About Tray Cooper
What first drew you to photography and what inspires you ,and when did you first begin your journey behind the camera?
I was first drawn to photography in high school. I use to see fashion based magazines and wondered how they created art with a camera. It inspired me to keep improving until I was just as good or better then the published photographers. I started taking professional pictures in 2011.
What do you think makes your work memorable?
What does photography mean to you?
Photography is having the ability to create art with imagery.
Are you always in photographer mode?
Most times I am.
How does black and white vs. color play into your work?
I prefer color because I can be more creative with concepts.
How important is it for a photographer to “connect” withhis subjects to bring out their true self?
If you don’t have a connection with your subject you’ll never reach your full potential.
Locations and weather conditions seems to be a crucial aspect to a successful picture. How do you handle these unpredictable factors?
You have to learn to adapt. The more you shoot the easier it will be.
What do you want your viewers to take away from your work?
I want my viewers to leave knowing that they are viewing art and not just an image.
I steer away from taking projects I’m uncomfortable with just because of money.
What were the difficulties you encountered when you first started photography?
Photographers where not open to helping the younger generation. We had less resources and less help.
What are your thoughts on working single images verses projects?
If the concept is good either can work.
Photographers are held to a high standard. We have to make people feel comfortable at all times in order to consistently get paid. Sometimes it’s hard to express yourself around clients.
What is one question nobody has ever asked you which you wish they would asked?
I wish people would ask me more about who I am as a person more.
As a photographer, can you explain what the difference between beauty and vulgarity when it comes to modeling?
Beauty is more about simply and the glamorous part of the model. Vulgarity is more sexualized.
How has the “Game” changed in your opinion?
The game has become way more creative. I love it because I have more inspiration.
We truly appreciate you allowing us to interview you, what’s in store for you in the future?
You can find out by keeping up with me on Instagram at teeroocruise.