Which Photo is Better A or B? [Sir Mix-A-Lot Album Cover]

A while back I had Grammy Award Winner, Sir Mix-A-lot on chasejarvisLIVE. The guy is smart – dropped some pretty serious knowledge on the show [here's the re-watch if you missed it].

At the end of the show, I shot the cover for his upcoming album, live, online. Here are the results.

The lead one that shows his face is my fav, but there’s plenty of debate, because the other shot is tough and mysterious. I’ll resist the temptation to make any real case for one or the other, and I’ll let this is a straight up survey – which photo do you like better A (top) or B (bottom)? (please answer in the post, not via other social channels so we don’t have to chase your feedback – thx!)

Here is photo A:

Here is photo B:

So which is better??

Thanks for your input.

||And if you missed it: Here’s the chasejarvisLIVE episode with Mix||

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753 Responses to Which Photo is Better A or B? [Sir Mix-A-Lot Album Cover]

  1. Milton Tan September 13, 2011 at 7:30 am #

    A

    There’s more “character” in it.

    • Josh R. September 13, 2011 at 9:00 am #

      A though if you could get a little hint of light in her face I think that would be better.

    • Saurabh Sharma September 13, 2011 at 4:26 pm #

      A
      Facial expression plays an important part on A.
      The eyes on the other one are killing but again its just eyes, nothing else.

    • jacopo September 15, 2011 at 3:36 pm #

      B……….the glass…….is perfect

    • Lili October 19, 2011 at 12:58 pm #

      Yuck ! Neither, unless you crop the cheap ass-legs-in-fishnet-stockings out…
      Without that, both shots are powerful – according to the content of the CD

      ( I know fishnet sells, but so does pornography, that doesn’t make it art)

      • Jeremy December 6, 2011 at 12:51 pm #

        Oh! Ma! Gawd! Lili! Look at her butt! She looks like one of those rap guys girlfriends…

        Sorry, couldn’t resist.

        I like “A” the best

  2. Dave September 13, 2011 at 7:30 am #

    B for sure, no doubt.

  3. JeMaGa September 13, 2011 at 7:31 am #

    Photo A, no hesitation for me.

  4. Alex September 13, 2011 at 7:32 am #

    A

    • Jack Foster Mancilla September 13, 2011 at 11:48 am #

      I like the girl from A, and everything else from B. … If the two were combined, he would be at the apex of the light pyramid. … And I like his darker tone, with the eyes peering out from under the hat. … The other him is too friendly looking.

      • james September 13, 2011 at 3:18 pm #

        Girl from A the rest B

  5. Simon September 13, 2011 at 7:32 am #

    Photo A in my opinion. Although Photo B has awesome eyes.

  6. Shay Murphy September 13, 2011 at 7:32 am #

    A

    Clearer and easier to see

    • Anthony Hereld September 13, 2011 at 10:55 am #

      A

      I think anyone familiar with his style and image would choose A. It has more swagger, more personality, and more Mix-A-Lot. It also emphasizes how much back baby really got. :)

  7. marco September 13, 2011 at 7:32 am #

    A
    I dont’t like the fur.

  8. Ben September 13, 2011 at 7:32 am #

    A for sure!

  9. Damon James September 13, 2011 at 7:32 am #

    I like the girl better in A but B he looks a lot cooler. Photoshop?

    • Nate September 13, 2011 at 8:25 am #

      Agreed. Better crop and girl in A. Great eyes in B.

      • frank September 13, 2011 at 9:44 am #

        idem

  10. Mary Jane Rutkowski September 13, 2011 at 7:32 am #

    A definitely — B looks kind of retro like a 1930s mystery. Your work is beautiful! Keep creating :-)

  11. lordarild September 13, 2011 at 7:32 am #

    A

    It has more “story” in it

  12. h13 September 13, 2011 at 7:33 am #

    B

  13. Christopher Michael September 13, 2011 at 7:33 am #

    I like photo A.

  14. Stephen September 13, 2011 at 7:33 am #

    B for me. A seems like he’s trying to catch you for a conversation, but B seems more serious/intriguing.

  15. rye_one September 13, 2011 at 7:33 am #

    B! his gesture in photo A looks forced. b looks more natural and adds a dark mood to it

    • Leon Godwin September 13, 2011 at 8:01 am #

      B as well, for these reasons.

    • stanchung September 14, 2011 at 7:29 pm #

      B- more mysterious but I’d crop tighter.

      A identifies but IMO a little conventional.

      Don’t think the girl is necessary in the shot.
      Adding a piece of ass is cliche [but perhaps without it he's nothing]

  16. Jenny September 13, 2011 at 7:33 am #

    Knowing the title of the album would help – I like B better though.

  17. Edvar September 13, 2011 at 7:33 am #

    If the end result will have any textual content, B lends itself more to a good composition.

  18. Bamba September 13, 2011 at 7:33 am #

    photo A, definitely!

  19. Paul Hurst September 13, 2011 at 7:33 am #

    For an album cover – B is the one for me. Great mood and attitude.

  20. pin September 13, 2011 at 7:33 am #

    i personally like the A but if im gonna use it for album cover i’ll go with B

    • Julian September 14, 2011 at 11:11 am #

      Agree!

  21. Bschwager September 13, 2011 at 7:34 am #

    A

  22. Brian September 13, 2011 at 7:34 am #

    I like A….

  23. mowg September 13, 2011 at 7:34 am #

    A

  24. Lloyd Ramos September 13, 2011 at 7:34 am #

    B for me. There’s better symmetry in his pose plus that girl’s bootay looks nicer. ;)

  25. Eric September 13, 2011 at 7:34 am #

    A, I have to squint and hunt to see what’s going on in photo B. Photo A draws my eyes right in without them darting around to take it in.

  26. Stratos Agianoglou September 13, 2011 at 7:34 am #

    A for sure. You can clearly see who is he and he makes a straight raw direct connection with the viewer.

  27. Bill Hoenk September 13, 2011 at 7:34 am #

    Photo A. You can see his face, his hands are pulling you in and there is less light (emphasis) on the models face. I think Photo B is a little to busy around his face.

  28. Tom September 13, 2011 at 7:34 am #

    Photo: A

    There is life!

  29. rakib September 13, 2011 at 7:34 am #

    A definitely! love the contrast, excellent lighting, very strong eye contact.

  30. Christina September 13, 2011 at 7:34 am #

    A. the expression on his face and the stripes on her panties. in B there seems to be too much: his look, the glass, her furry piece of clothing… seems a bit too much for me, so I prefer A

  31. Jason September 13, 2011 at 7:34 am #

    A

  32. Tara September 13, 2011 at 7:34 am #

    I prefer A. My attention is drawn to him, whereas in B my eyes stay with the girl, as she is brighter and larger in the image.

  33. Dimitris Amvrazis September 13, 2011 at 7:35 am #

    I like both of them, the first one has the whole face showing, we see his expression, he has this gesture with his hands and the light is really good on his right. The model in the back looke really great and the fact that we can see her lower body lets us focus on his face only.
    The second on has a very intense look on his face and is “richer”, there are so many more elements, the glass, the whole body of the girl in the back. I think I would go with the second one, it looks less classic, is very dymanic and mysterious.

  34. VOJTa Herout September 13, 2011 at 7:35 am #

    A in my opinion ;-)

  35. Scott Nickell September 13, 2011 at 7:35 am #

    B for me.

  36. Jeron September 13, 2011 at 7:35 am #

    Prefer the girl in A by a long way, B – would be nicer if he was almost a tad bigger.

    I vote A

  37. Ryan September 13, 2011 at 7:35 am #

    Without a doubt, B.

  38. Jon Gee September 13, 2011 at 7:35 am #

    As an album cover, A. As art, B.

  39. Aaron Brown September 13, 2011 at 7:35 am #

    Photo B is where it’s at.

  40. Erin Oveis Brant September 13, 2011 at 7:35 am #

    A. It feels like you are having a difficult conversation with him and he’s telling you how it is. The feeling of interaction draws me in. There is less depth to B for me…

  41. Lynn Creamer September 13, 2011 at 7:35 am #

    A

  42. Felix September 13, 2011 at 7:35 am #

    I like A.

  43. William September 13, 2011 at 7:35 am #

    The woman from A, the guy from B. But if I HAD to choose as is, I would go with A, the lighting on the girl in B is too distracting

  44. Priyanka Damwani September 13, 2011 at 7:36 am #

    A is a good picture, B just makes you stare it fr 10 seconds!

    OK B wins!

  45. Daniel September 13, 2011 at 7:36 am #

    A for sure.
    The way he’s holding the wine glass in photo B makes it look like Droopy the cartoon dog is wearing a hat.

    I would like to see a hint more of an outline of the girl’s face though

  46. Joe Kingston September 13, 2011 at 7:36 am #

    I’d go B, but with a tighter crop.

  47. Rúben Neves September 13, 2011 at 7:36 am #

    Hi, Chase. B is my choice. Much stronger eye contact, clothing contrast, better lights, and a “beyond message” underlying. In my humble opinion, of course! ;)

  48. Drucifer September 13, 2011 at 7:36 am #

    A definitely. I do like the girl in B better because you can see her face, but his pose is not that great.

  49. Chad Banning September 13, 2011 at 7:36 am #

    A

  50. Daniel September 13, 2011 at 7:36 am #

    A

  51. Jeff September 13, 2011 at 7:36 am #

    Photo A is better.

  52. Melisa September 13, 2011 at 7:36 am #

    Over all I like A, but I like the jacket on the girl in B.

  53. MJ September 13, 2011 at 7:36 am #

    Both are great! Though I would choose “A” simply because it’s like~”BAM~ I AM Sir Mix-A-Lot;) and the focus is on him. “B” it tends to be all about the booty;)

  54. alex September 13, 2011 at 7:36 am #

    like A

  55. JCady26 September 13, 2011 at 7:36 am #

    A

  56. Mihai Baloianu September 13, 2011 at 7:37 am #

    B.

  57. CA September 13, 2011 at 7:37 am #

    A.

    I like him better in B, but I don’t like the way the symmetry is thrown off by her in the back. I know symmetry is not something we usually shoot for in an image, but the way that one is set-up looks nice. I just wanna see him popping off of the back (not her in there).

  58. Edwin September 13, 2011 at 7:37 am #

    Photo A

  59. qklispesta September 13, 2011 at 7:37 am #

    photo B

  60. don September 13, 2011 at 7:37 am #

    a. for sure.

  61. Frank September 13, 2011 at 7:37 am #

    A

  62. Joe Faraoni September 13, 2011 at 7:37 am #

    A is better as is. B would be kick ass without the girl. Love Mix’s eyes in B but chick is distracting.

    • Mathias September 15, 2011 at 3:29 am #

      I’m with Joe here.
      Without the chick, photo B would be great. (why does rappers always need a half-naked chick next to him?)

      So, B for me!

  63. jeff September 13, 2011 at 7:37 am #

    A for several reasons, you see the entire girl, not just the back and below. I like A for SMA since I don’t like the foreshortening of his right hand. For A I would like to see more of his face and in post remove the unneeded stuff on the left side of frame.

  64. Russ Rowland September 13, 2011 at 7:37 am #

    Better really has to do with the end goals of this project. But in A he is more engaging, He draws you in. Given that most album images are tiny, so much would be lost in B.

  65. Silver Amin September 13, 2011 at 7:37 am #

    definitely A

  66. Mike Gallant September 13, 2011 at 7:38 am #

    I Like A the best….. simply because you can see his face and tell that its mix a lot…. b , i wouldn’t have known….

  67. Micha September 13, 2011 at 7:38 am #

    B

  68. airwhale September 13, 2011 at 7:38 am #

    Oh – tough one.

    I think A is a great shot, but it’s much more predictable than B.

    For a cover, I’d go with B because it is “different”. I also prefer the gal in the back with her jacket on, those bikini strings look a bit messy. The jacket adds, well maybe not “class” but something :)

    IMHO.

  69. JR September 13, 2011 at 7:38 am #

    Overall I like A better. However, I prefer the girl in B.

    • Network Geek September 13, 2011 at 2:45 pm #

      My thoughts exactly! I like A because you can see his face, but I like the girl in B because of the fur and attitude.

  70. Olivier September 13, 2011 at 7:38 am #

    B for sure.

  71. Christopher September 13, 2011 at 7:38 am #

    It’s like William said the girl in pic B which is distracting.. I’d go for picture A!

  72. Frank September 13, 2011 at 7:38 am #

    I’d pick “B”. With the extreme shadows, the whole thing looks a little dark and mysterious. Obfuscating everything but they eyes adds to that vibe and, in my opinion, makes the shot.

