I must say that it is particularly special when I am asked by a photographer or anyone who knows a lot about photography to shoot their wedding/ family/ children/ whatever. So I was particularly thrilled when recently my friend & (CEO of my lab, Pictage) Jim Collins asked me to photograph his son for his senior portraits. Especially since I don’t really shoot senior portraits. Well this would be my third one ever.

But what was really interesting was to work with a young man who is on the brink of adult-hood and try to show him a more grown-up version of himself…while still trying to capture the person he is today. So here are a few faves from my session with Mitch. Thanks again for being such a good sport! :)

8 Responses to “Mitch’s Senior Portraits”

  1. Jim Collins says:

    Hey friend …

    I’ve had these now for, i dunno, two or three weeks, right? I’m going to confess that I go through them every day. Mitch’s 18th birthday is this Friday. Know what he’s doing on his big day? He’s helping a bunch of his friends set up for a cancer fundraiser benefit at the high school. That’s my son.

    I look at these images and see a young man and a child. I see who he was, who he is, and who he will someday be. I listen to these images and I hear the infectious laugh of a baby and the questioning but insistent sentences of a kindergartner. I also hear the defiance of adolescence and the beginnings of the confidence of manhood. In his smile I see him favoring his mother and in his pensive, thoughtful eyes I see the community that has surrounded him his whole life.

    Time passes so quickly. These images are already cherished reminders of the young man my son has become and of the blessings of my life and our friendship. Thank you so much Justine for twisting my arm just that little bit that was needed for this to happen. Thanks more for the gift of your heart and talent.

    I’m honored to be called your friend.

    Most Sincerely,

    Jim Collins
    CEO, Pictage

  2. Tracy Moore says:

    These are so great! Awesome job, Justine. Jim chose his photographer wisely. ;)

  3. Hi, Justine – I’m Mitch’s aunt in Wisconsin. When I heard about the shoot, I was really excited to see the results. These are phenomenal. You’ve definitely managed to catch Mitch now and foreshadow who he is becoming. Thanks for these wonderful images of an awesome young man.

  4. Danny Faccini says:

    These are wonderful images, Justine. Jim brags about his sons a lot (and with good reason). I grew up in the Crescenta Valley and I love seeing the old high school, the old neighborhood, and the beautiful mountains in the background. It’s a unique part of Los Angeles.

  5. Leeann Marie says:

    Great job Justine! Love the ones with the mountains in the background. His parents must have had a good referral :)

  6. Lei Brinton says:

    Good Morning Justine,
    I am one of Mitchell’s aunts…you’ve been able to capture the wonderful young man he has grown up to be, as I’m sure you found out during the time you spent together.
    Thank you for sharing your amazing talent with all of us

  7. Melanie East says:

    These are gorgeous images Justine. Really fantastic!

  8. Zoe says:

    This has a great retro field to this shoot. Beautiful photographs.

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