Aysia Norris Photography

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My Name is Aysia

(sounds like a-s-i-a) & I've been in love with capturing the real, the raw, and the truthful since summer of '14. I am a photographer rooted in San Diego and a travel junkie. I'm instantly drawn to others who embody joy and fearlessness in their daily lives and feel so incredibly blessed to have this wild opportunity to do what I love every single day. I am a student, running her last lap around San Diego State University, working towards a career in graphic design and loving every minute of it. I admit, the best thing about my job is meeting as many different kinds of people as I do. I am constantly amazed at how creative, adventurous, and willing my clients (friends) have been in past photo sessions. I am in love with love, and capturing the essence of it for those who are IN love has to be one of my absolute favorite parts of what I do.

I would love the chance to work with you to capture and document whatever occasion you might have. I'm eager to catch those "throw your head back and laugh" candid instances that are so fleeting yet so real. My hope is to create an experience which yields beautiful captured moments.

I have been featured in LOCALE magazine and have experience in various and many different areas of photography. I absolutely love to travel and am available WORLDWIDE. I am always looking for ways to try something new and gain experience in different places, cultures, and areas of creativity/design. Take a look around and let me know here if you like what you see. I would love to chat!

I hope that you contact me with any questions you might have. can't wait to learn more about you!

Love, 

Aysia 


My Story

It all started with my barbie camera. Then it must have been a dozen or so disposable Fuji cameras that I held near and dear to my 10 year old heart before my mom got me my very own digital point and shoot camera. It wasn't long before I took it on a field trip and dropped it, resulting in a giant crack across the screen and a complete detachment of the flap that covers the battery, but it was nothing a little tape couldn't fix. I took photos of my dog, my friends, my sister (at the worst possible times ... it probably wasn't very interesting looking at a photo of someone brushing their teeth), and a LOT of plants.

A lot has changed, although I'll never stop taking a hundred photos of my dog every day, I have found what I love to do. I love documenting life. The idea of experiencing all the beautiful parts of living and having a way to always look back on them is such an exciting concept to me and ever since I realized that, my passion has been or revolved around photography. It was a longtime until I let myself admit that, however. Comparison is the thief of joy and I experienced that all too well. Instagram, for example, is SUCH a great tool however it is so easy to lose yourself and begin comparing your life, your talents, and your passions with others. I fell all too easily into the dreary well of comparing myself and my photography to other people with such great talent (who also have had years more experience than me) and began to push away something I love so much. Throughout high school I admired others' work and kept mine to myself. 

At the end of my freshman year in college I bit the bullet and decided it was time to get back into my, at the time, hobby. I began to take photos of my friends, bring my camera along on trips, and spend some time learning how to capture what my life looks like rather than trying to imitate what others were doing. It takes a lot of faith to decide to focus more on what you love and less on those things that don't bring you the same kind of joy. It took a year for me to realize Photography was something worth pursuing and that a career in a more creative field (I was studying in hopes of being a nurse or PA at the time) like Graphic Design was something I not only would actually enjoy, but could be really good at!

It's crazy how easy it is to get sucked into following the path everyone tells you is smart and safe, and sometimes that is the right path. For me, not so much. I was slowly torturing myself trying to convince my heart to love the academic field I was so sure about going into, but it is so important to do a little self-realization and stop trying to force something that just isn't for you. I had to let go of the reigns a little and take a leap of faith. As much as I love the idea of being certain, I also love change, taking chances, and opening a door before I know for sure what is on the other side. It seems scary. It IS scary, but that's no reason not to do it anyway.

So I guess that's my story. As you can might be able to tell, its still a work in progress and I'm day-by-day learning to have more faith and worry less. So far its been a fun new adventure!

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