  73. Eliano September 13, 2011 at 7:38 am #

    I prefer the A because the pose is more natural than the B.

    Best,

    Eliano

  74. jeff September 13, 2011 at 7:38 am #

    All my A’s should have been B’s, you get the gist I hope.

  75. Emmanuel September 13, 2011 at 7:38 am #

    It depends on many things.

    If it were just anyone, B would be stronger, for the feel, position and intensity, but A shows the recognizable signer. If the album has his name is big letters, on it, seeing his features might not be so important.

    All in all, I prefer B as an image, but A as an image of Sir Mix-A-lot. I’m sure you understand the subtlety.

    • Kategraphy September 13, 2011 at 7:44 am #

      I totally agree with this! Well said!

      Love, Kate

  76. Kenny September 13, 2011 at 7:38 am #

    A fer sure.

  77. Bong September 13, 2011 at 7:38 am #

    A. I like seeing the artist’s face.

  78. Sasha September 13, 2011 at 7:38 am #

    Photo A, because you see him first!
    On photo B, model’s butt is more dominant than him.

  79. O'nev September 13, 2011 at 7:39 am #

    I like photographs that have a hint of the mysterious element associated with it. in this case I would go for “B”. the eyes just makes you wonder what he is thinking plus what is the girl in the background looking at ?

  80. Jay September 13, 2011 at 7:39 am #

    Photo A is better.

    Mix-A-Lot is the subject of the photo, but his face being obscured (and really only his eyes visible) in B and more of the girl revealed is kind of distracting.

    In Photo A I am drawn to him immediately and the girl is part of the background instead of challenging to be the main subject.

  81. Queen Bee September 13, 2011 at 7:39 am #

    A: Sir-Mix-A-Lot is more accessible. He’s too hidden in photo B.

  82. james September 13, 2011 at 7:39 am #

    A no question for me he is his own brand and without text i still know who he is in A… its a guess in B

  83. J Huting September 13, 2011 at 7:39 am #

    I think photo A is better. Because it grabs your attention right away. On photo B it’s not immediately clear what he expresses. You can say that it’s mysterious, but it’s much too vague.

  84. Rob September 13, 2011 at 7:39 am #

    I prefer B. But maybe if you could slightly darken the girl and lighten him a bit it would help bring more attention to him, unless you’re specifically wanting to bring attention to the girl in the photo. But really both are awesome photos. Great work!

  85. Royd Tauro September 13, 2011 at 7:40 am #

    Most definitely A. It draws your attention and also tells you who he is and what it’s about.

  86. Mike September 13, 2011 at 7:40 am #

    They’d both be a lot stronger without the needless booty on the right. Kind of ruins both for me. We know he’s a Don, leave it at that.

    So, neither.

  87. Vincent Loyer September 13, 2011 at 7:40 am #

    A. But I like the girl with jacket on photo B.

  88. Tarryn September 13, 2011 at 7:41 am #

    I have got to go for B. It has so much more going on in terms of mood, composition and just plain edginess!

  89. aubrey September 13, 2011 at 7:41 am #

    chase, thanks for sharing. A is definitely the better of the two. at first i felt light off the woman’s face would be preferred, as in B. however, it may detract from the main subject: sir mix-a-lot. A gets my vote.

  90. Martyn Day September 13, 2011 at 7:41 am #

    Jee whizz. You would have thought that in the 21st Century he’d have wanted to raise the game, get away from the pimp gangster look with bikini clad girl and glasses of brandy. I’m going for B as it obscured most of his face

  91. Mitchell Masilun September 13, 2011 at 7:41 am #

    First impression:A if the goal is a portrait, then I like A, although his gesture seems a little off or confusing (questioning?).

    B is more sinister, moody, and now that I look at it longer, quite possibly a stronger portrait. BUT it leaves too little of his face, and its looks more like he is presenting the glass to you than drinking it, not necessary.

    I like not seeing the girl in A more, but some post can black out the face in B.

    Hope that helps.

  92. Tom September 13, 2011 at 7:41 am #

    Both great, but I choose A as the winner.

  93. Nani Annette September 13, 2011 at 7:41 am #

    I gotta say picture A, too. I feel the man’s eyes in picture B are a bit manic. :P Also, the fur is a small distraction in B.

  94. Manuale Fotografia September 13, 2011 at 7:41 am #

    I’d say A… it’s like he’s saying “Hey man… it’s obvious that you’ll buy my new album!!”

  95. Graham September 13, 2011 at 7:41 am #

    I prefer the stern look in his eyes in B, but I can’t help but see his hands creating a silly wide mouth effect when you step back slightly (his thumbs create the upper lip and his other fingers create his lower lip and the tongue sticking out!).

    So for that reason, I’d choose A

  96. Yeager September 13, 2011 at 7:41 am #

    B for sure.

  97. Peter de Rooij September 13, 2011 at 7:41 am #

    B. I don’t care for the shadow on his face in A. Also, the crop is a bit tight to the girl’s legs for me.
    And B indeed is more intriguing. The shadows and glass work there.

  98. john September 13, 2011 at 7:42 am #

    b

  99. Laurie September 13, 2011 at 7:42 am #

    ‘A’ is better because I can recognize Mix-A-lot in the photo.

  100. Pete September 13, 2011 at 7:42 am #

    A is the winner here. A: makes Sir-Mix-aLot the focus, the photo is about him, B is over shadowed by the girl, and Mix-a-Lot fades into the shadows

  101. Michael D'Avignon September 13, 2011 at 7:43 am #

    B

  102. Pete September 13, 2011 at 7:43 am #

    B for me no question. I like the mystery and negative space.

  103. Daniel September 13, 2011 at 7:43 am #

    I’d like to see some typography on these. From there you’ll see which is more appropriate based on the message: Name of album, artist name (Sir Mix-a-lot), etc.

    But based on lighting: A.

  104. Andrea September 13, 2011 at 7:43 am #

    A for sure!!! B leaves me trying to figure out what the image is of.

  105. Steve September 13, 2011 at 7:43 am #

    I like him better in A but I prefer the woman in B, since her head turned towards him gives a sense of interaction and brings your eye back to him.

  106. Mark September 13, 2011 at 7:43 am #

    B

  107. Chris September 13, 2011 at 7:43 am #

    B

    It’s more brooding, dark, and overall more interesting. It also has more texture to it, and the wider angle & lighting gives it more of a sense of place. I’m referring specifically to where you can see the mic on the left and the face of the girl on the right… I know, he’s known for “big butts” and maybe that’s the point of A, but to me it looks like her head’s cut off. In addition to this, should the attention be placed on the “Baby Got Back” reference? It’s a new album, and he probably doesn’t want to always be know for just that song. I could be wrong here, but for those reasons I’d go with B.

    ps. Both are good shots… I just tend to read into things.

  108. netstatinfo September 13, 2011 at 7:44 am #

    I like A, but B is more effective in my eyes for a album cover like the others said.

  109. Marc September 13, 2011 at 7:44 am #

    A, wicked better

  110. Gonzoweb September 13, 2011 at 7:44 am #

    i like tje B option

  111. Jim September 13, 2011 at 7:44 am #

    A…shows more personality

    Also, it took me a second to see what was going on in B (not in a good way)

  112. Foster Snell September 13, 2011 at 7:44 am #

    A. Unfortunately it’s really difficult to see what’s going on with the guys face and hands in B.

  113. Dave Wilson September 13, 2011 at 7:44 am #

    As a portrait, A works well though I’m not a fan of his expression or his hand placement.

    But for an album cover I would definitely go with B. It’s mysterious, has attitude, will make a viewer stop and look and will make them ask “who is this!?”. The image will immediately be associated with Mix forever even though you can’t see his face.

  114. Mitsos_m September 13, 2011 at 7:44 am #

    A – more character!

  115. Libertinephotography September 13, 2011 at 7:44 am #

    A sells as Sir -, new take on his classic hand pose. B is definitely more creative, interesting, more wow factor. A for the cover, B for the liner.

  116. carmen September 13, 2011 at 7:45 am #

    B

  117. Alan Antiporda September 13, 2011 at 7:45 am #

    “A” for me. Even though it’s his album, you see the attitude and know it’s Sir Mix-A-Lot. IMO, Photo “B”, could be almost be anyone. However, the lighting and mood is excellent.

  118. kim james September 13, 2011 at 7:45 am #

    B ….only because A is cliche. Maybe I am wrong but it feels like I have seen it so often, body language open putt en it out there load. The Mystery in B helps me want to continue to look at it. Also the styling is better although her legs could be closed an inch or so more and then it would look natural, but the little jacket helps, also the wine class shakes things up a bit re: cliches.

  119. Aaron Campbell September 13, 2011 at 7:46 am #

    ‘A’… you can fully see his face and the girl’s shirt and ear are not a distraction.

  120. Chris Andrews September 13, 2011 at 7:46 am #

    A, its much more inviting

  121. Sandrine Bailloux September 13, 2011 at 7:46 am #

    B for sure !

  122. Eddie September 13, 2011 at 7:46 am #

    B for sure

  123. Kevin Whaley September 13, 2011 at 7:47 am #

    A – because I like big butts and I can not lie.

  124. Richard Gailey September 13, 2011 at 7:47 am #

    B. I think that A looks slightly too busy with the man in the centre of the image up close. Also, there is slightly more detail of the woman exposed.

  125. Fredrik September 13, 2011 at 7:47 am #

    B, definately. I like the eyes and the fact that you see some of the girls face.
    But I’d crop it a bit and reduce the negative space to the left.

  126. Rob September 13, 2011 at 7:47 am #

    “A” – as his face is not obscured by his hands, and it is clearly sir-mix-a-lot, unless he wants his face obscured by a wine glass.

  127. Jon September 13, 2011 at 7:47 am #

    A

    Pic B is too bright/distracting on the RHS

  128. Jackie S. September 13, 2011 at 7:47 am #

    Baby Got “B”

  129. Ryan Lavigne September 13, 2011 at 7:49 am #

    A for sure… Love the eyes in B, but his thumbs are lit pretty hot through the glass which I find distracting. Prefer the closer crop in A as well.

  130. Humanbin September 13, 2011 at 7:49 am #

    B .. it seems to have a much more richer possible story behind.. mind the word : )

  131. Zan Smith September 13, 2011 at 7:49 am #

    I like A. Simply a gut reaction.

  132. MissyG September 13, 2011 at 7:49 am #

    A. I kept seeing Michael Jackson in B.

  133. Serah September 13, 2011 at 7:49 am #

    A. I was drawn into mix vs. B. I was all over that girls butt.

  134. wirehunt September 13, 2011 at 7:50 am #

    A

  135. Laura September 13, 2011 at 7:51 am #

    B, for me.
    It makes me look harder, draws me in more.

  136. noed September 13, 2011 at 7:51 am #

    A. In B the man’s fingers change his face into something frightening

  137. Ron Hiner September 13, 2011 at 7:52 am #

    They both tell a different story. Which tells YOUR story better.

    I like A – big tough guy who has all that he wants — telling me that I need to be doing business with him.

  138. caylem September 13, 2011 at 7:52 am #

    B

  139. Chris September 13, 2011 at 7:52 am #

    A. I like the expression Mix has. I think the fingers throw me off in B.

  140. Ritwik Bhattacharjee September 13, 2011 at 7:53 am #

    B would make a better album cover. However, if you can lose the mic on the left – then it would be perfect.

  141. Gabe Sturdevant September 13, 2011 at 7:53 am #

    I like B. A is too cliche for album covers. It has the traditional, look at all my stuff gangster look. Also, in A the glass is hidden in his elbow, makes it look like its going to tip over. In B his eyes are fully lit, as well as the hat being well lit. I like the hat, and not seeing all of it in A detracts from it.

    I think also seeing the iPhone properly placed in B, as well as the champagne bottle outline helps as well. There seems to be a little more negative space at the bottom of B, which lends to better text placement.

    Thats my argument. Go with B

  142. Chris Guillou September 13, 2011 at 7:53 am #

    I’ll have to go with B only because his face isn’t convincing in A although I prefer that picture

  143. Rene September 13, 2011 at 7:53 am #

    A is better. B is also good, but I don’t like the whole “I can’t see your face with that wineglass”. If it wasn’t for that I would’ve chosen for B.

  144. Carlyle September 13, 2011 at 7:54 am #

    I like A. To me it connects you with the artist which in part is what is being sold in addition to the music.

