My name is Luke Copping, and I'm a Buffalo NY based commercial and editorial portrait photographer.
I grew up in Canada but now live in Buffalo with my wife and kids. We love it here, and a lot of my photography focuses on the makers and doers who are busting their asses to make this Rust Belt city thrive again — I'm grateful that I get to be a part of telling that story.
I’m allergic to cats and boredom — being a photographer is a good cure for the second one because I get to tell a different story every day.
I create images and headshots for advertising agencies, magazines, and corporate clients across the US, Canada, and Europe — my portraits capture the vision, drive, and struggle of leaders, competitors, and driven underdogs.
Even though I went to a great school and have had some fantastic mentors, I like to tell people I learned everything I know about photography during a training montage (queue the inspiring synthwave...)
If you're ever in Buffalo, I'll take you to the super-secret wing spots locals go to.
I love black licorice, baking bread, reading horror novels, cycling, collecting fountain pens, exploring my local food scene, and taking aimless late-night drives.
I adore travel and will happily fly across the country/planet to make an image or two.
I'm scared of dolls.
I believe that portrait photography is more than just a technical exercise, and is instead a synthesis of vision, moment, and process that illustrates and amplifies something about the subject that is usually unseen.
I have the same birthday as Louis Daguerre..
The New York Times
Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Southwest Airlines Magazine
The Martin Group
Luxe Interiors + Design
Seneca Nation of Indians
The Chris Long Foundation
Wells Fargo Bank
2022 American Photography 38 - Messy Food - Spaghetti
2021 One Eyeland Awards Bronze - Messy Food
2021 One Eyeland Awards - Michael Mararian
2020 One Eyeland Awards - David Brugh of Crockett and Co.
2019 One Eyeland Awards - Tom Moriarty of Moriarty Meats
2018 One Eyeland Awards - War of 1812 Reenactor
2018 One Eyeland Awards - Michael Polczkalski
2018 One Eyeland Awards - Philip Brunner
2018 One Eyeland Awards - Edreys Wajed
2017 One Eyeland Awards - Elliott Douglas For Bureau
2017 One Eyeland Awards - Mickey Harmon
2016 NAMPA Best Cover Photo with Forever Young Magazine - Elaine Pyne
2016 Society of Publication Designers Merit Award Winner with EatingWell Magazine - Gimme Coffee
2015 One Eyeland Awards - Guy William Gane III
2015 One Eyeland Awards - Birch
2015 Folio Eddie Awards finalist with Shutterbug Magazine - Birch
2015 American Society of Media Photographers Annual Best Of - Rescue Dogs
2011 American Society of Media Photographers Annual Best Of - Pigment.