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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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

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

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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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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Chuang Family Portraits | Fort Mason San Francisco | San Francisco Family Photography

An afternoon exploring Fort Mason San Francisco with the Chuang family.

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A most amazing part of the family photoshoot we had is that the family decided to create such a wonderful CollageWall to place in a prominent place in their home. I joined them one spring afternoon to install it for them and this is the results, I love these CollageWalls!

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See the full gallery here.

 

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)

A Foggy San Francisco Sunset | View of the Golden Gate Bridge, the SF Bay and the City

This is our office, our place of business, our boardroom, our City.

Not bad for just looking out the window at sunset. I love this place.

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Schwind Family Portraits | Crissy Field | Presidio of San Francisco | San Francisco Family Photography

I’m excited to share some of the beautiful photographs from a classic foggy San Francisco morning with the Schwind Family! As they were soon departing to move to Vienna, Austria, this was an exceptionally special day for them. The goal was to photograph in a traditional & special San Francisco place, and Crissy Field and Fort Point fit the bill exceptionally well.

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Though one of the main goals when planning this session with the Schwind’s was to capture the Golden Gate Bridge with the family, SF had its way with us and all but obscured the International Orange statesman until later that day. Either way, the Schwind’s were oh so happy with their classic foggy San Francisco family images, and I look forward to seeing photographs of their huge collage wall we custom designed for them hanging in their new home once they settle into their new home in Vienna.

 

Link to the full gallery here.