Who We Are

© Ryan Heffernan

Santa Fe Workshops

We are more than a place to learn, you are among those who share your passion for creativity. There is a community built within each workshop, a place that allows you to learn not only from our professionals but also your peers.

We offer world-renowned Professional Photographers and Pulitzer Prize Winning Writers both in the U.S. and abroad. Our reputation has been built upon a foundation of creativity and community for individuals of all levels.

Our commitment to providing supportive and inspirational workshops for all set us apart and has been instrumental in building and strengthening our reputation in the Photographic and Writing communities in Santa Fe and around the world.

© Ben Manlove

A passion for photography

My love affair with photography began when I was a junior in college—in retrospect, one of the finest years of my life. I was studying in London and used this great city as a springboard to travel throughout the British Isles, continental Europe, and the Soviet Union. As I packed for my year abroad, I thought it would be good to take a camera along so I could make pictures of all the amazing places I would see. Little did I know that this simple decision to buy a camera would change the way I experienced the world and, on a larger scale, the way I lived my life.

During those first weeks in London, all my senses seemed heightened by my crude attempts to capture on film what I saw and felt. Speaker’s Corner, Portabello Road, Richmond Hill, and Kew Gardens became my picture-taking haunts. I enrolled in a photography class and learned how to develop film and make prints in the darkroom.

Very quickly I was hooked, as this new interest consumed both my waking hours and my dreams at night. I wandered the streets of London, Edinburgh, Penzance, Dublin, Florence, Leningrad, and Moscow with my camera and a new appreciation for the sights, smells, and and surprises of my surroundings.

“My passion for photography became deeply embedded in my body and soul, changing my life forever.”

I witness a similar zeal in the people who come to The Workshops. I sense their desire to capture the moments in life that captivate and inspire them. I feel their commitment to learning how to better use the tools of photography— the cameras, computers, software, printers, and yes, film. I marvel at the joy they experience while exploring their creativity. Photography deepens our connections to the world around us, to ourselves, and to one another. It adds meaning and delight to our lives.

My own love affair with image-making is now 40 years young, and I have never stopped appreciating how fortunate I am to be able to express what I see and feel through photography.

Photography is a gift we give ourselves. Join us in Santa Fe, Cuba, San Miguel, or for one of our On The Road workshops. You deserve it.

– Reid Callanan, Founder

© Nina Callanan

Commitment to Creativity

Thirty-four years ago, I was an energetic high school student with aspirations of being an artist. I wanted to go to the Brooks Institute of Photography. At the time, my father told me to get a liberal arts education and some life under my belt first. Otherwise, I would have little to say.

Well, I got educated, helped start the first digital service bureau in Seattle, built and managed the Digital Media Lab for Microsoft’s consumer division, spent ten years as the Director of Imaging for Corbis and helped Chase Jarvis conceptualize and launch CreativeLive. I have learned from the best business leaders in the country and honed my creative chops by collaborating with the world’s best photographers.

So, thirty-four years later, I am educated, traveled, had several careers, and life has come full circle. Now that I have something to say, I am thrilled to be back in the world of f-stops, letters, and debates about the nature of aesthetics. I am surrounded by beautiful people who share a love of creativity and the challenges this life poses. And, I am grateful for the opportunity to work with my long-time friend Reid Callanan who has given me the opportunity to be a steward of one of the best creative schools in the country. It’s been a long and circuitous path, but I am where I am supposed to be. It is an honor to be part of the Santa Fe Workshop family.

– Stafford Squier,  President

© Stafford Squier
© Nina Callanan

Reid Callanan


© Stafford Squier

Stafford Squier


© Santa Fe Workshops

Anne Fuller

Director of Administration

© Santa Fe Workshops

Emily Nunez

Director of Finance

© Santa Fe Workshops

Renie Haiduk

Program Director, San Miguel

© Mignon Ohmura

Mignon Ohmura

Administration Assistant

© Christine Alexander

Christine Alexander

Digital Lab and Online Learning Manager

© Cotton Miller

Cotton Miller

Web Manager

© Santa Fe Workshops

Mark James

Creative Director

Amy Hulse

Amy Hulse

Marketing Designer

© Leah Woodruff

Leah Woodruff

Online Course Facilitator

© Nadav Soroker

Nadav Soroker

Online Course Facilitator

© Mecca Riane

Mecca Riane

Online Course Facilitator

© Jake Baca

Jake Baca

Online Course Facilitator

© Montse Carty

Montse Carty

Online Course Facilitator

© Olivia Pike

Olivia Pike

Online Course Facilitator

© Amanda Quintana-Bowles

Amanda Quintana-Bowles

Online Course Facilitator

Our Team

We are a small but mighty team. Most of us are fortunate enough to live in Santa Fe, but in this new world order some of us live in other parts of the country. We share the common goal of offering the highest quality photography and writing workshop experiences on the planet, and we are proud of our lofty status. We invite you to join us for an online or on-location workshop that will change the way you see the world –- and just maybe your life. Tall words indeed, but we collectively stand behind them. Come join us and expand your horizons!

