I am thrilled to introduce you to Jackie Cooper, a Vail-based wedding photographer.
What do you do?
I am a wedding and portrait photographer traveling far and wide across this great state and country to photograph amazing people. I aim to create custom artwork for couples and families that is simple, honest and colorful.
When and why did you start your business?
I started Jackie Cooper Photo in 2008 when I lived in Kansas. Though I didn’t intend to turn photography into a career, I fell in love with telling visual stories for others and creating custom artwork of their lives – the big moments as well as the day-to-day.
How did you learn your craft?
Practice, practice, practice! I don’t have a formal photography education unless you count the Photojournalism course I took my last semester at the University of Kansas to round out my Journalism degree. I’ve attended photography workshops, read countless articles and books (including my equipment manuals!) and collaborated with other photographers. I’m continually creating and updating my own custom curriculum to always keep improving!
Describe your photography style and approach to weddings.
I try to balance an editorial perspective of the beautiful details of your day with numerous images of you and the amazing people there to celebrate your day since it’s more often than not that the people are what make a wedding great. My approach to weddings is to include full-day coverage for all my couples so they can relax knowing I’m there to catch any and every moment they want to remember!
What or who inspires you?
As a creative professional, I think inspiration can come from so many different places. It certainly does for me! On any given day, I’m inspired by great design, architecture, industry peers, locally-sourced goods, cinema, travel magazines.
Any awards or features/publications?
I have had the great privilege to be featured on more than a dozen wedding blogs as well as in print by The Knot: Missouri & Kansas. One of my images was also recently voted Top 10 in its category by other photographers. And I am especially honored by this COUTUREcolorado feature.
Favorite wedding location:
When I look back at my favorite weddings, many of them are in private residences or locations that are particularly meaningful to the couple. I think the venue can lend the ultimate vibe for a wedding day. That said, locally, I really love Spruce Mountain Ranch: the space, the staff, everything!
Favorite wedding trend:
Lush florals and varied neutral bridesmaid dresses; calligraphy; really anything where a couple’s personality shines through – those always make for the most special images!
Advice for a couple planning a Colorado wedding:
It can be especially helpful to talk with your photographer about the best time of day for your ceremony – especially if it’s outside. Plan with him/her what would be the best lighting for portraits so you can plan your schedule accordingly.
Also, relax and enjoy this wonderful day that you’ve put so much work into! Keep the ultimate takeaway in mind: if you’re married at the end of the day, it’s an amazing one.
Where did you grow up and how did you end up in Colorado?
I grew up in Wichita, Kansas, and moved to Colorado three years ago when my husband (who is often my second photographer!) accepted a firefighting position in the Vail valley. It’s been amazing to photograph all over this beautiful state and get to know our mountain community as well as the Denver metro area!
Here are a few of her favorite images. Check out more on her website: www.jackiecooperphoto.com