry

October 2004December 2012 (8 years 3 months) Alameda, CA

Owning and operating a full time photography business. Fine art, wedding, documentary, editorial, music, portrait, and street photography. Marketing, billing and advertising responsibilities. Research and meeting with potential clients. Chief photographer for all photo projects. Private instruction for Mac platforms, photoshop, history of photography, photography tools and techniques, and individual artistic progression.

Digital Service Bureau Internship

Maine Media Workshops

Nonprofit; 11-50 employees; Higher Education industry

20052005 (less than a year)

Douglas Despres' Languages

  • Spanish

Douglas Despres' Skills & Expertise

  1. Photography
  2. Fine Art
  3. Weddings
  4. Portraits
  5. Documentary
  6. Photoshop
  7. Mac
  8. Social Media
  9. Teaching
  10. Blogging
  11. Social Media Marketing
  12. Public Relations
  13. Fine Art Photography
  14. Journalism
  15. Photojournalism
  16. Documentaries
  17. Photos
  18. Art
  19. Digital Photography
  20. Magazines
  21. Film
  22. Film Photography
  23. Music Photography
  24. Workshops
  25. Advertising

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Douglas Despres' Education

The Maine Media Workshops

Internship, Digital Service Bureau, Mac Instructor, 2005 Marketing Photographer


University of South Florida

BA, Studio Art with Photography Concentration


Study Abroad in Costa Rica for Spanish and Photography

Activities and Societies: Staff Photographer for Daily Newspaper "The Oracle" Director of Public Relations for USF Photography Club, Intramural Soccer, Wushu Kung-Fu

Conant High School

Diploma, Sports and Spanish


Douglas Despres' Additional Information


The peoples, arts, foods, wines, and cultures of the world.

Groups and Associations:

Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA), Big Sur Chamber of Commerce, Cambria Chamber of Commerce, The Green Bride Guide and the Wedding Professionals Networking Group.

Honors and Awards:

Have photographed: The Dresden Dolls, Arun Ghandi, Janet Reno, Laura Bush, The Counting Crows, Michael Moore, The Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, Ralph Nadar, Cormac McCarthy, and Thomas Menino.

Have worked with: Yankee Magazine, Amnesty International, Harvard University, Susan G. Komen For the Cure, National Park Foundation, The Elephant Walk, Maine Media Workshops and Guerilla Opera.

As seen in: Ybor City Historical Museum, Tampa Public Library System, USF Contemporary Art Museum, Boston City Hall, Silvermine Guild Arts Gallery, National Summit on Cuba featuring Mikhail Gorbachev, The Boston Globe, Improper Bostonian, Performer Magazine, The Noise, Omnibus Magazine, Foster's Daily Democrat, The Cambrian Newspaper, The Oracle Newspaper, Asian Boston Magazine, The Weekly Dig, The Wellesley Townsman, Hybrid Magazine, The Metrowest Daily News, Portsmouth Magazine, The Boston Metro, The Boston Phoenix, SLO Life Magazine, Wellesley Alumni Magazine and The Wire Weekly Magazine.

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