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Natural Portraits & Events

San Rafael, Marin

(19)
14 hires on Bark
Natural Portraits & Events logo
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Natural Portraits & Events

San Rafael, Marin

(19)
14 hires on Bark

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"Photography with Spirit"
That's our tagline. Our credo. Our passion.
Every assignment we accept, we bring an energy and commitment to capture the essence of our subject.

Natural Portraits & Events is an award-winning San Francisco Bay Area photography service that provides artistic and spirit-filled photographs of events, including weddings, bar mitzvahs, bat mitzvahs, anniversaries, family reunions, birthdays, and other major lifecycle celebrations.

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1 January 2020

Norm was wonderful to work with. I had an issue with a resort in Napa, where they did not allow for outside photographers, and Norm and I worked it out with the resort in professional and respectful manner where they allowed us on the property and he is now listed as a professional vendor. During our photo session, Norm was wonderful and helped me and my fiancée make the best of the photo session. I would welcome working with Norm again. More...

J
23 August 2019

We really enjoyed our time with Norm. Despite having three young kids, Norm was extremely patient as we positioned and repositioned our children over and over. Really happy with the photos and he turned them around so quickly. More...

G
1 August 2019

When choosing a photographer, my first consideration is the elements of style in the portfolio. Norm's photos are emotional, playful, intentional dramatic and aesthetic lighting effects, and interesting composition. The second consideration is communication. Norm is definitely "on" and "clear." He never kept us waiting for a response and was always patient and helpful. Third, we were a family of 21 adults and children. Norm was cool, calm, collected and made every member of the family feel valued. More...

P
18 June 2019

Norm was easy to work with. Showed up on time and delivered the photos in a timely fashion. Thanks for the great pics Norm!

K
9 June 2019

Norm was fantastic to work with on our girls trip and made a point to engage with everyone (all 10 of us)!! We had so much fun and loved that every moment was captured. Could not be happier with the pictures, they turned out amazing! Thx Norm!! :) More...

K
8 June 2019

Norm was fantastic to work with on our girls trip and made a point to engage with everyone (all 10 of us)!! We had so much fun and loved that every moment was captured. Could not be happier with the pictures, they turned out amazing! Thx Norm!! :) More...

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26 April 2019

The non-profit I work for was having a gala with close to 400 people present - we have had this event for 28 years so it is fairly routine - but this year we were lucky enough to connect with Norm and WOW! !! How he managed to capture such great photos in such a large event was just amazing. With VIP guests it can be tricky but Norm has the presence and skills to get in and get out. We also got the best photos ever of people at the podium. I don't even know how and when he caught those! Norm is experienced, professional and EXTREMELY good at what he does. Cannot recommend him enough! More...

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27 December 2018

If your secret goal is to be the envy of all your friends, I can't recommend a better photographer to spoil you with flattering angles, and a soft glow. Norm's prices are fair, and he's a professional. I recommend him to all of my friends when they invariably ask where I got such amazing photos! More...

J
3 December 2018

Beautiful photos! Norm photographed our daughter's Bat Mitzvah. He captured the seriousness and playfulness of the day in the varied shots he took. He is very professional and made sure ahead of time that he was clear on what our family wanted. More...

J
19 October 2018

We recently hired Norm to take photos during our daughter's bat mitzvah, and we really enjoyed the result of his work. Prior to our family's big weekend, Norm met with me, my husband and our daughter to get to know one another and to talk about our hopes for photos. Norm took some beautiful family photos prior to services. In the evening, Norm pivoted with dexterity to documenting our family's energetic celebration. While getting great shots of a variety of guests and family member's, Norm's presence was easy-going which allowed our party to progress without interruption. We will cherish Norm's work for years to come. More...

J
19 October 2018

We recently hired Norm to take photos during our daughter's bat mitzvah, and we really enjoyed the result of his work. Prior to our family's big weekend, Norm met with me, my husband and our daughter to get to know one another and to talk about our hopes for photos. Norm took some beautiful family photos prior to services. In the evening, Norm pivoted with dexterity to documenting our family's energetic celebration. While getting great shots of a variety of guests and family member's, Norm's presence was easy-going which allowed our party to progress without interruption. We will cherish Norm's work for years to come. More...

