Another round of amazing individuals were honored June 12th, and added to the Santa Fe Living Treasure’s community.

Adelina Ortiz de Hill, a Santa Fe native, is an artist, social activist and mother of six children. Adelina was a key figure in public health services for the elderly. She also helped start the first hospice center in Santa Fe. Her paintings are shown in museums and galleries. Inspired to save and share her history, and the history of other New Mexicans, she recently co-founded Voces de Santa Fe.

Leah Bell Kellogg, passed away right before our ceremony. Her contribution to our community also came in the form of activism, helping to found two Jewish temples in Santa Fe, the Rape Crisis Center and new jail, to hundreds of editorials to the New Mexican. She also swam with the Synchronettes and tap danced with the Scarlet Ladies.

Agnes Gomez Moses & Bob Moses are community activists for social justice and human rights – working passionately through education, outreach, and political action. Bob and Agnes were instrumental in organizing the Family Justice Campaign, owrking to pass the ban on bias-based policing and the ban on the Death Penalty in 2009. They are supporters of the NM Department of Peace Initiative that teaches the message of non-violence

Once again, it’s an honor for me to be part of the Living Treasure’s committee, and to be able to meet and photograph the people who work to make our community better for everyone. To learn more about Santa Fe Living Treasures, visit The Santa Fe Living Treasure’s Website!

  • Chris Barber - Genevieve, I’m very grateful to you for serving on the Living Treasures committee and allowing us blog-readers to see the photographs. I have started photographing people whom I know, who are (at least in my opinion) living treasures here in Albuquerque: perhaps we can start a chapter of Living Treasures here. I’m looking forward to next week’s class! Aloha, Chris Barber

When I started photography back in high school, I fell in love with the craft – the joy of seeing light, discovering and exploring a story, being present in a moment, working with friends in the darkroom. But, in high school, I never considered or envisioned photography as a future career – a way to sustain my heart and livelihood. When photography became more than a passion and developed into a business pursuit, I needed a whole new set of skills and mentors.

StoryPortrait Media came into being in 2007, and is continuing to develop into a photography and multimedia business that creates short documentary videos and photography packages for non-profits, small businesses, artists and families. Along the way, as I learn the lessons of financial sustainability and leadership, it’s been essential to cross paths with other women in business. And, luckily in Santa Fe, I run into them all the time.

Here are just a few simple head shots done recently for fabulous business women developing their websites and marketing materials. I love that we have found, and will continue to find ways to support each other; share services, ideas, tips, encouragement, and ultimately help promote each other as we strive to follow and develop our vision.

While I typically don’t advertise head shots, please don’t hesitate to be in touch – especially if you are a woman in business. Time Dollars always accepted.


Rubina Cohen, is the founder and CEO of Firefly Innovation Group. Her expertise and energy thrives in marketing and community building. She connected me with Southwest Spanish Craftsman, a client of hers, and now I have a video project with them in post–productions. In exchange for photography and a new offering of hers, audio podcasts, she is also going to give me guidance in marketing.

Shelene Bridge, is a talented Film Director and Editor that I met at the Santa Fe Community College in a Documentary Filmmaking course. Shelene has played the amazing role of editor for a number of StoryPortrait Media projects. She has recently launched her own production company, Surreal Montage.

Christine Curran is food writer, body worker and graphic designer. Since meeting her, I have made many of her inspired and delicious recipes on her website, The Budding Lotus

I met Rebeca Wolle, Reiki practitioner and Adrienne Duguerre, Independent Distributor of AdvoCare, and Nina Twombly,Brennan Healing Science Practitioner through the Santa Fe Time Bank. I have received amazing reiki treatments from Rebecca, and have enjoyed an evening of ceremony with Nina out on the land.

I really appreciate the independent spirit, talent and focus of all of these women.

  • Chris Barber - Genevieve, these are WONDERFUL portraits! More than ever, I’m looking forward to the July portrait class!

  • Shelene Bridge - That’s awesome! Thank you for all of your support too!

Tomorrow, April 21st at 7pm, Bioneers will be presenting Circle of Stories at The Screen in Santa Fe. This film, by Jilann Spitzmiller and Hank Rogerson, of Philomath Films, highlights Native American Storytelling. I had the pleasure of being an assistant video editor and graphic designer on this project which truly celebrates connecting to story, place, ancestors, and the wisdom of the earth.

