Interview with Colleen Miniuk

May 16, 2018

Welcome to episode 056 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast with Colleen Miniuk-Sperry!

I had an absolute blast talking to Colleen this week. She is incredibly well-spoken, thoughtful, and just an all-around pleasure to listen to. At times our discussion felt like two friends sitting around a camp-fire chatting about our inner struggles. That's what the podcast is all about!

Colleen is a corporate-America-escapee-turned-full-time-freelance-outdoor-photographer-and-writer, supporting a wide range of assignments for editorial and commercial clients. Specializing in nature and outdoor recreation, her purpose as an outdoor communicator is to inspire and help others enjoy the Great Outdoors. Her work has been published in National Geographic calendars, Arizona Highways magazine, books, and calendars, Outdoor Photographer, AAA Highroads, AAA VIA, Extraordinary Vision, National Parks Traveler, Smith-Southwestern calendars, and a broad variety of other publications.In November 2011, she co-authored and published the award-winning book, Wild in Arizona: Photographing Arizona’s Wildflowers, A Guide to When, Where, and How with her good friend and fellow photographer, Paul Gill. After selling out the 1st edition, they published the 2nd edition of this title in March 2015. In addition, she's been selected three times as an Artist-in-Residence with Acadia National Park in Maine (November 2010, October 2011, and January 2013) which enabled her to author and publish her second award-winning guidebook, Photographing Acadia National Park: The Essential Guide to When, Where, and How in February 2014. In July 2015, she published her first instructional photography eBook titled, Seeing the Light in Outdoor Photography. Her next book (due out in 2018), Going with the Flow, will share the inspirational true story and life lessons learned from her experience attempting to paddle the 141-mile length of Lake Powell in November 2015 with her mom.

I know you'll like this week's podcast! I found it to be quite inspiring myself.

We covered some great topics this week, including:

1. How Colleen got into landscape photography.

2. Her transition from shooting icons to being a creative visual artist.

3. The creative process in landscape photography.

4. Her artist-in-residencies at Acadia National Park.

5. Her women-only workshops called "Sheography."

6. Staying competitive as a business in photography.

7. Active non-judgment as a skill to observe and grow as a photographer.

Over on Patreon this week, Colleen and I had a fabulous conversation about "Shosin" and the beginner's mind and how that relates to landscape photography.

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To learn more about Colleen, check out her online presence:



Here are the artists that Colleen recommended for the podcast:

1. Michael Gordon.

2. Chuck Kimmerle.

3. Paul Gill.

4. Floris Van Breugel.

5. Kathleen Clemons.

Some examples of Colleen's photography can be seen below.

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Colleen Miniuk - Creativity as a Visual Artist

Autumn reflections glow in the Tarn at Acadia National Park, Maine, USA

Colleen Miniuk - Creativity as a Visual Artist

Icicles hang from a log in Jordan Stream during winter in Acadia National Park, Maine, USA

Colleen Miniuk - Creativity as a Visual Artist

Waves crashed into the granite coastline along Ocean Drive near Newport Cove in Acadia National Park, Maine, USA

Colleen Miniuk - Creativity as a Visual Artist

The sun rises over an unnamed beach at low tide in Acadia National Park, Maine, USA

Colleen Miniuk - Creativity as a Visual Artist

Bubbles and seaweed intermingling in a tide pool along Eben's Head Trail in Acadia National Park, Isle au Haut, Maine, USA

Colleen Miniuk - Creativity as a Visual Artist
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