Employment Opportunities

Santa Fe Workshops is a premier provider of photography and writing education. Joining us is an opportunity to work in a creative environment and network with the most talented professionals in these two fields. Our core, year-round team is stable these days, but we will let you know in this section of our website if we are looking to add a core staff position.

If you are an aspiring photographer and want to advance your career, we are always looking to add to our team during the busy summer workshop season in Santa Fe. Working with SFW is both intense and rewarding. Over the years, our seasonal staff have formed life-long friendships and many now have successful careers. Keep an eye on this part of our website for details on our seasonal positions (likely in March).

Available Positions

Join the leadership team at Santa Fe Workshops, the nation’s premier provider of experiential workshops in the photographic and writing arts. We are looking for a Director of Marketing who can grow our position as a leader in experiential creative education. The ideal candidate has a proven track record of innovation and is passionate about creativity. The successful candidate will have a nuanced understanding of market segmentation, digital marketing strategy as well as print marketing. Essential skills include, but are not limited to, market research, aligning marketing strategies with high-value audiences, and creating compelling campaigns to drive attachment to existing and prospective customers. If you have a history of problem-solving, innovation, and calculated risk-taking, we would love to hear from you.


Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead development and implementation of all marketing initiatives
  • Identify target audiences and find innovative ways to connect to those audiences
  • Develop tools to measure and report on the effectiveness of marketing initiatives
  • Present weekly progress reports to the leadership team
  • Develop, implement, and manage electronic and social media marketing campaigns across multiple platforms – Email, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, etc.
  • Manage the creation and placement of advertising on appropriate platforms – print and digital
  • Drive engagement within the Santa Fe art community and attend the Workshops public events
  • Create and adhere to marketing budgets
  • Direct supervision of at least one marketing assistant
  • Manage the creation and posting of content to our website
  • Manage relationships with corporate partners
  • Manage lead generation initiatives such as photo contests


Requirements and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications, business administration or equivalent experience
  • 5+ years of experience in sales, marketing, advertising, or brand management
  • Proficient using Microsoft Suite, Adobe Creative Suite, familiarity with CRM/Database systems
  • Demonstrated experience implementing and managing Google Analytics
  • Experience implementing and maintaining WordPress websites is a plus
  • Proven ability to manage projects across multiple departments – people who don’t report to you
  • Relevant experience in directly managing employees
  • Ability to think strategically and implement tactically
  • A passion for working in and managing a fast-paced, collaborative environment
  • Adept multi-tasker with the ability to quickly prioritize and effectively delegate tasks
  • Experience in photography, writing, or other creative fields is a plus

Job Responsibilities

Support accounting operations by making entries into Quickbooks, maintaining files, reconciling credit card statements and other duties as necessary. This position reports to the Director of Finance.


Job Duties

All A/P invoice verification and entry, check printing, some electronic payments, paper filing

  • Collect appropriate back up documentation and approvals
  • Collect, follow up and enter W9s
  • Request ACH, wire or CC payment when necessary
  • Prepare daily deposits (cash, check, credit card)
  • Maintain vendor office files (including in QB)
  • Calculate monthly New Mexico gross receipts tax
  • Manage employee accounts receivable and other miscellaneous receivables
  • Manage various petty cash accounts (store, business office, admin office)
  • Attend office and organizational meetings as helpful and/or when required
  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Other duties as assigned; as necessary


Job Qualifications

  • Attention to detail
  • Dependable
  • Highly organized
  • Flexible
  • Experience using Quickbooks
  • Demonstrated high level experience using Excel
  • Knowledge of general accounting principles
  • Willingness to help other areas of the organization when requested
  • Knowledge of File Maker Pro preferred


Submit cover letter and resume to: business@santafworkshops.com

© Nadav Soroker

Frequently Asked Questions

At Santa Fe Workshops (SFW) we refer to photo workshops being “in-season” or “off-season.” Our Spring seasons run early March to early April. In 2021 our Summer season will run early July to early mid-August. During workshop “seasons” there is a meal plan included in Tuition for all participants. Aside from these major differences, there are also instructor presentations, group dinners, and participant image presentations.

The “off season” is the rest of the year. Workshops are scheduled during many of these off weeks, but may be the only class on campus. Consequently, many amenities of the workshop “seasons” are not available; for example, usually only lunch is included and your class may be the only one going on.

Most workshops will start between 8 and 9am. In a photography workshop, usually the first thing you will do is review your images from the previous day. Mornings often include editing and critique sessions as well as discussion of daily assignments. Lunch is eaten on campus at the buffet or sack lunches are packed for groups that have already left for the field. Most classes leave in the afternoon for daily field sessions, sometimes as a group, other times individually.

