WHO IS THE PROJECT FOR?
The project is for veterans who are currently living, and close family who want to honor their veteran who died during active duty.
DO I HAVE TO BE BORN IN NEW MEXICO TO PARTICIPATE IN THE VETERAN PROJECT?
No, the project is meant for people who have a connection to New Mexico. The following qualify you for the project: born, raised, lived, retired, went to school, worked, deployed, or stationed in New Mexico.
IS IT FREE?
Yes, we are not charging any veteran to have their portrait taken and video filmed. They served our country, and this is our way of honoring them. We fund the project through generous sponsors.
HOW WILL THESE PHOTOS AND VIDEOS BE USED?
They will be used to publish a coffee table book of all the veterans who participate. The book will be made available for purchase at a later date. The portraits will also be displayed at various places across New Mexico. We want to use these images and videos to educate the public on the veterans who served our country.
HOW LONG DOES MY PORTRAIT AND VIDEO TAKE?
We have a form for you to fill out to gather some information about your service. It will typically take about 5-10 minutes once you are in the portrait chair. If there is a line, it moves fairly quickly, and it allows people to connect.
DO YOU USE FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY?
Yes, we use studio flash photography for the portraits and a continuous light on video. We know flash and lights can cause some medical concerns with TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.) We will work with the veteran with the lights. There are ways to adjust the lighting to include all veterans in the project. Some veterans have worn sunglasses to help decrease the light. Do not let TBI or PTSD deter you from participating in the project. We are very sensitive to everyone’s needs.
CAN I HONOR POSE FOR MY VETERAN FAMILY MEMBER?
No, but we only take portraits of those who are currently living or who died while in service.
I NOTICED YOU HONOR THE FALLEN, HOW DOES THAT WORK?
We want New Mexico to not forget about the men and women who gave their lives for our country. New Mexico has many great men and women who gave their lives willingly for our country. We want to honor those veterans through their immediate families. We work with each family in creating a portrait that honors the airman, soldier, sailor, or Marine who was in active duty when they died for our country. We do these portraits in a private setting at the home or closed meeting. We typically need a photos and mementos to show who the person was and anything from their service that would honor them.
MY FAMILY MEMBER PASSED AWAY BEFORE THE PROJECT, CAN WE BE IN IT?
We are working on a page that will allow people to upload their story of their veteran so people know about the person’s service to our country. We will keep you updated on the database as it is being developed.
HOW DO YOU PROTECT AGAINST STOLEN VALOR?
Stolen valor is a crime committed by any person who falsely claims to be in the military or veteran in a public or private forum. We think that act is the most disgraceful thing someone can do to our veterans who have served. It is also a felony act under United States law. We partner with military groups to get the word out about our events and will have signs explaining stolen valor. As a private entity we cannot research to see if individuals are actually veterans. This link will explain the legalities of it: http://www.archives.gov/st-
If we do find out someone stole valor we will work closely with the appropriate authorities to make sure the person is punished to the fullest.