Shooting with Cleveland Artist Ikonik

I recently had the chance to shoot for a hella dope artist out of Cleveland by the name Ikonik. Dude’s cool af and chill to shoot with. We decided to shoot at an abandoned location as well. The two buildings that we were at had caught fire in the past and now theses building are just kind of there, collapsing in on themselves periodically. There was a bunch of glass and debris all over the parking lot from the buildings breaking down and it made for a really gritty and cool look.




I lit the shots with two quasar science tubes hooked up to a small portable generator. I had one on each side lighting him in a way that was very dramatic and edgy which is exactly what I wanted. The shots came out super dope and I’m really happy with the results which is a cool feeling because sometimes when I’m done with a shoot I start thinking about all of the ways I could’ve made it better and I walk away from the shoot with regret for not thinking about those things earlier. This time I was perfectly content lol

I like to think gear isn’t as important as the person behind it and I try and prove to myself that that’s right by shooting like this. I shot this on a GH4 which is a micro-four thirds camera, not something super popular in photography. I won’t ever let something like that get in the way and anyone creative shouldn’t either. If you make excuses you’ll never create anything good just get up and go out and f***ing do it.


Just Do It

Click the link in his bio @__ikonik__ to check out his music

Also I’ll be uploading a Lightroom tutorial that’ll go over how I edited these images! If you want to learn Lightroom and learn how to get a customized look and feel definitely be on the lookout for that. I’m going to be dropping tutorials left and right so you guys have an opportunity to learn what goes into my workflow and kind of a behind the scenes look.

Ikonik was super cool to work with and you guys should definitely check out his work! Just head over to his IG and click the link in his bio to listen to his latest work! I hope you guys enjoy the pics as well as this blog! I’ll be updating weekly at the bare minimum. Be sure to sign up for the God Media Newsletter as well, all you have to do is scroll all the way down on any page and type your email in to sign up!