Announcing the San Francisco Bay Area’s Totally Awesome Award Winners from Red Tricycle (RedTri) for 2013 – Niall David Photography Wins for Most Awesome Photographer for the Second Year in a Row!

The results are in from Red Tricycle and the winner of the Red Tricycle San Francisco Bay Area‘s Totally Awesome Award for “Most Awesome Family Photographer” in 2013 is… Niall David Photography!!! THANK YOU FOR YOUR VOTES AND YOUR SUPPORT!!

Thanks my my amazing clients, friends, family, business partners and YOU. I’m truly honored to have received this award for the second year in a row and look forward to continuing to provide you with the “most awesome,” unique and timeless family photography adventures in 2013 and beyond.

Cheers,THANKS TO OUR FANS, NIALL DAVID PHOTOGRAPHY WAS SELECTED “MOST AWESOME FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER” FOR SAN FRANCISCO IN THE 2013 & 2012 RED TRICYCLE TOTALLY AWESOME AWARDS AT AWARDS.REDTRI.COM!

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Burns Family Portraits | San Francisco Botanical Garden Golden Gate Park | San Francisco Family Photography

If you’re ever going to spend a day exploring the wonders of Golden Gate Park and the San Francisco Botanical Garden, it’s really great to know you can do it with a wonderful family like the Burns’. We met up at the main entrance to the garden and started to wander the grounds. I’ve been to the Botanical Garden with families several times over the years and the beauty of this place never ceases to amaze me. It’s a wonderful place for families and children to frolic, and it’s a different experience each time you visit.

On an amazing note, Kim Burns is the co-owner of Fresh Baby Bites, the San Francisco Bay Area’s best local, organic, healthy, yummy baby and toddler food business. I recently had the fantastic pleasure of spending a day in the kitchen with Fresh Baby Bites creating documentary photos for their business (see the photo gallery linked here). Check out more about our collaboration on the Fresh Baby Bites Blog linked here and my follow up blog post in their email newsletter linked here.

Enjoy some photos from our adventures!

 

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See the full gallery linked here.

 

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

Korenberg Family Portraits | San Francisco Botanical Garden | San Francisco Family Photography

What a lovely afternoon in the San Francisco Botanical Garden, one of my favorite venues in the city for family photoshoots – shhh don’t tell the other photogs 🙂 J/K there’s enough beautiful space in urban nature out there for all of us to explore! We started out as many of my ventures out there do, just kinda wandering and seeing where the little ones take us. One of the first things mom says is “you’re just photographing them.” Of course I love following young ones around as they explore new and exciting things in the wild, but of course we had to pull mom and dad in for a few group photos. We explored together and saw everything from grassy fields to lakes and redwood forests. All in all a magnificent day in the park!

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See the full gallery linked here.

 

Announcing the San Francisco Bay Area’s 2012 Totally Awesome Award Winners from Red Tricycle (RedTri) – Niall David Photography Wins for Friendliest Family Photographer!

BY POPULAR VOTE - NIALL DAVID PHOTOGRAPHY WINS “FRIENDLIEST FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER” IN THE 2012 RED TRICYCLE TOTALLY AWESOME AWARDS FOR THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA!

 

The results are in from Red Tricycle and the winner of the Red Tricycle San Francisco Bay Area‘s Totally Awesome Award for “Friendliest Family Photographer” is… Niall David Photography!!! THANK YOU FOR YOUR VOTES AND YOUR SUPPORT!!

Thanks my my amazing clients, friends, family, business partners and YOU, one of my greatest gifts this holiday season has been delivered. I’m honored to have received this award and look forward to continuing to provide you with the “friendliest,” unique and timeless family photography adventures in 2013. Have a wonderful holiday season everyone.

~Niall

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 🙂

 

Tsung Family Portraits | Palace of Fine Arts | San Francisco Family Photography

After another wonderful year of San Francisco Bay Area family photography, this is one of my last posts of 2012, and happily it’s about one of my favorite sessions of the year, an afternoon at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco with the Tsung Family.

Darcy Tsung is a well-known designer based in San Francisco with amazing attention to elegant detail. We met earlier this year through mutual acquaintances when she hired me to make professional portraits for her business as well as photos for two of her residential interior design projects in Lafayette and Orinda.

Happily and gratefully, she trusted me so much that she invited me to spend some time with her, her husband and two daughters, and we had a fantastic time exploring the Palace of Fine Arts while we enjoyed the sunset through the massive structure and grounds!

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See the full gallery here.

 

 

Carlos Family Portraits | Presidio of San Francisco | San Francisco Family Photography

If you’ve been following along on the blog, you’ve already met the Carlos Family. I had a wonderful photosession with them last year in the San Francisco Botanical Gardens. Many of you may remember the ever-popular who you lookin’ at squinty face photo from their previous shoot : ) This year, now that everyone is full on up and walking, we decided to try something new for all of us, an adventure in the Presidio of San Francisco!

They have 3 boys who helped me have some of the most fun I could have with a client who came back for another round of awesome family photos! I always enjoy working with them and wonderful families like them. You can read both candid reviews of their photosessions with me here on Yelp! (yes, they had such a great time they were kind enough to stop by twice!).

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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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See the full gallery here.