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:

Broken Record

 

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The Argument

 

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The Nom Noms

 

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His Name is Tina

 

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The Chestnut Monkeys

 

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.

More band photos after the jump (click here)

Whitney Nichole Performs for Google at the Googleplex in Mountain View, CA

One of those really cool experiences you don’t often get to enjoy – spending the evening at the headquarters of Google.

Whitney Nichole performed with Abigail Picache and Kevin White at the Friday afternoon social last week, and it was a treat to join in on the experience. Everything at Google is really sweet. The campus (affectionately known as the Googleplex) is beautifully situated in Mountain View, CA and it’s all it’s cracked up to be. The employees are treated to a wonderful work environment all day every day, and once a month a Friday afternoon mixer and concert! Great food, great people, and of course great music.

Thanks to Googler, Jason Shafton, for inviting Whitney to perform for everyone at TGIF in Charlie’s Cafe!

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See the full gallery here.

Whitney Nichole – Live from Bay 6 | Harwood Podcast Network

Had an amazing time working with Kevin, Cindy and Cameron Harris at their latest recording for the Harwood Podcast NetworkLive from Bay 6 with Whitney Nichole!

Performed by Whitney Nichole (Vox & Keys), Shelby Grolig (Harmony Vox), Kevin Harris (Guitar & Harmony Vox), John Xepoleas (Drums), Dana Zuccarello (Cell0) and Michael Olaf (Bass).

Had a great time working with the HPN crew, definitely looking forward to spending more time with this great family in their amazing audio/video recording studio in Martinez, CA.

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Link to the podcast here.

Link to the image gallery here.

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Zack Arias One Light Workshop Comes to San Francisco!

This past weekend I was honored to host as the City Representative for Zack AriasOne Light Workshop here in San Francisco. Repping meant organizing and booking the studio, models, food, catering, supplies and other logistics. Though I understand more now why good planners are well paid for taking care of business, it was more than worth the adventure to become part of the experience at this incredible workshop.

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If you know anything about me, you know that Zack is one of my icons of photography, so you know I was living on cloud 9 all weekend. He is a sharing photographer – tells all, and keeps it real. Over the past few years, I’ve read most of Zack’s blog posts, seen tons of his videos, spent entire weekends glued to the computer during CreativeLIVE seminars (Studio Lighting and Foundations of a Working Photographer), and practiced many of his techniques on my own shoots as I grow into my own style. Living the experience in person was a treat of epic proportion.

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The mixer the night before was really cool, and was a great way to meet many of the attendees. I love the idea of the night before meetup as everyone has a chance to share stories and bond before jumping into the 15 hour workshop the next day. There was a great mix of photographers, from dabbling hobbyists to full time pros. Everyone brought a unique sense of being to the workshop and I’m sure everyone took something priceless away in improving their own craft.

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The morning starts out with a quick rundown of all things photographic, from basic camera stuff like apertures, shutter speeds and ISO (no eyesooooohhhhh!), to more advanced topics like camera to subject distance, inverse square law, flashes & strobes, flash power, mixing ambient and strobes and all that good stuff. Once you get through the obligatory basics, the afternoon into the evening (about 6 hours) is spent shooting with a variety of modifiers with two models. Zack sets up each scenario with a demo that includes a pragmatic way of finding composition and exposure, and then the students take it away.

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All in all it’s an experience well worth it and then some. I’d absolutely attend again, and I highly suggest you make it happen next time Zack is in your neck of the woods. You’ll meet cool people, spend some time with a photo ninja, and pick up more skillz than you can handle all in the space of about 24 hours of your time.

Our lovely models for the day were Whitney Nichole and Maya Carina. Thanks to both of you for being so generous with your time and talent!

We Started in the studio with an umbrella and the Westcott 28″ softbox:

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And then moved it outside to ramble around the gritty alleys of the Dogpatch…

Zack setting up a grid spot shot:

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When it was my turn, I had to make it a point to catch a few of Whitney under the spot 🙂

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And then we pulled out “big momma” (the Westcott 50″ softbox):

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After the main instructional portion, we broke for a pizza dinner, then split up into 3 teams to go out in the dark on an assignment to “make some cool images of each other.” Fellow workshop attendee and street photographer, Felix Lim, was my subject for the the street image concept I had; one of the last captures I made was of him on the corner of 3rd street right as the MUNI T-Train train conveniently passed by.

 

A great deal of thanks to Zack and his team (Meghan Arias and Kara Pecknold) for putting together this great workshop. It was cool to meet Zack’s eldest, Caleb, who was a rockin’ assistant throughout the day. Cheers Zack, hope to see you back in SF soon!

 

See the full gallery of images from the workshop here.