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  • Recommended by these synagogues:Rodef Shalom, Netivot Shalom
  • Recommended by a synagogue:Yes
  • Vendor has been in business over 5 years:Yes
  • Recommended by a parent:Yes

    Norm Levin’s Natural Portraits & Events is an award-winning San Francisco Bay Area photography service that provides artistic and spirit-filled photographs of primarily Jewish events, including bar/bat mitzvahs, weddings, and other major lifecycle celebrations.

    • More than a decade of photographing bar and bat mitzvahs in Reform and Conservative Bay Area Congregations
    • Four-time winner of the J. Weekly’s Readers Choice Award
    • Designated photographer for Congregation Rodef Sholom events
    • Party venues have included: Osher Marin JCC, Rodef Sholom Social Hall, Embassy Suites San Rafael, Sheraton Four Points, San Rafael Community Center, Congregation Emanu-el Social Hall, Claremont Country Club, Sheraton Fisheman’s Wharf, Mill Valley Community Center, Mill Valley Outdoor Art and Garden Center, Meadow Club, Peacock Gap Golf Club, Stonetree Golf Club, Piatti’s, among many others.
    See more exciting examples of Photography with Spirit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YBmnpIxyAk
    Q Favorite moment from a bar or bat mitzvah?

    A few times at different parties, usually late in the evening the kids would hoist the bar/bat mitzvah friend into the air and carry him/her around the room laying horizontally above their heads. It’s spontaneous and a crazy sight.

    Q Current show/book/podcast you are addicted to

    For keeping up with the news Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. For fun and a brain challenge - Jeopardy!

    Q Next life goal to check off the bucket list

    Visit a continent I’ve never been to: Asia, Africa or South America.

    Q Describe the style of your photographs in a few words or a sentence.

    My business tagline is “Photography with Spirit”. That means my attention and focus is on capturing the key emotional moments of the day. The incredible feelings of joy, excitement and love of the bar or bat mitzvah child and their family and friends.

    Q When will clients receive your photos?

    If I’m photographing both the service in the morning and the party at night with several hours in between events, I edit and print out 5-6 enlargements for display at the party. That connects the spiritual with the celebration, which is what it’s all about anyway. Within 24-48 hours after the party, I will edit and email at least 24 highlight photos to the client for their use on social media. That way, they get a good preview of what I shot. The rest of the usual 600+photos will be ready within 4-5 weeks. All of this is spelled out in our Contract.

    9 Reviews for Norm Levin

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    1 Reviews

    Norm makes your day better

    5/ 5

    Norm is excellent to work with. He is very patient and makes sure that he takes his time to get the perfect shots. He provided us with some excellent staged shots with every possible configuration of family members. He also captured some amazing candid moments from the ceremony and party that we would have missed without him. His pictures are so great that we keep printing and framing great moments of the day to share with cousins, grandparents, friends, etc. He creates the gifts that just keep giving. You will not be disappointed – hire Norm now.

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    Ron P

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    Norm captured the spirit of Ben's Bar Mitzvah FOREVER!!

    5/ 5

    Norm is an absolutely phenomenal photographer. He shot my son’s Bar Mitzvah in November and the results are incredible. We are moved by his eye for detail and candid moments. Everyone was so comfortable with portraits before the service. Norm knows and has an innate sense of who and when to capture images of – all naturally and comfortably. If you have a special event or milestone celebration coming up, save your time and energy and stop researching NOW. Call Norm and you will have the spirit of that day captured forever! WOW!!

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    Nan

    1 Reviews

    Great photographer

    5/ 5

    He was very easy to work with. We had him for my son’s Bar Mitzvah and he did a very good job capturing the moment and making the pictures special. He was also good at not taking over the event. He was very patient about the portrait family pictures we wanted. And good at organizing large groups of people. He also made the ordering process very easy. We would definitely use him again.

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    jodikrabb

    1 Reviews

    Norm is legit

    5/ 5

    Norm has a way about him – he is friendly, calm, and professional. He knows the right angles, gets the shots that make you gasp and gives you exactly what you want to remember your event. He even got my mother to smile! There’s no doubt he will do what you need and deliver what you expect. Hire him.

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    Wstrull

    1 Reviews

    Awesome bar mitzvah memories

    5/ 5

    Norm did a great job connecting with us as a family before the bar mitzvah and then capturing key images during both the service and the evening party. We’re delighted with the photo journal from the weekend!

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    Jo Hadley

    1 Reviews

    Norm is the best!

    5/ 5

    Norm was the photographer for our daughter’s Bat Mitzvah in May 2016. We met with him before the event and really appreciated his questions about specifically what kind of photos we cared about and special people not to miss photographing (e.g. grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, special friends). Norm pulled through 100%. Our photos are wonderful! So much fun. A great balance of formal shots and fun interactional moments with all the special people in our lives and especially our daughter. Norm was able to photograph up close while not being in the way at all. We recommend Norm without hesitation; he’s the one for the job.

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    JGolbus

    1 Reviews

    Stop Looking and Hire Norm!

    5/ 5

    I hired Norm to photographs the B’nai Mitzvah of my twins (service and evening party) and I simply could not be any happier. Norm is a dream event photographer. First, he is a clear communicator, and transparent about his pricing and packages. He’ll help you choose the best package based on your budget and needs, and you’ll know exactly what you are getting. He is responsive and on time. Second, Norm is lovely to work with. He is so personable and easy to work with, yet always professional. I always felt calm and reassured every time I spoke or emailed with Norm about my event. With so many details to plan, my photographer was simply one thing I never worried about. Third, and most important, Norm does simply an amazing job of capturing your special day. He did just a perfect job. When I asked him, “How do you capture EVERY SINGLE special moment – how do you DO that?!” – he answered that he has done this hundreds of times, so he anticipates and knows what to expect – but also, he keeps his eyes open and is ready to capture moments that you don’t even know you want to relive until you get to relive them through your photos! When Norm sent the first batch of photos through, I sent about 4-5 to the grandparents as a “teaser”, and every single one of them responded immediately saying they were either crying (in a good way) or flying high again, reliving the day. Norm’s photographs are magical in how they can bring us back to the FEELING of the day. I told Norm I want to be his own “personal publicist” because I want everyone to hire Norm so they can cherish the memories of their simcha they way we can, thanks to Norm. Stop looking and hire Norm Levin – you won’t regret it!!!

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    edward.grossman

    1 Reviews

    Great photos!

    5/ 5

    Super photos that really captured our great day, wonderful way to remember our son’s Bar Mitzvah. Norm is super professional and really flexible, great to work with. I highly recommend him.

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    Danidabbah

    1 Reviews

    Great Photographer!

    5/ 5

    Norm did a masterful job of taking pre-event portraits, ceremony, and party photos for my daughter’s B’not Mitzvah. He is every bit the professional when it comes to arranging the right package for your needs, is clear about his costs and contract, and produces the photos in a very timely fashion. I am so glad that we had Norm photograph our special event. The photos are great memories, meaningful, and beautiful.

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