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Mar 17, 2007

About Me

I rarely check this site and have noticed I do not receive emails notifying me that I have messages, so I am sorry for the delay of my response. Normally the best way to get a hold of my is through email, myspace or phone.

A little bit about me, before you consider hiring me:
I think everyone is born with a purpose...something engraved on our soul, our destiny.

Being a photographer is more than simply a career choice, for me. It is MY purpose, MY destiny. I began to realize this when my beautiful son was born. As I documented his life with photos, a passion for photography grew inside me. I carried my camera with me everywhere; it became a part of me, my third eye.

Nothing could stop this desire of taking pictures and learning about photography.  I noticed that every day, the passion engulfed me more than the day before. As time went by, I explored my new life,  learning and growing as an artist. Self taught, and being a super emotion woman and mother has defined my style as something very unique. I tend to capture seconds in time that most photographers may miss.  I pride myself in giving you pictures that  you look at years later and are brought right back to that moment in time and feel that same emotion. Just as if you were there all over again.

I shoot a wide variety of styles, pretty much everything that allows me to be behind the lens. Call me modern, traditional, photo journalistic, personal or emotional, but I have never been one for labels. I think out of the box and I am truly one of a kind. I know that everyone has his or her's own personality and its my job to capture it. I do one thing and one thing only, I capture YOU.

Being a photographer is nothing short of amazing.  I also have this very rare opportunity to get a glimpse into total strangers lives, and I feel completely honored.  It fulfills me in a way that nothing else could.

Thank you for taking the time to read about me but enough about me, it's really all about you. How can I help you make today last forever?

Please give me a call with ANY questions or concerns.

You can find me on myspace at

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Member of the PPA (Professional Photographers of America)
Member of the APPG (Acadiana Professional Photographers Guild)

Attended the National Tots 2 Teens Tour by Sandy Puc' 09
Attended the National Photography Essentials Seminar by Michael Redford 09
Attended the Digital WakeUp Call Tour 2009 by David Ziser
Voted in the top 3 Processional Photographers in Acadiana by votes in The Times of Acadiana's Best of Edition 2009
Participated in Great Strides walk to benefit the National Cystic Fibrosis Foundation with the Acadiana Professional Photographer of Acadiana
Published in multiple books and albums for the International Society of Photographers Hall of Fame
Earn the distinguished Editor's Choice Award with the International Society of Photographers Hall of Fame
Attended The Photography Essentials & Way Beyond Portrait Seminar Tour 2009 w/ Michael Redford
Member of the Nationwide WeDJ
Cover of Acadiana Parent Dec 2005 issue
Cd cover and all print material for Chubby Carrier And The Bayou Swamp Band
Cd cover and all print material for Annie Firmin
BARE Collection featured in March 2009's Art Walk
3 state winners in the National Charity Model Search for Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep
A member of Sam's World University
A member and customer of the best printing lab in the country, Miller's Professional Imaging
Freelance for many print ads
Several published works for The Imagination Movers
2 Finalists Photos on
21 Editor Picks on
1 winning photo on
2 Hooter Feature Girl of the Month
Gold Member on
Promotional works for Evangeline Downs
Resident Photographer at Sadie's Nightclub
Model Mayhem #364514

I can't say enough great things about Amy! As one of the semi-nude line models, she couldn't have made it more comfortable for me. Amy is very professional and extremely personable. She has taken wonderful pictures of my son and me and she seems to be able to capture moments that everyone would have missed if they had blinked. She's the only photographer for me!!

Hi Amy I know you don't know me I'm a semi-retired (not by choice) photographer from here in Acadiana. Just a very brief background, I was in business for 30+ years and held many offices in professional photography organizations including serving as President of the Professional Photographers of Louisiana. In 2006 I had to close my studio in Abbeville as a result of Hurricane Rita the previous year.

I mention all of this not as a brag but rather for you to see that I have been around some VERY good photographs for over 30 years. I had not heard of you until the last few days and thus looked up your My Space. So please accept what I am going to say from someone who knows and had been around. Your photography is some of the best I have seen anywhere! With only 5 years under your belt I'm amazed! Beside Kirk Voclain of Houma, I have not seen such raw talent in a long long time. I congratulate you on your work and hope to enjoy it for some time to come.

I see that you are going to some seminars, that is good, continuing education is always a good thing. Just be wary of what some of the speakers promote. Like I said I have been there and seen allot. I might encourage you to join Pro4Um. Which is Kirk Voclain's baby. It is devoted exclusively to professional photographers and I have found that the the majority of the photographers on his site are at least 5 or more years in advance of the rest of the industry. Sandy is one of his members and contributes to the site often.