Most digital lab classes spend the majority of the time in the digital lab. The lab usually opens at 8:30am and closes at 5pm. The digital lab is open for digital participants only on some evenings. Half-day field trips might be taken to make new images with digital cameras.

For the 2021 Summer season, you need to arrive into Santa Fe at anytime on Sunday. There will be a group breakfast Monday morning, followed by a brief orientation before your first class session. Your workshop is officially over after dinner and the participant image presentations on Friday night (usually by 9:30 pm).

Intensive workshops follow a different schedule, with many of them starting on Friday morning and ending at noon on Sunday.

This varies from workshop to workshop. In general, bring your photographic equipment: cameras, lenses, and if you have them, a tripod, filters, a hand-held light meter, and a flash. Laptops are required for all participants who are not taking workshops based in the digital lab. Additional information about camera formats and equipment for individual workshops is detailed in a letter from the instructor.

The Workshops’ Digital Lab has 13 workstations complete with 16GB Mac Pro computers, top-of-the-line monitors courtesy of NEC, and the latest software from Adobe. Epson provides us with Epson P600 and P800 printers and a wide selection of Epson papers we have available for printmaking workshops.

To enhance your learning experience in our multimedia workshops, we have H4n recorders, wireless Lavaliler Kits, GoPro Hero4s.

Some workshops require that you submit a sample of recent photography for final admission. For complete details, visit the Portfolios section in the Registration Information section.

Nearly all of our photography workshops have a maximum of 14 participants. Workshops held in the Digital Lab have a maximum enrollment of 13 participants. The minimum number of participants to run a workshop varies from workshop to workshop, depending on a variety of factors. In the event that a workshop must be canceled due to inadequate enrollment, all fees and deposits are refunded in full or may be transferred to another workshop within 12 months. The Workshops makes final decisions about the running of a workshop no less than 30 days before the start date for all Santa Fe-based workshops.

Santa Fe is located at 7,000 feet above sea level in the Sangre de Cristo mountains; it can take your body a day of two to adapt to the high altitude. There are four seasons, with snow likely during the winter. Santa Fe is comfortably dry but can have rapid weather changes and it is not uncommon to have 30 degree temperature differences between night and day. Santa Fe averages 300 days of glorious sunshine, 14 inches of rain and 17.5 inches of snow each year. For up-to-date weather information and historical averages, visit weather.com or visitsantafe.com. “Typical weather” figures can be found on AccuWeather’s web site.

Participants are responsible for making their own accommodation arrangements in Santa Fe. On-campus accommodations are not currently available. Please read the Accommodations segment on the Santa Fe section.

Santa Fe-based workshops take place on the IHM Retreat Center campus (50 Mount Carmel Road), located about 2 to 2.5 miles from the nearest commercial areas, so a car provides added freedom and flexibility. If you do not rent a car, Uber and Lyft are available in Santa Fe. You will need to car pool with other workshop participants when you go on field trips. We suggest that you call us to find out if a car is required for your workshop as sometimes you will need to be able to be independent of others.

Days are busy and intense. You may find some time in the early evening to see the city. We suggest coming in a few days early or staying a few days after your workshop if you would like to take in the sights of Santa Fe, including the great museums, restaurants, and galleries.

Keep in mind that you will be very busy with your workshop. Your family will likely not see a lot of you! Still, Santa Fe is a major tourist destination and there are many things to do in and around Santa Fe. Check out these websites for ideas: santafe.comsantafe.org, or newmexico.org.

Unfortunately, no. Many of our carefully-chosen locations are on private land and are not accessible to the public. Therefore we are not allowed to bring additional guests to these locations. Even in cases where we visit public areas to photograph, we often secure special permits to enter as a group, and additional guests are not covered by our permits or by our insurance. If you visit a publicly-accessible location with The Workshops and want to enjoy it with friends and family, we encourage you to do so after your workshop has concluded.

We know that unexpected things come up that might require you to cancel your workshop. If at all possible, let us know more than 30 days before the start of your workshop. Click HERE for full details about our Cancellation and Transfer Policies. We also strongly recommend that you consider purchasing travel insurance (see below).

We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance. Travel insurance can protect you against unforeseen circumstances that might prevent your attendance. We suggest a plan that offers coverage for medical and dental emergencies, lost baggage, missed connections, and trip cancellation should you have a medical problem that prevents you from attending. The Santa Fe Workshops is not responsible for cancellations due to medical emergencies or reimbursement of non-refundable airline tickets in the event of a workshop cancellation.

Each year is different but usually scholarship money is available. The scholarships are valid for photo workshops of four or more days in length, running in Santa Fe. For complete details, visit the Scholarship page.

The State of New Mexico requires all businesses to collect gross receipts tax on all goods and services. In order to not pay tax, you or your company must register for tax-exempt status with the State of New Mexico and pay the annual fee. The tax rate as of January 1, 2020 is 8.4375%.

Additionally, due to Economic Nexus Laws, Santa Fe Workshops may need to collect and pay state sales tax to many additional states.