When childhood seems far away and memories of play dates, piano lessons, coloring books and crayons and bedtime stories all but a dream, I relish the opportunity to capture that moment in a families life for others through photography and video. And how sweet to want to protect and preserve the innocence and play of childhood for your children. When I go to the Hobbs house, there is no agenda, no shoot schedule or particular story to tell, I am just there as a witness to a day unfolding, and then humbly, reflect back.

Okay, full disclosure, I adore Norah Levine! She is a friend, a mentor, and one of the most giving, caring, photographers I know. So what a treat to head to her new home town, Austin, Texas, to create a fresh promotional video for her business.

Norah goes beyond the standard family and/ or pet portrait. She is capturing moments in time that are unrepeatable – and she is capturing them with a spark, a sincerity, and a heart that understands that simple moments are supreme.

Why are photographs so cherished, valuable, important in our lives? Why are memories so essential? I do think about that often and ask – what is really held in a photograph of a loved one? Maybe I shouldn’t ask this question, and just know that life is precious and photographs acknowledge and hold that gift of life, ever-changing and moving forward.

So, check out what she’s up to! (Videos are best viewed in the Firefox browser)

Norah Levine Photography in Austin, Texas from StoryPortrait Media on Vimeo.

To learn more about Norah and schedule a portrait session for your family and favorite people or furry animal, visit her website!
Thanks Norah!


Michele Worstell, owner of Nila Bindu Jewelry , is an artist, jeweler, and independent business owner. I met her on the mat in the yoga studio a year or so ago and I’ve been an admirer of her jewelry, her heart, dedication and devotion to her dream, ever since.

A conversation that I seem to have constantly with friends in Santa Fe, is “Is it possible”?! Is it possible to pursue your passion, pay your bills, and thrive? And, if so, how? How can we successfully merge the ideal, the dreams for life, with the “reality” of life?

I don’t have the answer. I’m still pursuing it myself. The only thing that comes to mind, the only answer I have, is the need for a vision, an inner voice over fear, and community. Community is essential. We need to actively strive to build a community that supports one another and helps each other find resources, inspiration, and the courage to keep going, to keep bringing unique art into the world. One way to support another, is by contributing collectively and directly to the hope, vision, and gift of independent artists and business owners.

Michele Worstell is bravely asking for help. Today marks the launch of Nila Bindu’s fundraising campaign on Kickstarter! Please visit the campaign HERE to support this independent artist expand her business, and receive Nila Bindu jewelry as a reward! Learn more about Nila Bindu and see the jewelry on the Nila Bindu webite.

StoryPortrait Media created the Kickstarter fundraising video for Nila Bindu that you will find on the campaign page, and an artist video for marketing and promotion that you can watch here.

Remember, we are in this together! We are all connected and we can all make a difference in the lives of our friends, neighbors, community. It’s a new world of possibility and creativity when we come together.

  • Chris Barber - What a wonderful range of products! The Wendy Borger video is fascinating, leaves so much to the imagination. I really liked the process video with Jennifer Schlesinger-Hanson: the mix of old work with photographs of her daughter and the chickens, and presentations of her work makes a very interesting mix. The video showing Michele Worstell and her work is very inspiring. Thank you for making these available!

The April issue of New Mexico Magazine, currently on the news stands, features images from the advertising and marketing video that was created by StoryPortrait Media last year for Southwest Spanish Craftsmen. I am thrilled that New Mexico Magazine saw that video and decided to run a feature story on the traditional craftsmanship of early Spanish settlers in northern New Mexico, and the continuation of that legacy and artistry through Southwest Spanish Craftsmen.

Centuries-old Spanish Colonial woodworking traditions, still strong in New Mexico!

The beauty of working with stills, video, and audio to tell stories, is the freedom those stories have to travel in the realm of radio, video, print, and of course online distribution channels, reaching audiences near and far.

  • master craftsman - great masterpiece, that’s what I call Master Craftsman

  • admin - Thanks! I appreciate you checking out the article and video!

One of the joys of my job is meeting new people, and then immediately spending quality time with them asking questions, diving into their life stories, and listening for truths and experiences that inspire and explain.

People share stories of all types, and sometimes those that seem the most “simple”, are surprisingly profound. Molly’s gift from her mother, of a blue sewing basket when she was a child, still brings up the most emotional of memories, “I was one of a family of nine, being poor didn’t bother me because everybody was poor except the very rich. One of the things I’ll never forget… When I was little I never got a birthday present and I asked my mother one day “Why don’t I get a birthday present?” She said “You’ll get a Christmas present and that’s your birthday present too.” The next time I had a birthday she bought me a beautiful blue sewing basket. So I could have cried because I don’t know how she paid for it. I kept it until it fell apart. That was my favorite always.”

Of course, I record all of these conversations, and provide a disk of audio stories, transcription and images to the family, leaving them an audio portrait of their loved one that will continue to increase in value and sentiment over time.

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