Visualization: Picturing the Unique Possibilities with Colleen Miniuk-Sperry

Join Arizona-based nature photographer Colleen Miniuk-Sperry for an exciting presentation on incorporating visualization into your photographic process – whether at home, at work, or in the field - to help you record unique images without using other photographers’ tripod holes.

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As a long-time Arizona Highways magazine contributor, a three-time Acadia National Park Artist-in-Residence, and keynote speaker at the recent International Photographic Society of America Annual Conference, Colleen will share her visualization experiences and reveal specific tips, tools, and techniques for creating a clear mental picture of your picture before snapping the shutter to transcend the cliché.


Specifically, learn how to:

Tap into individual knowledge, passions, and perceptions towards specific subjects to develop a clear vision for your photographs.

Design your own creative photographs before setting foot at a place by using supportive tools like a custom shot list and the Photographer’s Ephemeris.

Distinctively experience and engage with your subject matter on location to build a deeper emotional connection before recording your visual message.

About Colleen Miniuk-Sperry

As an award-winning, internationally published outdoor photographer and writer, Colleen Miniuk-Sperry supports a wide range of assignments for editorial clients, fine art, and stock. Her work has been published in National Geographic calendars, the Arizona Highways magazine, books, and calendars, AAA Highroads, Mushing Magazine, Lighthouse Digest, Experience AZ, InsideOutside Southwest, Sonora Es, Smith-Southwestern calendars, and a broad variety of other publications. In late 2011, she co-authored and published the book, “Wild in Arizona: Photographing Arizona’s Wildflowers, A Guide to When, Where, and How,” which has garnered multiple international book awards, including “Best Nature Book.”

Colleen also leads photography workshops for the Arizona Highways Photography Workshops, Arizona Wildlife Federation, Through Each Others Eyes, and numerous private workshops. Colleen is an active Associate of Through Each Others Eyes (TEOE) and a member of Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA). In addition, she’s served three times as an Artist-in-Residence at Acadia National Pak.

Armed with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan, Colleen Miniuk-Sperry moved to Phoenix to begin a 10-year project management career at Intel Corporation. As an outlet to corporate life, she began making photographs of the Western United States landscapes in late 2001. In early 2007, she left Intel to pursue a full-time career in photography. Originally hailing from Ohio, Arkansas, and Illinois, Colleen currently resides in Chandler, Arizona.

For more information about her work, visit her website at

Attention participants:

We are meeting at the Sports Basement - Bryant Street store meeting room in San Francisco. Parking is on the street and in the garage (entrance from Florida Street). Go to the basement meeting room "Grotto". Snacks and drinks will be served.

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Event schedule:
6 p.m. - 7 p.m. – Socialize, network, refreshments.
This is a perfect networking opportunity in a friendly atmosphere. Bring your portfolio, photos, books or new photo gadgets to share with the group.
7 p.m. - 8 p.m. – Presentation

8 p.m - 8:30 p.m. Q&A

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  • Gary C.

    Colleen gave an awesome presentation, wonderfully illustrated, educational, inspirational, full of passion and great photos. Thanks so much! It was a delight.

    1 · May 23, 2013

  • Ken M.

    Love Colleen's passion. Very stimulating. Went to shoot the lights on the Bay Bridge afterwords, applied Colleen's practices and happy with the outcome. Best speaker ever. Purchased her book, looks very interesting and informative. Great job Colleen.

    1 · May 23, 2013

  • Rick J.

    It was a delight! A different perspective and one that provided a very nice foundation to everyone's photographic endeavors. Colleen was a bundle of energy and had a very well crafted presentation that was thoughtfully created and professionally delivered...and it made me consider the broader picture. A very worthwhile evening. Thanks, Sam!

    1 · May 22, 2013

  • Elena D.

    One of the most invigorating and inspiring photo talks! Thank you Colleen and meetup organizers.

    1 · May 22, 2013

  • Bruce F.

    I love her quotes. Being a right brain photographer, I appreciated the analytical part, the shot lists, the pre-visualizing, and designing images that you want to create. For me, this is where I need help. I am very good at connecting on a spiritual level with a wild bird or animal I am photographing, and being emotionally in tuned with its soul and spirit, recognizing the visual moment of image capture, almost intuitively. I also thought the design and layout of her presentation was unique, and very well done. She used some interesting graphics and style to enhance her PowerPoint program, some of the structural design elements I have never seen used before. These added clarity and made the information easier to comprehend. I am going to do some borrowing of her concepts but adding my own twist, as she emphasized tonight. Overall, an excellent program, especially for one who says she is shy!

    Thanks Sam for inviting her.

    1 · May 22, 2013

  • Dave L.

    Great speaker, excellent topic.

    May 22, 2013

  • wenda p.

    Out of town. Next time!

    May 21, 2013

  • Robert H.

    Thanks. Looking forward to this presentation.

    May 21, 2013

  • Art B.

    sounds fun

    May 21, 2013

  • Karen H

    Won't be able to get up to SF in time.

    May 21, 2013

  • Steve

    Hate to miss this, but at least doing something else photography-related ...

    May 20, 2013

  • Anu

    Looking fwd to learn new photography techniques

    May 20, 2013

  • Richard W.

    I'm coming

    May 16, 2013

  • Joolz H.

    Sounds like such a great event, so disappointed that health issues will keep me from attending!

    May 2, 2013

  • Henry I.

    Has anyone been to the zoo to take pictures of the new tiger cub?

    May 1, 2013

  • Nancy G.

    Yes for now but I will let you know for share, three days before the event.

    January 23, 2013

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