Cole Sprouse is quickly becoming one of the most up-and-coming fashion photographers in the industry.
Most recently, the actor, who plays the brooding Jughead Jones on CW's Riverdale, photographed the singer Sam Smith for the November cover of L’Uomo Vogue, in anticipation of the release of his upcoming album The Thrill of it All. For the issue, Sprouse captured the “Too Good At Goodbyes” crooner in a series of pensive shots, including an arresting black-and-white closeup for the cover.
While Sprouse's first entered the world of photography with an experimental, often-comedic Instagram account called “camera_duels” (which documents all of the people who attempt to sneak quick photos of the actor while he’s going about his business throughout the day), the 25 year-old has been working on his professional skills for quite a while. The Sam Smith cover isn’t the first time the CW actor and former Disney star has taken on the role of fashion photographer; his images of Game of Thrones’ Sophie Turner, Riverdale co-star Lili Reinhart and Kendall Jenner have also been shared widely across social media to positive reception. Even when he’s not photographing models for fashion shoots, he steadily posts personal shots from spontaneous shoots with famous friends on his other Instagram account, from Zoey Deutch to heartthrob co-star KJ Apa.
While we know Grammy-winning Sam Smith isn’t the only distinguished artist that has caught Sprouse’s eye, it’s clear that he often has one stylistic method in mind: shooting his subjects in wide open spaces. Sprouse’s penchant for fields and forests makes sense considering open natural space isn’t too hard to come by in British Columbia, where the cast of Riverdale often shoots their scenes for the show.
Sprouse has also achieved what some might consider the highest form of praise: he’s garnered the support of his twin brother, Dylan Sprouse, who commented “This is cool, brother” on his Instagram of Sam Smith. Imitation might be the sincerest form of flattery, but nothing compares to a compliment from your identical twin.
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