Southwest Spanish Craftsmen is a custom furniture company based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Steeped in the history of the state, this furniture is a living testament to and reminder of the work and artistry of days gone by. StoryPortrait Media recently teamed up with the Carpinteros at Southwest Spanish Craftsmen to create a video about their craft. This piece will be used to share the story of the furniture with clients and visitors to the store.

To learn more about Southwest Spanish Craftsmen, visit their website and stop by their wood shop and showroom on your next drive through Santa Fe.
The Eight Carpinteros that carry on the tradition of Santa Fe style woodworking.

Special thanks to all the Craftsmen, Kurt and Eric Faust, Keith Gorges, Lynne Kasselman and Rubina Cohen at Southwest Spanish Craftsmen for their collaboration!

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!

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