SONGBIRD STUDIOS and NIALL DAVID PHOTOGRAPHY in SAN FRANCISCO, CA TO HOST GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 30th, 2014

Songbird Studios Niall David Photography Grand Opening Invitation

 

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January 20, 2014

SONGBIRD STUDIOS and NIALL DAVID PHOTOGRAPHY in SAN FRANCISCO, CA TO HOST GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 30th, 2014

Songbird Studios & Niall David Photography invite the San Francisco community to celebrate the grand opening of their brand new state of the art music and photography studio at 1463 Pine Street on Thursday, January 30th 2014 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. Songbird Studios is a vocal coaching studio offering one on one singing lessons, a variety of group classes, camps and workshops to students of all ages and abilities. Niall David Photography creates unique photojournalistic lifestyle imagery for unique individuals, families and businesses.

Nob Hill is very special to co-owners, Whitney Nichole and Niall David, as they have both lived in the area since 2009. “We are incredibly excited to bring our new studio collaboration to the lively and exciting neighborhood of Nob Hill, San Francisco” says co-owner, Niall David. Not only do they run Songbird Studios together, but Whitney and Niall are recently engaged and look forward to their wedding in the Fall of 2014. Whitney shares, “The Songbird Studios community is truly a family, and we cannot wait to open our brand new 800 square foot custom-built studio. We welcome anyone who shares our passion for singing, music and art to come see what all the buzz is about!”

Singer/Songwriter Whitney Nichole will perform live music, Niall David Photography will exhibit samples of his portrait and family photography artwork, and there will be light snacks, drinks, prizes and giveaways. New Songbird Studios Members joining during the grand opening will receive special discounts and membership offers!

The facility boasts a warm and inviting waiting room and group event area displaying Niall David’s artwork, set up with complimentary guest wireless internet and a hot tea and water station. The studio also features three state of the art music studios for one-on-one voice lessons. Each room is equipped with a sound system, wireless microphones, aux input for iPod/iPhone/iPad and an 88 key fully weighted digital piano.

Singers can meet with their expert teaching staff for individualized vocal coaching, songwriting and performance guidance, as well as join in our many group events including Singer/Songwriter Summer Camps, Performance Showcases, Open Mics and a variety of Group Classes.

You can find Songbird Studios & Niall David Photography on Facebook and Twitter at: facebook.com/songbirdsf – twitter.com/songbirdsf facebook.com/nialldavidphotography – twitter.com/nialldavid

For more information please visit songbirdsf.com & nialldavid.com

Songbird Studios Niall David Photography Grand Opening

Don’t Forget to Pack a Photographer! | Vacation Travel Photography

Have I mentioned how interested in doing this I am?!?

I would prefer not to actually be packed into your suitcase, but next time you book your dream vacation or weekend getaway, consider hiring a professional photographer (i.e me) to spend a day, two, or even the whole week with you and your family, documenting your journey through the beautiful and wonderful places you go!

Imagine standing at the top of Haleakala in Maui, Hawaii, being wowed by the expansive view of Mt. Cook New Zealand, taming fire and ice in Iceland, tasting some of the world’s finest wines in Napa & Sonoma California, making friends with the towering Redwoods along the Avenue of the Giants, horseback riding the California coast, gazing over panoramic European sea cliffs or taking a trip back in time to rural Ireland, spending relaxing days on the sand or surfing by the beach, or being in total awe of the expansive views throughout the City of San Francisco

Now imaging yourself living these amazing experiences, captured in all of these images through the eyes of a professional photographer; exciting idea isn’t it? Consider that and send me a note next time you start planning your trip. Not only do I have travel advice, but I’d love to be there to capture these timeless moments for you, your new husband or wife (can we say honeymoon?), and/or your family. For more information, read the story recently published on the Wall Street Journal, and see the video embedded below Or link to the video on WSJ here:

 

To get a sense if we’d be a good fit in working together, you can view my Portfolios here, and I can be reached via email at info {at} nialldavid.com to start discussing your custom vacation photography package. I look forward to hearing from you!

 

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View of the Golden Gate Bridge, the San Francisco Bay and the City of San Francisco from Battery Spencer in the Marin Headlands of California. 5 image panorama. (Niall David)

Editorial: University of Phoenix – Faculty Matters Magazine | Meet the Faculty: Radostina Peteva

The lead line of the piece reads “Overwhelmed and loving it.” And that’s just how Radostina thrives day-to-day in her postion as the Head of Business Development at Greenhouse Studios and faculty member at the University of Phoenix. The assignment was for UOPX’s Faculty Matters magazine Summer 2012 Edition and I really enjoyed making the trip to LA to complete it.

We met up on what was probably the windiest rainiest day Los Angeles has ever seen, which unfortunately scrapped our classic Hollywood sign ideas among other shots around the city we had planned, but we were fortunate enough to take an hour of shelter in the glorious Viceroy Hotel in Santa Monica as well as make refuge in the conference room of Greenhouse Studios.

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Radostina was one of the most engaging and vibrant people I’ve ever photographed and the shoot was certainly memorable. We all had a great time and couldn’t stop laughing the whole time, which made my job easier as not a smile or smirk was planned. In fact the assignment had called for a mix of smiles as well as those straight-faced images we actually struggled to produce 🙂 In the end the editors agreed Radostina’s personality came out way more in the laughing shots and many of them made the magazine.

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Radostina’s story is certainly an exceptional one. You can read the full feature article in PDF online here: http://www.facultymatters.com/summer12/radostina-peteva/

Don’t skip the web extras located here: http://www.facultymatters.com/summer12/radostina-peteva/online-extra-radostina-peteva-slideshow/

See the full gallery on nialldavid.com.

Headrick Family Portraits | Fort Mason Green | San Francisco Family Photography

Meet the Headrick family! Their son is just taking his first steps, and we were there to capture these special moments 🙂

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See the full gallery here.

Kartes Family Portraits | Fort Mason Center | San Francisco Family Photography

A beautiful family with a cute little spunky redhead, like me! Meet the Kartes family!

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See the full gallery here.

La-Yona and Terence Couples Portraits | San Francisco Couples Photography

Meet La-Yona and Terence, one of the most hilarious and most loving couples I could ever have spent an hour at Alamo Square in San Francisco with!

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See the full gallery here.

Singer-Songwriter, Debbie Neigher, Photoshoot at Viracocha

It was a fine time on a photoshoot for images for singer-songwriter, Debbie Neigher, for her album release campaign and soon to be released new website. Debbie is a good friend and was a joy to photograph We had a lot of fun turning her into a very photogenic subject 🙂 The concept for the set was speakeasy piano bar, and the scene at Viracocha SF was perfect for what we were going for!

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See the full gallery here, slideshow below (follow full gallery link for full size slideshow):

 

Take a look at the blog post and photo gallery from the previous project I did with Debbie at Tiny Telephone Recording Studio while she was recording tracks for her upcoming album. TT is a sweet studio, and it was amazing to spend time there during the recording process. Having gotten a little preview of the album while in the studio, and at a little secret preview party at our apartment, I can say I’m really looking forward its release. Keep your eyes and ears peeled!

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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See the full gallery here.

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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See the full image gallery of the photoshoot here.

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