As a corporate America escapee now making the great outdoors my "office," I aim to record images and write stories that help inspire people get outside, get their hands dirty, see incredible places, and actively experience and enjoy our remarkable world.Formal bio:
Hi! My name is Colleen Miniuk-Sperry (pronounced "Min-ick-Spare-ee").
supporting a wide range of assignments. Specializing in nature and
outdoor recreation, my work has been published in National Geographic calendars, Arizona Highways magazine, books, and calendars, Outdoor Photographer, AAA Highroads, AAA VIA, National Parks Traveler, Mushing Magazine, Lighthouse Digest, Experience AZ, InsideOutside Southwest, Sonora Es, Smith-Southwestern calendars, and a broad variety of other publications.
In November 2011, I co-authored and published the book, Wild in Arizona: Photographing Arizona’s Wildflowers, A Guide to When, Where, and How with my good friend and fellow photographer, Paul Gill. My second guidebook, Photographing Acadia National Park: The Essential Guide to When, Where, and How was released in late January 2014 after being selected three times as an Artist-in-Residence with Acadia National Park in Maine (November 2010, October 2011, and January 2013).
I'm just as excited to help others learn
photography as I am making my own images, so I've proudly led
photography workshops for the Arizona Highways Photography Workshops
(AHPW), The Nature Conservancy, Maine Media Workshops+College, Arizona
Wildlife Federation's "Becoming an Outdoor Woman", and Through Each
Others Eyes as well as numerous camera clubs, photography symposiums,
conferences, and events, and private workshops.
As an active Associate of Through Each Other Eyes
(TEOE), I have proudly participated in cultural photographic exchanges
and multiple international exhibitions with Japan, Mexico, and Canada.
Being a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America
(OWAA) since 2010 has allowed me the opportunity for unrivaled personal
growth and new friendships with like-minded and extremely talented
outdoor communicators. I was elected to serve a three-year term as a
Board Member beginning in September 2013. In May 2014, I received the prestigious "Outstanding Board Member" award.
Growing up in Ohio, Arkansas, and Illinois,
becoming a photographer or writer never crossed my mind. In 1997, armed
with a Bachelor of Business Administration-Computer Information Systems
degree from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, I moved to Phoenix,
Arizona to begin a 10-year project management career in software engineering at
Intel Corporation. Initially as an outlet to corporate life, I began
making photographs of the intriguing landscapes in the West in late 2001
during my "Introduction to Photography" class at the Chandler-Gilbert
Community College. Two years later, I started selling my photographs at
art shows across Arizona. I saw my first editorial publication in Arizona Highways
magazine in 2006. Then, in February 2007, I left the grey cubicle walls
of Corporate America to pursue a full-time career in photography and
writing. Now, I can't imagine life without a camera or a notebook!
Though I spend a significant amount of time on the
road across the United States, I currently reside in Chandler, Arizona
with my husband, Craig and cat, Nolan.