Happy Holiday Tunes | Whitney Nichole Holiday Singles Portrait Photoshoot | San Francisco Music Photography

Whitney Nichole Announces The Release Of Two Holiday Singles, and Niall David Photography & Design by Bianca were there to help make the imagery shine. Read the Press Release from Red Boot Publicity:

San Francisco singer/songwriter Whitney Nichole has announced the release of two holiday singles that are both naughty and nice. First is her original arrangement of “Silent Night,” brought to life with the simple yet incredibly smooth piano stylings of producer Adam Rossi, combined with Whitney’s warm and soaring vocals. The second single, “Pass Me a Drink (It’s Christmas),” is a quirky and sarcastic jazz throwback, and Whitney’s nod to the sounds of the Andrews Sisters with a modern lyrical twist. “I wrote this song to go out to everyone whose holidays can sometimes be less than jolly,” says Whitney. “Cheers!” Both songs are now available on iTunes, CD Baby and Bandcamp.

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Listen to “Silent Night” on YouTube below:

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Music Blog ‘The Noise Beneath the Apple’ gave her holiday songs an INCREDIBLE review! Here’s a little of what they had to say,

“Think Amy Sedaris’ sardonic wit, Eva Cassidy’s flawless voice and Ingrid Michaelson’s pop charm; and you might conjure up a sound byte of what San Francisco Songstress, Whitney Nichole can deliver…”

Read the full review online here. 

 

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Listen to “Pass Me a Drink It’s Christmas” on YouTube below:

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Whitney’s holiday songs have been officially released on iTunes – if you haven’t yet, head on over to check out “Silent Night” and “Pass Me aDrink (It’s Christmas)” and if you’re feeling cheerful, throw it on your holiday playlist and share with Family & Friends 🙂

 

Profile: Professional Portraits | Dana Sanchez of Synergy Mind Body Wellness

Last month I had the wonderful opportunity to photograph Dana Sanchez of Synergy Mind Body Wellness. Dana specializes in “results oriented nurturing Organic skin care,” health care for the skin… Dana’s advanced massage and aesthetics training will not only relax your muscles and your soul, but have you thinking of deeper ways to enhance relaxation and stress reduction on a daily basis.

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An hour or two massage with Dana is pure bliss and if you haven’t already been to her spa in the Richmond district of San Francisco, you can find out why countless others have made Dana a part of their healthcare regimen by reading all about her incredible 5 star reviews here on Synergy’s Yelp! profile.

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Dana came to me with a simple request – I need some great new photos to showcase ME and my business for my website, marketing materials, social media and more! This is a project I love to work on with small business owners and we had a great time planning and executing this shoot inside her fantastic spa.

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You can learn more about Dana and her magically relaxing wellness practice here on her website. You can view her availability via her online calendar and schedule your next appointment for a massage, couples massage, organic skin care consultation and more right from the comfort of you own home.

And now for a limited time, you can view some of my landscape photography on display in the Synergy Mind Body main room!

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Tell her I sent you one step closer to bliss!

Heidi | Portraits at Stern Grove

A little walk in the park at Stern Grove for a photoshoot with Heidi. Heidi is currently a student in San Francisco and felt it was time for us to get some great updated images for her that show off her personality in a beautiful place close to home. Stern Grove in the fall was a fantastic backdrop for our shoot!

Special thanks to Lena Chavez for the great work on hair and makeup!

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Don’t Forget to Pack a Photographer! | Vacation Travel Photography

Have I mentioned how interested in doing this I am?!?

I would prefer not to actually be packed into your suitcase, but next time you book your dream vacation or weekend getaway, consider hiring a professional photographer (i.e me) to spend a day, two, or even the whole week with you and your family, documenting your journey through the beautiful and wonderful places you go!

Imagine standing at the top of Haleakala in Maui, Hawaii, being wowed by the expansive view of Mt. Cook New Zealand, taming fire and ice in Iceland, tasting some of the world’s finest wines in Napa & Sonoma California, making friends with the towering Redwoods along the Avenue of the Giants, horseback riding the California coast, gazing over panoramic European sea cliffs or taking a trip back in time to rural Ireland, spending relaxing days on the sand or surfing by the beach, or being in total awe of the expansive views throughout the City of San Francisco

Now imaging yourself living these amazing experiences, captured in all of these images through the eyes of a professional photographer; exciting idea isn’t it? Consider that and send me a note next time you start planning your trip. Not only do I have travel advice, but I’d love to be there to capture these timeless moments for you, your new husband or wife (can we say honeymoon?), and/or your family. For more information, read the story recently published on the Wall Street Journal, and see the video embedded below Or link to the video on WSJ here:

 

To get a sense if we’d be a good fit in working together, you can view my Portfolios here, and I can be reached via email at info {at} nialldavid.com to start discussing your custom vacation photography package. I look forward to hearing from you!

