Jane Copeland

Besides holding the title of Corporate Secretary for Neil Copeland Photography, Inc., Jane also has the distinction of being married to Neil for over 40 years, an accomplishment that, in and of itself alone, should merit both praise and sympathy from friends and family.  🙂

Jane has worked with Neil through the various incarnations of his photography business, from the part time days during college, the wildly crazy busy days in the 80’s and 90’s, to the more laid back version of today’s business. Through it all, she has been the rock solid influence that has helped keep the business on a steady course as she continues to maintain the support roles she has played throughout the years.

Jane grew up in the village of New Holland (just outside Gainesville, GA) where she played on the basketball teams there and at East Hall High School. After graduating, Jane studied for and earned her Master Cosmetologist’s licence, working in that field for a few years until family moves due to the military and college studies got in the way of maintaining that career.

Over the years, she worked in a variety of business operations, with one of her favorites being Cash Control Supervisor with the Gulf Oil Company credit card division in Atlanta, GA. When that business merged with Chevron Oil in a hostile takeover in 1984, she declined an offered position with the new company in San Francisco and began working in the DeKalb County School system as assistant manager and later manager of the lunchroom operation at Rainbow Elementary School. After moving to Lula, Georgia in 1994, she began work with her sister, Sandra Griffin, at the Double D Burger in the “Rabbit Town” area of Gainesville, GA. She continues to work there as head cashier for her nephew and current owner, Gary Griffin, when she’s not working with Neil on one of his T&I sports or event sessions. When working with Neil, she runs the sales order table and handles cashier duties as well as answering questions and directing customers to keep a smooth operation on Picture Day. Jane also assists Neil with quality control in the printing and packaging of finished sports photo sets in the lab.

Jane and Neil, who live in the Lula, GA area, have been married for over 43 years and have one son, Brett, who also has worked in the business for a number of years and currently helps out on a part time basis.

By the way, the profile photo of Jane above is a digital painting made by my friend Victoria Sutherland of Carrollton, GA from photos I made to commemorate Jane’s birthday – Neil

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