Creative Folks: Jackie Cooper

HAPPY HALLOWEEN LOVELIES!! I am very excited to share this lady as my Creative Folks today. I met Jackie Cooper many years ago at Friends University while I was hanging an art gallery in the Fine Arts building. Our paths crossed again when she photographed my friend Becky’s wedding and in 2010 I emailed her asking if she would take me on as an intern for the summer. She so graciously said yes and she is the reason I am a wedding photographer today. She taught me the ins and outs of wedding photography without hesitation. She is kind, giving, and beautiful. I adore her photography and she gets better each time I see a new blog post of hers.

I was sad when she had to move to Colorado a few years ago (her hubby went out there to be an awesome firefighter!), but seeing her each year to catch up is one of my highlights. Just being in her presence is amazing. Thank you Jackie for our friendship! Okay…I’ll stop gushing over her amazingness and let you get to know her a bit more with todays Creative Folks!

What is the first significant thing you did this morning?

Make coffee! It’s a creative’s good friend…

coffee

What inspires you? When are you happiest?

I’m inspired by going new places, creative architecture and interior design, other creative professionals (photographers and not) and great fiction (I’m really into the Sherlock Holmes stories right now!) just to name a few. I’m happiest when my husband, Casey, is home and we don’t have to-dos for the day!

double exposure

jackie and casey

What are you trying to teach yourself right now?

I’m trying to learn to be happy all the time and enjoy this one life we get to live!

smiley jackie

mountains and valleys

What is your favorite memory and what does it say about you?

It’s really difficult to pin down a favorite! I love this question; it’s a great chance to stop and process life. I think it’s the little things that help to bring joy to the everyday: an epic powder day snowboarding, a surprise visit to see your parents 12+ hours away, getting off the plane in another country. One of my favorite recent memories, though, is from our trip to DC (crushing on AirBNB, by the way!): our first night in the district, we cruised the national mall via bikes on a perfect night.

couple in mountains

Describe one accomplishment you’ve achieved. Describe one challenge that you have faced.

Gosh. I’m realizing now that I need to be better about setting goals so I can have some accomplishments to report! One thing that isn’t huge but is a challenge turned accomplishment: I’ve found it difficult to set a good work-life balance as a business owner so last year I set a goal to run a marathon to create time for myself to get out, enjoy Colorado and get some exercise. Casey agreed to run it with me (he’s pretty awesome!), so it was a chance for us to spend time together through the countless hours of training, too.

jackie and casey running marathon

What is the last thing you did for work?

I just posted a wedding preview to Facebook. This is one of my favorite parts of the editing process; I love curating the highlights of a day into a short, easy-to-look-through story of the day!

couple holding hands

bride and groom

And just for fun, what animal would you like to experience being for a day?

I often wonder what goes on the in the brain of our vizsla, but if I were to choose one, I’d choose to experience a day in the life of Posy. That pretty kitty is living the couture, well-styled city life any cat would envy!

couple by fire

black and white night shot of reception

Thank you again Jackie 1!! :)

Keep up with her adventures:

instagram // @jackiecooperphoto

facebook // www.facebook.com/jackiecooperphoto

website // jackiecooperphoto.com

Peace + love, Jaclyn