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

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. 

 

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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 🙂

 

Instagram :: June 2012

Expression of daily life with Instagram and iPhoneography is a never ending adventure.  I’m happy to post the monthly update for June 2012.

Wine, camping, telescopes, palaces, concerts, the Golden Gate Bridge, rusty snails and nasty hospital food all caught my attention this past month…

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See the full gallery from June here.

 

June 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.

Spring Open House at Synergy Mind Body Wellness

Come say hello, view recent landscape artwork from yours truly, attend a book signing with Jenn Flaa (author of the Happiness Handbook), chat with vocal coach and singer-songwriter Whitney Nichole, and sample some amazing free services offered by Synergy Mind Body Wellness and other great local businesses including Vibrational Healing, Hand treatments, Life Coaching, Nutritional Counseling and more (see links below). There will be raffles of prizes from all involved. The event is free for all attendees. Healthy snacks and beverages will be provided.

 

Enter to win door prizes such as,

Family Photo Session Value $240

Bliss Facial value $125

Organic Nail Treatment Combo Value $115

3 Voice Lesson Package Value $150

1 hour Life Coaching session Value $150

30 day Nutrition Coaching Value $300 

Free copy of The Happiness Handbook

and more!

RSVP for the open house event on Facebook here.

Hope to see you there this Thursday June 14! 399 Arguello Blvd San Francisco, CA.

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.

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!

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.

Whitney Nichole ‘100 Strong’ Record Release Party at Cafe Du Nord with Pebble Theory, Kindness and Lies and Keeley Valentino

I think one only can imagine how much I love the musical stylings of miss Whitney Nichole. Not only is she the best person I could be lucky enough to be spending my life with, but she’s also incredible on stage, especially when the energy of celebrating the release of her debut album ‘100 Strong’ is flowing through her veins… Her band that evening was comprised of Shelby Grolig (V0x), Adam Rossi (Keys), Kevin T. White (Bass), Abigail Picache (Drums), Julia Jurkiewicz (Cello) with guest appearances on ‘100 Strong’ by Ziva Hadar, Heather Pierce, Debbie Neigher, Ash Scheiding and Niki Marie.  The house was jam packed at San Francisco’s magical Cafe Du Nord and it was amazing to have Pebble Theory, Kindness and Lies and Keeley Valentino on tap for the show. Everyone came through with their A game and it was no surprise that this lineup carried the energy right on through the night. A few photos of Whitney’s set at the gig below, full gallery here. Posts with pics from sets from the other bands to follow!

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Amazing show Whitney, congratulations on the release of 100 Strong!

Available now (released today March 8, 2011!) on iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby and BandCamp, or (my personal favorite:) pick up a physical CD with complete album photography by yours truly and an amazing graphic design layout exquisitely composed by Reflectur.

 

See the full gallery here.