I GOT MARRIED!

A moment from the wedding of Luke & Erin Copping - By Nickel City Studios

After months of planning, coordinating guests from two countries, and so much anticipation and excitement, Erin and I finally celebrated our wedding on Sunday in Niagara Falls, NY. I couldn’t be happier with how the day turned out and I’m so excited to finally be able to call Erin not just my best friend, but my wife!

So many of our friends pitched in to help us, and we worked with some of the coolest people we know on various parts of the day, including: Ali from Anatomy who designed and handmade Erin’s dress, Shauna Haider of We Are Branch who designed our invites and menus, the guys at Bureau who put my suit together, Alyssa and Rich of Nickel City Studios who created the amazing portrait of the two of us above, Lindsay at The Rapids Theatre, Steve at Rich’s who handled our catering, and Keith Harrington who designed the amazing light mapped wedding cake that was one of the coolest parts of the reception. Thank you so much to everyone who helped us to pull off such an incredible day. And an incredibly special thanks to my cousin Ryan for performing the beautiful ceremony he wrote for us.

We’re both looking forward to sharing more pictures soon, but in the meantime check out this amazing cake!

Erin + Luke’s Cake from Alyssa Mattingly on Vimeo.

THE PIE MAKER: DAMIAN PARKER

Damien Parker, owner and lead creative of Pie Mad and the English Pork Pie Company.

The first thing I learned from Damian Parker is that pies are sexy.

He’s not the only one who thinks so either: Disney, Google, and the US Military are just some of his customers.  The Telegraph named The English Pork Pie Company the Best British Shop in the World three years in a row. Even Gordon Ramsay is a fan of Damian’s products.

Not too bad for an English expat making meat pies in South Buffalo. Continue reading “THE PIE MAKER: DAMIAN PARKER”

DAILIES.3.11.2013

Tom Tubiolo and Devin Caskie visiting Victory Studios

Dailies is a monthly collection of the images I take in my day to day life: casual snaps and test shots of friends and family, unguarded behind the scenes images of my subjects, Polaroids, Instagrams, and documentation of my myriad and sordid adventures. 

A look back at my recent trip to Seattle, mobile images from an assignment with Hero Design, and a rundown on who has been visiting the studio over the last month.

Clockwise from top left:

1. Musician Thomas Tubiolo after we wrapped a shoot developing some new PR and Press images for him.

2. Devin Caskie dropped by the studio with some much appreciated color to help me and my intern out with a small project.

Dailies images of the team from Hero Design

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3. Mark Brickey of Hero Design Studio – I am working on a cool project and creating some images for the awfully talented  team from Hero right now.

4. A more lo-fi look for Mark – sans glasses.

5. Beth Manos Brickey – the other super talented half of Hero and author of one of my favorite food blogs; Tasty Yummies

Dailies from the Ace Hotel in Seattle

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6. Outside of my room at the Ace Hotel in Seattle. I was out west a bit this month for a workshop and to meet up with some friends. This friendly guy greeted me every morning.

7. A colorful take on the lobby at the Ace – I just loved this exceptionally stylish and affordable hotel.

8. Kain Vuong, one of the new friends I made on this trip  –  We initially met up at T5 at JFK and ended up hanging out for most of the weekend since we ended up being on the same flight from NY and staying in the same hotel once we arrived in Seattle.

9. My deer themed room at the Ace – which became quite the office / refuge while I was there.

10. I am usually loathe to post food Instagrams, but these red velvet pancakes were too good for me not to share – and as we all know, the rules don’t apply when it comes to red velvet.

Images from UnWorkshop in Seattle WA

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11. One of the reasons I was in Seattle was to check out the UnWorkshop event that John Keatley was hosting. I ended up making a ton of talented new friends there and learning a ton of new info – both from the other attendees and those that were part of the event,

12. John Keatley – photography badass. Check out his work here.

13. One of the highlights of UnWorkshop was an amazing Mariachi band who showed up un-announced and played some amazing music for us. John certainly knows how to throw a party.

