THE LAYERS OF CHRIS COPELAND

MBW – What moves you the most in your life ?
Chris Copeland –
 In work life, making something of significance for my clients, something for their children and grandchildren. Making something that will long outlive me. 

MBW – Where are you based right now and how is it shaping you ?
CC –
 I’m currently based in Belfast, N.Ireland. Belfast has came a long way in recent years and it has a pretty vibrant and supportive creative community. That said, I find that travelling shapes me more than being in one place for too long. There’s always another adventure around the corner. That appetite to explore a new place is insatiable.

MBW – Explain your daily routine 
CC – Most days when I’m not shooting or travelling entail lots of coffee, lots of food, returning emails, client meetings and editing. It’s so important to break up work time with personal time. Something as simple as walking Molly (our golden retriever) or training/reading for an hour or so really help me stay refreshed and focused.

MBW – What is the most useful piece of advice you’ve been given ?
CC – Not advice per se but one of my favourite quotes is, “It’s just a ride” (Bill Hicks) It always helps me keep things in check. I would have loved to have met him, the guy was a genius. 

MBW – What do you struggle with at the moment?
CC – I’m fairly self-critical by nature and play down compliments or achievements a lot of the time. I could work on that.

MBW –  Do you remember the saddest moment of your life?
CC – Losing my Grandfather to cancer. I was very close to him. I was in the room when he passed away and although I’m glad I was there with him, it’s something, a pain that is impossible to put into words.

MBW – How did you came to photography ? 
CC – I’ve always been a visual person and for as long as I can remember have been attracted to film/photography. I studied film in University (although studied is maybe not the right word!) but it wasn’t until I went travelling with my girlfriend in 2011 that I decided to give it a go when we got back. I left my job in hospitality as haven’t looked back.

MBW – What did you want to be growing up?
CC – There were lots of future careers, a footballer, a movie star, a director, a screenwriter, an astronaut (I’m still waiting on that call from NASA)

MBW – Who or what is inspiring you at the moment?
CC – Wow, there are so many things. I’ve been coming back to the photography of Vivian Maier a lot recently and really loved the Cohan brothers “The man who wasn’t there”. The cinematography is INSANELY good. Pure film noir beauty.

MBW – Where do you see yourself in 10 years from now?
CC – 
If I’m as happy as I am right now, I’d take that every time (although maybe throw in a few dozen more golden retrievers, living on a farm in New Zealand while shooting all over the world- unless NASA call 🙂 

MBW – What creative training do you do outside of your work?
CC –
 I love to travel and anytime I get the chance to visit a new place or somewhere I haven’t been before, I always think it lends itself to viewing things in a new way. New cultures, sights, sounds and light are so exciting to me.

MBW – If you were no longer able to use a camera, how else would you express your creativity?
CC –
  For a while I really wanted to give writing a go (screenwriting) and had an idea for a script, characters, and began a first draft.. so perhaps I would dust off the virtual cobwebs on that.
Is it important to you to be a part of a creative community? – I think it is. I’m still a relative newbie to the wedding industry thing and to have a supportive network of like-minded people around you who you can hang out with, refer work to or who lend an ear when it’s needed has really helped.

MBW – Do you have any advice to share with people about the lifestyle to be a wedding photographer ? 
CC – Follow your heart, be good to people, work your ass off and have fun doing what you love or else what the hell’s the point?

MBW – Thank you so much for your time, it is always a pleasure to know more about awesome people and connecting with them.

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