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

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.

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

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Cathy and Dan | Engagement Photos | Couples Portraits

Special double feature! Two sessions summed up into one posting  😉

Cathy and Dan found me through my music photography, and once we met to chat about the plan for their engagement photos and wedding photography, we instantly clicked on style and vibe for the photo sessions we started planning. This couple is laid back, super chill and all in all great people to work with. We met up for two wonderful engagement portrait sessions, one at the Legion of Honor near Lands End, and the other a few months later for a evening/dusk session on Treasure Island, right in the middle of the San Francisco Bay.

All in all Cathy and Dan were a joy to photograph. We had a lot of fun exploring each of the places we traveled to, and had a lot of adventures to reminisce about when I photographed their wedding for them at the Great American Music Hall earlier this year – more to come on that in a future post 😉

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See the full gallery – click here.

Instagram :: May 2012

Expression of daily life with Instagram and iPhoneography continues. I’ve been even less active than previous months, but I’m happy to post the monthly update for May 2012.

Gallery shows, photographic prints, wine bars, wine cellars, and my birthday all caught my attention this past month…

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See the full gallery from May here.

 

May has 8 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 my favorite: Statigram, as well as WebstagramFollowgram, and the Instadesk application for Mac OS X.

Happy 75th Anniversary Golden Gate Bridge! Fireworks Over the San Francisco Bay!

Sunday May 27, 2012 marked the 75th Anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge. In celebration of this American icon, there was a whole day of celebration at key sites along the waterfront along the San Francisco Bay and plenty of revelry around the city. The most exciting of which, were the 75th anniversary fireworks show! It was super special as they organizers added a special dose of a fantastic light show to go along with the fireworks. We had a key vantage point from the top of Nob Hill, and of course my camera, tripod and I happily joined in the celebration. Here’s my ode to this amazing icon of San Francisco, America and human ingenuity! Happy Anniversary GGB!

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See the full gallery here.

Solo Art Gallery Show – Landscape Photographs at Whitetail Wine Bar – Final Week!

See all the juicy details in my previous blog post about the solo gallery show of my landscape photographs being shown at Whitetail Wine Bar here: http://nialldavid.com/blog/solo-gallery-show-at-whitetail-wine-bar-in-guerneville-ca-throughout-the-month-of-may/.

If you can’t make the trip to Russian River Valley wine country to visit Whitetail before we take down the show, take a virtual look at the gallery through images captured at the opening below, or see some of the images on Facebook.

The main gallery room.

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The back gallery lounge.

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10×40″ panoramic print of the San Francisco Bay.

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The crowd is building, and having a great time!

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Happy to be at the start of the gallery show opening!

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Me and my girl. Always there to support me 🙂

Thanks very much for all of the support from everyone throughout the show. Your comments about the show have just been splendid. Special thanks to Leslie Bahr for inviting me to show my work in her space!

~Niall

Instagram :: April 2012

Expression of daily life with Instagram and iPhoneography continues. Though I’ve been less active than previous months lately, I’m happy to post the monthly update to recap April 2012.

Seattle, trains, mountains, views, record store day, a new facebook page, rooftops and art shows all caught my attention this past month…

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See the full gallery from April here.

 

April has 11 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 my favorite: Statigram, as well as WebstagramFollowgram, and the Instadesk application for Mac OS X.

Instagram :: March 2012

The Instagram project continues, a daily experiment. The monthly update to recap March 2012.

Beer, beaches, broken tapes, vintage things, puffy clouds, pianos, St. Patty’s Day, music and creativeLIVE all caught my attention this past month…

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See the full gallery from March here.

 

March has 11 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 my favorite: Statigram, as well as WebstagramFollowgram, and the Instadesk application for Mac OS X.

 

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.