14. Another one of the mariachis rocking out.

15. A small spelling error that became a running joke that became an idea for a brand change. Shauna from Nubbytwiglet.com put it best “Luke Chopping: Photographer  – Blogger – Logger”

Dailies images from Victory Studios

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16. A shot I grabbed of Devin while she was working on some test shots with my intern Lisa.

17. Anna Dominick was visiting Victory studios with her sister Lydia this day, but I will be working on a project with her soon.

18. I don’t think my new intern Lisa was prepared for how friendly Lydia Dominick is. You can see some images I shot of Lydia in a recent issue of The Hockey News’ Fully Loaded Magazine. 

19. Yours truly and Lydia

20. I was really excited to have Leo Chan in the studio for a series of portraits I am working on. Keep an eye out for some of the pictures we shot that day to début on this blog soon.

SELFIES 2.13.2013

Self-Portraits of professional photographer Luke Copping

Last month I launched a new feature on the blog which unveiled the first new self-portrait I have taken in a long time. Despite a general disdain for being on the other side of the camera, I actually had a lot of fun with it and decided that I would turn it into a monthly project – creating a new self-portrait each month this year.  Thus the newest addition to my blog – Selfies- was born. Welcome to the second installment.

This pink backdrop had been sitting in my studio for a few weeks for an upcoming series of shoots and I simply could not resist playing around with it a bit early for one of these portraits, so I broke out the fancy duds, one of my favorite ties, and my new glasses (I love Warby Parker). It is certainly a more formal departure from my usual hoodie/black wool cap/band tee combo that serves as my go-to studio outfit most days in the winter. This is more along the lines of what I rock when going to meetings and those occasions when I need to be a bit dressier. I am planning next month’s portrait already and I might even have a new portrait to share alongside it that a new friend recently made of me. I am really starting to look forward to this new project each month –  stay tuned for more.

DAILIES.2.11.2013

Clockwise from Top Left 1. Kat wearing Black Milk Tights at Reclemation field.   2. Dailies Header  3. Luke Copping Photography Logo  4. Peter Eleey of MoMA PS1

Dailies is a monthly collection of the images I take in my day to day life: casual snaps and test shots of friends and family, unguarded behind the scenes images of my subjects, Polaroids, Instagrams, and documentation of my myriad and sordid adventures. 

This month I am catching up a bit on pictures from the end of 2012 and beginning of 2013

Clockwise from top left

1. Cara at the pier reclamation site in Buffalo, NY

2. Peter Eleey – Curator of MoMA PS1

Clockwise from Top Left:  Anton Kern of Anton Kern Gallery in NYC and German Artist John Bock.   2. Stylist Erin Moser - Out of Focus  3. Paul Judelson of I-20 Gallery in NYC  4. Film Critic and Cultural Essayist for Auxiliary Magazine Adam Rosina

Clockwise from top left:

3. Antony Kern of Anton Kern Gallery and German Artist John Bock at the Albright Knox Gallery’s 150th anniversary.

4. Hairstylist Erin Moser  – Outdoors and out of focus.

5. Paul Judelson of I-20 Gallery

6. Adam Rosina, Film critic and essayist for Auxiliary Magazine

Clockwise from Top Left:  1. Roller Derby Coach Tristan Lambright   2. Designer and Dressmaker Ali Eagan of Anatomy  3. Kate O'Connor

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7. Roller Derby coach Tristan Lambright

8. Designer and dressmaker Ali Eagan on the roof of the Hotel Lafayette in Buffalo, NY

9. Model Kate O’Connor

Clockwise from Top Left:  1. Erin Moser - Hairstylist  2. Lex - Model  3. Bruce And Dianne Jackson  4. Al Lutes.

