Our Normal Life celebrates all people and wants everyone to feel welcome in Bloomington-Normal. Jessica has a degree in Cultural Anthropology and believes our differences are beautiful and once we get to know one another, we are more alike than one may think. This projects gifts documentary photo session to immigrant families willing to share their story. The hope is by giving people a glimpse into your life we can change the negative perception of immigrants in our country and encourage a more accepting culture! 

Interested in sharing your story?

If you meet the guidelines below, we will plan a photo session using the Storytelling Questionnaire. Then schedule a photo session in your home or a place that is special to your family and document normal daily activities; for example making dinner, reading stories with the kids, going to the grocery store, etc. As a Thank You for sharing your story, participants will receive a gallery of edited photos (~20 images) via email to download and keep.

Sessions and photos are on a "Pay It Forward" plan. There is no fee for the session. If you would like to contribute to the project, donations are welcome to help with the expenses and allow more families to share their stories. 

Participant Guidelines

  • At least one member of your family must be a first generation immigrant
  • All family members included in the photos must reside legally in the US
  • Everyone must be willing to share the photos and story publicly (online and at gallery showings)
  • A contract and model release must be signed to protect all participants

The Process

Families interested in participating contact Our Normal Life.

You will receive a contract that outlines the details of our project and a Model Release that allows your photo and story to be publicly shared by Our Normal Life. 

Families fill out the Storytelling Questionnaire together and submit to Our Normal Life. This will help us plan our photo session and write your story.  

We schedule our photo shoot and Jessica will come to your home or meet you at a place your family likes to spend time. Time varies but plan on 1-2 hours for the photo session.

Photos are done in a documentary style. We will take photos of your family doing everyday activities to show people what your life looks like in America. 

Within 30 days you will receive a link to an online gallery where you can download all of the edited photos to keep and print as you like. You will also receive a custom App that you can download to your phone and share with family. There is no expectation to order anything and sessions are a gift from Our Normal Life. 

A collection of your photos and answers to the Storytelling Questionnaire will be shared on the Our Normal Life blog and featured on Instagram.

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