  145. Simon September 13, 2011 at 7:55 am #

    First, I liked B more, but then, I was thinking if he looks as bad-ass as he should be when his face is hidden. And when you don’t see the upper-body of the model behind him, it’s more intriging. Also the hands reach out the the one looking. That’s way better. So analysed, it’s A for sure.

  146. nikky September 13, 2011 at 7:55 am #

    Hi,

    I like A better.

    Thank you

  147. melponder September 13, 2011 at 7:55 am #

    I like him in A and seeing her face a tad in B. I like to see images with more than body parts of women (but her bathing suit looks better in A ;-)

  148. Norbert September 13, 2011 at 7:55 am #

    I prefer A. It seems more balanced.

  149. DanielKphoto September 13, 2011 at 7:55 am #

    I definitely like his pose in B, but I think I’m going to choose A to be the better picture. I think, that one makes a little more sense than B.

    They both are very beautiful shots by the way! I love the low-key and the setting, very nice!

  150. Matthew T Rader September 13, 2011 at 7:55 am #

    I don’t like either. Here is another boring cliche rap album cover reducing women to nothing but a single body part for sexual gratification. There are so much more to women than their butt. If the shallowness and superficiality depicted in this photo is an indication of how sir mix-a-lot’s album is going to be, I have no interest in hearing it. Looks like he hasn’t graduated from the “I like big butts” music. He’s getting so old now and looks more like a creepo stuck with an infantile mind of porn obsessed teenager.

    • James C September 13, 2011 at 9:15 am #

      Well put, Mr. Rader

    • Jo September 13, 2011 at 9:51 am #

      +1, both elements, Ms MAL and the butt, are fighting for the main focus point and neither really wins.
      If I had to pick, I’ll choose A.

      • Mike September 14, 2011 at 5:31 am #

        Exactly. The needless booty means I couldn’t possibly take either the musician or the photographer seriously.

        One rather large butt-shaped wannabe pimp cliche.

  151. Byron September 13, 2011 at 7:55 am #

    I prefer A

    I like seeing part of the girls face in B, but don’t like the light hitting her body more than his face. B looks like he’s trying too hard, looks false.

  152. Doug R September 13, 2011 at 7:55 am #

    I like both, but B is what I’d pick for an album cover.

  153. Lewis Walsh September 13, 2011 at 7:56 am #

    B – It’s a more balanced image. A looks like you’ve cut something off on the left, and the girl looks too far to the right.

  154. Brenda September 13, 2011 at 7:56 am #

    Depending on the theme of the CD I might choose one over the other. But without that info I think I’d choose A.

  155. rico mendoza September 13, 2011 at 7:56 am #

    B for me no doubt

  156. Matt Brennan September 13, 2011 at 7:56 am #

    A. The fur and full figure is too distracting but I love the pose he is giving in the shot. Go tighter into B and that’s your shot to use otherwise stick with A.

  157. Anonymous September 13, 2011 at 7:56 am #

    Neither, actually. The woman, while an appropriate symbol for the subject matter, doesn’t really fit. Remove the woman. When that’s done, B all the way. The contrast for both is a little high though.

  158. Ryan C September 13, 2011 at 7:56 am #

    A

  159. laurent September 13, 2011 at 7:57 am #

    A is better. I had to triple check to “decode” what was happening with the guy on B, B is harder to “read”.

  160. Vitor Munhoz September 13, 2011 at 7:57 am #

    To me A. Clear and straight to the point with all the feeling that you’re intending in B. B I had to zoom in to understand the hand and glass, I feel that it created an awkward jumble of shapes with the lighting and processing used.

  161. Jan Erik Moström September 13, 2011 at 7:58 am #

    B

  162. april September 13, 2011 at 7:59 am #

    in my opinion A is the better choice plenty of free space in the upper left for title and wording.

    B would be a really cool image to play with. were it mine… crop the girl out completely or clone and flip her so she brackets him and completes the symmetry of his pose with the glass.

    1 light under the desk pointed at the bootie, then another light high to the left or center, so it shines on his jacket arm and desk but not under the hat brim?

    • Pete September 13, 2011 at 8:08 am #

      well said. I had similar feedback. Framing with legs and a booty is pretty common place, but makes sense if they really want it for Sir Mix.

  163. Steve Munoz September 13, 2011 at 7:59 am #

    They are both great, but A is better in my opinion.

  164. Sidney September 13, 2011 at 8:00 am #

    A

  165. Diala Chinedu September 13, 2011 at 8:00 am #

    A looks candid/natural
    B looks posed and like the girl was put there for a specific reason

    I vote for A even tho B has sicker lighting

    A

  166. Sam September 13, 2011 at 8:00 am #

    Can’t really decide. I get why you posted it here.

    A is kinda too tight on the right for me. But in B the gut is kinda lost behind the glass. Take the Guy from A and put him in B. If that doesn’t count and I’d have to chose one I’d guess I’ll go with B.

  167. Charls Uytanlet September 13, 2011 at 8:00 am #

    definitely A.

  168. Justin Hill September 13, 2011 at 8:00 am #

    A is the better for me. The fur the girl is wearing in B looks out of place and it annoys me that the glass is ‘in his face’. A is straight to the point and ‘in your face’ (and not his). Both are great shots though.

  169. Joe September 13, 2011 at 8:00 am #

    I say photo “A”, it give a look that reminds me of his earlier look from the past. In photo “B” it could be anyone. In “A” it shows his personality.

  170. Damien Broderick September 13, 2011 at 8:01 am #

    B for me more drama, lighting on the glass and hat spilling onto the table, model looks tough looks like he belongs behind a desk ina fur coat with a half naked chick as office art work

  171. Dennis September 13, 2011 at 8:01 am #

    B, because it is way more mysterious and provides a darker atmosphere. The little reflection on the girls ear while everything else of her head is sunk in the shadow is kind of bothersome and I definitely prefer the girl in the second shot, because it doesn’t look so slutty and cheap and it’s way more interesting to have a little bit of her head in the shot. And his eyes are far more catchy in B.

    So, it’s B for me …

  172. Pato September 13, 2011 at 8:02 am #

    A for sure!

  173. kat September 13, 2011 at 8:02 am #

    A (although i love them both.)

  174. Zaini September 13, 2011 at 8:02 am #

    B. More stories came out of my mind from Photo B caompared to A.

  175. djd September 13, 2011 at 8:03 am #

    It would help if we knew the title of the album, but in the absence of that I’d vote for A.

  176. lanni florian September 13, 2011 at 8:03 am #

    B :)

  177. Zaini September 13, 2011 at 8:03 am #

    Compared*

  178. koko September 13, 2011 at 8:03 am #

    neither.

  179. Claudette DuPlessis September 13, 2011 at 8:03 am #

    B It’s the eye’s they are very distinct telling you something like this is my turf and you ain’t gonna mess with it!!.

  180. Scott in AZ September 13, 2011 at 8:05 am #

    B

  181. Nate Geslin September 13, 2011 at 8:05 am #

    He looks better in A, but she looks better in B.

    But all together B is the better of the two. There is some mystery and more tension. My first impulse was A, but after looking closely at both of them B is my favorite.

  182. Pete September 13, 2011 at 8:06 am #

    I’d like B cropped to just Sir Mix. (especially if the new album is harder/darker than poppy) I get that the booty identifies him as Sir Mix but it’s a bit of hanging on to the past which feels desperate. Also, the symmetry of his position mimics a booty anyway. (which I like. very subliminal/ unconscious). The pose in A feels like a moment in between…sort of confusing expression with the hands. No strength for me. Like he’s uncomfortable or unsure about this album.

  183. Pat September 13, 2011 at 8:07 am #

    A, but crop the girl out.

  184. Sander September 13, 2011 at 8:07 am #

    Photo B, because of the face of the girl and the mysterious look of Mix

  185. Edward Artiste September 13, 2011 at 8:07 am #

    (Pulls out the Art Director hat, relaxes)

    Here’s what we do. Take the foreground from A, add the background from B. The first booty shot looks like an awkward angle compared to the second.

    Hiding his face doesn’t look so hot (unless the title attributes to some sort of mystery, reasoning, etc). i would also argue that there’s a bit too much contrast going on in the other, but at least you can see him proper. I would possibly add some sort of background wall- only shown in grey- barely showing itself for atmosphere. it would even help give a slight depth to the potentially gi-normous logo that looks like will be inserted in all that black space.

    There you go. easy breezy. I can do this all day Chase! (available on weekends in NYC!)

    http://photography.ashworld.com (shameless plug)

  186. Gary September 13, 2011 at 8:07 am #

    B for me

  187. Mike Kelly September 13, 2011 at 8:07 am #

    A

    The highlight on the woman’s back is stealing all the attention on B. Maybe with a different crop B

  188. Peter September 13, 2011 at 8:07 am #

    Photo A. Like the shade on the face and the look, just darken the neckless of the girl in the back, it is distracting.

  189. Blair Gable September 13, 2011 at 8:08 am #

    B

  190. Melissa September 13, 2011 at 8:08 am #

    Photo A. I’m spending too much time trying to figure out what he is doing in B to appreciate the photograph.

  191. PJ September 13, 2011 at 8:09 am #

    I’m thinking A

  192. Andrew Kelly September 13, 2011 at 8:09 am #

    I’ll go for B. He looks a lot cooler in it and I think it has more feeling (some atmosphere and mystery). Although I wish that B was framed a little closer to him (like A is but slightly farther away), can’t help feeling a little disconnected as he seems to far back into the scene. But I like B better than A.

    Both really good images though.

  193. geoff September 13, 2011 at 8:09 am #

    B

    The eyes punch you in the face.

  194. Simon September 13, 2011 at 8:10 am #

    B: it’s darker. But if I had it my way, the girl from A, the man from B but I would also want the lighting on the girl from B – just capturing the side of her face but without the fury coat thingy… this probably doesn’t help in anyway, sorry Chase.

  195. Lori September 13, 2011 at 8:10 am #

    While I am not a huge fan of the fur, B is definately my choice. In A he has a desperate look on his face. In B it’s mysterious and the lines with the wine glass give it a cool dimension. The protrusion (I watched the show that day…a solder iron…I think) seems more of a distraction to me. You can’t tell what it is so it’s not necessary. I don’t think Mix wants to seem desperate!

  196. Jeremy Hall September 13, 2011 at 8:10 am #

    Both photos would work great of course. I like A better overall, though I like the eyes & glass of B. The bikini-clad woman is better in A than the look in B. Putting the bikini look into B might make it the final image for me.

  197. Paul Scott September 13, 2011 at 8:11 am #

    I find B much more powerful and interesting. I think this is down to the dude’s pose which for me is a lot more cinematic and somehow asks a question. I also like the way it leads the eyes to his and to the upside down heart shape that his hands make, and then to the tiny heart shape that is made on the guys fingers with the hot spot.

    If it were me I’d keep B for the dude and photoshop the girl from A (just looks better) in and consider putting a bundle of notes on the desk to the left and maybe have something in the upper left to balance the girl on the right – maybe a safe or something as simple as a clock indicating it’s the early hours…probably with a bit of smoke for effect n gangsta stylee.

    Rockin shot’s tho so both are winners really :)

    Paul

  198. Jens Thorsen September 13, 2011 at 8:11 am #

    B

  199. Janelle September 13, 2011 at 8:12 am #

    B is my pic. Love the eyes, but I do like the girl in A better…. tough call!

  200. Jonathan Boncek September 13, 2011 at 8:12 am #

    A. I think the cup is distracting from the character of Mix a Lot. The booty is perfect, by just having a glimpse of the whole woman.

  201. Marius September 13, 2011 at 8:13 am #

    I prefer A

  202. Twan September 13, 2011 at 8:14 am #

    B! With B the girl has a head and not just a floating shiny hairpin, the guy’s pose is less akward (with A it’s like he’s in the middle of a sentence) and the black v/s white looks better to me
    (too bad the girl’s ‘vest’ is a little distracting though)

  203. Chris September 13, 2011 at 8:15 am #

    I think by telling people you prefer A you’re already going to skew the results of this. A lot of your fans seem to idolise you and will agree with pretty much anything you say.

    Perosonally, I prefer his expression in A, but I like the overall composition better in B. In A the girls leg seems oddly chopped off, and it’s not straight. MY choice would be either a re-edit of A, straightened with a wider crop, or even move the crop over slightly. Or I would see about using photoshop to put Sir-Mix from A into shot B.

  204. Chris September 13, 2011 at 8:16 am #

    A

    For me.

