He is a public speaker and polar consultant. He has addressed audiences at the United Nations, The World Affairs Council, The George Eastman House, and Fortune 500 companies such as Hewlett Packard, Google, and Apple Inc., as well as colleges and museums. He is actor Orlando Bloom's cousin.
Copeland is the son of the director of the Lille National Philharmonic Orchestra, Jean-Claude Casadesus. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the UCLA Film School. He is also the grandson of actors Lucien Pascal and Gisèle Casadesus and the brother of Olivier Casadesus
Copeland began his career in New York City directing music videos before moving on to commercial directing as well as professional photography with credits including fashion and advertising, album covers, and celebrities. His music video work has included work for Branford Marsalis, Harry Connick, Jr. and Hall and Oates.
His career in still photography has ranged from celebrities to ad campaigns for Hollywood Studios such as Universal Studios, Disney, Warner Brothers and Paramount Pictures. His studio credits include promotional work for The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Pirates of the Caribbean and Seabiscuit.
Since 2000, Copeland has focused his work on climate change. His prints have appeared in exhibitions including the United Nations (Solo Show, 2007), the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Peabody Essex Museum as well as the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, among others. His works can also be found in private collections in Europe and the United States where several have been included in The Natural World Museum in San Francisco’s permanent archive. In 2006 and 2007 prints from his first book, Antarctica: The Global Warning, were selected to tour with the International Photography Awards' "Best in Show" world tour. Antarctica garnered much attention, winning Copeland the 2007 Photographer of the Year award in the book category.
Copeland writes for Men's Journal and Huffington Post. He has made keynote addresses at the United Nations, The Planet Workshops, Google, Apple, UCLA and the Hammer Museum. Copeland has been featured on TV and radio including on Larry King, CBS, NPR, Air America, The Weather Channel and Al Gore's 24 Hours of Reality.