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Colleen Guenther

Photographer & Director

Minneapolis, MN



Q: What song do you play on repeat?

A: "Everything She Wants" by Wham!

Q: What's the best way to start the day?

A: A cup of coffee and a game of chess in bed.

Q: What are you most looking forward to this year?

A: Identifying the things that I find meaningful.

Q: What is the most impactful project you've worked on and why.

A: One of the most impactful projects that I have worked on was actually a test project where the stylist

and I let go of all boundaries of photo creation and just made something that was truly inspired by the

moment and innate creativity. It was very freeing and I borrow this creative freedom in every project

whether it's for a client or for myself.

Q: Which art/photo exhibit that you've seen has impacted you the most?

A: Ron Mueck's gigantic hyper-realist sculptures are simply incredible and have so much visual and

psychological impact. He creates so much meaning through the use of shape, form, technique, and

human studies.

Q: What mystery do you wish you knew the answer to?

A: Where do spirits live?

Q: What are some things you had to unlearn?

A: The list is long...the biggest one is listening to other people's advice when we are already born with a solid internal compass but are taught early to ignore it.

Q: What fictional place would you most like to go?

A: A lush, green, Ireland-like hobbit land with a ton of animals (like tiny rabbits, baby deer, majestic birds,

and miniature horses) that follow you around and you can pet them whenever you want. AND everyone

around you is not suffering.

Q: What have you only recently formed an opinion about?

A: You can choose your relationship status and people's access to you at any point that you want to, no

matter if they are family or whomever.

Q: What book impacted you the most?

A: I have 2 - Lighting the Way by Eric Maisel and Set Boundaries, Find Peace by Nedra Tawwab.

Q: What risks are worth taking?

A: The ones that you can't stop thinking about and will make a positive impact on humanity.

Q: What are the first 3 chapters of your autobiography titled?

A: 1. UGH, 2. Learning, 3. Unlearning

Q: What do you spend the most time thinking about?

A: How to be a kinder person to myself so that I can be a better person in the world.

Q: Best and worst advice you've ever received.

A: Best advice: For every decision that you need to make, pause and ask yourself "what's the next right thing to do." Worst advice: Ask for someone else's advice.

Q: How has your work evolved over the past few years?

A: I've shifted from making work "that others may like or gain more work from" to work that I just enjoy


Q: One thing you can't show up to a shoot without - Besides a camera ;)

A: Remote trigger.


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