Styled Shoots
Apr 2021

Negan from The Walking Dead [Styled Shoot]

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A Negan look-alike takes center stage in this styled shoot inspired by graphic novel and hit TV series The Walking Dead.


The Walking Dead: A villainous styled shoot

Photography: Alexander Worth, Jawfox Photography | Cast and crew: Stephen Adkins  and Lisa Adkins | Wardrobe: Alton Lane | Locations: Jawfox Studios and the Alton Lane storefront in Richmond, VA; the Freehand Hotel in NYC

In this styled tribute photograph by Alexander Worth of Jawfox Photography, a man cosplays Negan from The Walking Dead, wearing a leather jacket and carrying the villain's barbed wire-wrapped bat, Lucille. Behind the model the air is full of dark smoke.

Alexander Worth, Jawfox Photography

Coming up with the concept

After creating a series of lifestyle shoots for Stephen’s personal clothing line designed by Alton Lane, photographer Alexander Worth wanted to feature the model and actor in something a bit more… grim.

“In 2018-2019, I worked as Stephen’s creative director, content manager, and content creator,” says Alexander. “This styled shoot was inspired by all the comments Stephen get from people who say he looks like Jeffrey Dean Morgan—the actor who plays Negan on AMC’s The Walking Dead.”

In case you’re not familiar with The Walking Dead, the graphic novel-based TV series features one of television’s most brutal villains: a bearded, bat-wielding survivor named Negan, whose violence is only surpassed by the show’s never-ending horde of zombies.

In this styled tribute photograph by Alexander Worth of Jawfox Photography, a man cosplays Negan from The Walking Dead, wearing a leather jacket and carrying the villain's barbed wire-wrapped bat, Lucille.

Alexander Worth, Jawfox Photography

The gear

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
  • Canon 50mm f/1.4
  • Canon 24-70mm f/2.8
  • Canon 85mm f/1.2
  • ProFoto B1 lighting with a 5′ diffuser
In this styled tribute photograph by Alexander Worth of Jawfox Photography, a man cosplays Negan from The Walking Dead, wearing a leather jacket and carrying the villain's barbed wire-wrapped bat, Lucille.

Alexander Worth, Jawfox Photography

Shooting challenges in the studio

After developing the styled shoot idea with his friend and client Stephen, Alexander spent time crafting a set that would set the tone. In addition to the set, props, and wardrobe, Alexander chose low-key, dramatic lighting to emphasize the character’s tormented soul.

Shooting challenges on location

New York City’s Freehand Hotel generously allowed Alexander and Stephen to shoot in their lobby, where the lighting was minimal.

“I didn’t have an assistant and had to walk nearly half a mile from my hotel to the location,” Alexander describes. “This meant I couldn’t bring my heavier gear such as diffusers and C- stands—so I relied on natural lighting. I positioned Stephen and Lisa by large, open windows, then waited for opportunities to shoot when the background wasn’t flooded with bystanders!”

In this styled tribute photograph by Alexander Worth of Jawfox Photography, a man cosplays Negan from The Walking Dead, wearing a leather jacket and carrying the villain's barbed wire-wrapped bat, Lucille.

Alexander Worth, Jawfox Photography

Two shoots, one story

While the Negan shoot was a creative collaboration between Alexander and Stephen, the location images were commissioned by clothier Alton Lane, who created Stephen’s personally-designed wardrobe. Unintentionally, these fashion photographs paired beautifully with the styled shots.

“I decided to showcase both looks in one Instagram post,” Alexander explains. “I like the contrast of gritty and sophisticated, so when I couldn’t decide which set to use, I used both!”

In this styled tribute photograph by Alexander Worth of Jawfox Photography, a man cosplays Negan from The Walking Dead, wearing a leather jacket and carrying the villain's barbed wire-wrapped bat, Lucille.

Alexander Worth, Jawfox Photography

Cosplay vs. styled

Unlike cosplay, where creative fans try to directly copy a character’s look, styled shoots are inspired. By embracing a flexible approach to storytelling, costuming, and set design, Alexander was able to evoke Negan’s vibe without sweating the small stuff.

And, now that Negan’s backstory episode has aired, the editorial images of Stephen and Lisa align surprisingly well with the “bad guy” photos. (She looks strikingly similar to Negan’s wife, wouldn’t you say?)

In this styled tribute photograph by Alexander Worth of Jawfox Photography, a man cosplays Negan from The Walking Dead, wearing Alton Brown clothing and seated in a leather chair as playing cards fall down around him.

Alexander Worth, Jawfox Photography


Written by ANNE SIMONE

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