  205. Tim September 13, 2011 at 8:16 am #

    While I like Sir Mix-A-Lot much better in the “B” photograph, the high key portion of the photo (girl) draws the eye and distracts from what should be the subject. If choosing one of the the two as-is I have to choose “A” as the better photograph.

  206. Nicolas September 13, 2011 at 8:17 am #

    B!

  207. Andrew September 13, 2011 at 8:18 am #

    A for me.

  208. Joshua Haygood September 13, 2011 at 8:18 am #

    At first glance, I immediately though Photo A is the better photo. But then I thought about the photos in terms of an album cover and thought differently. It seems to me that Photo B is more thematic. It almost says “lets get down to business” The first photo is more interesting but I believe that the second would make a better album cover.

  209. Donte September 13, 2011 at 8:18 am #

    A

  210. Daniel photography September 13, 2011 at 8:18 am #

    Photo A

  211. Chad September 13, 2011 at 8:19 am #

    I vote for whichever one objectifies that woman the most.

    • Mike September 14, 2011 at 5:24 am #

      Exactly. Neither.

  212. Curtis gibeaut September 13, 2011 at 8:20 am #

    B all the way.

  213. Niko B. September 13, 2011 at 8:20 am #

    I would vote A!

    I like B for sure. But if B then you need to be closer to him otherwise he is to dark and the ass of shorty is to distracting in my opinion.
    Furthermore I like his gesture. It’s more like: “Welcome to my world”

    A or cutting shorties ass from B!

  214. randell September 13, 2011 at 8:20 am #

    A. For me too. The light reflections in the brandy glass are too distracting. in B.

  215. Bobby September 13, 2011 at 8:20 am #

    A — but with touch up on the girls back.. the shadows are not flattering to her.

  216. David Wong September 13, 2011 at 8:20 am #

    I pretty much go with A.
    It is more personal and not too graphicky.

  217. Kimberly September 13, 2011 at 8:21 am #

    A- I am interested in him. The second photo I ind the girl a distraction. Including the title of the album , if allowed would be helpful as the picture may lend to the story, but without knowing that-solid A.

  218. Mike September 13, 2011 at 8:22 am #

    B, by far. The design works way better for a cover.

  219. Dennis September 13, 2011 at 8:22 am #

    B, but I feel the girl is a distraction in both…in a bad way. I would photoshop her out. The wedgie doesn’t help either!

  220. Jana September 13, 2011 at 8:25 am #

    i like his face in the first one. but all in all B is the better one…

  221. Randall September 13, 2011 at 8:26 am #

    For an album cover, I lke A better. It shows his identity better and it’s overall cleaner.

  222. Frank Grygier September 13, 2011 at 8:27 am #

    I vote for B. If you are going to use the female I think we should see her face.

  223. Alexis September 13, 2011 at 8:27 am #

    My ZWOM (zero worth opinion mouthing) on this
    A is safe, clear, self explanatory, story telling as some commented, a good commercial look for an album cover
    B demands the viewer to dig into it, there s a lot in it that create questions, bad commercial look i d say

    My zero worth opinion on that: ditch the story telling bs and go for B, why on earth should there be a commercial look ? Yes well apart from wallet condiderations

  224. Kyle Vincent Thomas September 13, 2011 at 8:28 am #

    Photo A works best. Sir Mix-a-lot is the focal point where. In photo B, the eye focuses on the girl and Sir becomes a secondary thought. It’s interesting, but it’s his album, so he should be the focus.

  225. Andy September 13, 2011 at 8:28 am #

    A for sure

  226. henry September 13, 2011 at 8:29 am #

    Commerically it is A but artistically I like B

  227. Jeff September 13, 2011 at 8:29 am #

    A, no question. A is about Sir Mix-A-Lot… B is about some chick on the side, and, oh look, some dude peeking over the top of his wine glass.

  228. Eric September 13, 2011 at 8:31 am #

    A for the cover. I’d use B for the inside of the back cover, beneath the clear cd holder.

  229. Mike Folden September 13, 2011 at 8:32 am #

    I think B has a little more to it. I really wish there was another girl on the other side to balance the frame out. I feel like something is missing over there.

  230. Priit September 13, 2011 at 8:32 am #

    A

  231. Charlie September 13, 2011 at 8:32 am #

    At first glance I I vote for A because the girl is not distracting. You see her but she is in more shadow.

    But I like his look better in B. A seems a bit better balanced for a CD cover since you have room on top and bottom for wording. They are both so cool. Its a draw for me.

    Use both. 50/50 on each album.

  232. Dave Dillon September 13, 2011 at 8:33 am #

    A for me, prefer seeing his facial expression, and B makes me have to look for it too much. As a photo, I like B a lot, because I like images that make me look close to see everything there is to see, but as an album cover, A wins it.

  233. Danielle September 13, 2011 at 8:33 am #

    Personally I find B much more intriguing and find I am drawn into the image. I’m not personally a fan of the girl as I think it’s a little cliche, but prefer the image of her with the shirt on.

  234. Charlie September 13, 2011 at 8:35 am #

    I meant use A some of the albums and and B for the others. Not both on the same cover…..so tired today.

  235. Melissa Johnson September 13, 2011 at 8:37 am #

    B! It just has so much mystery and intrigue!

  236. Mike September 13, 2011 at 8:37 am #

    A. It is a more iconic image. The intensity of B is lost if viewed from any distance.

  237. Bernadette hair September 13, 2011 at 8:38 am #

    The first – the second would have been better if his hands were together, fingertips touching.

  238. Traci Alexander September 13, 2011 at 8:39 am #

    B! If its a cd cover…everyone will know who he is already. I like the mystery and composition in it. Loving the concept…I mean who doesn’t like big butts?!?!

  239. lynda September 13, 2011 at 8:39 am #

    A – the white jacket in the second one draws my attention over sir mix-a-lot, where he draws more attention in A

  240. Danny St September 13, 2011 at 8:39 am #

    I think A has better balance.

    B would be a better image if the lady in the background was removed.

  241. Dan - right brained September 13, 2011 at 8:40 am #

    A – absolutely
    unless he doesn’t want to be recognized

  242. Ulrich Schuster September 13, 2011 at 8:40 am #

    … its a tough one … I preferre A due to the following resons …

    1. took me some time to figure out its a glas in his hands and its hard to see who he is
    2. dont like the fur on the girl in B
    3. slip fits way better in A

    I d love to have more light on her Face in A though
    cheers

  243. Relle September 13, 2011 at 8:41 am #

    B – hands down. But Id add the girl from A, that little jacket in B isnt working for her one bit…or just take her out altogether

  244. Jeremy September 13, 2011 at 8:42 am #

    I prefer photo A, the compositon and lighting is good and has been said in earlier posts, the personality is more natural. In the end, for me, it would come down to the name of the Album and the feel that Sir Mix A Lot is trying to give with his lyrics and presentation.

  245. Karma Rae September 13, 2011 at 8:42 am #

    A- clearer message and image, and shows his full face. B for the backside of the album?

  246. Willie September 13, 2011 at 8:43 am #

    B – A little mystery in the Mix. I like it.

  247. Chris Bonney September 13, 2011 at 8:43 am #

    “A.” “B” hides too much.

  248. Daniel Archer September 13, 2011 at 8:45 am #

    B – for sure. Luxury meets mystery.

  249. Joe-Boy September 13, 2011 at 8:45 am #

    I like him in A – Her in B
    Maybe combine them both in snazzy photoshop.
    He’s more important though so A.

    • gray September 13, 2011 at 9:20 pm #

      right on. I think Joe-Boy has it right on

  250. Anonymous September 13, 2011 at 8:45 am #

    I.would say picture A is better due to the expresivity of the model’s face thay makes a stronger and more complete scene

  251. Juha Sompinmäki September 13, 2011 at 8:45 am #

    Baby got back. A.

  252. Gonzalo Baron September 13, 2011 at 8:46 am #

    I.would say picture A is better due to the expresivity of the model’s face thay makes a stronger and more complete scene

  253. Nelson September 13, 2011 at 8:49 am #

    B the eyes just pop in all that darkness looks real cool

  254. Jeremy September 13, 2011 at 8:49 am #

    I like his pose better in A but the wineglass is in an unfortunate spot in that one. I didn’t even notice it at first. But when I did, it spoiled the shot. Since there is not option C with an “A like” pose sans wineglass, I chose B.

  255. Joe Ash September 13, 2011 at 8:49 am #

    With out knowing anything about the album I would choose A.

  256. Chriss September 13, 2011 at 8:50 am #

    A

  257. Nick September 13, 2011 at 8:51 am #

    I’d take him from “B” and combine it with her from “A”. Reason being i like what he is doing more in “B” but i find the white jacket she is wearing pulls my eye towards her in “B” compared to her bare back in “A”. I would combine the 2 photos into one ultimate photo haha :) Either way both are awesome. Amazing work as always Chase!

  258. Monique Zoellner September 13, 2011 at 8:51 am #

    A
    in B he looks a bit like a dog ,o)

  259. bethany September 13, 2011 at 8:53 am #

    B. I like the jacket the girl has on. more intriguing… i love the wine glass too.

  260. Bruno September 13, 2011 at 8:53 am #

    Photo A it’s about Sir Mix-A-Lot. The back and the face of the model on the right are hidden by shadows, while Sir’s face is clear.

    Photo B it’s more about the model on the right. We see more of her (the shadows on A give a look of “no identity” to her). On the other hand, Sir’s face is covered by his hands and the class of wine.

    But these two photographs tells a story together, and I like the idea of A for the cover and B for the backside of the album.

  261. Bruce Peter September 13, 2011 at 8:54 am #

    Chase,

    I like A better. Why, the focus should be on the entertainer, not the model. In the A photo you have her upper half in shadow which is great and her “butt” is on the same plane as his face so you take in everything on that plan.

    With photo B my eye is drawn to her blonde hair since you have lit that area of her as well.

    My opinion, your milage may vary!

    Thanks for sharing and asking our opinion.

    Bruce Peter

  262. Fat Don September 13, 2011 at 8:54 am #

    In digital processing why make it about A or B…I suggest Girl in A, Him in B — all focus on eyes and bootie. Great work as always!

  263. Jules R September 13, 2011 at 8:54 am #

    A. He looks like a duck in B.

  264. nic September 13, 2011 at 8:56 am #

    He looks better in A, she looks better in B

  265. Jan Weidenbacher September 13, 2011 at 8:57 am #

    B is the one I would personally go for. The eyes look a lot more mysterious which I think is great for an album artwork.

  266. Edward Carlos September 13, 2011 at 8:57 am #

    A

  267. Jimbo September 13, 2011 at 8:57 am #

    Absolutely A.

    Can’t even see his face in B. Can’t recognize him.

    A you can instantly identify him.

  268. Christian September 13, 2011 at 8:59 am #

    A

    + pose and light
    + glass in the background
    + no fur and hidden face of the female model
    + no thing in the shadow on the left

    I like the creepy eyes on B, but the pose with the glass feels somehow wrong to me. Even if I like the gesture of his hands.

  269. Blair September 13, 2011 at 8:59 am #

    B

  270. Lalabongo September 13, 2011 at 8:59 am #

    B – definitely B… he’s got those eyes….

  271. Ahmed September 13, 2011 at 8:59 am #

    I like A

  272. NWX September 13, 2011 at 9:00 am #

    B. Better story.

  273. Rhoda September 13, 2011 at 9:01 am #

    A – the eyes are more engaging.

  274. Dejan September 13, 2011 at 9:01 am #

    First thought: A, just because it took some seconds more to get what B really is.
    Now, definitely B. I think it has more depth than A, which is basically straight in your face.

  275. Brian September 13, 2011 at 9:02 am #

    I like Sir Mix-A-Lot better in A, and the background girl better in B, in both cases because of their specific lighting. Any chance of a composited version C?

  276. Ed September 13, 2011 at 9:02 am #

    A for the girl and B for him. Mix ‘em together?

  277. Carelle September 13, 2011 at 9:05 am #

    I like him in on photo A better and her on photo B.

    Even though the lighting is quite aggressive, the face expression and gestuals are great on him on A. I think the symmetry is quite nice on photo B, but his hands are a bit over exposed and we have lost details, same for his face, only his eyes remains, unless you want to portrait him mean… (to me he does really mean on photo B).

    As for her, I really thing that the fur is making a statement on photo B, not only that; we can actually see her head too. Her bikini bottom looks better on B, I though that on A she looked like she had a wireless microphone in there… lol

    So, if it was my project, I would merge the shots in Photoshop.

