River Life: Behind The Scenes With Courtney Cooper

River Life: Behind The Scenes With Courtney Cooper

Like all adventures that I embark on, the open road (or open river) has always inspired what I create.  Seeing new places fuels the creative juices within me.  It sparks something in my body and makes me feel alive.  Bringing a camera along is just an outlet for me to freeze those memories that are made along the journey.  

When I photograph I like to blend in.  People are naturally shy when a camera is pointed at them causing them to become stiff or nervous. They often try to pose or make a silly face instead of just acting natural.  I have found that candid moments make a much better photograph than a posed moment.  I rarely try to set up a situation, rather, I try to predict what is going to happen.