Colleen_Miniuk

Colleen_Miniuk

In 2007, I fled the grey cubicle walls—and an unfulfilling job as a software engineer/project manager–at Intel Corporation to pursue a meaningful and rewarding full-time outdoor photography and writing career. Specializing in nature and outdoor recreation, my purpose as an outdoor communicator is to inspire and help others enjoy the Great Outdoors.

My credits include National Geographic calendars, Arizona Highways, AAA VIA, OnLandscape, National Parks Traveler, and a broad variety of other publications. I have served three times as an Artist-in-Residence with Acadia National Park.

I’ve authored and photographed the award-winning guidebooks, Wild in Arizona: Photographing Arizona’s Wildflowers (1st and 2nd editions) and Photographing Acadia National Park: The Essential Guide to When, Where, and How. I also authored the instructional eBook, Seeing the Light in Outdoor Photography. I’m currently working on a memoir/travel adventure book titled Going with the Flow and multiple additional titles.

I offer photography workshops across the United States, including the popular “Sheography™” all-women’s photography workshops, through my own company, CMS Photography. In the past, I have taught for renowned organizations such as Arizona Highways Photography Workshops, Arizona Wildlife Federation, The Nature Conservancy, camera clubs across the country, and numerous private engagements. I’m proud to be an active member, the Secretary on the Board of Directors, and past interim Executive Director (in 2017) for the Outdoor Writers Association of America.

I’m also fluent in sarcasm, love French Chardonnay (though I don’t discriminate against any type of wine), and am addicted to stand-up paddleboarding. A recovering perfectionist, I now live by the motto, “If it’s fun, keep doing it. If it’s not fun, stop and find something fun to do.”

Learn more at www.cms-photo.com.