I've had this idea for a while. What if we put together a series of our favorite photos of Supernatural's lead stars and characters? I'm not talking about the good pictures, or even the really good pictures, because, let's be honest, it's hard for the Supernatural actors to not be attractive in every picture they take! No, I'm thinking about the stunning pictures. The ones that stop you in your tracks. The ones that immediately distract you from what you are doing and demand that you devote your attention to absorbing every light variation, every freckle, every dimple, every pixel of the photo.  Would we all choose the same pictures? What exactly makes one photo stand out from all the rest? Would all this pretty fill our hearts to bursting? These are important questions that deserve thoughtful answers!

To do this right, we need an appreciation photo stream for each actor and character individually. To make sure we don't miss any of the best shots, we should open this up to the entire WFB family - writers and readers! We all know the #SPNFamily has incredible talent, so professional media, fan professional studios, and amateur photos should all be eligible for inclusion.

We started our series with Breathtaking Photos of Jared Padalecki and Breathtaking Photos of Jensen Ackles. Today we're focusing on Misha! After that, we'll switch to Supernatural's characters before returning to the boys, so our line up for the next few weeks will be: 

Sam Winchester
Dean Winchester
Castiel
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J2M

After you enjoy our collection, you are encouraged to add pictures that stand out to you! Let's set some guidelines for your additions:
1. Though it will be hard, hold your favorite pics until that person's feature! No jumping ahead and cross-posting! 
2. Only the person/people featured for each collection may be in the photo.
3. Photos MUST be credited to their original source. If you don't know the original source, post the picture with a note requesting others to identify the photographer, but no stealing photos without credit if you can reasonably identify the source!
4. NO MANIPS. Going along with that, no pornographic images.
5. No duplicates. If someone else posts your fave, "love" their posting and go in search of a new fave to add to the collection!

To make this collection as authentic as possible, we have verified that the pictures we have chosen have not been significantly enhanced to accentuate specific aspects of the subject. In some cases, skin tones may have been restored to their natural colors to compensate for poor lighting, but eye, hair or clothing colors have not been altered; no highlights or low lights have been applied; skin variations (blemishes, freckles, etc.) have not been removed; and no filters or air brushes have been used.  The professionally published photos may have more editing that this (e.g. Rogue) but even some of their editors have vouched for the pictures' authenticity. If you add pictures to our collection, try to pick pictures that have not been obviously enhanced or altered.  We have also had to (sadly) refrain from including pictures that must be purchased to be published (e.g. Getty Images). Sorry, but those are the rules. 
 
With that all said and done, let's get started! Here are the most breathtaking photos we've seen of Misha Collins!

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The casual intimacy is so alluring in this stunning photo by Peggy Sirota. It is one of many breathtaking photos taken in August of 2019 and released in April of 2020 for Entertainment Weekly's Supernatural Tribute Cover Shoot.

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The highly stylized Rogue Magazine photo shoot in 2016 captured a different Misha - mysterious, pensive, deep.






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Outside of magazine cover shoots, Megan Jackson of Stardust and Melancholy Photo captured this stunning close-up in a private photo session (we believe it was in Vancouver in 2016).  It deserves to be on the cover of a magazine!






Supernatural's convention photographer, Chris Schmelke, has gifted fandom with beautiful photo shoots of Misha. We grabbed this one off of social media (with permission, of course).






While looking through these magnificent shots of Misha, note how he always seems to be in awe of life. He has an impressive range of emotional expressiveness. Every photo captures a different reaction to fans, a different energy, yet common to all of them is a vibrancy and appreciation of what's happening around him. This photo by Stefania shows a Misha who loves what he's hearing, and is living in the moment.






While on stage, Misha is often laughing or smiling, as in this striking photo by Megan Jackson from the 2015 Denver convention.






This stunning, zoomed in profile of a smiling, happy Misha is by Taylor of Light and Grace Media.






Then there's the high-spirited fun of Jus in Bello (JIB). Elizabeth Madsen of Liz Madsen Photos snapped a series of photos that convey the joy Misha shared with fans in Italy at the 2019 convention.  Blue eyes and a beautiful smile electrify these first two breathtaking shots.  


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In Elizabeth's last shot, a slightly soggy Misha laughs at getting caught in the cross fire when VIPs ambushed Jensen with water guns!

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Enthusiasm and wonder are the emotions of the moment in this photo taken by Krista, as Misha reaches for something in his pocket at Jus in Bello 10 (2019).






Stefania's close up of Misha frames his blue eyes, and shows the intensity with which he listens to fans' questions.       






Misha's characteristic curiosity peeks through Krista's longer shot of Misha. The blue lighting bounces off his jeans and leather jacket, adding to the photo's mood. JIB 6, 2015. 




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Convention panels sometimes lead to moments of deep reflection, as captured by Kim Prior of Prior Studios in Nashville in 2019.






The bond between fans and stars can also lead to tears, as at Supernatural's last San Diego Comic-Con panel, when Misha said goodbye to over 6000 Supernatural family in Hall H (2019). Photo by Elizabeth Madsen. 

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In other, quiet moments, one can imagine Misha as Castiel - serious, eyes raised, deep in thought. Photo by Kim Prior at the Pittsburgh convention, 2017.






But the fun loving Misha, with a twinkle in his eyes and the tongue-to-the-teeth smile that conveys pure delight, is what most often lights up the room. First photo by Kim Prior in Nashville, 2019. Second photo by Suzanne McLean of Suzanne McLean Photography.  Third photo by Amy Hutton at the convention in Sydney, Australia, 2018. 











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This Misha looks mischievous, lost in thought of some scheme he just imagined. Maybe there's a hint of Casifer here? Photo by Taylor of Light and Grace Media.






You can almost hear Misha lamenting playfully, "Why, oh why, me?" in this shot by Kim Prior, 2019 Nashville convention. 






Is he honored and deeply moved by fans, or feigning innocence? You decide. Photo by Amy Hutton at the Las Vegas convention, 2018.  

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Are you blushing? Elizabeth Madsen captured Misha peering into your soul. San Diego Comic-Con, 2019. 

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Quintessential Misha. Photo by Amy McKeon of Amy Marie Photo, Dallas, 2019. Perfect.  






Just for Fun

Who could forget these photos, taken for a season 13 Entertainment Weekly Cover Shoot by Finlay MacKay (2017)?











Thank you for taking center stage for us, Misha! Shot by Amy Hutton, Sydney, Australia, 2012. 


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Those are just a few of our favorite photos of Misha! Now it's your turn. If there is a shot that you think is absolutely stunning, please share with your Supernatural family in the comments below! Also, please respect the photographers' work. You may download their pictures but please do not alter them in any way or remove the watermarks. If you use the pictures for your personal celebrations of Supernatural, always credit!

Keep Going with the first of the Supernatural characters: Sam Winchester!




Kim Prior is a member of The WFB staff. Our articles are frequently graced with her photographic talent. You can follow her, and each of the other photographers in this feature, on Twitter. They have our sincerest thanks for allowing us to share their work!

@PeggySirotaInc

@chrisschmelke

@priorstudios

@AmyinSydney

@kreespa

@amymariephoto

@MelancholyPhoto

@s_verasani_new

@tigercub1961

@LizMadsenPhotos

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