a story about living small

We Want You in Our Documentary: A Call for Tiny House Portraits

An example of a portrait of us in front of our tiny house in Colorado.

Do you live in a tiny house? Send us your portrait to be included in a documentary about the tiny house movement!

When this project first began, it was much smaller. Storytellers by trade, we thought we’d capture the process of building our own tiny house to make a short film. But, as we began to draw our plans and looked to the thriving online tiny house community for design inspiration and how-to help, we began to realize how far-reaching and incredible the tiny house movement really is. This is when we realized that we could use our own building story to tell a much larger story, of the thousands of people around the country who are finding satisfaction in living smaller and more simply.

Filming a portrait of John Wells at “The Field Lab.”

Over a year later, as we wrap up the editing process and get ready to release the film, we want to be sure that we can include as many other tiny housers as possible. We’ve already interviewed a handful of key characters (people like Tammy & Logan of RowdyKittens in Portland, and Deek Diedricksen of RelaxShacks in Massachusetts), but we know that the tiny house movement is a widespread phenomenon. We want our viewers to understand that there’s a huge demographic of people out there who are going small.

A portrait of Anne & Darren in “Protohaus.”

If you live in a tiny house (we don’t have a strict definition for “tiny house,” but are focusing mainly on homes that are less than 400 square feet), we would love to include you in our film.

To be included, please send us a photo portrait of you and your family with your tiny house.

Here are the specifics of what we’re looking for:

What the image should show: A clear view of your tiny house (front, side view, or interior—whichever angle you think is most interesting) and all of the people who live in the house, pets included!

Image size: In order for the image to show up clearly on the big screen, it needs to be a horizontal/landscape image, at least 1920 pixels wide. If you would like to send us a print photo, please make sure that it is at least 4×6 and we’ll scan it. (If you scan a photo yourself, please make sure that the setting is at 600dpi and that the file is saved as “Best” quality or as large as possible.) Feel free to email us at speakthunderfilms@gmail.com if you have questions or need help with the technical stuff.

Other info to include: Please also send us your names, the name of the town and state where the house is currently located, the number of people who live in your house, and the square footage of the house. If your house has a nickname, please include that too. And it’s not required, but if you’d like to tell us a bit about yourselves, how long you’ve been living small, and why you decided to downsize, we’d love to hear your stories!

How to send it to us: Please email images to us at submissions@speakthunder.com. (If the file is too large to email, we recommend sending it through this free website: wetransfer.com) You can also mail images to us at: 1320 Yellow Pine Ave, Boulder CO 80304

Permissions: When you send your photo, please include a line in the email or written on the back of the print, saying that you give us permission to use the image in our film and that we may also use it in any short video clips, blog posts and other materials related to the film.

Daniel Aragon in his 12-sided, 120-sq. ft “Ico”

To say thank you to all those who send images that we’re able to use in the film, we’ll send you a copy of our DVD once it has been released!

Huge thanks to the tiny house community for sharing your lives and stories with us,

Merete & Christopher

9 Responses

  1. Hello Merete & Christopher,

    My fiancee Cedric and I just stumbled across your website and were wondering if you were still accepting pics and stories for your documentary. I did not see a deadline although the release date seems imminent. If there is still time we’d love to send something in! It’s so exciting to see someone doing a documentary on tiny houses!

    Andrea & Cedric

    July 17, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    • Hi Andrea,

      We’d love for you and Cedric to send in a photo! Our deadline is the end of this month. As long as we get it by Aug 1, we should be able to fit it into the film.

      Many thanks!


      July 18, 2012 at 3:18 pm

  2. Benjamin Baecker

    Hey this sounds amazing and TO COOL to pass up. I would love to take part in it, do you mind if the house isn’t completely finished? I am still working on finishing the siding of my house and trim work but you can definitely get the picture of its beauty and individual qualities 🙂
    Thanks for doing what you are doing!
    Blessings and ☮

    July 26, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    • Hi Benjamin! An unfinished house should be fine, as long as we can get a sense of the size and the living space in the photo. Sounds like you are far enough along in the process to show these things, so yes please, send us your portrait!

      Thank you!


      July 27, 2012 at 4:59 pm

  3. Ben Baecker

    AWESOME! I am putting the final touches on the last exterior wall today and therefore will get the picture to yall this evening. Sorry for riding the deadline, I hope it doesn’t cause to much trouble. The Trailer Teaser looks amazing! I really can’t wait to hear more of yalls story and watch your dreams unfold. I am in the same boat basically, a 21 year old college student who has had this pressed hard on my heart for a while. Finally took the necessary steps and v’wala I am here haha.
    Thanks again for what you are doing!
    Blessings and ☮

    July 31, 2012 at 12:37 pm

  4. any chance you’re still accepting photos??? we just came across your call for entries…. we’d love to be included in your film, it sounds very cool!
    – Carrie and Shane
    (Clothesline Tiny Homes)

    August 13, 2012 at 2:41 am

    • Hi Carrie,

      We would absolutely love that! I’m so happy that you commented, since one of the things on my to-do list was to reach out to you, to see if you might be interested in sending a photo. 🙂 We’d love to include you. Do you think you can send us a photo by the end of the week?


      August 13, 2012 at 3:10 pm

  5. Jenn Kliese

    Hey there. Wondering if you are still accepting submissions for tiny house portraits. I just moved into my house after 1.5 years of building. Yay! It is more beautiful than I ever imagined and I would love to show it off. P.S. thank you so much for donating to my partner Kim’s tiny house rebuilding fund. Your contribution was very generous and it means a lot to us. Xo. -jenn Kliese in Olympia, WA.

    December 12, 2012 at 3:05 am

    • Hi Jenn,

      Thank you for writing, and congrats on completing and moving into your tiny house!! We’re no longer able to accept portraits for inclusion in the film, since the final edit has been completed and our composer and color-corrector will kill us if we change anything :), but we would still love to see photos of your house. Even though we can’t add your portrait to the film, we might be able to figure out another way to include it. (Either here on the website, or in supplemental features, which we’re still working on…)

      Also, so glad to hear that Kim is doing well and that her tiny house fundraiser was such as success! Though we don’t know her, we have been
      thinking about her lots.



      December 12, 2012 at 3:16 pm

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