    Carelle

  278. Leo September 13, 2011 at 9:05 am #

    definitely A

  279. Thad September 13, 2011 at 9:06 am #

    B
    I feel like he is trying to show us something in A and I don’t have the slightest clue what. B presents you with the same feeling but it doesn’t matter because it is more mysterious.

  280. Jonathan Cohen September 13, 2011 at 9:08 am #

    Strongly prefer A. The attempted drama in B (hiding his face behind a wineglass) strikes me as contrived/overwrought: I don’t buy it.

  281. Sonny September 13, 2011 at 9:09 am #

    B!

  282. Brian Braun September 13, 2011 at 9:12 am #

    B. More Texture. More Mystery. I wanna know who this guy is.

  283. Dakota September 13, 2011 at 9:12 am #

    definitely B

  284. Ian September 13, 2011 at 9:14 am #

    This is a tough one, I like A a bit in the abstract. But I’m sorta curious of the new album is Sir Mix Alot’s album darker and more moody? If so perhaps B would be better. I do like the image of Sir more in A, but I like the girl in B more. Either would work great.

  285. James C September 13, 2011 at 9:14 am #

    A

    B reveals too much of the model’s face. It makes the viewer realize she’s a real person and not just a sex object/plaything that he keeps behind his desk. We wouldn’t want anyone thinking that!

  286. TimR September 13, 2011 at 9:16 am #

    B, except for the hands and the wine glass–they’re a jumbled mess that don’t really read well, and the symmetry is annoying.

  287. Chris September 13, 2011 at 9:16 am #

    I have a tough time deciding. I like how the girl’s back fades into darkness on A, but I like the pose for the DJ on B, to the point if you took the guy from B and the girl from A i’d be sold on that one. without modifications A. I think i just dislike the fuzzy vest the girl has in B.

  288. Peter Thomas September 13, 2011 at 9:16 am #

    A.

    It’s intuitive.

  289. Steve Eshom September 13, 2011 at 9:16 am #

    A

    I think Sir Mix-a-lot’s personality shows through better.

  290. Nicole Raine September 13, 2011 at 9:16 am #

    B!

  291. Joce September 13, 2011 at 9:17 am #

    A; mainly because I prefer the size difference between the two subjects; where I find that in B they are fighting for the limelight. I really like the way the man is shot in A though I did like the jacket on the girl in B.

  292. Jose Barceló September 13, 2011 at 9:18 am #

    I think A is better

  293. Yani September 13, 2011 at 9:18 am #

    B seems way more interesting to me, and the girl looks better in B.

  294. Malika September 13, 2011 at 9:19 am #

    A for me the pics B is good but I think A is better for a cover!

  295. Chris Russell September 13, 2011 at 9:20 am #

    A- All the way Chase…….love the faded lighting on the female Model!

    Love the great work my friend!

  296. David Dvir September 13, 2011 at 9:20 am #

    I feel like the hands open in A are a bit of a sign of weakness, sure it shows his face but his fans already know what he looks like. B is great, very intimidating and mysterious. Leaving people’s own imagination to fill the gap is one of my favourite things to do. If they want to fear him, they’ll think he looks scary, if they want to respect him, they’ll think he looks powerful etc..

    I like B

    Cheers,

  297. Jay Garcia Morales September 13, 2011 at 9:21 am #

    B !!!

  298. liz September 13, 2011 at 9:21 am #

    A with girl in B.

  299. Daniel September 13, 2011 at 9:23 am #

    Absolutely like B, mostly because it is more expressive and imho has a more appealing light.

  300. Jedrzej Marzecki September 13, 2011 at 9:24 am #

    Both are very good, but I would go for A.

  301. Andrew September 13, 2011 at 9:24 am #

    For a rap album cover B, without question. Photo A looks like he’s gonna try and hug you over the desk. Maybe if his hands were in police cuffs I could vote for A but my first thought when looking at the photo is “what the &^#% is he doing with his hands?”; they are just too distracting (to me anyhow).

  302. Fernando September 13, 2011 at 9:24 am #

    B. A is a fantastic portrait, but B has me hooked as a cover & “story.”

  303. Ben Ewing September 13, 2011 at 9:25 am #

    A for sure. I feel like you gain much more understanding in the guys face. I initially had no idea what was going on in B. I’m all for mystery in a photograph but i’d like to gain something from the subject and get a little back story from his facial expression

  304. Borja (ogeid66) September 13, 2011 at 9:25 am #

    B for me

  305. Anonymous September 13, 2011 at 9:26 am #

    background from A, pose from B

  306. Megha Patel September 13, 2011 at 9:27 am #

    B

  307. Jeroen September 13, 2011 at 9:27 am #

    I prefer b

  308. dhani September 13, 2011 at 9:29 am #

    I would say B cutting the girl out. The shot has such a nice symetry that the bum just throws things off…….

  309. Vince September 13, 2011 at 9:30 am #

    I like both, but here are my thoughts.

    A) Shows is face. For marketing, shelf space identification I would go with that. His face is well known and passing a shelf with a CD showing it might boost sales.

    B) From an artistic standpoint I like this one the best. Frankly I think it fits his personality. Wine, Women and Song. Not necessarily in that order :)

  310. Vince September 13, 2011 at 9:30 am #

    I like both, but here are my thoughts.

    A) Shows is face. For marketing, shelf space identification I would go with that. His face is well known and passing a shelf with a CD showing it might boost sales.

    B) From an artistic standpoint I like this one the best. Frankly I think it fits his personality. Wine, Women and Song. Not necessarily in that order :)

  311. Sylvia September 13, 2011 at 9:31 am #

    I like A better for the cover and B for the back side! He’s a good looking guy, i personally like to see the musicians face on albums I buy. B looks kind of demonic to me. Great shot! Nice contrast going on in the photo.

  312. Zhotography September 13, 2011 at 9:31 am #

    B. It has a very dark aspect of the photo and keeps the viewer curious of the man behind the glass.

  313. anise September 13, 2011 at 9:33 am #

    B.

  314. Rob September 13, 2011 at 9:33 am #

    A for me…. There is something I don’t love about her throw-over on the 2nd one. There also seems to be too much black space for me on the 2nd (although that depends how much art work needs to go over the image somewhat).

    A also has a more open feeling whereas B is very closed.

  315. Mikelangelo September 13, 2011 at 9:33 am #

    I like his face in A. I think his jacket is too blown out as well. I do not like the model in A. You’ve cut her in half.

    I like the model in B (the fur, you can see the face a little). Nitpick, but the desk is level in B and I prefer that.

    Overall, for an album cover, I like A. Sir Mix-a-Lot is “inviting” me to listen to him. I love his look/eyes in B, but he seems more guarded of his art/music in B.

  316. erik September 13, 2011 at 9:33 am #

    A

  317. Mark K September 13, 2011 at 9:33 am #

    A is telling a story and the camera was there and managed to capture it.

    B is camera telling the people to make a story because it has to capture something.

    A is the better shot in my opinion.

  318. Troy Breidenbach September 13, 2011 at 9:35 am #

    B.

    I didn’t spend time studying the picture. I wouldn’t if I bought the album. B seemed tougher at first glance…fits his image. I was drawn immediately to his eyes.

    • Clint Fraser September 13, 2011 at 9:38 am #

      B – I like it. A is a really typical pose for musicians in this genre.

  319. Andy September 13, 2011 at 9:35 am #

    A – the girl’s jacket in B attracts my eye too much.

  320. Sven September 13, 2011 at 9:38 am #

    A for sure

  321. Edward August September 13, 2011 at 9:39 am #

    I prefer A except that the glass of wine/hennessy gets lost in the arm of his jacket. At first i didnt even realize it was there.
    So B.

  322. Kyle September 13, 2011 at 9:40 am #

    Photo A but with girl from photo B

  323. Frank September 13, 2011 at 9:41 am #

    Photo A, without a doubt.

  324. Jonah September 13, 2011 at 9:43 am #

    A for sure

  325. CJ September 13, 2011 at 9:43 am #

    A – Definitely !

  326. Bob September 13, 2011 at 9:44 am #

    A

  327. Ryne September 13, 2011 at 9:44 am #

    definitely B. The face of the girl coming in adds a lot and Mix’s expression looks more badass.

  328. Mike F September 13, 2011 at 9:45 am #

    Photo A, Photo B takes away from him because her butt it lit way more than he is. (Not the worst thing in the world though)

  329. Dell September 13, 2011 at 9:47 am #

    B

  330. Ryan September 13, 2011 at 9:47 am #

    I would say neither. I like the pose of the man better in A wile I prefer the lighting on the woman better in B

  331. Donny September 13, 2011 at 9:47 am #

    B

  332. Freddy Oropeza September 13, 2011 at 9:48 am #

    B

  333. Har Rai September 13, 2011 at 9:49 am #

    Definitely A

  334. p September 13, 2011 at 9:49 am #

    B !!!!! (would be perfect if B had the girl in A in it)

  335. M.D. Welch September 13, 2011 at 9:52 am #

    A all the way.

    Two reasons. First, I can see it is Sir Mix A Lot. I can see his face and make the connection. Second. The shot of the girl is much more focused on the subject of his biggest song. Two visual connections, makes A the winner.

  336. Erwin September 13, 2011 at 9:53 am #

    Whats the name of the album?

  337. Kirstie Blake September 13, 2011 at 9:53 am #

    personally i think shot A is better for the Artist, but prefer the dynamic with the girl in shot B and i would be tempted to combine the two

  338. Matt Staples September 13, 2011 at 9:55 am #

    For me, B by miles.

    Sure A shows you Sir Mix-a-lot’s face better, but B is just way more fun. (And you already know who he is if you are picking up his album I suspect ;) ) and I’m not swayed by a little extra girl skin in A, plus the fur in B makes for a more interesting look.

  339. Jeremy September 13, 2011 at 9:55 am #

    I like version A. In version B, the several strips of light on the glass in front of his face is distracting to me. (I must say, though, I prefer the girl in B.)

  340. ishtiak September 13, 2011 at 9:55 am #

    A

  341. Morgan Ione Yeager September 13, 2011 at 9:57 am #

    I like A.

  342. Preetham September 13, 2011 at 9:58 am #

    A it is.

  343. GSigouin September 13, 2011 at 9:58 am #

    A

    B is visually more difficult to read around the area of the face/glass/hands. I find it distracting from the overall image.

  344. Ferry 55k September 13, 2011 at 10:01 am #

    Photo A

  345. Levvyy September 13, 2011 at 10:03 am #

    B for sure.

  346. hbbalazs September 13, 2011 at 10:05 am #

    A is better.

  347. Sunset girl photography September 13, 2011 at 10:05 am #

    B is better, photo for me picture A is like “her a.. is that big” lol i dont know maybe because in picture A u can see just girl bottom..GOOD LUCK!!

  348. Johnny Rocket September 13, 2011 at 10:05 am #

    I like a combination of both. Sir mix a lot in photo A and the girl in photo B. I like the jacket and lighting on the girl in “B”, plus you can see a little more of her head. Mix a lot looks creepy in “B”.

  349. stephan mantler September 13, 2011 at 10:06 am #

    Apparently the album title will be “dun 4got bout mix” (or that’s what google said). Which makes me prefer A because to me it seems to work better for that. I’m not thrilled about the girl though, so I’d either re-do post to show at least a hint of her face, or transplant the girl from B (where she still shows off her “qualities”, but at least there’s a face here).

  350. Jeremy Jeziorski September 13, 2011 at 10:07 am #

    I like the pose in B better – but the white fur top she’s wearing draws attention away from Sir M… Photo A keeps your attention on the man himself more.

    Tough choice, indeed.

  351. Szabi September 13, 2011 at 10:08 am #

    B. Though the chicks ass is too hot (i.e. bit overexposed for my taste)

  352. me September 13, 2011 at 10:11 am #

    hmm
    what is the main subject in these photos? Actually guys face competes with the girl’s ass :)

    My answer is neither. Mainly because of the issue mentioned

  353. Jim September 13, 2011 at 10:14 am #

    Photoshop the two together. Take Sir-Mix-a-Lot from picture A and combine it with the young lady from Picture B.

    • Jim September 13, 2011 at 10:15 am #

      . . . and tone down her jacket so as not to compete with him for focus.

  354. gryphon1911 September 13, 2011 at 10:16 am #

    I like the lighting in B better, but A has a better composition regarding the subjects face.

    In B , that could have been anyone.I. should not have to rely on a caption to know who it is.

    A for the win.

  355. Denzil Jennings September 13, 2011 at 10:16 am #

    B would be a much better photo if it weren’t for the girls underwear being messed up.

