What They're Saying
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 set up, 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." - Shabbir Imbar Safdir
"Norm is your calm in the center of the storm ...or momentous occasion and celebration. We hired Norm for an intimate wedding celebration that was indoor/outdoor. From hiring to receiving final product - including the communication throughout - the process was seamless and enjoyable (not something I'd normally associate with wedding planning!) Norm is patient, kind, personable, and has an eye for capturing those candid, special moments. He'll be my first call for future photography needs. Thank you, Norm!" - Maggie Jacobs
"Thank you so much, Norm, for all these amazing and beautiful photos and videos. I am very happy with them and Elena is too. They really captured the spirit of the day and night. There are some that are just priceless- of my mother and I, of Elena with the Torah and in tears after the service, the candle lighting ceremony, to name a few. I also was so glad to see the rainbow because I missed it that night. I know you put in extra time to make the slide show... I really appreciate it and it is very moving."
"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!"
- Jo Hadley
"Norm was a true professional. He got great shots of our newborn baby. He was easy to work with, and had a great eye for framing and composition of the photos. He made smart recommendations about location, lighting, props, attire, and positions. We are very happy with the work that Norm did with our baby girl."
"Norm took our photograph to celebrate and remember our 50th anniversary. I wanted a casual, relaxed photo and that is exactly what he delivered. We love it. I would highly recommend him for any occasion. He made us feel relaxed and comfortable."
"Norm was very responsive and provided our photos to us so quickly!"
"He did a fantastic job. The photos were high quality and he captured some great memories."
"My husband and I hired Norm for our maternity photo shoot and he was incredible in every way! Norm is fun to work with, talented and truly cares about getting great shots that are exactly what you're picturing. He's a genius with lighting and we can't wait to see him again for our newborn shoot when our little girl is born! Thanks, Norm!"
"Norm was fantastic from beginning to end. Professional, direct, and responsive Norm's communications were outstanding. Norm came to our photo shoot with a clearly defined vision and a tactical plan for executing on that vision. The whole process was seamless and the results were outstanding. Highly recommend!"
"We were so glad to find Norm Levin for our daughter's senior portraits. In a matter of days we communicated to find a date/time and outdoor location that worked out to be amazing. He was patient, friendly, and low-key with my shy/reserved girl, and we are extremely pleased with the gallery. Our relatives and friends are impressed with the photos and commented on the "great photographer"! Highly recommend and we'll hire again for family photos next!"
-Dr. Amy Sehnert
"We just received the photos from our daughter's wedding ceremony and we were so impressed with their quality and how the absolute joy of the event was captured. Norm Levin was a pleasure to work with and very professional. He provided us with hundreds of photos and we are thrilled with the results."
"So much fun to see your photos!!!! Thanks Norm. We just laughed and almost cried a few times… And a few…’the camera doesn’t lie. We really did that!’
"Norm was the perfect photographer for our wedding. He was unobtrusive while managing to capture some really good shots, very relaxed while herding our families into group pictures, spontaneous and fun. It was like having someone we had known for a long time, though we just met. And we have many beautiful pictures of that special day."
"Norm photographed two family functions and he was great. Since I like to consider myself a photographer, too, I asked him not to give us every single picture - just the best. That's exactly what he did - saving me from having to sort through hundreds of unwanted images. Another photographer at another event gave me 4 CDs filled with images - even though I specifically said I didn't want that many. Norm listens - and got our next job! Norm successfully captured the mood of both nights! He is artistic and competent - and worked seamlessly despite all the chaos of our events. We'd hire him again!"
"You know I'm a hard guy to please, but you did exactly what we needed and more. I appreciate your looking for opportunities to make photos that round out the story too. You're professional, present and unobtrusive, yet know how to step up and ask for what you need without grating on nerves. A rare and desirable set of qualities in an event photographer!."
-Michael Levin (no relation)
"Norm has the artistic talent and trained eye to capture life's most precious events. He truly made our wedding an even more magical experience through his gift and photographs. Anyone lucky enough to hire him would truly be working with a Master."
"This year, most of my son's classmates had their Bar & Bat Mitzvahs. One of the boy's older brother is a very good photographer and most of the class used him. We planned to use him as well, but learned he would be in Israel during our celebration. We were recommended to Norm's through a friend and booked him. Thank goodness our 'first choice' was out of town! We received far better and more professional service. The pictures are stunning and Norm worked hard to include all of our friends and family members."
"The photos are great!!! Everyone is so happy with them...I'm hoping you'll be available to take photos of our twins each year. I wish I would have found you earlier. We already had some taken for their birth announcement but we plan on using you from now on.
"The photos from our son's bar mitzvah are absolutely beautiful! They far exceeded our expectations! Really captured the moment and the joy. Thank You! And we will be ordering an album."
"WOW! You are amazing and without a doubt have a great eye for catching the depth of emotion that was displayed (that night)."
Director of Programming & Community Outreach, Congregation Kol Shofar
"Dear Norm, I want to tell you how delighted we are with the photos you took of Jasmin's bat mitzvah! You captured so many fabulous, candid shots of her, at both the service and the party. Excellent eye! It is great having them in a digital format too. Thank you so much!"
-Sally LaMont Dubey
“You captured the day perfectly! You were so easy to work with. We were so impressed by the photos that were captured on what is a “very special day” and now we have the pictures to relive those moments over and over again. You have a way of capturing the pictures so when you look at them they tell a story, no words need to be spoken. I can see the love in my daughter’s eyes and I can tell exactly what she was thinking at that very moment, that is a true art. I will be sure to use you again when my son gets married, and for family portraits and when the times comes to capture those special photos of grandchildren.”
“What a joyous day our wedding was, and now we have the images you captured. I'm not so sure precisely what I expected -- it's not like I've been dreaming of my wedding for years, so I didn't have a clear notion of what we wanted or needed. But, now, seeing the hundreds of shots, we are so pleased with the results ... a very nice mix of the de rigeur shots with the occasional "quirky" image that brings a smile, a special angle that offers an unusual point of view, or a candid that captures a heart-warming moment. Throughout the day, you were ever-present without being intrusive. The wedding party and guests were completely comfortable and natural around you and your assistant, and it definitely shows in the photos. You were flexible and go-with-the-flow, popping up to catch those "must-catch" moments even without the benefit of forewarning. I do not intend to get married again, but I would use you again in an instant.”
"Norm is a true professional. He did an amazing job photographing our daughter’s bat mitzvah and party. His many candid and artistic shots really capture the feeling of both events, and he provided plenty of group shots to share with family and friends. Norm knew exactly what was appropriate and meaningful at the service, and he artfully conveyed the fun and energy of the evening dance party. We hardly knew he was there and yet he didn't miss a thing. Thanks Norm!"
Tammy Edmunson, Ethan Schulman
"Norm, quite capably and artistically captured the essence of our children’s recent B’nai Mitzvah, the celebratory mood and the “photo moments” without fanfare – just a nano-second of pose or not! Equally superbly done was the timeliness of receiving the completed CD of the chosen pictures that we could then print at our leisure but almost instantly enjoy on our computer monitor."
Shira Marin, Phil Boland
"LOVE some of your action shots at temple and at the party
LOVE the disks with the photo labels on them (got them this weekend!). Didn't expect this, and it really stands out.
LOVE your close-ups of the bat mitzvah girl carrying the Torah at temple.
LOVE how you got close up and to the side when Rabbi Stacy gives the quiet prayer -- you caught me crying.
LOVE the wild dance scenes at the party and groups with people with hands in the air!"