If you’re in town, come by, there will be a panel discussion following the film.
Or, if you are an educator, check out the details below for ordering a copy for your classroom.

  • Chris Barber - This looks wonderful! We’ll be in Santa Fe for the opening of Jamey Stillings show at the Photo-Eye Gallery, and will try to come to the showing and panel discussion. Thanks for posting this announcement!

This time last year I was wondering if, and how, I would travel to Bali to work on a personal project; a documentary about The Bali Art Project.

This year, I now know the answer to that once mystery, gladly. But, the task of post-production still remains. How will the stories weave together, the themes and mission of the trip come alive from the footage I have captured? Well, the answers always come in doing. And, so slowly, I continue. What a learning experience this journey has been. I am very thankful to Gaylon, Zenia and all the participants of the 2010 Bali trip, and the people who have supported me thus far, for being open to the process.

For now, I’d like to share just a quick clip from the trip:

  • Felicia F Griffin - This is great, I can’t wait to see the rest!!!

  • Felicia F Griffin - This is fabulous – can’t wait to see the finished project!

I moved to Santa Fe, with my kitty Feliz, and job at the Santa Fe Photography Workshops, in January of 2000. It’s mind-boggling to believe I’m in my 11th year here. I didn’t think I would stay, and actually I packed my bags and “moved” twice, only to return. It was probably just a year or two ago, that I looked around for a community that wasn’t, like me, transient. Rather, I was ready to meet and participate in a community of people who were committed to each other and place. COMMUNITY was really the search, the personal need, to make this place be home. And, all of a sudden, it’s all around me.

Last weekend, my book club and me snuck away, in a big tour van, to Pagosa Springs, CO for a girl retreat. Of course, we took enough food and wine to stay a month. It was such a pleasure to be in their company, to feel the richness of our friendship, growing. After the weekend, one of the girls sent this poem around:

We are all longing to go home
to some place we have never been – 
a place half-remembered and half-envisioned
we can only catch glimpses of
from time to time.


Somewhere, there are people
to whom we can speak with passion
without having the words catch in our throats.
Somewhere a circle of hands will open to receive us,
eyes will light up as we enter, voices will celebrate with us
whenever we come into our own power.
Community means strength that joins our strength
to do the work that needs to be done.
Arms to hold us when we falter.

A circle of healing.

A circle of friends.

Someplace where
we can be free.

I don’t think this poem would have resonated as deeply for me two years ago.
Now, I feel it in the fabric of everything I see, wear, hold, engage in.

I feel it in my lovely book club, at Doc Chicks, a group of female documentary filmmakers, led by Jilann Spitzmiller of Philomath Films, at Spandarama yoga studio, where we practice together, at the Santa Fe Time Bank, an organization committed to reweaving community through hour by hour exchange, with my clients who have become friends, with other women entrepreneurs who share ideas, energy, understanding, with the students at the Santa Fe Community College, of course, with my colleagues, mentors and students from the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, and the photo community in general in Santa Fe and beyond. I feel it at the grocery store, the gym, the Farmer’s Market, the dance studios, community events, and openings, even true connections made online…for example my Contemplative Collage class, led by Dante Jericho.

I feel the abundance of relationship, community, love, wealth, like I never have before. And, I am thankful!

  • Chris Barber - Thanks for posting this: what a wonderful insight into what the holy spirit is giving you now. I’ve been doing some discerning with my yoga group: using images from “An Inspired Eye” and other sources — not sure I can describe the gifts I’m receiving from that, but your insight & the poem you shared bring the same feelings up in me.

  • admin - Thanks Chris! I know you feel a rich connection to place here in NM too. It adds so much; commitment and community. Thanks for being part of that community!

  • Chris Barber - I’ve been taking some time to look through the archives of the blog over the last few months as I prepare for the July “Photographing People” workshop. The post above (and another post that I can’t find just now) speaks about being a Virginian and also being a New Mexican. The past weeks have been very hard for all of us; and particularly for y’all in Espanola and Santa Fe who have been directly impacted by the Las Conchas and Pacheco fires. The challenges that we in New Mexico face are no worse than those faced across the country and around the world. In common with other small communities we do a pretty good job of supporting each other. The anxiety, loss, anger, and questioning continue with us, nonetheless. I’m looking forward to hearing your stories of living through recent fires, and stories of other participants’ whose communities, families, and friends have been confronted with challenges that shape their view of themselves, their communities, and the world. Aloha, CTB

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