  356. WMass Commentor September 13, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I wish I could look at photo B at the same 1200 x 1200 rezas photo A but alas it is only 620 x 620…
    I choose photo B as the girl in A is too distracting and his hands are empty. In photo B the girl is slightly further back and he holds, possesses (caresses?) the curved wine glass as if it were the girl…

  357. Stian Ulriksen September 13, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Definately B, in A it looks like he is in the middle of a conversation with you, whilst B is more of a mystery

  358. Helton Carneiro September 13, 2011 at 10:20 am #

    A – beautiful

  359. nick September 13, 2011 at 10:20 am #

    A … BUT …. his right hand is not very well defined unfortunately .. I’d really reshoot .. or maybe you have another “C” ?

    B is a bit of a kitsch …

  360. Agustin September 13, 2011 at 10:23 am #

    A –

    But I would like to see the light on the girl’s face like in B.

  361. Richard Schmon September 13, 2011 at 10:24 am #

    Definitely B. Mix-a-lot’s eyes are much more interesting…

    Nice work.

  362. Katrin Bretscher September 13, 2011 at 10:28 am #

    I’ll say B. Because:
    In A, the girl doesn’t have a head, instead there’s a shiny collar flowing somewhere in the air. With the head missing, all attention is on her butt, which has an ugly shadow just above it. It looks as if she were really bending her lower back to make her a$$ stand out, which can be sexy, but it is too much of an unnatural pose for my liking. In general, her back is too busy with all the shadows going on if you compare it to the rest of the picture. That’s much better with girl wearing the white jacket.

    I do prefer the guy’s pose in A, as it’s less “posed”, less aware of the camera. In B, there’s also something floating just to the left of “guy” that I find distracting. In a phallic way, even :P

  363. Robbie September 13, 2011 at 10:28 am #

    I like B the best with her face lit slightly.

  364. mark September 13, 2011 at 10:28 am #

    A.

    I would prob prefer B if the freaking glass wasnt there! Same expression with folded hands would be a winner

  365. Mike September 13, 2011 at 10:34 am #

    I Like A over B and here’s why.

    A shows him as a more dynamic individual and his unique character. Sure it doesn’t have the general mysterious edgy bad-assery going for it like the pose in B; but B to me is Just Another Rap Artist and Just Another Album.

    To make my final decision I’d have to listen to the Album to determine which is more the character of the music.

  366. Ryan September 13, 2011 at 10:35 am #

    Another vote for A.

  367. Wito September 13, 2011 at 10:37 am #

    B but with the girl from the A pic

  368. jeremy September 13, 2011 at 10:37 am #

    I think you should come up with an idea of your own and shoot it. Something more profound. I understand pleasing the client, but I think because your the visual artist, and photographer you should come to him with a more powerful message in the image. B attempts that, and I am assuming it was closer to your vision although with out a clear face it’s eh. The girl really ruins the shot. The contrast is really high and understandably you have a “look” to your black and white and usually it works REALLY WELL, but kinda missed the mark this time. I feel like a dick now. THEY ARE BOTH AMAZING, YOU WILL MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION CAUSE YOUR A GENIUS AND I LOVE ALL YOUR WORK!!!!! There I feel better.

  369. Nazar September 13, 2011 at 10:40 am #

    A is better than b, cause for me its meaningful.

  370. wurks September 13, 2011 at 10:43 am #

    B no doubt

  371. Denny Wells September 13, 2011 at 10:43 am #

    I was going to pick B – I like the image of him, but when I got past the thumbnail and saw some fuzzy creature on her back (rather than simply a shirt), it just kept drawing my eye and distracting me.

    So, I go with A. A strong image without a strong distraction.

  372. Art LARA September 13, 2011 at 10:45 am #

    i would have to say A. you can see his face.

  373. Andrew September 13, 2011 at 10:48 am #

    A. B is interesting and cool for the wall, but A for an album cover.

  374. phil September 13, 2011 at 10:50 am #

    B. For the look he’s got going on and I can see a hint of the girls face.

  375. Dan September 13, 2011 at 10:52 am #

    ha, I was going to say Neither too. They are nice images, and I don’t really know the context of what the image is for. So either could work. One could sell wine, the other could sell ass.

    But over all I think the wine glass in the middle of the face is a bit weird with out meaning to it. seems like a power pose but with a wimpy object in the middle of it.

    The other is a salesman pitch. which I like the more close up shot of him. But really don’t know what he’s selling.

    With no context, I feel neither has any meaning to me.

  376. Christian September 13, 2011 at 10:59 am #

    Absolute A. He is connecting more with the viewer and he is more in focus. B is visually too messy and I lose focus as a viewer.

  377. trudy September 13, 2011 at 11:01 am #

    ‘A’ for sure… it looks like your about to get talked into some illegal scam before you even know whats going on.

  378. Bryan c September 13, 2011 at 11:02 am #

    B, it has more mystery, and the highlights on the glass lead you to mix-a-lots face rather than the baby with back in the background

  379. Erika Newhouse September 13, 2011 at 11:03 am #

    B for sure.

  380. Jim September 13, 2011 at 11:06 am #

    Definitely A. His gesture is one of presentation and the model has a bit more mystery. B seems to be a disconnect between the guy drinking wine and a model looking on (?) over her shoulder. What’s the point?

  381. Tyler P September 13, 2011 at 11:07 am #

    A. My attention is drawn to his eyes and his gesture is more inviting. Coming from a gangster that might not be a good thing though…

  382. ken September 13, 2011 at 11:07 am #

    Any other variants of A or B?

    I’d throw out both for different reasons:

    A because his right hand points straight out so the hand disappears and the lighting also makes the right hand disappear a bit.

    B because the glass is too close to his face. the reflections make it look like part of his face. If he dropped it below his lips or maybe at least his nose, it’d look a lot better. And photoshop out that left reflection on something to the left of the table that’s distracting.

    If you had both variants, I’d still choose B because his eyes have a more piercing look and I like the outfit on the girl to the right better.

  383. kheylen September 13, 2011 at 11:08 am #

    ‘A’ for me please, but I’d paste the girl from B in,

  384. Chad Phillips September 13, 2011 at 11:10 am #

    A & B
    Mix from A
    Girl from B.

  385. Rob Hill September 13, 2011 at 11:10 am #

    I would say B. I like the look on his face better and you also get to see some of her face as well instead of just “some random booty on the right side of the photo”.

  386. Brian B. September 13, 2011 at 11:11 am #

    I prefer B but I think A is the better album cover.

  387. Jane Quigley September 13, 2011 at 11:12 am #

    For an album cover, I think B is more Iconic. A could be on the inside sleeve.

  388. Obadiah Lee September 13, 2011 at 11:12 am #

    both got their audience but B takes it this time

  389. Robertv September 13, 2011 at 11:13 am #

    A is better.

    Either is better without the ass.
    Not that I’ve anything against ass shots.

  390. John S September 13, 2011 at 11:14 am #

    I prefer B.

  391. Tom Wehrle September 13, 2011 at 11:15 am #

    B all the way

  392. David Castagneto September 13, 2011 at 11:15 am #

    B is more ominous IMHO. I find myself less distracted by the girl in B mainly because A has such a “Sir Mix-a-Lot” feel to his pose that I just glance over it. I find myself looking more and more at B.

    B, definitely B

  393. Michael September 13, 2011 at 11:17 am #

    actually none! … well i guess a mix of A + B … dude from A … girl from B … shot B could be good but the class and the face and the contrast dosn’t work!

  394. Chris Toms September 13, 2011 at 11:17 am #

    I am going with photo B

  395. Melomeni September 13, 2011 at 11:19 am #

    If I had to put it on a cd, I would take A. it is straight forward
    If I was to print it or use it for a book, I would do for B …It ‘s a bit dramatic and promising..

  396. Marina Dzhumaeva September 13, 2011 at 11:19 am #

    Definitely A. Open face.
    B you can;t see him behind the hands.

    A!

  397. tucker joenz September 13, 2011 at 11:19 am #

    I’m thinking B as the glass and the mysterious eyes are pretty cool. Lighting is more what I like to see in B

  398. Kristina September 13, 2011 at 11:19 am #

    A

  399. Jeremy September 13, 2011 at 11:20 am #

    I prefer the hand gesture done in photo A.

  400. Dan September 13, 2011 at 11:21 am #

    B.

  401. Paige Parsons September 13, 2011 at 11:22 am #

    A. It works much better small. Most people will be looking at it as a 200×200 thumbnail in itunes or on their ipod.

  402. Corey September 13, 2011 at 11:25 am #

    Photo A- because you can see Sir-mix-a lots face and the models bikini bottoms aren’t all bunched up like in photo B

  403. Marius Haugen September 13, 2011 at 11:25 am #

    I think you should go for B, A is boring.

  404. Brian J September 13, 2011 at 11:26 am #

    Image A, I like the posing in B but my eye wonders to the woman and fur. I also like the woman being faceless in image A

  405. timo September 13, 2011 at 11:27 am #

    I choose A- just an overall more balanced photo, in terms of lighting, composition, etc.

  406. SeeZ September 13, 2011 at 11:28 am #

    Portrait of B with the background of A.

    I would say B

  407. Shawna September 13, 2011 at 11:29 am #

    Photo B all the way. I don’t like his hands in Photo A…too distracting and doesn’t make for a good album cover in my opinion. Photo B, though, is more intriguing, and I’m actually drawn to his eyes more in Photo B than A.

  408. @jessicamacho September 13, 2011 at 11:29 am #

    A. For sure.

    I like the “balance” of light on the right and left sides of the photo. While Photo B is mysterious, I find there are some distracting elements that pull my eye off the main subject, Sir Mix-A-Lot.

  409. Andre September 13, 2011 at 11:30 am #

    A – for sure. B could work on the back of the case.

  410. Philipp Ulrich September 13, 2011 at 11:30 am #

    Image B, I like its darkness.

  411. Jakob September 13, 2011 at 11:30 am #

    B is more interesting.

  412. Brent September 13, 2011 at 11:35 am #

    B. It’s less industry standard.

  413. John H. Maw September 13, 2011 at 11:40 am #

    Oh that’s so difficult. In A the man is easier to read. His face is well lit and you can see what he is doing with his hands. In addition there is a gesture towards the camera which is nice. On the other hand the class almost merges with the line of his sleeve and the girls head is lost with only a disembodied reflection from an earring.

    In the second shotI like that hat and I love the look of the hair on the girl. The bottom of the glass stands out well, but the bowl of the glass and the mans hands and his eyes looking over the glass are rather confusing.

    My solution would be to get them back and reshoot. Get the man to do what he did in A (pick out the top of the hat better), but put the glass off to the left a bit. Get the girl just as she was in B, because the hair is beautiful.

    Sorry. I really want to say only nice things because then I feel like such a pleasant chap, but then you did ask.

    All the best.

    John

  414. Robin Flume September 13, 2011 at 11:40 am #

    I vote for B, it’s as already said in the describtion, more mysterious. + I don’t really like the posing in A (the hands).

  415. Teun September 13, 2011 at 11:43 am #

    I like the pose of B with the wine glass more then the hands on A, but the jacket of the girl distracts me a lot.
    It’s distracting so much, I should go for A.

  416. Borut Peterlin September 13, 2011 at 11:45 am #

    Artist will choose photo A, no doubt. It’s a matter of ego!
    :-)

  417. Adam September 13, 2011 at 11:47 am #

    A. This is a mysterious picture of sir mix-a-lot and a mystery woman to the right, not a pic of a large butt and a random person in the middle.

  418. Borut Peterlin September 13, 2011 at 11:48 am #

    Why the girl is not standing on a table and a guy would do his posture between her legs. In this way she’s disturbing element. Retouch her out. Simplify.
    B5

    PS: Few days ago I did a picture of a guy between women’s legs. It’s on my blog.

  419. Michael Kirk September 13, 2011 at 11:49 am #

    B is better but still lacks that something extra or special.

    A is just too much cliche (bad posing)

    I like the lighting in both pics though!

  420. Matthias Höing September 13, 2011 at 11:50 am #

    B

  421. Paul Pratt September 13, 2011 at 11:52 am #

    B. Darker guy. Brighter booty.

  422. MikeD September 13, 2011 at 11:54 am #

    A – I choose it over B because it looks to be more focused on Mix and the model is more background because of the wardrobe and lighting choice. I also prefer his body language in A, it seems more true to how I picture him (bold, confident, masculine). Either way, I always enjoy your fantastic work!