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10. An Instagram portrait of stylist Erin Moser taken at Victory Studios

11. Model Alexis Nicole visiting the studio.

12. Filmmaker/photographer Bruce Jackson and Dianne Christian

13. Al Lutes at Wellington Farms in Niagara On the Lake, ON

Members of the Nickel City Knockouts Derby Team. - Buffalo, NY

14. Members of the Nickel City Knockouts, a championship roller derby team from Western NY.

Kathryn Jakubowski's Winning Designs

Images from Kathryn Jakowbowski's winning student collection

Back in April I served as one of the judges for BSC’s Runway 5.0 event, an extravagantly produced demonstration of student designs from the school’s Fashion Technology program. Organized by Erin Habes, the event grows in scope every year and It was fantastic to be involved with it again. One of the highlights of the event is the unveiling of the senior collections that the students spend months developing – and the prizes for the winner this year included scholarships for them to further their education as well as an opportunity to have their winning collection photographed. This is one of my favorite community events that I donate time to every year because of the immense efforts the students from this school put into their creations for the judging panel, which this year included myself as well as industry leaders from companies like New Era, Victoria’s Secret, Aeropostale, and more.

The very deserving winner this year was Kathryn Jakubowski, a senior designer whose  collection was a favorite among the judges, which is impressive given the tough competition she was up against from some of the other students. These are just a few of the images that I am working on for Kathryn, who also received a $2000 scholarship and is now interning with Ali Eagen from Made by Anatomy as she furthers her design education. Congratulations Kathryn!.

Images from Kathryn Jakowbowski's winning student collection

Required Reading 4.13.2012

Erin Habes and Joseph Incao

Required Reading is a weekly listing of all the bits of visual inspiration, cool videos, news, hip links, and miscellaneous information that rattles my head during the week. The stuff that’s worth bookmarking and gets my brain-juices flowing.

Above: Fashion writer, stylist, educator, and event producer Erin Habes and former Prada VP Joseph Incao at Victory Studios in March styling one of my productions. 


 

I picked up a new book this week called Design is a Job by Mike Monteiro from Mule Design. You might remember Mike’s popular Creative Morning’s video F*ck you. Pay Me. Though the book mainly targets designers, so many of the points it makes are universal and applicable to photographers, film makers, and creatives of all stripes. This book is a must read for creatives who have ever found themselves dealing with feelings of guilt or insecurity about what they charge their clients. You might need to abstract some of the specific ideas to make them apply to your particular field – but this short, entertaining, and informative read has kept me hooked  all day.

What ever happened to the days of making something you cared about and that other people found interesting? | How To Get More Likes On Facebook

Ze Frank is back with a call to action for all those who are just beginning or beginning again, sometimes a big dose of positive thought and the acceptance the reality isn’t as bad as we sometimes think it can be is all you need to find a reinvigorating manifesto and start kicking some ass. I have watched this every morning this week.

Although I feel a little bad for laughing at some of the posts where people just don’t have a handle on Facebook, the sheer insanity that can pop up on this site keeps me coming back when I need to kill a few minutes with some laughter. | Old People Writing on A Restaurants Facebook Page

Insights and laughs from one of my favorite comic minds; John Cleese, on being creative and living a creative life. | Five Factors to Make Your Life More Creative

100 years of the fascinating aesthetics, dreams, interpretations, and hopes of the Russian Space Craze – Both real and imagined. 

The Chuck close video is great, but the line later in the post about not cord sourcing your decisions is much-needed advice for those seeking constant and instant social media acceptance of their creative endeavors. | Lessons From Chuck Close

Common Structures

The rooftop stairs at the studio during a rainstorm

Everything looks more interesting in the rain.

Now that spring is here the rainy season has officially started and everyday structures have started looking a lot more interesting to me. Above are the stairs up to the roof at Victory Studios, which opens up to one of the best views in the city. Below is the sinister looking gazebo belonging to the apartment complex across the street from my house.

The Gazebo across the street from my house