Whitney Nichole and Keeley Valentino | Pacific Northwest ‘Tour on the Edge of Glory’

Throughout the first half of July, I had the pleasure of wearing many hats on Whitney Nichole and Keely Valentino‘s aptly dubbed ‘Tour on the Edge of Glory.’ Part tour manager, part roadie, part driver, part photographer/videographer & documentarian, and altogether psyched to be on the road in the name of music for a few weeks! We covered a large swath of the Pacific Northwest, making stops in Redding, CA; Eugene, OR; Portland, OR; Tacoma, WA, Seattle, WA and Walla Walla, WA.

You can read all about our adventures on Whitney and Keeley’s blog on the edge of glory – http://whitneyandkeeley.blogspot.com/. A few images from the tour:

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If you haven’t already, check out Whitney and Keeley on the web at: http://whitneynichole.com and http://www.keeleyvalentino.com

Special thanks to these wonderful ladies for taking me along on this fantastic voyage. This road trip/tour was a blast. I’m very much looking forward to see when the official news comes out about the rumored Pac NW fall tour!

Singer-Songwriter Keeley Valentino | Portraits

Images from a recent photoshoot on location with my good friend, Keeley Valentino. Fantastic singer-songwriter and friend. Was great working with her in some great locations on a beautiful day in Marin County 🙂

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Keeley Valentino at Cafe Du Nord

Singer-songwriter Keeley Valentino graces the stage at Whitney Nichole‘s Record Release party at Cafe Du Nord. Though she’s on stage alone, she commands the audience with her heartfelt storytelling and passionate expression like there was a whole army up there with her. More details about the show here.

 

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Whitney Nichole ‘100 Strong’ Record Release Party at Cafe Du Nord with Pebble Theory, Kindness and Lies and Keeley Valentino

I think one only can imagine how much I love the musical stylings of miss Whitney Nichole. Not only is she the best person I could be lucky enough to be spending my life with, but she’s also incredible on stage, especially when the energy of celebrating the release of her debut album ‘100 Strong’ is flowing through her veins… Her band that evening was comprised of Shelby Grolig (V0x), Adam Rossi (Keys), Kevin T. White (Bass), Abigail Picache (Drums), Julia Jurkiewicz (Cello) with guest appearances on ‘100 Strong’ by Ziva Hadar, Heather Pierce, Debbie Neigher, Ash Scheiding and Niki Marie.  The house was jam packed at San Francisco’s magical Cafe Du Nord and it was amazing to have Pebble Theory, Kindness and Lies and Keeley Valentino on tap for the show. Everyone came through with their A game and it was no surprise that this lineup carried the energy right on through the night. A few photos of Whitney’s set at the gig below, full gallery here. Posts with pics from sets from the other bands to follow!

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Amazing show Whitney, congratulations on the release of 100 Strong!

Available now (released today March 8, 2011!) on iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby and BandCamp, or (my personal favorite:) pick up a physical CD with complete album photography by yours truly and an amazing graphic design layout exquisitely composed by Reflectur.

 

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Whitney Nichole ‘100 Strong’ Album Cover and Promotional Images Photoshoot

The music is recorded, mixed and mastered. The album art is complete, and first run of the CDs has been pressed and delivered.  The album is set to be released January 27, 2011 locally and March 8, 2011 nationally, so it’s time to finally share some of the photos of my beautiful and fabulous girlfriend, Whitney Nichole, we made during the ‘100 Strong’ album photoshoot!

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Knowing Whitney for three years now, having lived together for almost half that time, and the fact that she’s so damn beautiful made her an easy person to work with 🙂 Though I’ve been chronicling the last two years of her music career photographically, both in live venues and in the recording studio, this was our first portrait shoot together. Lena Chavez joined us to contribute her fabulous makeup artist skills and David Reed brought in the extra touch on Whitney’s hair.

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The managers at Viracocha in San Francisco were gracious enough to let us rent the space for half a day and were really kind to allowing us the access we needed to get the shots we wanted. If you’re an antique shop buff and are ever in the Mission in SF I highly recommend a visit to Viracocha. Though the shop has been there only a little over a year, you’d think it has been there since the late 20’s and the era of the speakeasy. The place is just so dramatically adorned. Most everything in the shop is for sale and there’s probably not a person alive who wouldn’t find something they wanted there. I’m not a huge shopper, but every time we go there, I’m completely amazed at how well setup and maintained the decor of the shop is. You really feel like you’re taking a step back in time in a wonderful way.

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It was great having both Lena Chavez and David Reed on hand for makeup and hair. They’re both fantastic at what they do, and it really helped to have them there to keep extra eyes on the scene to fix any things out of place and for last minute touch ups. They were both fantastic to work with!

Graphic design and artwork for the album was done by Mark Sackett, Timo Nagel and the team at Reflectur. It was a great pleasure to have such an experienced graphic design team working on the concept for Whitney’s album. We picked our favorite snapshots from the last two years, and with their amazing talent and keen eyes for fantastic layouts, they covered every inch of the digipack case, booklet and CD with my images from the photoshoot, recording studio and her live performances, so it’s truly 100% Whitney.

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You’ll probably recognize this one, it’s the one chosen for the cover of the album (click on the image see the full gallery from the shoot):

You can listen to more of Whitney’s beautiful music at whitneynichole.com. If you’re in San Francisco tomorrow night, January 27, come on down to Cafe Du Nord, where you can help us celebrate the Record Release alongside performers Keeley Valentino, Kindness and Lies, and Pebble Theory. Each of the four acts has offered up a free download of one of their songs you can grab here: http://whitneynichole.bandcamp.com/album/cafe-du-nord-show-sampler. Purchase tickets ahead of the show online on Cafe Du Nord’s Ticketweb.

Congratulations Whitney on the release of your first full length album!

Limited edition pre-release copies of the record are available at: http://www.whitneynichole.com/donate

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Whitney Nichole and Keeley Valentino Rain or Shine Tour Photographs

Two fantastic singer-songwriters ask you to make fun images for their upcoming tour. Schedules are busy and one day when we were hanging out we decide we have 1 hour to plan, find a location, setup, and make 20 images. If you’re lucky you end up with what we have here:

Always a pleasure to photograph Whitney Nichole and Keeley Valentino. Amazing songwriters, performers and great, fun loving people. Catch them on a stop in a city near you in February 2011!

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Whitney Nichole and Keeley Valentino at CMC

Whitney Nichole and Keeley Valentino enchant us with their talent for song at the CMC. A beautiful session, some collaboration and a few good laughs. Looking forward to the next time these two share a bill.

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Keeley Valentino at Hotel Utah

A beautiful set from Keeley Valentino at the ever-classic Hotel Utah. Man it was dark in this place.

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