Our February speaker was freelance photographer and writer, Colleen Miniuk-Sperry — who didn’t use to be a photographer — or a writer. Back in 1997 Colleen graduated from the University of Michigan and took her Bachelor of Business Administration and Computer Information Systems degree to Phoenix, Arizona. There she embarked on a project management career at Intel Corporation. As an outlet to corporate life, she took an Intro to Photography course at the local community college and guess what? She got hooked on making photographs of the intriguing landscapes in the West.
Two years later she started selling her photographs at art shows across Arizona. Eight years after that, in 2007, she traded her grey cubicle walls for a full-time career in photography. She has since co-authored a book on photographing Arizona wildflowers, and authored this book, Photographing Acadia National Park: The Essential Guide to When, Where, and How. She has been published in National Geographic calendars, Arizona Highways magazine, Outdoor Photographer, National Parks Traveler, and a number of other publications. Not bad for a corporate-America escapee.
Colleen’s talk was titled The Art of Seeing Differently.