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Daphne Weld Nichols
Daphne Weld Nichols, a Bostonian, was building her photography career while attending college majoring in Art History. Daphne has been a professional portrait photographer, specializing in romantic and glamour photography, for over 25 years. It was at the urging of her mentor, Roydon Burke, that she began entering photography contests, winning one award after another worldwide.
While most teenage girls aspired to attain the glamour looks portrayed by movie stars and models, Daphne, who had been approached for a modeling career herself, opted against being in front of the camera. Instead, she spent her time perfecting her craft of creating the same spectacular images of women she had seen splashed throughout beauty magazines. Daphne works from the soul, and has the intuitive ability to transform the average woman into a visual affirmation of her hearts desire.
After mastering the technical aspects of photography, Daphne filled her studio with dozens of lights, reflectors, and other assorted photography paraphernalia which is used by most professional photographers. However, during one particular photo shoot, Daphne realized she could not even see her subject through all the blinding artificial lighting and sterile equipment. It was then she realized that props and mechanical apparatus only served to obstruct the inner beauty and image of her subject. The equipment somehow blocked and became a barrier to the quality of the final photographs.
Only after succumbing to this realization about the stereotypical setting was Daphne able to shed her prior misconceptions. She was finally free to create the breath-taking, spectacular trademark photographs she has become known for. By using natural northern light, Daphne was able to develop the same flattering style used by the great master painters, before the invention of electricity. Without the confines of the excessive lighting equipment, Daphne could more intimately capture the essence and beauty of her clients. Walls literally came down. There was just the camera, the client and the photographer.
From that moment on, the studio evolved into a place where women feel relaxed and receive what they need to safely express their own classic beauty and romantic sensitive self.
Daphne is a member of the New England Professional Photographers Association, Professional Photographers of Massachusetts and the Professional Photographers of America. Daphne regularly attends the New England institute of Professional Photographers, as well as many other training institutes throughout the world.
Daphne has a lifelong interest in Spirituality, Energy Healing, Card Reading, Reiki, Astrology and Numerology and continues to learn and utilize these teachings in her photography sessions. She has practiced Buddhism since 1976. By simplifying her understanding of METAPHYSICS , Daphne and her partner Diane created "TELL A FORTUNE"™, a patented system of card reading for the novice. It sold out on the Home Shopping Club and is available at www.tellafortune.com. They also created a "Do-It-Yourself" Feng-Shui Kit™ available at: www.tellafortune.com/feng-shui-kit/.
Daphne is a member of the Professional Photographer's Association, the New England Institute of Professional Photographers,the Professional Photographer's Association of Massachusetts and the Professional Photographer's Association of New England. She is listed in Who's Who of American Photographers, Who's Who of American Women and Who's Who of American Inventors. Daphne is also a certified hypnotherapist, Reiki Master, Shamballa Reiki Master, and a professional Astrologer and Feng Shui practitioner.
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Partnership with Diane Dalpe
In 1981, after opening a photography studio on Boston's fashionable Newbury Street, Daphne began a partnership with Diane Dalpe. Diane's credentials include an MBA, a Real Estate broker's license and years of corporate experience in Research and Development and Mergers and Acquisitions. When the two met, Diane was on the verge of leaving her lucrative corporate job to pursue her own entrepreneurial ambitions by opening a travel agency. When the seller of the travel agency withdrew the sale, Daphne, asked Diane if she would like to join her in expanding her photography business by adding a gallery.
SYNERGISM PHOTOGRAPHY GALLERY was born. It featured famous photographers including Josef Karsh and Ansel Adams. The gallery's monthly exhibits drew hundreds of art enthusiasts. A year later Daphne and Diane branched out and purchased a B&B/photography studio in Ogunquit, Maine. That is where Daphne's all time favorite session took place, with comedian/actor Paul Lynde.
Clients arrived from all over to take time to relax at this seaside resort and have their photos taken. Daphne's daughter Kimberlie and Diane's sister Cynthia put in many hours of loving help and support, from the kitchen to the studio to making beds.
Daphne and Diane have appeared on the Good Day Show, People Are Talking, Evening Magazine, CNN, Fox, Good Morning America and other ABC, CBS and NBC programs. Also they have appeared on Discovery Channel and A&E. They have been featured in numerous articles in newspapers and magazines and have been guests on Radio, They have hosted a New Age Cable Program "Living Unlimited" for over 13 years.
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Kimberlie Hart Dailey
Kimberlie Hart Dailey is Daphne's daughter and Kimberlie has been her favorite model since she was a young child. After coming home from school and before going out to play with her friends, Kimberlie would pose for hours, with the patience you only find with a true Taurus. Kimberlie has been an important part of the business since the age of 10, beginning with SYNERGISM Studio/Gallery on Newbury St. For a time, after graduating from Catherine Hines School Esthetician, Kimberlie would do the make up transformations for others, creating a true family enterprise. Today Kimberlie and her husband Paul are a part of Fantasy Enterprise, Inc.
In 1987, when Daphne and Diane had their studio on fashionable Newbury Street they were asked by the Boston TV show- NEW ENGLAND AFTERNOON - to host a contest to find a local woman to be the cover girl for COSMOPOLITAN Magazine.
Our studio was swamped by hundreds of eager women, all ages and sizes. Joan Q. Eastman was the CO-host of the popular talk show along with the Fox Networks' the "Factor" host, Bill O'Reilly.
Daphne remembers - Bill O' Reilly opened the show by giving away the whole surprise and telling the audience that Joan Q. Eastman, his CO-host, was going to be on the cover of COSMOPOLITAN Magazine. It was a mock up cover made by the TV station's graphic art studio. But the photograph was meant to be the climax of the show. Good old Bill O'Reilly couldn't wait though, as soon as the camera was on, he gave it away. Joan Q. Eastman handled herself like a gracious lady, not saying a word (except for the look of shock and disappointment on her face that I will never forget).
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