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 create portraits 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.
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.
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 synth music...)
If you're ever in Buffalo, I'll take you to the super-secret wing spots locals go to. And when you get bored of wings, I'll show you how this city really eats.
I love black licorice, baking bread, reading horror novels, collecting fountain pens, exploring Buffalo's 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 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
Chef Darian Bryan
2022 American Photography 38
2022 WNY Addys — Silver
2021 One Eyeland Awards – Bronze
2020 One Eyeland Awards
2019 One Eyeland Awards
2018 One Eyeland Awards
2017 One Eyeland Awards
2016 NAMPA Best Cover Photo with Forever Young Magazine
2016 Society of Publication Designers Merit Award Winner with EatingWell Magazine
2015 One Eyeland Awards
2015 Folio Eddie Awards finalist with Shutterbug Magazine
2015 American Society of Media Photographers Annual Best Of
2011 American Society of Media Photographers Annual Best Of