About Sports and Event Photography

Neil Copeland Photography, Inc. is a family owned business that has been in continuous operation since the mid-1970’s, first as MNC PhotoGraphics, then MNC PhotoWorks, later as Neil Copeland Photography, and finally, after incorporating in 1994, as Neil Copeland Photography, Inc.

We began to concentrate on Team & Individual Sports and Event photography in the mid-1980’s, transitioning from film into digital photography in 1999.  Since there were very few professional labs at the time that could process high volume digital image packages, we purchased and began operating our own printing lab in 2001.  We did that so we could control our production quality and service times.  We utilized a few quality vendors for some of the specialty items we offer, but the majority of photographic prints and packages were custom printed in our own digital lab.  We also processed and printed work for other sports photography companies for many years at Lightbender Digital Pro Lab in Lula.  Since that time, many other labs have come online that could more efficiently handle this work, so we closed down Lightbender Lab in the summer of 2012 to concentrate more on photography and less on making our own prints.  

Because of our expertise and new digital printing technology, we also developed the capability to provide digital prints at on-site events such as Proms, Daddy-Daughter dances, Family and Class reunions, and similar events, both shooting and printing at the event so participants can take high quality images home with them the same day.

We have a wealth of photographic training and experience behind us (see About the Crew for details), and most of our staff, many of whom are family members, have worked with us for anywhere between five and twenty years.  Since we have specialized in T&I Sports and Event photography for over 25 years, we’ve developed the specialty equipment and logistical systems to efficiently organize a Photo Day session.  We have the know-how to get the job done well, whether we are shooting from one to a hundred youth league teams a day or a hundred couples at a dance. We specialize in portrait package and group photography, and we’re good at what we do.  

During the fall sports season, for instance, we provide a portable solution to shooting big football teams and marching bands with our trailer mounted group posing risers.  We have two different size units, one for high school size teams (that is also used by the Atlanta Falcons for their official team photo and has been used by other NFL teams at a couple of  Super Bowls), and a smaller unit for youth league size teams.  These trailer sets can be placed in any convenient location, with setup and breakdown taking only a few minutes.  These are much better alternatives to the standard sit down shots you see taken in regular stadium seats.

Neil Copeland Photography, Inc. has provided photo services to a number of organizations over the years, ranging in size from small school booster clubs to large regional and municipal recreation departments.  We are happy to handle the one or two team organizations as well as the big ones and you’ll get the same great service and products with either.  We have recently begun providing action sports photography services to select clients and may expand on that in the future.  Between sports seasons, we provide other photographic services shooting portraits, some commercial work, and even shoot a few weddings every now and then.

Be sure to check out the galleries for examples of our work and use the Contact Us link to send us any messages, questions, comments and scheduling requests.  We’ll be happy to add you to our list of satisfied clients.