Well, this is the first portrait shoot where I’ve asked the subject to put his gun away and to put down his purple drank cup. Also the first where I promised I wouldn’t knock over said purple drank cup and then proceeded to moments later.
(That might go down as my biggest blunder on a shoot yet because prescription cough syrup ain’t cheap and that was the last of it. And because, well, that promise I’d made 45 seconds before.)
Here are the portraits from my multi-day shoot with Atlanta rapper Young Thug. At the photo editor’s request, we set aside a day to shoot for the cover and I scouted the day before and set up the best times for light to shoot. Yet, I know with rappers you can make lots of plans and cross your fingers but you can’t shoot until they show up. I only got about 2.5 hours with him instead of the full day because he was several hours late. Such is life.
Thug is really fun to shoot because he’s great at posing and keeps it relaxed and then surprises you with a goofy smile every so often. And I just love his style and look.
And whaddaya know, the photo FADER chose for the magazine cover was a photo that was shot the first night, in a trap house, in a smoky room, while Thug was lying on his back on a pool table dealing with an asthma attack. I asked if he minded if I climbed up, barefoot, and squatted above him and shot a couple portraits. He was game. And blam! There’s the cover. (On a shoot like this, where you know your subject is great to shoot but they might not show up the following day, you shoot as much as you can when you have him. Some of these images are from different days.)
The documentary images from this shoot can be found HERE.
Read the story on Young Thug The FADER HERE.