  423. prentice danner September 13, 2011 at 11:54 am #

    I think A. should be the cover. Maybe B for inside the album sleeve.

  424. Adam September 13, 2011 at 12:01 pm #

    A, better character in Sir’s face and like the lady without the jacket

  425. Lou September 13, 2011 at 12:05 pm #

    I like the composition and lighting of B, but I like Mix more in A.

    I like that he’s identifiable, more accessible to the viewer in A.

    I don’t like that the model is headless (but I kinda’ do, just a part of me does). I don’t like that his right hand is straight towards the camera and it looks weird to me.

    I like B because it’s moody, all key components are lit well, I like that his eyes are peeking through. I don’t like that his face is hidden (but again, part of me does hehe).

    I watched this whole cjLIVE… I loved it. Both are great photos, Sir Chase. :D

  426. Rafael September 13, 2011 at 12:08 pm #

    I would buy A, like his face gesture.

  427. Ian Livesey September 13, 2011 at 12:08 pm #

    Has to be A).

    Only needs one face!

  428. Derek September 13, 2011 at 12:09 pm #

    Photo A

  429. Arti K September 13, 2011 at 12:13 pm #

    A..!

    I couldn’t put my finger on what bothered me about B initially, but I think B doesn’t do it for me because he looks like he is hiding behind the glass. I suppose one could interpret that as mysterious, but it reads as hiding to me. It’s also the body language between A and B – in the first picture, his shoulders are wide and he owns the space. In the second one, because his shoulders are rounded from having to hold the glass in front of his face, it makes him look shorter and again, like he is hiding.

    Tough call though, I see what you mean.

  430. Glenn Euloth September 13, 2011 at 12:16 pm #

    I very much prefer photo A as there is more light on the main subject’s face, the hands are open and welcoming, and the model in the background is a little darker and therefore less of a distraction.

  431. Jan September 13, 2011 at 12:20 pm #

    Definitely A because I like to see his face and I don’t like the fur on her back, it’s too light and distracting.

  432. Jim Johnson September 13, 2011 at 12:21 pm #

    B is the better shot .

  433. Mark September 13, 2011 at 12:21 pm #

    A for me – I like to see the face – tells me more about the person, but actually I don’t like the hands – the welcoming feel puts me off in the context

  434. Brandt September 13, 2011 at 12:25 pm #

    B. He looks sinister and devious, like he’s looking right through you.

  435. Neill Soden September 13, 2011 at 12:31 pm #

    Simply put A

  436. John September 13, 2011 at 12:32 pm #

    Photo A. It sitll has some of the mystery, even toughness of B, but it is more welcoming and the viewer immediately senses the mood. In B, the viewer spends time trying to interpret the wine glass in front of face before being able to step back and appreciate the larger image and to find/experinece its mood or atmosphere.

  437. Brian September 13, 2011 at 12:35 pm #

    A (But with the girls head from B)

  438. Finn September 13, 2011 at 12:37 pm #

    They are both great shots, but I prefer ‘A’ more as its more expressive, in b he seems a little hidden behind the glass

  439. Steve September 13, 2011 at 12:40 pm #

    THey both look a little unbalanced to me, I would of ditched the girl and gone in closer. That shape created by his hands in B looks awkward, so if its a choice A

  440. Mox September 13, 2011 at 12:40 pm #

    A. No doubt!

  441. john urban September 13, 2011 at 12:43 pm #

    I like A a lot, butt I also like B. Butt then again A is really strong, butt B is more intense.

    (all butts aside, A)

  442. David September 13, 2011 at 12:47 pm #

    I’d like to see a composite of the two. I’d use Sir from A and woman from B.

  443. Joel September 13, 2011 at 12:50 pm #

    Depends on the album style. Context is EVERYTHING.

    But as a photo….

    B is a more striking photo, but the panties across her butt looks sloppy.

    However, “A” fits his style a bit more, unless he’s going after a more 1930′s noire feel in his new album.

  444. saxon September 13, 2011 at 12:51 pm #

    A for sure. I don’t like the way he’s hiding behind the glass in B as if he’s some cartoon evil overlord plotting his next retarded idea for world domination. The girl in B is better, and the wider angle has some attraction, but it doesn’t make up for it.

  445. joop September 13, 2011 at 12:55 pm #

    Depends on what the client is looking for. Personally i prefer B.

  446. Dave September 13, 2011 at 12:58 pm #

    I like B the best. the light and his look make it. I would lose the girl though. I think it is stronger without her. Part of what bothers me with her, Her bikini bottoms are bunched and uneven, I want more light on her face. Otherwise great.

    Dave

  447. Hanuman September 13, 2011 at 1:04 pm #

    A

  448. JGL September 13, 2011 at 1:09 pm #

    Nothing personal just my opinion, but I really don’t like either of them, but if I have to choose it would be A. A reshoot is in order a little more oomph to the dark edgy feel.

  449. Sandeep Salariya September 13, 2011 at 1:12 pm #

    The Girl in ‘A’
    The Guy in ‘B’

  450. Ben Sassani September 13, 2011 at 1:16 pm #

    A for me. you can’t tell who’s in the picture on the second one. First one, you know its Mix-A-Lot.

  451. B. Moore September 13, 2011 at 1:19 pm #

    B is my vote!

    Now A might be the “better” photo but for his audience/fans photo B is absolutely perfect.

  452. Chris' September 13, 2011 at 1:20 pm #

    On photo B I don’t see details very well (on the hands, and glass), at first sight, glass / hands / face, are confusing.
    I prefer A, where there’s more light, and we see more details.

  453. LucaBrajato September 13, 2011 at 1:21 pm #

    +1 Ben Sassani

    A for the same reason.

    PS: but B i awesome too :)

  454. Hunter White September 13, 2011 at 1:27 pm #

    A is the better cover, B is better for the inside flap

  455. TroyK September 13, 2011 at 1:28 pm #

    A
    Most people have forgotten about Sir Mix A Lot and would like to see his face, plus the girls ass looks better in ‘A’. In ‘B’ it looks like she’s carrying a load in her bikini. One personal opinion of mine is that elbows are not attractive, I would have posed her a little different to hide the elbow.

  456. Simon September 13, 2011 at 1:30 pm #

    A not B
    because unless you had told me I would have had no idea who was in A and looking on the shelves of CD’s shops this would be an obvious problem… mmm not good promotional collateral … this would be my guess as to why A was chosen. Instant recognition? would that not be the key for this type photography

  457. Marcus September 13, 2011 at 1:33 pm #

    I am in favour of A. The face and gesture attract the attention first, then the girl in the back. In be there seems to be a fight between the two of them, because neither of them stands out as the “main item”. I would even say that the girl gets almost more attention initially, of course only because she got more light in that photo. ;-)

  458. Keri September 13, 2011 at 1:36 pm #

    A catches my attention more

  459. pixelmixture September 13, 2011 at 1:40 pm #

    B WITHOUT THE GIRL IS AWESOME

  460. Marcin Petruszka September 13, 2011 at 1:41 pm #

    B. It’s less obvious, and anyone getting Sir Mix-A-Lot’s new album just has to know him already… and even if it’s not the case they sure are not going to buy it for his looks ;)

  461. Mike September 13, 2011 at 1:43 pm #

    A – but with a little bit of light on the model’s face if possible.

  462. frank t September 13, 2011 at 2:07 pm #

    B. His eyes are what make it.

  463. Pieter September 13, 2011 at 2:08 pm #

    B for sure!

  464. Fede Cabrera September 13, 2011 at 2:16 pm #

    Love the eye contact in B!

  465. Mike Groseth September 13, 2011 at 2:23 pm #

    A for me.

  466. michael murphy September 13, 2011 at 2:28 pm #

    A. no doubt. the glass is a bit distracting, imho.

  467. Daryl September 13, 2011 at 2:32 pm #

    B just by a nose…and i don’t even know why except that I want to look at it longer!

  468. Nonsence September 13, 2011 at 2:32 pm #

    well I like both shots, but since he does not drink… the first one suits his personality better…. (I love wine myself( but the other photo drags too much attention on the wine glass… which is not about him unfortunatelly…. my opinion…. but great shots!!

  469. Dave Shaw September 13, 2011 at 2:36 pm #

    B. But it seems to me that the question is much more about the music on the new album. Open and brighter? Or dark? That should dictate the image used far more than the photo itself.

  470. Chris Doherty September 13, 2011 at 2:36 pm #

    I’m not sure it should be a matter of like and more a matter of purpose. What’s the objective? Both have their strengths and if the objective is clear then the more appropriate image will emerge.

    Unless this is just an exercise to generate discussion, in which case I like ‘B’. It’s more unique. ‘A’ is a tad cliche’. Add a cigar and a stack of bills in front of him and you have your standard pimp imagery. Then again, maybe that’s your objective.

  471. neal carpenter September 13, 2011 at 2:41 pm #

    B I love the eyes.

  472. eko September 13, 2011 at 2:44 pm #

    A – His face is too cluttered in B but I prefer that you can see some of the girls face in B

  473. Paul September 13, 2011 at 2:50 pm #

    B, I like the way my attention keeps getting drawn back to his eyes.

  474. Steph B September 13, 2011 at 2:52 pm #

    A for sure. Baby’s got more back!

    Seriously, A is clean and simple. The added wine glass to the face looks cool in B but I see it maybe a cropped, abstract, close up where you would have to study it a minute to figure out what it was inside the cd cover or something if anything. The jacket just doesn’t do anything. The image is still dirty.

  475. ajw93 September 13, 2011 at 2:56 pm #

    B. Though I’d likee it even more if he just had steepled fingers, without that glass in his hands. I love the model’s fuzzy top, it softens the whole shot, in a good way.

  476. Roland September 13, 2011 at 2:59 pm #

    A. Leverage the facial recognition for the guy. They’re both awesome from a style perspective.

  477. Paul September 13, 2011 at 3:00 pm #

    A…it has better balance and the girl’s top doesn’t distract like it does in image B

  478. Callum Winton September 13, 2011 at 3:00 pm #

    Depends on the message you’re conveying, but on an open playing field and for the edit/composition presented my feel is for A as it seems better balanced.

    But … B would be miles ahead if the girl wasn’t in it.
    Either PS her out (and the weird floating thing on the other side) or a 5×4 crop in on Mix-a-lot would be another quick solution …. and as a result it would be much much stronger.

    CW

  479. Marshall September 13, 2011 at 3:05 pm #

    Both shots are excellent and similar in composition and mood, but i really like A.

    The viewer can see his face more, and it is really all about him, in the end. The light on his jacket pulls the eye up to his face and there is some openness like ‘come join me’ with his hands. Since the audience is his audience then I think A.

    The second shot has too much mystery to it, that could be anyone with the glass and my eye goes more to the girls backside than him.

  480. Henry Inhofer September 13, 2011 at 3:07 pm #

    Photo A, it implies open and frank communication and that’s what he does…… So photo A will sell more CD’s

    Photo B , save it hopefully his new CD will “blow up” and you can use it to sell Courvoisier or Hennessy…….

  481. Nick September 13, 2011 at 3:10 pm #

    A for me, though like an earlier commenter said, it’d be nice to see just a little light on the lady’s face.

    As for B, I couldn’t even parse the glass at first – it just looked like something strange was happening under his eyes. Plus the lady is far brighter than the main subject and steals focus. Don’t dig it.

  482. Mitch September 13, 2011 at 3:13 pm #

    I prefer A because I look at him then notice the backside after. B my eyes skim right past him and go right to her backside. I have to force my self to look for his eyes. But hey….. I’m not the demographic that it’s going for.

  483. neopavlik September 13, 2011 at 3:13 pm #

    B. Has mystery and an “edge”.

  484. MikeD September 13, 2011 at 3:30 pm #

    I am going to go with what alot of other people are saying. Mix from B, the girl from A. I think B is a better ‘grown up’ photo of MIX.

  485. Andre Horton September 13, 2011 at 3:32 pm #

    “A” but put some light on the bootylicious model’s face like “B”! Nice pic!

  486. Cory Morhart September 13, 2011 at 3:41 pm #

    B wins, but I do prefer the girl in A.

  487. Pedro Santos September 13, 2011 at 3:48 pm #

    The girl is best in the A.
    He is beter in the B but i don’t like the glas in front of him.

    So i will go for the A

    Cheers

  488. Nicolle September 13, 2011 at 4:02 pm #

    Hands-down A. It fits better with the album title as well!!

  489. Mario September 13, 2011 at 4:08 pm #

    B for me!

