We had the good fortune of connecting with Alex Norris and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Alex, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Art has always interested me, I can’t really explain it. I tried many different facets before finally narrowing it down to photography. I’d really been into photography, I think, without really knowing it. I was always taking photos when I could to capture a special moment with friends, family, out in nature, etc. I picked up a camera “professionally” after dropping my grandparents off in Canada for their anniversary cruise and found my iPhone wasn’t cutting it in the pursuit to take better photos. Since then, I’ve really come to enjoy portrait photography and concert photography, and if I really take the time, I’m sure landscape photography would be rad too. Having come from a music background where I used to play/produce, getting those shots that portray what the artist was trying to get across is a different level of satisfaction. As for portraits, I took a leap of faith on a music video shoot for one of my best friends, Gabe Fleck, and got some pretty great shots out of it which I guess then launched my career around the Portland scene and eventually led me to making an album cover for another music making friend. I keep doing what I do, mainly for personal reasons, but the people you meet along the way is something special you can’t really beat.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Getting to where I’m at was a journey to say the least. I got my start playing/making music and found that to be a pretty easy transition when it came to taking concert photos. Initially, I was nervous to take portraits as I didn’t think I’d be all that good at it. Juggling a 9-5 job and shooting on the weekends is a struggle trying to manage clientele while you’re at your day job. I got asked if I wanted to do some bts (behind the scenes) work for my friends music video shoot and found that maybe I was pretty good at taking portraits, which launched me into getting more offers on music videos and working with other artists. It’s been a crazy ride as most everything I’ve done I’ve met through one person or another. Trying to make the best of what you got and not letting people who cancel affect your mindset is something I’ve learned, and not everything is about an amount of likes. That kind of modest gets toxic and can really put a damper on your creative process, I’ve found.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I live in Rancho Cucamonga. Still fairly new to the area, but it has a lot to offer and isn’t too far from some cool locations like Palm Springs and Joshua Tree National Park. There’s a good amount of food spots and shopping in Rancho so we’d definitely hit that, but I’d say thrifting in Palm Springs would be rad and then hitting Joshua tree after to see some pretty great nature scenes would be a great way to end the day.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Gabe Fleck, Ian Lindsay, Jason Kummerfeldt (Grainydays on YouTube, @50_shades_of_jason on IG), Jake Chamseddine (@jakechams), Jr Gonzalez (@jrgonza1ez), Lord Lawrence, Evidence, Amanda Koshmerl, my mother, among many many more people to name a few

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