Cooper James was born and raised in Tucson Arizona, which is somewhat unremarkable. He worked at the Tucson PBS station, Arizona Public Media, for five years, where he won an Innovation and Excellence Award and an Emmy© Award from the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of NATAS for his film work, which is slightly more remarkable, considering it was all while wearing pants some would consider "unreasonably tight."
Cooper graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Film and Television Production. There he shot several short films that have gone on to screen at Film Festivals including the Palms Springs International FF, Arizona International FF and the Napa FF. He won the I Dream in Widescreen Certificate for Cinematography.
Cooper works as a freelance Cinematographer, he is also a headshot photographer. When he's not behind the camera, Cooper is an avid snowboarder and rollerblader (it’s like skateboarding, but not as cool).