Again enjoyed looking at your My Space and am humbled at your art!

Bryan Stephen
Professional Photographer
Fan of my work


I know I sent you a private message about Christen's pictures but I want the world to know that you captured so many emotions out of her and we've started adding to the cart to buy many people want them but the pictures at her grandfather's grave will live in my heart forever....she was not was just her raw emotions. TRULY fabulous on the entire day. I recommended another person to you today....wish I had a sign over my desk... AMY COPELAND ....PHOTOGRAPHER!!! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!! My landscaper was here today and he looked at the pics and got all choked up!!! Thought they were all beautiful!!!

Awesome pics, Amy!!!

Penny Smith
Opelousas, La
Mother of the bride (session- Engagement, Bridal, Boudoir, Wedding

Dear Amy,

Thank you so much for doing my pictures. They came out great and i really love them. You made me feel completely comfortable and that made the whole experience so much better. If i ever need pictures done for anything you are the only person that I want to go to. I'll be sure to reccomend you to all of my friends and family. Thanks again.

Megan Balfer
Sessions- Senior of Comeaux High School 2009


Ok, I just decided why I like your work. Sure you take a great picture, that's a given, and you're awesome at photoshop.

But looking at this collection, I really feel you go out of your way to make a girl feel beautiful. You have traditional "portraiture" shots mixed with candids as well as scenes you normally wouldn't see in a collection such as this.

You give a great variety and your subject always seems genually happy and, especially in this set of photographs, your subject feel's pretty. Really, I feel her emitting that vibe and happiness and that "I'm a princess" feeling.

Just thought I'd share. Have a great day!

Friend of a customer 2008- 2009
Fan of my work



Over the past few years, you have photographed me and my family many times. I have watched you grow and blossom in this field, and have always been impressed with your natural talent. But when you came to New Orleans to shoot my wedding a few weeks ago, I was blown away. My new husband and I (how weird does that sound, huh?) sat down to look at your pictures, and we were stunned! Your photos completely took my breath away. As I scrolled through the pics, I was honestly speechless (and you know that RARELY EVER happens!) You managed to capture every intimate and important moment that will take me back to that very day and that very minute each time I look at them for years to come. You gave me the kind of pictures that I could have only hoped for. Not only did I cry as I looked at my photos, but I also cried writing this! I am so grateful to you for taking so many family pics over the years, and our wonderful engagement pics, but I will treasure these wedding photos for so many years to come. I know I am rambling by now, but I absolutely cannot say enough about these photos. You are the best! You rock out loud! Than k you for making my wedding memories come alive for me and everyone who sees these photos. We love you!!!!

Christi and Mike
Session- Family, Halloween Portraits, Engagement, Birthday Party Coverage, Wedding 2005- 2009



We cannot express how much your work at our daughter Mandi's weding exceeded our expectations. From the very beginning, we felt like you were family. You made us all feel so comfortable , like we had known you forever. Your work far surpassed what we even imagined. You went far and beyond anything we expected. You truly captured 'priceless' moments that will forever be precious memories to us and our family.I love the ones that are not posed, but real. The tears, the laughter, the 'raw' emotion. I don't know if there is anything else you could have done to make this day any better. You truly are one of a kind.

Your work is definitely a piece of art!

Ken and Connie Holloway Mother of the bride
Session- Wedding 2009

Amy- thanks again for ALL you did... I am sooooo pleased!



When I first shot with you, A my, I had no idea the vision and capabilities you posess.Your benevolant spirit captures the essense of photographer ,artist and woman alike. I's always a pleasure to work with someone who can see the end result so clearly throughout the entire creative process. Thanks for the opportunity to work with a good setting and excellent photographer

Best Wishes!

Session- Suicide Girls Spread 2008



I just wanted to express how much I appreciate you shooting my whole reception! You did an outstanding job, I can't believe how great the pictures have turned out! You are absolutely amazing! Everyone that has seen them, has said wonderful things. I can't express my gratitude enough! With you and Tony as a team, it has left me completely breathless! Thank you yet again, by the way my little one was absolutely taken with you.

You do a fantastic job, I'm so greatful that you stepped in. You helped make the reception one to remember, literally I will be able to remember it know since I have pictures!!

Anywho, thank you so much for everything I really do appreciate it! You guys are the best!

Sessions- Wedding 2008 Reception (hired on the spot while shooting an advertisement for her DJ)


I can't say enough great things about Amy! As one of the semi-nude line models, she couldn't have made it more comfortable for me. Amy is very professional and extremely personable. She has taken wonderful pictures of my son and me and she seems to be able to capture moments that everyone would have missed if they had blinked. She's the only photographer for me!!