J
19 October 2018

We recently hired Norm to take photos during our daughter's bat mitzvah, and we really enjoyed the result of his work. Prior to our family's big weekend, Norm met with me, my husband and our daughter to get to know one another and to talk about our hopes for photos. Norm took some beautiful family photos prior to services. In the evening, Norm pivoted with dexterity to documenting our family's energetic celebration. While getting great shots of a variety of guests and family member's, Norm's presence was easy-going which allowed our party to progress without interruption. We will cherish Norm's work for years to come. More...

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15 August 2018

Norm shot my son's Bar Mitzvah in late June. He gave us some photos quickly that we could use and we just got the full set last week. I hire photographers for professional events and have a good sense of what I want. From the moment he setup, Norm never stopped shooting. The deluge of photos he delivered to me was spectacular. He captured special moments, gorgeous architecture, and many many photos of our guests. Because there were so many photos the occasional poor facial expression or closed eyes, that are beyond his control, were not a problem because there were always alternates.While it's not how he normally wants to work, he was also flexible in being booked late in the process. I would definitely hire him again. More...

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3 May 2018

Norm did an outstanding job creating a positive family photo experience for my husband, 2-week old baby, and myself. He was punctual, efficient, talented, fully prepared with additional props, and coached my shy hubby and I in a fun spirited way. I'm a repeat customer!

K
3 October 2017

Norm was very accommodating and the consummate professional. We had some challenges capturing our Executives during a very busy day. He was extremely patient and willing to go the extra mile. We will use him again in the future for both professional and personal family portraits. More...

K
2 October 2017

Norm was very accommodating and the consummate professional. We had some challenges capturing our Executives during a very busy day. He was extremely patient and willing to go the extra mile.

We will use him again in the future.
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J
31 August 2016

Working with Norm from Natural Portraits and Events was truly as good as it gets. He just "got" what we were looking for with our daughter's Bat Mitzvah photos. He got it because he is very communicative and asks great questions ahead of time. We met him a month before the event and discussed what were the most important aspects to photograph. Norm's style is very creative and unique and this really shined through in the final photos. I would choose Norm every time! More...

C
20 July 2016

Just before our son's high school graduation, we realized it had been 10 years since we'd had professional photographs of our family and we sought out Norm Levin to do this.  Norm stood out in recommendations, and his portfolio shows his remarkable eye for children's expressions and ability to capture family groups.  He also charges only a session fee which includes 6 files of your favorite images, and leaves it to you to arrange for prints where you choose.  This is unique flexibility in our experience.  Norm knew of a great outdoor location above Sleepy Hollow/Terra Linda and, despite windy weather conditions, took numerous great photos of the 4 of us in various locations all over the hillside park.  We were very pleased to have too many good shots to choose from for our printed portraits!  We will definitely turn to Norm for professional portraits in the future. More...

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30 June 2016

Norm captures the spirit of the people he photographs.  I love the emotional qualities that come through his photographs.  Also, he is a pleasure to work with.  If you can go to his photo galleries of events, from celebrations, to group meetings, to natural portraits and photos, you will see his wide range of abilities. I trust him fully as photographer for our events - both to capture the moments and all the guests.  He photographed my oldest son's bar mitzvah few years ago and we have already reserved Norm for the 2017 bar mitzvah of our second son.  Talented and nice to work with.  Great value! More...

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Q&A

Visualization.
Being able to "see" in advance what the final photo should look like. That takes lots of experience. And planning.

What do YOU expect to see as a result from our photography?
How will the photo(s) be used?
What are your resources in time, people and budget. Most of our estimates are based on the size of the project, not necessarily how long it might take. Of course with portraits, those two factors are closely related.
With events, such as weddings, a small wedding guest list, won't cost as much as one with a large list.
More faces = more photos.

Being able to create memories that will last a lifetime for our clients.

When we're told, "We're so thankful that you photographed grandpa, because those are the last images we have of him"... that means a lot.
More often, our photographs are of some of the happiest days of our clients' lives.
It's a wonderful feeling to be able to show what transpired on a given day's milestone.

People.
Technology.
Timing.

It all came together about the same moment.
People asked me to photograph them.
Digital technology in cameras, computers and websites became more widely available and affordable.
The right time in my career.

If they appreciate artistry, not just pictures.
If they understand that photography is a collaborate process, where we all contribute to the desired outcome.
If they want to have a worry-free - and fun - experience.
If they want to be proud of the photographs to show family and friends for years to come!

Services

Have a photo that's faded, scratched, or just plain worn out? We can fix it. Send file for an estimate.