Toi and Dan Koback
Where do we start.. We initially met Dave in the Spring of 2017 at the Raleigh Museum for a Great Gatsby event. My fiance and I were enjoying the dive in to the 1920s and goofing around when we ran in to Dave taking pictures.
He took an amazing shot of us and after seeing the photos, we asked him if he does weddings. Instead of the generic sure he's my card, he whisked us away to find better lighting and a backdrop to take some truly amazing shots (a series of stellar oft-used facebook & linkedin profile pictures!). All in all that night was amazing, we kept in touch after the event, met up for drinks to chat about the wedding. Our wedding was initially planned for Wilmington, NC and he was willing to drive for the event which was a huge plus.
He had a whole plan for shots we could get at our venues, places he would have cameras set up to catch the perfect moments, etc. Our wedding was planned for Sep 2018 and unfortunately Hurricane Florence barreled into the NC coastline the week before our wedding. We had to last minute change the location of the wedding.
Dave being someone who can roll with the punches was able to capture stunning shots with a moments notice. He is literally able to be anywhere and everywhere for your special day. One of the best parts about working with Dave is that he takes time to meet your family members as well the night prior at your Rehearsal dinner so he can make sure to include key family members in shots and to make everyone feel comfortable with him the day of the wedding.
He had several cameras set up at different parts of our venue and was taking photos the entire day. All of the photos that he took were made available to us via DropBox for any printing/saving/sending needs, and it couldn't have been more seamless.
His keen eye for detail and ability to create shots is apparent and we are so glad we accidentally bumped into him at the Gatsby Event in 2017. One of his biggest strengths is the ability to use light/the flash in order to highlight a couple or family from the rest of the image. Our pictures are amazing and we couldn't have imagined working with anyone better. Thank you!!
Jessica and Greg Timmons
I cannot praise Dave enough. He did an engagement shoot for us, as well as our rehearsal dinner and wedding day. Within the first hour of our rehearsal dinner people were asking where I found him, and singing his praises of how enthusiastic and flexible he is. He goes around taking photos like a ninja, but when you want him to take a specific photo he is there.
He has such great energy. He also did great on our wedding day, running from room to room and around the reception. It was a long day but he kept going and came up with some really creative photo ideas. I think at least 25 people mentioned to me at the rehearsal, wedding, and after the wedding about how great he is. Really, he is phenomenal and you WONT be disappointed. I wouldn't have chosen anyone else to be there on my wedding day.
Kendrick and josh Carter
My husband Josh and I had a great experience getting our post-elopement photos taken by Dave! He was professional while being laid back and interested in what we wanted. He was able to incorporate our jeeps and our dog with a true artist's eye, not making it look cheesy or forced.
I was also super impressed with how quickly we got our photos back and the amount of great images he captured. We will cherish our photos for years to come and recommend Dave for anyone who wants bridal/engagement/wedding photos done!
Shana Gumont Darr, Artspace Director of Programs and Exhibitions
Dave has the eye of an artist and a generous spirit. He shot Artspace NC's annual gala for two years, when I was their Director of Programs and Exhibitions. He expertly captured the revelry of the evening, from candid moments on the dance floor to the scope of the huge crowds we were so pleased to host that evening.
Cameron Elizabeth Laws, Artsplosure
Emily Shackelford Bruce, Marbles Kids Museum
Dave has a wonderful eye and was able to capture the spirit and energy of Marbles Imagination Ball in April 2017. We are so happy to have a collection of his photos and will treasure them for years to come.
Jenifer Holland Gilmore, NCSU Director of Marketing and Communication Campus Enterprises
Dave is a great photographer but beyond that, he's really fun to work with. Dave has a keen eye to capture the moment and when needed, he has a way of drawing out the magic in his subjects. Dave will not only cover your event from top to bottom, but turn around quickly with quality shots to share on social media while the memory is fresh for those who participated.
If you hire Dave, you won't regret it!
Crash Gregg, Publisher Triangle Downtowner Magazine
We're honored to have Dave shoot for Triangle Downtowner Magazine at the many charity and special events we attend regularly.
His interaction with the guests and attention to detail ensure that all our photos are exactly what we're always looking for. I couldn't recommend Dave more highly, not only for his photography skillset, but also for his work ethic and upbeat personality. He makes capturing the moment an easy and worry-free pleasure
Hal Goodtree, Publisher CaryCitizen
Dave is an outstanding photographer and we value his contributions very much
Alistar Hamilton, Editor PezCyclingNews.com
Dave's photos have been a top feature on PezCyclingNews for years and as editor I look forward to receiving his great work, not only from a sporting point of view, but his perfect framing and artistic view of cycle racing.
He brings a well needed flair to photography. Here at PEZ we always want Dave on our US assignments, when he is available. Every year I always look forward to his calendar.
DANI CLAYTON, BIKE MS
I can't say enough nice things about my experience working with Dave! He did an incredible job with his photos and was so easy to work with. We look forward to having him back at our Bike MS events in 2017!
DILEEP DADLANI, SPECIAL EVENTS MANAGER AT ALS NORTH CAROLINA
I've know Dave for over 20+ years and met while racing in Florida. We reconnected in Raleigh some time later and he's been a visible part of the community for years. As a bike racer he was tough back in the day, but then I discovered his amazing talent behind a camera. I'd like to give Dave a shout for volunteering as our official photographer for two years at the Walk to Defeat ALS. With over 3,500 participants, Dave somehow placed himself in the thick of all the action capturing the volunteers, sponsors and teams. We'll definitely use him again for 2017 and beyond!
AMY GRETENSTEIN, 2018 JINGLE BALL AT NORTH CAROLINA MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCES BY CAPITAL CLAUSES
It was a privilege to work with Dave for our event. Our attendees and sponsors were very pleased with their quality. He was a pleasure to plan with and I hope to work with Dave again soon!
Zach Medford, Great Gatsby Ball at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences by Great Crawl Events
We partnered with Dave Gill for the Great Gatsby Ball and Casino night in Downtown Raleigh. He took the most incredible, beautiful photographs during the evening. Dave has a way of capturing the perfect moment and preserving it forever.
I'm stunned by how many jaw dropping images he was able to capture, and how quickly he was able to deliver the finished products. Five out of Five for sure!
Jamil Rashad, Lead Singer Boulevards
Dave joined us at WRAL First Night Raleigh and created beautiful images that captured the spirit of our New Year's Eve festival!