  490. Mark September 13, 2011 at 4:17 pm #

    A. Swagger, and it simply makes mixalot more the focal point of the image. In B, they compete.

  491. Warren September 13, 2011 at 4:22 pm #

    I like A best.

  492. Dizzypic September 13, 2011 at 4:26 pm #

    It’s A by a long way for me.

  493. Chris Weller September 13, 2011 at 4:26 pm #

    For me A is the best shot. It clearly shows Sir Mix-A-Lot’s face, which for an album cover helps his brand recognition. B is a very cool shot but it doesn’t have the personality of A.

  494. Chris September 13, 2011 at 4:26 pm #

    Photo A …. definitely a classic photo for an OG.

    • Collin September 13, 2011 at 4:34 pm #

      B is the best! It is all about the eyes! B will reach out and grab you if you don’t buy the CD!

  495. guy with camera September 13, 2011 at 4:50 pm #

    ‘A’ is better for 2 reasons…

    1)mix a lot is known for liking the rumps, so there should be no mystery and he should be “open” in the picture, which he is in A

    2)the attention is on him in A, not the ass :P

    -GWC

  496. Michael September 13, 2011 at 5:01 pm #

    A all the way. You can see his face and the model looks better.

  497. Dario September 13, 2011 at 5:15 pm #

    A with girl B without.

  498. khsargenius September 13, 2011 at 5:26 pm #

    A

    B is too closed and would be better as a tight close up.

  499. Fateh Azim September 13, 2011 at 5:29 pm #

    A

  500. Gerhard September 13, 2011 at 5:55 pm #

    Personally I prefer image B. I like the way the curves of the glass echo’s the curves of the girl. I also like the sense of mystery. There’s more to look at in image B. I notice the girl seems to be holding a glass too and her head is more visible.

  501. Jaya September 13, 2011 at 5:58 pm #

    Honestly? Both are technically great photos, but A looks like it has been done before. Rapper in mafia-like “so whassit gonna be” pose with huge booty next to him? Predictable. B is a bit more interesting, but the huge sexy butt also makes the image cliche. His face (or lack thereof) is mysterious and interesting, the burning eyes, the wine glass….very cool. Draws me in. But the bikini bottom just reinforces every stereotype there is about rap music. If you cut off the girl (who is styled as an accessory rather than a human being), I think it’s a better image.

    I don’t know his music well, maybe it completely fits in with his persona, but I was disappointed with both images. Not in their execution – which I like – but in content.

    Thanks for posting this, Chase, and allowing honest feedback. I’m just keeping it real. Cheers.

    • Jaya September 13, 2011 at 6:18 pm #

      *hip hop, not rap, forgive the mistype.

  502. Leigh September 13, 2011 at 6:02 pm #

    My first reaction was to wonder what the name of the album was and match the title with the photo.
    Then I wondered what choice C and/or D was.
    But if I had to choose A or B, I’d have to choose A based on that it “feels” more like the Mix-a-Lot that I know and remember.

  503. Jana September 13, 2011 at 6:06 pm #

    A for sure. I couldn’t tell he was holding a glass at first and it looked like he was putting his fingers up his nose.

  504. tom September 13, 2011 at 6:10 pm #

    neither.

    From a designers point of view:

    I assume the title for the album will go into the bottom space. As such the empty black space on the left doesn’t work from a design point of view. It makes the photos unbalanced. In Photo B this more accentuated by the symmetry created by the glass.

    Image A should have the glass sitting to the left near where the phone is.

    If someone drop this on my desk and say design an album cover I’d ask if there are more photos. If not I’d choose A and drop some sort of decal into that black white space to create some level of balance. Also, would add the album title in massive font below the desk would create balance. It would put focus on the open hand gesture which seems welcoming. kind a like “let me seduce you”. VS image B which just says I am hiding behind a glass.

    • stanchung September 14, 2011 at 7:44 pm #

      I would put transparent bold type over the ‘accessories’.

  505. Kat Walsh September 13, 2011 at 6:12 pm #

    A… both cool though!

  506. Bluestill September 13, 2011 at 6:23 pm #

    A most definitely has a ton of swag more than B. Mix-A-Lot ought to want a huge portrait of A hanging somewhere he entertains guest.

  507. Stephanie Yates` September 13, 2011 at 6:27 pm #

    I just graduated from seattle central’s photography program, and the professors talk a lot about you’re work there! I personally like B because of the mysterious quality it has. It isn’t a typical rap album photograph, and you can tell it was taken by a very talented photographer who put a ton of thought into the image.

  508. Andy R. Garcia September 13, 2011 at 6:27 pm #

    “A” is too typical (although I love it!) “B” has more of a dramatic effect and really mysterious; make someone look twice! Too many artist (rappers in general) have that “A” looking album cover. Photograph “B” ALL DAY.

  509. Ben Boyle September 13, 2011 at 6:33 pm #

    A. it’s more alive, more vibrant, and has more of a sense of character. B is nice, and I love the moodiness of it, but for me there’s a little too much darkness, too much negative space, and I find that a little distracting.

  510. spencerpdx September 13, 2011 at 6:35 pm #

    Girl from B in Photo A

  511. BMC September 13, 2011 at 7:20 pm #

    I like A better. The jacket in B distracted me from the main subject.

  512. Velarian September 13, 2011 at 7:33 pm #

    A.

    I had to look at B closely to see what the photo was all about.

  513. Eoin September 13, 2011 at 7:43 pm #

    I like A better simply because B looks almost comic booky with the bright eyes poking out from under the shadow of the hat. Not that there’s anything wrong with that but it definitel looks a lot more staged.

    However, I think both photos would have been a lot stronger without a girl’s backside thrown in.

  514. Ingo September 13, 2011 at 7:55 pm #

    Photo A

  515. SeanyD September 13, 2011 at 7:57 pm #

    B, i personally don’t think the girl really adds anything to the first photo.

  516. Eric September 13, 2011 at 8:00 pm #

    B is more mysterious and more different than the norm….

  517. Chad September 13, 2011 at 8:04 pm #

    Guy in a
    Girl in b

  518. Michael September 13, 2011 at 8:04 pm #

    B.

    Something about the girl in A seems unnatural. And I really like the symmetry of the hands on the wine glass in B.

  519. Girish September 13, 2011 at 8:27 pm #

    Definitely A, B has some nice ambiance, but then the girl is very distracting because of the harshlight, and overall look in both the pictures.

    Whereas A, the person stands out, his expressions are seen.

    why not remove that lady completely.

  520. richard gillihan September 13, 2011 at 8:46 pm #

    B. It’s more album cover material…and is more interesting. Both really cool.

  521. Dan The Photo Man September 13, 2011 at 8:50 pm #

    I like A

    B is too confusing

  522. Jitender Sharma September 13, 2011 at 8:55 pm #

    B . It has a mystrey in the eyes of onlooker.

  523. Mark September 13, 2011 at 9:01 pm #

    Him in “A”, her in “B”.

  524. Anonymous September 13, 2011 at 9:15 pm #

    A

    its clean and clear…

  525. gray September 13, 2011 at 9:19 pm #

    A for sure. It doesn’t cover his face as much, which wasn’t as awesome since he’s supposed to be the celebrity.

  526. James September 13, 2011 at 9:42 pm #

    A. I have an instant focal point with his eyes. With B I don’t have that. Both are nice shots.

  527. Victoria September 13, 2011 at 10:15 pm #

    A wins this one!

  528. Nicole September 13, 2011 at 10:15 pm #

    B

  529. Sean September 13, 2011 at 10:28 pm #

    B is the photo… Love the facial expression, pose and hand position, girl has more light, but lose the shirt like in A

  530. Mark September 13, 2011 at 10:40 pm #

    Photo A for sure!

    It has more attitude!

  531. jim September 13, 2011 at 10:58 pm #

    A and remove the woman

  532. Juhani Väihkönen September 13, 2011 at 11:07 pm #

    B of course, it’s more cooler.

  533. Aputure September 13, 2011 at 11:19 pm #

    A. Although I like the girl’s pose, jacket, and slight detail in her face better in photo B. Her butt looks great in both.

  534. thorpedo September 13, 2011 at 11:35 pm #

    B it’s better. man pose in A it’s too usual. B have rare atmosphere that i like

  535. Will September 13, 2011 at 11:47 pm #

    B for sure. He is an iconic man in many ways and his picture (face) tells me, welcome back.

  536. Kyle September 13, 2011 at 11:53 pm #

    I’d say A because you can actually tell its him. I love the symmetry on B but I cant see exactly who it is.

  537. Yohandi Martono September 14, 2011 at 12:00 am #

    i really like the man in photo B but the girl is a bit bright… too distracting… overall composition photo A is better… but i don’t really like the pose of the man…

  538. Amelia September 14, 2011 at 12:32 am #

    I like A better because I like the facial expression or the man more and I also have the feeling of knowing who that girl is because I am able to see her shape

  539. Simon September 14, 2011 at 12:33 am #

    B – the eyes are THE shot. More mystique, more ‘God Father’ going on…

  540. Xavier September 14, 2011 at 1:21 am #

    B

  541. Hardy September 14, 2011 at 1:32 am #

    B

    A – though lit in an extremely interesting way – is yet another portrait with an eyecatcher in the background. Whereas B does away with portraiture rules, incorporates more action (both in the fore- and in the background) and is thus telling a more intriguing story

  542. Owen Benson September 14, 2011 at 1:38 am #

    B is my preference but it depends what you are trying to show. I like the mystery of B and I prefer seeing the girl’s face so she is a person not just a shapely rear. But if the intended audience doesn’t know what Sir Mix-A-Lot looks like then A works better.

  543. Nicolas September 14, 2011 at 2:05 am #

    B

  544. jules September 14, 2011 at 2:19 am #

    For an album cover, that is presumably supposed to attract attention, A.
    It is too diffiult to see what B is of.

  545. Ed Davis September 14, 2011 at 2:48 am #

    A

  546. Janusz September 14, 2011 at 3:05 am #

    B – more power, more convincing

  547. David Burke September 14, 2011 at 3:56 am #

    A. That’s how I imagine him to be.

  548. mat g. September 14, 2011 at 3:58 am #

    B is better…. it is more his style…

  549. Tobi September 14, 2011 at 4:11 am #

    I like A better… it’s clearer

  550. Gilbert September 14, 2011 at 4:39 am #

    B definitely !

  551. Mike McVittie September 14, 2011 at 4:39 am #

    A for sure. I new in the first 2 seconds. You can see a person, His hands are inviting and the fur on the girl is out of place.

  552. Christella September 14, 2011 at 4:41 am #

    B, no doubt, the eyes truly stand out. A looks like some hip-hop-cover from the 90′s.

  553. Colleen September 14, 2011 at 4:55 am #

    B…for sure!

  554. Jan Puerta September 14, 2011 at 5:16 am #

    “B”
    Un abrazo

  555. David Ambs September 14, 2011 at 5:17 am #

    B. It creates mystery.

  556. Mike Lefebvre September 14, 2011 at 5:19 am #

    B

    And it has very little to do with technical photography elements.

    The fur in B puts more attention on the part of the female anatomy that Mix is most famously associated with. Plus, I like the way the light made a heart shape in the center of Mix’s wine glass… An insight to the love within the man’s soul.

  557. Darrin Hackney September 14, 2011 at 5:26 am #

    I like A. It has a good feel to it.

  558. Stephane Bazin September 14, 2011 at 5:30 am #

    B will make a very interesting Album cover.

  559. Enrico September 14, 2011 at 5:31 am #

    A. btw i should’ve compose in a different way, but the thing that i don’t like is the table: not horizontal… photo B is nice but there’s too much “nothing” under the table. i should’ve used a longer lens or get closer. i also think that it would be cool if the model stays in the frame only with her left side… uh and congrats for the really nice B/W

  560. Nic Leonard September 14, 2011 at 5:35 am #

    Photo B with the girl from photo A, no fur jacket.

  561. fas September 14, 2011 at 5:51 am #

    I would choose B but that is just me!

  562. Luca September 14, 2011 at 5:52 am #

    Hallo Chase.
    My preferred is A.
    My attention goes to the hands.
    Looks like he is talking about girl’s back, that of course is a strong attraction…

  563. Lucienne September 14, 2011 at 5:56 am #

    I like B.. he looks more powerful & mysterious.. and i like that you see more of the girl.. i.e. her face.. rather than just her back & booty! :)

  564. walter fantauzzi September 14, 2011 at 5:57 am #

    The B have more information and lighting structures

  565. Merwen September 14, 2011 at 6:09 am #

    B definitly

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