Photography is Cooke’s second career. Growing up in Halifax, "I was the guy with the camera," he says. "I'd walk around and talk to people and shoot pictures.” But he never considered it a career. He earned his degree in psychology and human resources and leveraged his flair for computers into a career in information technology, working in the real estate division of Bank of America in Charlotte, North Carolina. With the home mortgage crisis in full swing and a family that was growing, Cooke left his job and he and his wife, Susie, moved back to Nova Scotia in 2010.
He had continued photography as a hobby and discovered the potential of digital photography. Why not use it as a potential earner while looking for his next career move. Cooke chose wedding photography because it entails all genres: portraiture, fashion, photojournalism, food, boudoir, art. "Wedding photography is a perfect place for someone who is starting out to be a jack-of-all-trades and a master of none," he says. "And you will master some along the way and learn what you love."