Colleen Miniuk-Sperry 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 outdoor recreation, nature, conservation, and travel, her work has been published in National Geographic calendars, Arizona Highways magazine, books, and calendars, Outdoor Photographer, AAA Highroads, AAA VIA, Mushing Magazine, Lighthouse Digest, Experience AZ, InsideOutside Southwest, Sonora Es, Smith-Southwestern calendars, and a broad variety of other publications.
In November 2011, she co-authored and published the book Wild in Arizona: Photographing Arizona’s Wildflowers, A Guide to When, Where, and How with photographer Paul Gill. She has been selected three times as an Artist-in-Residence with Acadia National Park (November 2010, October 2011, and January 2013). Her second guidebook, Photographing Acadia National Park: The Essential Guide to When, Where, and How was released in February 2014.
Inspired by outdoor photographers three terms as an Artist-in-Residence with Acadia National Park (including the park’s first winter residence), Colleen Miniuk-Sperry will guide two one-of-a-kind “Winter in Acadia: A Creative Photography Retreat” on January 31–February 6, 2016 and February 8–12, 2016 on the SERC campus on the Schoodic Peninsula.
This photography workshop will bring amateur and professional photographers to Acadia to celebrate the historical and natural diversity the Schoodic Peninsula and Acadia National Park has to offer at a time when most visitors do not experience the park: winter. Through a variety of classroom and field-based educational sessions, participants will learn about the Schoodic Peninsula and Acadia National Park’s history as well as the flora and fauna to connect more strongly with the subjects they see through their lens. Photography instruction will cover visualization, mindful observations, telling a story through composition and light, and other creative techniques. The instructional goal is to provide a supportive environment to enable photographers to create their art and inspire new ideas for their future work in Acadia and beyond. By the end of the workshop, participants will have created a new portfolio of photographic work based on their unique winter experiences in Acadia National Park to share with their broad audiences at home. 5% of the workshop profits will be donated to Friends of Acadia for centennial projects in Acadia National Park.
In addition, Photographing Acadia National Park: The Essential Guide to When, Where, and How is an official Acadia Centennial product with 10% of profits from sales of the book being donated to Acadia National Park’s Schoodic Education Adventure.
February 16, 2016 – “The Art of Seeing Differently” presentation to the Mount Desert Island Photo Club, 6:30–9:00 p.m. at the Northeast Harbor Library’s Mellon Room