In Brief...

I'm Doug. I create photographs to express our collective stories. A focused skill that ages smooth like fine French cheese. I work in the realms of portrait, reportage and editorial in SF Bay, Downeast Maine and abroad. You can find me in my Alameda portrait studio, the webz, or as a blur atop a longboard down Shoreline Avenue. I've become a trusted go-to photographer for many a brand, family and business - to refine legacy photographs over time and bring a warm energy to your retreat or campfire.

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Douglas Despres is an American portrait and documentary photographer, raised in rural NH and based in San Francisco's East Bay and Downeast Maine. His reportage stories focus on social and human rights. Editorially, he works with non profits + NGO's, travel + lifestyle teams, magazines, private foundations, and news + media outlets. In portraits, Doug works with brands and publications as well as creatives and individuals, both on location and in his bright yellow Park Street photo studio in downtown Alameda.

Doug's latest commission by the Life Is Good Kids Foundation documented their Playmaker Program aimed at the recovery and road of hope after severe childhood trauma. His latest personal project Tobaccoland focused on multi-generational family farm life in Cuba's far West province of Pinar del Rio. Before Tobaccoland, Doug aided coverage on Oceti Sakowin camp life on the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota on water protection efforts against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Both works were published by Nowhere Magazine. The SR work was also part of a group exhibition at the Nobel Peace Prize forum in Oslo.


Doug's clients + commissions include Alameda Sun, Amanda Palmer, Amnesty International, Bless by Bless Couture, Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Coleman Advocates, Compassion & Choices, Cormac McCarthy, Harvard University, Independent Television Service, Life Is Good Kids Foundation, National Park Foundation, The Noise, Oakland Literacy Coalition, Portsmouth Magazine, SLO Magazine, Smule, Stitch Fix, Swervedriver, The Wire, Yankee Magazine, and others.

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