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. 

 

Whitney Nichole - Pass Me a Drink It's Christmas

 

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 🙂

 

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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See the full gallery here.

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!

See the full gallery here.

Instagram :: February 2012

One of my little personal projects continues: my obsession with Instagram. And here is the monthly update to recap February 2012.

Emmy Awards, meowers, parking tickets, vintage things, herbal teas, flowers, music and stormy weather all caught my attention this past month…

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January has 18 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 WebstagramFollowgram, and the Instadesk application for Mac OS X.

See the full gallery from February here.

The 12th Annual Edwardian World’s Faire | Edwardian Ball – Regency Ballroom San Francisco, CA

What a treat and what an honor it was to photograph the 12th Annual Edwardian World’s Faire through SF Station! The Edwardian World’s Faire is part of the Edwardian Ball, an event that will take you back to the turn of the century (the previous century!), and have you schmoozing and galavanting with the most well-dressed crowd you’ll ever see.   Everyone in attendance were too nice for words, and I’ll just have to let the pictures tell the story of the times we had… See you next year!

 

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See the full gallery here.

See the gallery on SF Station here.

Instagram :: August 2011

Stories of peat monsters, construction, travel and music, August was a slow month for me on Instagram. My photography business has been picking up and I’m working with a real camera way more than I’m using the one in my iPhone for leisurely snapping. Kinda bummed about the lack of an IG gallery this month, but happy that the reason those little square crop images are missing from my life recently is an exciting one. It’s been years in the making, and something that I’m very proud of.

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August has 12 images.

You can find me on Instagram as nialldavid.

A great way to keep up on Instagram images is Webstagram.

See the full gallery from August here.

Bay Area Girls Rock Camp Band Photos | Summer 2011

Last month I took on a very exciting and rewarding personal project – photographing the 16 bands of the Bay Area Girls Rock Camp… in 8 hours.

A very musical friend of mine, Jamie Freedman, mentioned that the organizers of the BAGRC were looking for a photographer to capture portraits of the bands during their last week of camp, and I naturally jumped at the chance to work with these young talented musicians. It was a exciting and incredibly fun task of setting up 16 30-minute photo sessions over two days, and keeping the schedule on track. In the end, the 80 campers, dozens of organizers and I all had a lot of fun making these photographs come to life. Special thanks to Executive Director, Carey Faye-Horowitz, for inviting me to photograph the bands, and for graciously helping me out with scheduling and organizational logistics.

Click the link after these images to view the rest of the post, and for links to the entire gallery of portraits, candids and other memorable moments:

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You can find out more about the Bay Area Girls Rock Camp here: http://www.bayareagirlsrockcamp.org/

See the full gallery of portraits here.

Check out some of the candids and other memorable moments here.

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Instagram :: July 2011

Another stellar month with Instagram and my iPhone 4. Lots of travel all up and down the West coast had me swimming with excitement of new places and far away lands of the Western United States. I can say this for sure, if you ever get the chance to drive US Route 1 north of San Francisco to it’s end where it meets the 101, and then up into Oregon, do it!

You can catch up on part of our journey on my previous post here, and I’ve got a host of personal project images made on the July road trips coming your way in August. Stay tuned for more images from landscapes and cityscapes of California the Pacific Northwest.

A sampling of the Instagram gallery from July:

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July has 47 images.

You can find me on Instagram as nialldavid.

A great way to keep up on Instagram images is Webstagram.

See the full gallery from July here.

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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See the full gallery here.

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!

Instagram :: June 2011

June was a cool month for Instagramming…

I got revived with some true street inspiration this month, and went back to some of my urban/street photography roots. I joined Doctor Popular and Photojojo for an eventful instawalk in San Francisco (#instawalksf) where we rambled all over Chinatown for a few hours. The best part was picking up a fisheye lens for my iPhone and becoming instantly addicted to the thing! I think it’s going to be my new go to tool for keeping iPhone street walks interesting.

My new photo friend, Felix Lim (@fixelzero) and I decided to ramble onwards to downtown and after starting at 11am, ended up photowalking until around 9pm that night… It’s a real treat wandering around and shooting with Felix as we have about 33% overlap in our style and 66% difference on our vision, so we end up with really cool and often completely unique perspectives on the same city block. After covering miles and miles and dozens of those blocks on this instawalk, we came out with some cool complimentary images. Felix goes for people and gestures in place, and is a master of seeking and capturing these great black and white compositions with a person or two in them that just make the image. I tend to stick to grit, details, wide industrial views, and close focus tilt/shift type images of street scenes.

Hoping I can spend one day each month on a walk like this. I really like the idea of using a simple point n shoot camera like the iPhone, getting some snaps, processing them in the phone directly through the Instagram app or other iPhone software like Camera+ or Noir, and keeping it simple. I tend to process on the fly, usually right after shooting the image, and post directly to my feed. The beauty of all this to me is simplicity. The only time these images touch my computer is when they’re getting backed up onto a hard drive, and so I can post the processed images here on my website/blog. It’s refreshing to use such a simple process to deliver images, and anyone can do it. The more people you follow on instagram, the more interesting perspectives you gain from all over the world.

Happy Instagramming!

 

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June has 151 images.

You can find me on Instagram as nialldavid.

A great way to keep up on Instagram images is Webstagram.

See the full gallery from June here.