Michael Cooper is an award-winning commercial photographer with an acute eye for lighting, detail and composition. His assignments vary from ad campaigns to industrial environmental portraits to the performing arts. He has mentored and skilled several Co-op students, work placement applicants and many young assistants who are now professional photographers.
Michael Cooper approaches every assignment with an unparalleled passion.
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Applied Arts 2011 Photo Annual - winner
Communication Arts 51st Photo Annual - winner and awarded the Cover of the issue; 2010 (chosen from over 13,000 international entries ).
CAPIC Double Exposure winning entries; 2012, 2008, 2007, 2005.
Creative Shake – Photography winning entries; 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005.
Portfolios Online - self promotion; 2004
RSVP Award – Gold, Business products and services; 2000
Shooting on set with the PhaseOne IQ180 - 80 mega pixel digital back
— Claudine Domingue, Director of Public Relations at Canadian Opera Company
"I have had the pleasure of working with Michael since 1999. I have always been able to set the stage and let him go. His creativity has always given me the confidence to do that. Michael is a true partner in the Creative process. Collaborative, Technically exacting, and quite frankly, fun. And in this business, fun work can yield great results."
— Matthew Gyulay, Group Creative Director - Maritz Canada
"Michael Cooper is a talented and reliable photographer who's ability to capture the spirit and mood of any subject is second to none. His expertise and creativity come through in every frame."
— Falan Hamilton, Canadian Opera Company, Publicist
"I have worked with Michael for many years and he has always provided an excellent end result and an excellent service. He is exceptionally creative and brings perspective to his work that others don't. Importantly he is very easy to work with, particularly putting his subjects at ease. I have no hesitation in highly recommending both Michael and his work."
— Derrick Strizic, Past President at Foyston, Gordon and Payne, Inc.
"Michael immediately has a way about him that puts everyone at ease - even those folks that tense up as soon as the camera come outs. Always a relaxed atmosphere even when shooting under pressure - be it in the studio or on a difficult location. I highly recommend viewing his portfolio and hiring Coop for your next assignment. Cheers E."
— Edward Laurin, President LOREWREN+CO
"I have worked with Michael Cooper many times over the last 13 years and I have never been disappointed with the end result. He is not only a master at his craft, but he is professional, understands a deadline,is always open to trying something new and is absolutely wonderful with clients. I have no hesitation in recommending Michael, be it the 20 person on location shoot, or the smaller one man head shot, Michael always delivers a beautiful end result."
— Simone St. Aimée (Vieira), Art Director CNIB
"I have known Michael for over 20 years and his presence and talent in photography is on a world class level."
— Adam Froman, President & CEO, Delvinia Interactive.
"Michael worked for several years, including some on my watch, as a show photographer at the Stratford Festival of Canada. It's a high pressure assignment with short turnaround times and he adapts well to demanding conditions."
— Kelley Teahen, Stratford Festival, Publicist
"Our production company has hired commercial photographer Michael Cooper on many occasions. His creativity and attention to detail ensures a professional final product. Michael works equally well on-set, unobtrusively with a blimp and in-studio. He is both calm and professional; always placing clients and subjects at ease."
— Annie Hadida, Rogers TV, Station Manager
Toronto's CAPIC Professional Photographers create extraordinary photographs on a daily basis. On Nov 26, 2011 they came together to create exceptional memories for people who may never have a chance to have a professional family portrait made. For one day, we joined a worldwide community of over ten thousand professional photographers in over 46 countries to bring joy and put smiles on thousands of faces.
40 of Canada's Top Professional Photographers
20 Studios set-ups in 3 Locations in Toronto
20 Professional Make-up Artists / Hair Stylists
40 Photographer Assistants
6 Producers to coordinate each venue
5 Digital Tech Support Teams working on 5 colour printers
10 Photography Students from various Art Colleges
Over 600 Families
More than 2,000 Beautiful Smiles
An Extraordinary Family Portrait