Photo Brigade Podcast #121 with Luke Copping

By Robert Caplin

Luke CoppingLuke Copping is a commercial and editorial photographer from Buffalo, NY. He creates portraits of people and animals for advertising, magazine, and corporate clients across the US and Canada. His subjects have ranged from corporate innovators to counterculture rebels, and his work has been used by clients such as Forbes Magazine, Golf Digest, NBC Sports, Popular Science, The Monocle, The Guardian, Thomson Reuters, Alternative Press, EatingWell. and many more. The majority of his personal work documents the artisans and small business owners who are working to revitalize the Rust Belt – specifically Buffalo. Alongside Shauna Haider and Paul Jarvis, Luke is also one of the creators of Project Prescription for Photographers. This collection of digital documents, checklists, and processes enables photographers to streamline their workflow with a “tried-and-true” blueprint for landing, handling, and pleasing clients from start to finish. Offering a comprehensive workflow system and customizable documents for photographers, Project Prescription eliminates much of the guesswork that comes with incorporating sound business practices into one’s freelance work. Dedicated to helping other photographers operate sustainable businesses, Luke is a long time member of the American Society of Media Photographers and currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the organizations National Board of Directors.


On this episode I chat with Buffalo-based editorial and commercial Luke Copping about his career and business sense while serving on the national board of ASMP and juggling his many clients. We talk about his charitable work taking pictures of adoptable pit bulls from a local rescue shelter, look at his work, and much more. Sit back, relax, and enjoy this episode of The Photo Brigade Podcast.

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Robert CaplinAbout the writer: Robert Caplin is an editorial and commercial photographer based in Manhattan who specializes in documentary, travel, celebrities, portraiture, and events. He’s a regular contributor to The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and The Wall Street Journal and his work has been published in National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, and Newsweek. His clients include individuals such as Justin Bieber, Tiki Barber, and Victoria Justice and organizations such as The International Emmy’s, Abercrombie & Fitch, and American Electric Power. His photographs were honored at the 2010 Clio Awards for advertising, and HarperCollins published his long-term documentary as part of Justin Bieber’s New York Times Bestselling visual autobiography, First Step 2 Forever, which has sold over a million copies in 25 languages.

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