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"Photography with Spirit"
That's our tagline. Our mission. 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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5 November 2021

Norm was absolutely amazing! He was referred to us last minute and was so accommodating even though we weren't very organized. The photos he took still bring tears to my eyes every time I see them!!! AMAZING! More...

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Laurie, Your wedding was amazing. It was my privilege to capture those heartfelt memories for you and Tim. May they always bring you joy.

16 October 2021

Working with Norm was amazing. He was super flexible to meet me up at Stinson beach and capture our surprise proposal. It was also at a reasonable price and the pictures came out perfect.

Would highly recommend!

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14 October 2021

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Norm was a pleasure to work with in capturing a special time in our lives. His flexibility and positivity were so helpful while trying to photograph a newborn and a 6 year old. We would love to do more family photos with Norm again in the future! More...

30 September 2021

Norm was fantastic. We chose him because he said he captured the mood of the event not just pictures. He certainly did!! he was unobtrusive in style and captured the whole event. He also had proofs to us within the week. Amazing. I would highly recommend Norm. Happy to talk to anyone who needs a reference. More...

22 August 2021

Norm did a fantastic job as the photographer for our event. He’s a professional and knows his stuff! But what is really special about Norm is that he’s highly skilled at capturing both formal and candid photos! We were impressed by the variety of amazing photos - he captured all the moments that we will cherish forever.

We are thrilled that he was our photographer. The entire process was enjoyable and stress-free. Thanks, Norm!
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From another delighted Bride. It was my pleasure, Corrie, to capture memories of your wedding day. May my photos continue to bring joy to you and Mike for many years.

22 August 2021

It was great working with Norm as he did the photography for my daughters Bat Mitzvah ceremony and party. The pictures that he captured came out great and we will have these for our memories in years to come. Big thumbs up!

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12 August 2021

General Photography

Norm is a delight to work with. I have several other projects and I plan to hire Norm to photograph them.

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25 June 2021

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Absolutely amazing photos !!!!! I love how my pictures turned out Norm is an excellent photographer ! He was so helpful and kind ! Definitely recommend Norm for portrait photography :) More...

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Thanks Jessica! I think that your modeling career should get a boost from how these portraits turned out. You definitely have "the look".

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3 June 2021

General Photography

Norm was a pleasure to work with and his photos were stunning! We actually might skip our "save the date" photos altogether, since we'll be able to use these that Norm took for us! He not only knows the Bay area very well and so was able to guide us around the best places to take photos in Sausalito, but he was also very flexible with the changing circumstances of our engagement. The wind changed suddenly and so our engagement sail ride changed times... Norm was happy to make the last-minute adjustment and was waiting for us at the dock when we arrived back! Great experience, highly recommend! More...

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Sebastian and Vanessa were (are!) a lovely, warm and enthusiastic couple. It was my pleasure to capture the joy of their Engagement Day.

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18 May 2021

General Photography

Norm met us at a Sonoma winery and was friendly, warm, and made us feel so comfortable. We took photos there and after our tasting experience, went to a local regional park preserve for some sunset shots in the hills. We are so happy with the final product! More...

13 February 2021

My best friends had to postpone their wedding due to COVID and because we couldn't host a typical bachelorette, I decided to surprise them with a couple's photoshoot in SF. Only issue was that this was a last minute plan. Norm was able to adjust us in his schedule with a 24 hr time period and that too on the day of Thanksgiving (so thankful for that). He is a great photographer, knew his way around the best hidden untapped locations in SF and the perfect timing to click sunset pictures. The photos turned out to be great and my friends loved them! His turn around for the edit photos was quick and high quality. It was a pleasure working with him and would highly recommend him if you are looking to do a photoshoot around SF. More...

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18 January 2021

Portrait Photographers

Norm responded to my inquiry promptly and followed up with a personal phone call. He was very professional and showed up ahead of time to scout the location for the best setting. We were very happy with the results! More...

11 January 2021

I was really happy with the photos we had taken for our website. Because being in nature is the subject of our site, I loved that the photos were all taken outdoors. Norm has an amazing understanding of light and knew how to put our bodies in exactly the right spot to get lighting effect using sunshine only. It was fun to experience that. I also learned a lot working with him about what is possible with retouching. The quality of the end photos are beautiful. Norm was very attentive and punctual, had good communication skills and fast turn-around time. All-in-all, we got photos that were the perfect style for us for a very fair price. More...

4 January 2021

Norm was great to work with - very accommodating, responsive, and reliable with terrific results! We used Norm for our son's at-home bar mitzvah during quarantine. He came before the service to take portraits in our backyard. Norm worked in the lovely lighting and background to give our photos a very natural look. More...

14 December 2020

Norm was very nice to work with. He worked with our schedule, and had good ideas for our staff photos. I would use his services again.

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Thanks Shelly. Your staff was most cooperative and easy to work with. Would love to provide more photographic services as your needs expand in the future.

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20 November 2020

General Photography

Norm created beautiful portraits for our family to cherish for years! He listened to what we our goals were and achieved everyone of them. His eye for picking the right backgrounds was amazing and greatly added to the portraits. We would highly recommend him! More...

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Thanks Christina, It doesn't hurt to have such cooperative, eager and photogenic subjects!

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1 January 2020

General Photography

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...

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...

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...

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!

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...

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...

Reviewed on Yelp

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...

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...

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...

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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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...

Reviewed on Yelp

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!

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...

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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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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...

Reviewed on Yelp

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...

Reviewed on Yelp

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&As

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!

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