 

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Cathy and Dan | Engagement Photos | Couples Portraits

Special double feature! Two sessions summed up into one posting  😉

Cathy and Dan found me through my music photography, and once we met to chat about the plan for their engagement photos and wedding photography, we instantly clicked on style and vibe for the photo sessions we started planning. This couple is laid back, super chill and all in all great people to work with. We met up for two wonderful engagement portrait sessions, one at the Legion of Honor near Lands End, and the other a few months later for a evening/dusk session on Treasure Island, right in the middle of the San Francisco Bay.

All in all Cathy and Dan were a joy to photograph. We had a lot of fun exploring each of the places we traveled to, and had a lot of adventures to reminisce about when I photographed their wedding for them at the Great American Music Hall earlier this year – more to come on that in a future post 😉

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Editorial: University of Phoenix – Faculty Matters Magazine | Meet the Faculty: Radostina Peteva

The lead line of the piece reads “Overwhelmed and loving it.” And that’s just how Radostina thrives day-to-day in her postion as the Head of Business Development at Greenhouse Studios and faculty member at the University of Phoenix. The assignment was for UOPX’s Faculty Matters magazine Summer 2012 Edition and I really enjoyed making the trip to LA to complete it.

We met up on what was probably the windiest rainiest day Los Angeles has ever seen, which unfortunately scrapped our classic Hollywood sign ideas among other shots around the city we had planned, but we were fortunate enough to take an hour of shelter in the glorious Viceroy Hotel in Santa Monica as well as make refuge in the conference room of Greenhouse Studios.

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Radostina was one of the most engaging and vibrant people I’ve ever photographed and the shoot was certainly memorable. We all had a great time and couldn’t stop laughing the whole time, which made my job easier as not a smile or smirk was planned. In fact the assignment had called for a mix of smiles as well as those straight-faced images we actually struggled to produce 🙂 In the end the editors agreed Radostina’s personality came out way more in the laughing shots and many of them made the magazine.

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Radostina’s story is certainly an exceptional one. You can read the full feature article in PDF online here: http://www.facultymatters.com/summer12/radostina-peteva/

Don’t skip the web extras located here: http://www.facultymatters.com/summer12/radostina-peteva/online-extra-radostina-peteva-slideshow/

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Dirty Cello | Band Portraits | San Francisco Music Photography

Check out Dirty Cello… a jazz, funk, blues and modern music driven band based out of the San Francisco Bay Area. I guarantee you’ve never heard anything like them, ever before. Not only do these guys gig their butts off when you see them live, but they are out there multiple times a week sharing their original brand of music with the world.

The group is lead by cellist Rebecca Roudman, who has shared the stage with countless acts, symphonies, and artists from across the globe. Jason Eckl joins her on guitar and they often bring in a host of talented Bay Area musicians to back them on bass, drums, brass, woodwinds, and vocals.

From their website: “Dirty Cello presents unique and dynamic music that mixes virtuosic classical playing with the soul of blues, the fire of gypsy music and the beauty of modern folk music. Think B.B. King meets Mark O’Connor meets Yo-Yo Ma.”

Couldn’t have said it better myself. These guys rock!

Our shoot was a nice mix of standard images for the discerning fan, and a little gettin’ gritty for the rock the house fan. All in all it was a blast to setup the seamless and rock out at the shoot!

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Akosua | Artist Portraits | San Francisco Bay Area Music Photography

 

Last August I had to pleasure to photograph Akosua for images for her upcoming EP. The CD has gone into production and is soon to be released, and so are some of the photos from the shoot!

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It was a pleasure photographing this talented artist in such a beautiful setting as Joaquin Mill Park in Oakland, CA. I never even knew this place was there until Akosua suggested it for a location for our shoot, and it’s definitely a place I would return to either for an afternoon of photographing or simply just relaxing in the trees or by the fountain. Best of luck in the release of the EP Akosua!

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Editorial Portraits of Emre for Ingenjören Magazine

Portraits of Emre for Ingenjören Magazine, a publication for the national Swedish Engineers association. Emre is a computer programmer completing his MSc in data while working as a graduate student at the SF Bay Area tech firm Splunk. We met up in the morning and headed down to the Fort Point area of SF for a few shots in a classic San Francisco setting. The rain had just begun clearing from the night before, leaving us with a beautiful big softbox of a mostly overcast day, my favorite weather to photograph under 🙂

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More about Emre’s work here.

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Lowen and Ed | Couples Portraits | San Francisco Couples Photography

Meet Lowen and Ed! A really fun couple who I had a fantastic time joking around and exploring the docks and old industrial buildings at Fort Mason.

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