Sometimes the Clients You Don’t Book Share with You the Highest Regards… San Francisco Bay Area Family Photography Surprises and Delights

How to flatter your would-be photographer… It’s been a while since I blogged a personal story, and this was one of those “have to write about this” opportunities.

A family from Texas found me through a Google search one month ago and reached out for a family photosession. They are a “family of 13 coming to visit the Bay Area…” many of whom are successful entrepreneurs, movers, shakers, hard to get in one room at the same time! I received the inquiry while vacationing on the magical island of Maui, but never leaving an interested client hanging, I gave them a quick ring and we had a lovely conversation about the goals for their session. I learned about what a wonderful group of individuals they all are, splitting time between the United States and many incredible overseas places, only all seeing each other maybe once a year. “This is going to be a special photoshoot” I think, the stakes are high to rock this one. We were both easily put at ease early on as our personalities just gelled, this was going to be one fun shoot!

There was only one problem that brought our booking to a screeching halt – the dates they needed were the dates that I would be in NY for a friend’s wedding… Literally the exact same opposite travel plans, almost to the hour 🙁 As disappointed as we both were, I was determined to make this happen for them, so we had two options: 1) It just so happens that I’m going to be in Texas for a long weekend this month, only 1 hour from where many of the family live; 2) There are a few other amazing family photographers in San Francisco to say the least, so let’s see who else they are interested in, and give them a good referral/recommendation and introduction to someone amazing to work with them in my place.

I reviewed the other photographers they were considering and gave them my honest feedback and opinion. I thought one they liked would really fit with their goals, and offered one other they hadn’t considered who I am a fan of their work.

Long story short, turns out the whole family won’t all be in Texas during the dates I’ll be there, bummer… one down, one to go, let’s get them a great shoot in SF. A week goes by and I send a follow up email just to make sure they’re taken care of and found someone they love to capture their trip, and this is from the response I receive, it made my day:

“We should be making another trip to Bay Area end of this year, we will try and attempt another family photo session this fall 🙂 I will keep you in mind and my contacts. Thank you again for all your help, we decided not to go with any of the other photographers, family only liked your work. We will try again this fall!!”

I’m honored to hear that of all the fine choices for photographers in San Francisco, they only wanted to work with me, truly flattered 😉 That one part of their reply “… we decided not to go with any of the other photographers, family only liked your work” really made my day. This is me smiling and having one of those “why I do this” moments.

Little happy gifts from the people you interact with come and surprise you each and every day. Stay open to the greatness.

The Bay Lights behind Cupid's Span at Rincon Park by the Bay Bridge in San Francisco | © 2013 Niall David Photography

The Bay Lights behind Cupid’s Span at Rincon Park by the Bay Bridge in San Francisco | © 2013 Niall David Photography

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!

Networking Open House - Synergy Mind Body Wellness - Dana Sanchez - Niall David Photography

Tell her I sent you one step closer to bliss!

Spring Open House at Synergy Mind Body Wellness

Come say hello, view recent landscape artwork from yours truly, attend a book signing with Jenn Flaa (author of the Happiness Handbook), chat with vocal coach and singer-songwriter Whitney Nichole, and sample some amazing free services offered by Synergy Mind Body Wellness and other great local businesses including Vibrational Healing, Hand treatments, Life Coaching, Nutritional Counseling and more (see links below). There will be raffles of prizes from all involved. The event is free for all attendees. Healthy snacks and beverages will be provided.

 

Enter to win door prizes such as,

Family Photo Session Value $240

Bliss Facial value $125

Organic Nail Treatment Combo Value $115

3 Voice Lesson Package Value $150

1 hour Life Coaching session Value $150

30 day Nutrition Coaching Value $300 

Free copy of The Happiness Handbook

and more!

RSVP for the open house event on Facebook here.

Hope to see you there this Thursday June 14! 399 Arguello Blvd San Francisco, CA.

Instagram :: May 2012

Expression of daily life with Instagram and iPhoneography continues. I’ve been even less active than previous months, but I’m happy to post the monthly update for May 2012.

Gallery shows, photographic prints, wine bars, wine cellars, and my birthday all caught my attention this past month…

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See the full gallery from May here.

 

May has 8 images.

You can find me on Instagram as nialldavid.

A few great ways to keep up on Instagram images is joining Instagram, posting your images and following your favorite photographers! There’s also my favorite: Statigram, as well as WebstagramFollowgram, and the Instadesk application for Mac OS X.

Solo Art Gallery Show – Landscape Photographs at Whitetail Wine Bar – Final Week!

See all the juicy details in my previous blog post about the solo gallery show of my landscape photographs being shown at Whitetail Wine Bar here: http://nialldavid.com/blog/solo-gallery-show-at-whitetail-wine-bar-in-guerneville-ca-throughout-the-month-of-may/.

If you can’t make the trip to Russian River Valley wine country to visit Whitetail before we take down the show, take a virtual look at the gallery through images captured at the opening below, or see some of the images on Facebook.

The main gallery room.

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The back gallery lounge.

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10×40″ panoramic print of the San Francisco Bay.

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The crowd is building, and having a great time!

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Happy to be at the start of the gallery show opening!

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Me and my girl. Always there to support me 🙂

Thanks very much for all of the support from everyone throughout the show. Your comments about the show have just been splendid. Special thanks to Leslie Bahr for inviting me to show my work in her space!

~Niall

Instagram :: April 2012

Expression of daily life with Instagram and iPhoneography continues. Though I’ve been less active than previous months lately, I’m happy to post the monthly update to recap April 2012.

Seattle, trains, mountains, views, record store day, a new facebook page, rooftops and art shows all caught my attention this past month…

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See the full gallery from April here.

 

April has 11 images.

You can find me on Instagram as nialldavid.

A few great ways to keep up on Instagram images is joining Instagram, posting your images and following your favorite photographers! There’s also my favorite: Statigram, as well as WebstagramFollowgram, and the Instadesk application for Mac OS X.

Solo Gallery Show at Whitetail Wine Bar in Guerneville, CA Throughout the Month of May!

I’m excited to announce that Leslie Bahr of Whitetail Wine Bar in Guerneville, CA has invited me to show 11 pieces of my landscape photography in her lovely gallery. It’s a fantastic opportunity that I’m elated over as Russian River wine country  is just entering into the high season and I can’t wait to show my work in print to everyone starting this week and continuing throughout the month of May!

I’ve made ten 16″x24″ fine art prints mounted in archival museum gallery mats and one special 10″x40″ panorama I’m debuting at this show. The photographs range from images made through the window of our apartment in San Francisco overlooking the San Francisco Bay, to my travels throughout the United States, Europe, Iceland and New Zealand.

Of course I trusted none other than my friends at the never less than top notch professional photo lab, PhotoworksSF, to fabricate these prints and mats for me. I stopped by the lab for the pre-matting preview of the prints yesterday and I have never been more excited to see my images on paper.

It all kicks off with a lively First Friday event with guitarist Chris Samler, tasty wines being poured from Whitetail’s owner and proprietor, Leslie Bahr, and of course I’ll be there smiling away as we finish hanging my work and getting everything squared away for this month’s show.

If you’re in the need for a trip to sample some wonderful Russian River wines, please join us this Friday May 4 or anytime throughout the month of May at Whitetail Wine Bar, 16230 Main St. Guerneville, CA.

For more info, see Whitetail Wine Bar’s Facebook page. Looking forward to seeing you there!