Formal family portrait shoots, where everyone is coordinated in white or black shirts, powdered and primped, and told repeatedly to smile at the camera, admittedly, don’t interest me. But, ask me to come and have blueberry pancakes, hang out and color, take a walk and photograph the nuances of a family Sunday, that is a complete joy! The photographs that result act as a little time capsule, a way to preserve snippets of everyday life that don’t linger long.

I also recorded a bit of audio during the day. I turned the microphone on Greer playing Piano, Sophie reading about Mrs. Wishy Washy, Robert singing Chicken Fingers, and Mary reflecting on motherhood. Editing out a few select moments and thoughts, I created a StoryPortrait, a vignette, a short chapter of a day in the life….

Sunday at Home [A Hobbs Family StoryPortrait] from StoryPortrait Media on Vimeo.

Thanks to the Hobbs family for inviting me to spend a mild winter day with them.

  • Mary Stroupe - Such a sweet piece, such a great eye. Thanks for sharing this. This is EXACTLY the work I want to be doing in my next life. Your work is inspiring.

  • admin - Thanks so much Mary! I really appreciate your comment. There are so many stories to be told and shared, why not try to capture some in this life?? 🙂

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  • Tory - This is amazing! really inspiring!

Again this year, I had the pleasure and honor to collaborate with radio producer Paul Ingles on a public radio and online documentary funded by the New Mexico Humanities Council and We the People project. The documentary tells the story of one of the most long-lived and influential traditional New Mexican Hispanic musical groups in the state, Los Reyes de Albuquerque y La Familia Martinez.

The music of Roberto Martinez is housed at the Smithsonian Folkways archives. This issue of Smithsonian Folkways Magazine features a wonderful article about Roberto Martinez and Los Reyes written by Enrique Lamadrid, and our documentary Los Reyes de Albuquerque y La Familia Martinez. To read the article and see the video, click here

Los Reyes de ABQ. Documentary – 5 Minutes from StoryPortrait Media on Vimeo.

We traveled to Roberto’s hometown of Chacon, New Mexico, an isolated mountain village in northern NM to capture images and stories about the beginnings and influences of the music.  We accompanied Roberto and his group, to performances at senior centers, child daycare centers, pueblos, and famed music halls, listening to New Mexican mariachi music and watching the crowd come alive with joy. We spent time with Roberto, his wife and family, at home in Albuquerque for breakfast and birthday celebrations.  His music and story are seeped in the culture and landscape of New Mexico, listening to it, learning about it, you learn about the history of a state and people strengthened by faith and community.   More information and images on the project can be found at:

  • sarah - Genny,
    I seriously want that picture with the moon! I love it. Would pay big $$ for it!

Last semester, I took a great Documentary Video Production class with Jilann Spitzmiller at the Santa Fe Community College. I, along with three other students, produced a short piece for the Santa Fe Mountain Center honoring their work with the Gay Straight Alliance in Santa Fe High Schools. Check it out:

Santa Fe Mountain Center from StoryPortrait Media on Vimeo.

For more information on the Santa Fe Mountain Center visit their website.
To access a depth of resources to produce your next documentary film, visit: Documentors, founded by Jilann Spitzmiller and partner Hank Rogerson.
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