— John Copeland a top Las Vegas Photographer for Glamour Boudoir and Fitness —
My name is John Copeland and I specialize in shooting Fitness, Glamour and Boudoir and am one of the Top Photographers in Las Vegas. I started with photography at age 18 while a soldier in Vietnam and have been photographing women of all ages, shapes and sizes as my only “work” since 1978. I worked as a Staff Photographer for the US edition of Penthouse magazine during its biggest years from 1978 to 1984 and on the staff of the German edition of Penthouse 1981–1985 and on staff of German Playboy magazine from 1985 through most of 1987. During that time I shot hundreds of magazine layouts, centerfolds and covers for the International Men’s Magazine market including the American and International editions of Penthouse and centerfolds, pictorials and covers for German Playboy.
In 1984 I moved to Munich Germany to work as the staff photographer for the German edition of Penthouse magazine until leaving to work for the German Playboy in 1986. In 1987 I married my beautiful and talented wife, Christiné, who had been the studio assistant at Penthouse and my makeup artist and hair stylist while producing layouts for the German Playboy.
In November of 1987 we moved back to Los Angeles and set up a commercial photo studio on La Brea Avenue just south of Hollywood. I began producing my own centerfold layouts and syndicating them to magazines around the world. It was a great time for this. Models were readily available and I had many connections for selling limited and specific rights to many different men’s magazines in different countries and languages around the world. We also did many actor’s and model’s headshots, portfolios, and portraits of all types as well as commercial jobs. We worked with PR companies and found ourselves also doing a lot of Southern California business women. We would do business “portrait” shoots for their professional use, and then Christiné would give them a glamorous look and I would photograph them as if they were celebrities or models….. something wild and glamorous just for their personal use. It was a lot of fun for us and the clients loved the experience. We never expected that these “Make-Over Shoots” would become the large part of our work that it is today.
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