Runway

Runway 5.0 final

Posters that were created for the BSC annual fashion event Runway РA showcase of student fashion design and textile arts. Erin Habes has done an amazing job producing this show year after year for some very talented students, often with the help of top minds in the fashion industry who donate their time to this event for the students. Each production tops the last in scope and ambition. Many of the students involved in the program were actually in studio during this shoot to observe the production of these images Рso in addition to the styling/production team and talent it made for a crowded but fun set.

Runway 5.0 final

Special thanks to the team at Block Club for the poster design, all the students involved, the whole production team, and Erin Habes and Joseph Incao (Former Senior VP of Prada Retail Operations) for styling these images.

original images from the BSC Fashion Event posters

A Dozen Pink Baloons – Quick Cuts

Nick Butlak Photographed by Luke Copping

I have been continuing my collaboration with artist Nick Butlak that we stared on a few months ago. This collection of images is from our second session shooting together, its comprised of the some shots taken in a more natural setting but still juxtaposed against his use of man made and artificial materials combined with strong, candy tinted colors. The balloons on this shoot were a force to be reckoned with. It was a slightly more windy day than we had anticipated, and by slightly more windy, I meant that Nick was being dragged too and from by the balloons for the duration of the shoot. Even I was getting knocked around by them. We learned to be very conscious of the wind direction very quickly.

Nick Butlak Photographed by Luke Copping

Other than the wind though, we were lucky to have absolutely gorgeous light and scenery on that afternoon to serve as a backdrop for Nick. These images will be for a number of promotional purposes and as part of the modeling/performance side of Nick’s artistic endeavors.

Nick Butlak Photographed by Luke Copping

Mark Miller

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Images are a powerful factor in how we form our impressions and opinions on things, especially in regards to people. And this is doubly true in the image conscious worlds of  music, fashion, style, and art, where often times an individual is not just the defining force behind their own brand, but the brand itself. Changing your image can be a tricky thing and often polarize others opinions about you, even if that change is a natural growth that happens organically. Enter Mark, a friend of mine for years, Mark is a musician and well known concert promoter in the northeast, especially in the Western NY area. Already a polarizing figure, his years playing in hard rock bands, and bringing some of the best niche acts in the punk, hardcore, and rockabilly scenes to the area gave him a reputation that was inexorably linked to the rock genre and lifestyle, It seemed that Mark, occasionally known as Mad Dog, was a long haired fixture of the rock scene in Buffalo.

But when Mark contacted me about creating images for his new musical project, a departure from previous acts and ventures that boldly moves away from his rock roots, we decided to start crafting images that, much like his music, moved in different directions than he had been working towards in the past. It was important to create images that were simply about him, and to move away from alot of the artifice and overproduction that is often utilized in music photography today. These shots are meant to reintroduce him to his audience as a more cerebral and lyrically versatile musician that they can connect with, rather than the very physical and wild persona he had performed under for years.

The Blog is Back Baby!

Welcome to the new blog here at lukecopping.com. Its been a hectic month completing the first part of an ongoing rebranding project. We have a new portfolio site up and running and are finally working on the new version of the print portfolio. Additionally I have been working furiously over the last two weeks to bind the 30 handmade books that are going to be shipped out before the end of the month as one of my larger promotional campaigns for the year. I plan on making quite a few more versions of this as the months go on, using a variety of techniques to evolve the project as I send out new rounds of promos.

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