ABOUT GENEVIEVE RUSSELL
GENEVIEVE RUSSELL, DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKER/ PHOTOGRAPHER FOUNDER, STORYPORTRAIT MEDIA
For 20 years, Genevieve has devoted herself to the art of visual storytelling. Her work as a photographer and cinematographer is grounded in community documentary projects that capture authentic, personal, and compelling stories. Her projects focus on a wide range of topics, including health and wellness, community building and sustainability, women in leadership, personal history, the arts, and education.
In 2007, she founded StoryPortrait Media to create documentary films and multimedia pieces that educate, engage, empower, and inspire. A masterful story gatherer and visual storyteller, Genevieve Russell has been looking at the world from behind a camera since high school. This pictorial path led her to observe and capture countless significant and heartfelt moments and milestones that tell moving stories about visionary leaders, renowned artists, women entrepreneurs, a profound sense of place, and the inherent beauty and juxtaposition that is life. Genevieve lives her passion, putting her subjects at ease and calling out not the crisis, but the compassion, beauty, and inspiration that exists in every story.
Genevieve has produced, directed, and shot promotional and advocacy videos and series for VERVE Gallery of Photography, the Santa Fe Waldorf School, Museum of International Folk Art, FRESC, Southwest Spanish Craftsmen, the Phoenix Art Museum, the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, and the Bali Art Project. Additionally, she has created numerous short documentaries that promote artists' work and preserve family histories.
As a cinematographer, Genevieve contributed to the feature-length documentaries DOWNWINDERS, INTO THE NIGHT: PORTRAITS of LIFE AND DEATH, RIOTSVILLE, USA, IN GLORIOUS SMELL–O–VISION!, A HORSEBACK RIDE TO THE SOUL, STILL DREAMING, MY MOTHER'S DAUGHTER, and BIRDS IN THE PARK, as well as "Day One and Day Two" a series of videos for the New Mexico Department of Health.
Her photographs have become the central marketing materials for a range of local businesses and organizations, and have appeared in Santa Fe Tourism Ad campaigns, Smithsonian Folkways Magazine, New Mexico Magazine, Local Flavor, the Santa Fean, and the Albuquerque Tribune. She has received grants from the New Mexico Humanities Council, the Urban Enhancement Trust Fund of the City of Albuquerque, and the KUMN Independent Producers Fund for video and photography production of two multimedia projects—LOS REYES STORY and THE JAZZ OF ENCHANTMENT.
What started with black and white photography has developed into a visual storytelling company that provides an eye for reflection as well as delivers an expansive library of photography, video and documentary assets for clients.
* Image by Mary Moon Photography