Session- Family, Child, Model for gallery show


Dear Amy,

Your thoughtfulness touched the heart. God Bless You.

I just wanted to thank you for all your hard work and the wonderful job you did taking pictures for us. I appreciate you coming to our home and being so patient with Jesse. You were so wonderful despite Jesse not feeling well and I want you to know it meant allot to me.

You are a sweet person and I admire your kindness and talent. The pictures you took were awesome and I will treasure them always. Thanks for your time and a job well done!!

Laurie, Monty and Jesse March 07
Session- Newborn and Family 2008

Modeling my first real photo shoot was a wonderful experience because of you. Considering the circumstances should have been nervous. I've never felt more comfortable with people just met for the first time. Within one day of our first meeting I already became fondly impressed with each of you.

Amy, your capabilities are better than you assess and limited only by your interest, not by other critics. You are passionate, capable, and hard-working; a very powerful combination that guarantees your success. You are your toughest critic. You just need to let yourself unfold and grow. I had a great time with you last night and am proud to be your new friend.

Cully Sessions- Model 2007


I just wanted to write and tell you how much I truly appreciate you taking the time for the photo shoot today. The pictures turned out absolutely beautiful. I never imagined that the pictures would be so great. But we both absolutely love them.

Blake and I are really excited to have these pictures and we're even more excited to be able to share them with everyone else. The pictures are absolutely perfect. I love how you always took advantage of when he and I would have our little lovey dovey moments and you would get shots of it. We have some absolutely adorable shots of he and I kissing that we both just love. My favorite shot of him is the one on the stairs. It's so SEXY! And my favorite ones of us together are...well there's just too many to decide; but I really love the one where we're in the empty cement pond. The angle of that shot was so cool.

Anyway, sorry for all the gibber-jabber. I just really wanted to say thanks for your time and talent. You did an absolutely wonderful job and I would recommend anyone I know to you. Thanks so much for today. Blake and I both agreed that it was the best day we've ever spent together. Thanks for everything.

Keep In Touch, Seth Session- Couple 2008


First and foremost you are an amazing woman and photographer. Second you may not have been pleased with the family shoot you did for me, but I was. There were so many wonderful shots you got. Second you are a wonderful photographer to work with. I love your vision. You know what you are looking for and strive to achieve it. I can't tell you how pleased I am with the family shots and the shots I have gotten to see so far of our shoot the other day. I can't wait to see your work where it belongs, for everyone to appreciate and enjoy. I know that anyone who has a chance to have you shoot them will be very pleased with the results. Thank you so much.

Sessions- Mode for my gallery showing, family, children


I first wanted to thank you for working with me yesterday. I als o wanted to say that i love the pictures and i am excited o see the rest.Thanks again for all that you did for me.

Session- Model w/ headshots


I LOVE THEM! I LOVE THEM! I LOVE THEM! We had such a good time. Emily is still talking about you! She had a blast.

Nicole and Family
Sessions- 2 Princess Tea Party, Family, Easter Portraits 2006-2009
Partner w/ me for my Princess Tea Party


Your work is personal, intimate, a little sexy, family oriented, heart felt, and classy. I love your work. You shoot the same things I do and still want to shoot. Kudos for your great work. But, If I can read one thing from your images..... this isn't work for you.....It's your passion. You are your photography. You capture the moments that are special in your own life as well.Keep up the great images. You're great!!!!

Lydia Kyle
Professional Photographer
Fan of my work

Amy you are a fantastic photographer first and foremost! I had a fantastic time and was completely relaxed and comfortable which I was surprised since it was the first time for me. I was very pleased with the photos and I think my boyfriend will love them also when he receives them for Christmas!! I did show him a couple of them and he was floored by them so I can only imagine what his reaction is going to be with the rest of them. I also shared them (of course more of them) with a friend of mine and she was very impressed with how you captured me!! She said you made me look absoulutely beautiful and she loved the way you caputered the light dancing across me (as she put it). I am so looking forward to the next shoot in December! Although that shoot will be completely different I know it will turn out just as fantastic!! Once again thank you for a great photo session and for photos that I am actually proud of for the first time!!

Session- Boudoir 2008


U know I have to say....I took pictures with another photographer and I didn't really feel all that comfortable with him. And you know me I can usually adjust to anything. Nope! No him! I don't find that I had many pictures that looked all that good. I wanted to tell you thank you because U do such a great job! ttyl!

