We had the good fortune of connecting with Andrew Cope and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Andrew, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
In the corporate world, I was happy with the money I was making, but I was not happy with the way that job affected my personal relationships with my partner and community at the time, I was often up late dealing with work situations and then up early anticipating more of the same. I realized that a very large void in my life was present that concerned creativity, and I used my imagination exactly never in the corporate world. After long conversations and self reflection I decided to step away, and that’s where and when my passion and now my business started.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My photography specifically has been built around the sentiment of capturing moments instead of taking pictures. We live in a world of very short attention spans and my goals from the very beginning was to make lasting images that connected with people on a different level. Expression is an ever evolving thing, and I in no shape or form am where I would like to be, but that’s the beauty in it, your success is directly tied to the efforts you put into it and this is something I am passionate about. The hardest part of most things in my opinion is showing up and that is not an issue I have, in a very crowded space I have tried to find subtle ways to standout. I use equipment that is analog based, my camera is a very difficult one to shoot on, and with that has come a myriad of lessons learned and an uncanny ability to never shy away from a task or campaign or project that can be considered difficult, iron sharpens iron. One of the things that makes me proud is I use lenses that are 25+ years old on a modern camera body and the images that those create due to build structure coatings and old school tech are absolutely stunning. It takes 2 adapters to fit everything together, and what excites me the most is that no one else uses what I use, especially how I use it. I am privy to images, colors and rendering that are very unique so I am able to make the visions of my clients come true in a way that can’t be mimicked easily. When I am on set and I can see the images coming together in real-time it’s almost an adrenaline rush because I know what has gone into getting me where I am. Everything about my journey has been difficult, quitting my old job and going all in on myself, being humbled by people who were worlds ahead of me in skill set, experience, and creativity. A viewpoint that I occupied since I was a kid about how the world worked being shattered by the so called “industry.” Staying up late honing my editing skills trying to develop my style, countless hours on set, countless times being told no in regards to collaborations, often being ignored or passed over for opportunities. This is the journey to success, to true entrepreneurship and I love every second of it, I want the world to know that in my journey it has changed the way I do everything for the better, that when they affiliate themselves with ClarkLKent or AttaBoyLuther (my 2 ventures in creativity) they will get the culmination of my life experiences along with the time, effort, and love that have put into what I do, that other people have put into me, and that’s something you can’t beat.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Denver has been a very necessary stop for me in my life for personal development. The people and places are extraordinary and with my time here (almost 4 years) I have tried to see and visit as many places as I can, for starters I love tapas or small plates, my go to eateries are Dos Santos Tacos, Barcelona Wine Bar, El Five, Adelitas, Welton Street Cafe, Blue Sushi Saki Grill. For drinks the Denver Central Market, 54thirty, Death & Company, Millers and Rossi, and Seven Grand are my favorites. I enjoy Tetra Lounge, Improper city, Recess and Avanti to just chill with friends and enjoy the sunshine. You can’t be in Denver and not visit the Art museum, see a show at one of a ton of music venues (Mission Ballroom and Cervantes are my favorites). We would also be traveling to see some of my favorite places to photograph Mt Evans, the mountain towns of Aspen, Glenwood Springs and Winter park, also having the opportunity to drive through Independence Pass and Guanella Pass would be on the itinerary. The people in Colorado are for the most part amazingly kind, friendly, and welcoming part of the reason I decided to move here, and I am very happy with that decision.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I call them “THE BOYS.” They are a group of guys that early in my journey who all served as of mentors to me. Dustin, Michael, Benji, Martin, Victor. Those guys would stay up with me late at night on FaceTime going over details, they would meet me at 6:00am for mini workshops so I could hone my craft, they would give me hints and tips while letting me accompany them to their own shoots and on set so I could be present, absorb workflows, and be exposed to how things are done in a successful manner when it comes to photography and the creative markets. They would dissect my work and show me perspectives and opinion outside my own, I will be forever grateful to all of them for the support they showed me early in my journey.