Sessions- Hooters Feature Girl, Hooters National Calender, Model for my gallery showings 2007- 2009


Amy did a family shoot for us around Easter 2007. My son was 9 moths old at the time and we were a little worried about how he would handle it. Amy was so kind and patient working with us that he smiled almost every shot. The prints of course turned out beautifully. Her style is way better than sitting in a boring studio setting with no stimulation. I will absolutely use he again!

Stephanie and Harris
Sessions- Family, 9 Portraits 2007



We all feel the same way about you and what a wonderful job you do. You are truly gifted in working with people. Thank you so much for your kind gift to us. We will be seeing you next year for our family photo's. Merry Christmas Amy.

Mother of a client
Session- Family Christmas Portraits 2007


Oober thanks to you Amy for your spunk and personality and Love and for just being so wonderfully you!!! Olivia had a blast today! She felt like a princess.

***You were wonderful!***

I am INSPIRED by your ART!!! You are amazing!!! I can't get enough!!!! Shes her and you captured Olivia! In all her likeness and spunk....I feel her energy in every shot!!!

Session- Child Christmas Portraits 2007


It is refreshing to see portraits done in such a beautiful and genuinely artistic manner. So many photographers claim to have this ability. You are on of the few who actually does. A genuine pleasure to look at your work. Thank You.

Sessions- Model for my gallery shows, Event Birthday Party Coverage 2008

I just wanted you to know how much i appreciate you. The pictures mean allot to me because I can never look at myself and actually see something beautiful. you are a great friend and just the fact that you took those pictures and did what you did means more to me than you can ever imagine. You are such a great person.

Sessions- Best Friend Portraits, Individual Portraits 2007- 2008

OH my GOSH!!! I love them. Love is actually an understatement. You are now going to do all my pictures in the future... lol.. I can't explain how much I like the pictures.. Your work is absolutely incredible!!!! I have never been more pleased than I am now. The story boards are AWESOME. I love the one with her jumping. You captured a moment in time that I will never forget. A memory on the wall.. AWESOME!!!

Melissa and Paige Keller
Child and family portrait customer 2008


OMG!! I love these pictures. i can't wait to see the rest of them. i don't even know if I want to take my braces out b/c you can hardly even tell... i loveeeeee youuuuuu soooooo muchhhhhh...

Holly Wooten
Session- Senior Portrait Senior at AHS (Acadiana High School 2008
Venue used for Easter Portraits 2008 with live easter lambs and bunnies


Amy, I just don’t know where to begin to THANK YOU! Our situation was quite rare with us needing your service the next day! We called on you and despite us being total strangers, with no hesitation you gave us a go!

Harold and I are very shy individuals but you managed to make us feel very comfortable. Your personality is truly one of a kind and anyone who you encounter has no choice but to love you!

Once we left the shoot, we could not stop talking about how awesome you were!!! After viewing the pictures…. OMG! We were in complete AWWWHHHH!! I mean the pictures are just beautiful!!! U did an absolutely amazing job!!! You are definitely remarkable at Photography as well as working with people! We look forward to working with you in the future! You have not seen the last of us!!! Thanks again for the memorable experience!!!

Thanks girlie!!

Harold and LaToya!!
Session- Engagement 2008


Hey Amy,

i was looking at your new pictures and I saw a comment from someone about how you make people feel so good about themselves and i agree fully. you have an amazing talent your pictures are gorgeous and i know how good you must make people feel about themselves through those pictures. just wanted to give some positive feedback, even though i'm sure you get a TON of that already.

Fan of my work

P.S. my sister is a photography major at selu and i showed her your pictures and she started crying. she wants to be that good one day. she wants to make people feel that way through her work. you were are huge inspiration for her.

Hello, Amy, this is Sue Hawthorne from Anahuac, Texas and I wanted to commend you on the photos you took at my daughter Bryn's reception on Sept. 27.

You captured some wonderful moments as well as some very humorous glimpses into the special event!

Family who live in Michigan and couldn't make it down to the wedding are having a great time, going thru your many, many photos.

I especially appreciated how you let Evan help you as you were setting up and how you made him feel so special. Your laid back attitude helped us as we became more tense, getting ready for the big event and I thank you for that!

Good luck with your photography talent!

Love, Sue Hawthorne
Mother of the bride
Session- Wedding in Anawack, Tx 2008


Amy is one of the nicest people I know. She worked hard for our wedding. Her many pictures she took were awesome. She is partial to small children and exclusive on candid shots. Her prices are very reasonable. Thank you Amy for being our friend and our photographer.

Janel and Dale Menard
Session- Wedding customer 2008