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.

To be clear, we'll have one photo feature for each of the following subjects: 
Jared Padalecki
Jensen Ackles
Misha Collins
Sam Winchester
Dean Winchester
Castiel
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I'm starting with the obvious choices, but if you like this photographic series, I already have ideas of who would be next in the line up! 
 
After you enjoy our collection, you are encouraged to add the 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 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 Jared Padalecki!

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First up,  I have to pick Jared's photo from Entertainment Weekly Supernatural Tribute Cover Shoot. The emotion captured in this stunning photo shoot by Peggy Sirota puts these images into a class all by themselves. 

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They remind me of the photo shoot done by Rogue Magazine in 2016. Those pictures made our hearts skip a beat!

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Creation Entertainment's photographer, Chris Schmelke, shared a photo of Jared on social media on July 14, 2016.  This is just the copy from Twitter (it was also on Instagram), yet it is still stunning. I would imagine the original would be truly breathtaking! 

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The photos above are from professional photo sessions in meticulously chosen locations or in studios.  But Jared can be equally stunning in photos taken by fans who are either amateur or professional photographers in the more relaxed atmosphere of conventions. 

Photographer Megan Jackson, of Stardust and Melancholy Photo, captured these amazing shots at the Salute to Supernatural convention in San Francisco in 2015. A penny for your thoughts, Jared. 












Kim Prior, from Prior Studios, also captured both the serious, thoughtful Jared and the fun-loving, youthful Jared at the conventions in Jacksonville and Vancouver in 2016.











Taylor, from Light and Grace Media, snapped close-ups of Jared at the conventions in Atlanta and Seattle in 2016.  Jared's eyes and hair in both photos are treasures! 











Speaking of Jared's fabulous hair, Elizabeth Madsen of Liz Madsen Photos captured for all time this iconic shot of young Jared thrilling fans with a gratuitous hair whirl at Nerd HQ in 2012.

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This gorgeous shot was taken by Katherine Kinkead, of At the Whim of the Winds Photography, at the 2015 convention in Washington, DC. Katherine's studio name could easily double as the name of the photo, as it reveals a playful, light-hearted Jared who's truly "at the whim of the winds."  






These amazing close-ups of contemplative Jared were taken by Krista at the Supernatural convention in Jacksonville in 2019.











Kim Prior was ready for the moment when Jared looked straight at the camera at the 2018 convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. The result is a soul-penetrating photo.



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The following photos have to be among my favorites of bearded Jared. The first two were taken by Kim at the convention in Dallas in 2019.











Elizabeth Madsen caught all the right colors to frame a spectacular Jared profile that's filled with emotion, class and love. From Rome, Italy at JIB 2019. 


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Amy of Amy Marie Photo snapped a perfect shot of our happy guy at the convention in Dallas,.











The gentleness of Jared's heart comes through in these shots by Kim Prior, from the 2019 convention in Nashville.











Suzanne McLean caught a relaxed Jared in his signature beanie, enjoying being with his fans.







Stepping away from their many fan conventions, Elizabeth captured a rare photo of Jared on location, filming Supernatural's 200th episode in 2014. Jared was in wardrobe as Sam but had taken a moment to sign autographs for fans. Intense concentration, a casual hair drop, and a milestone moment in the series' history all combine to make this a truly unique photo.

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Elizabeth also recorded another historical moment, as Jared teared up at Supernatural's last San Diego Comic-Con panel in 2019. Talking about the 15th and final season of the show filled fans and cast alike with deep emotions.  We love you too, Jared. 

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How does one pick a favorite out of all these breathtaking photos of Jared? If I could pick, this might be it. The 'thud' of this shot. Wow. Just wow. Taken by Kim Prior in 2019 at the Nashville convention. 






I would be remiss if I didn't acknowledge three stunning photos taken by Robbie Klein/Contour RA for Getty Images from the San Diego Comic Con in 2017. Look them up sometime if you ever need even more breathtaking photos of Jared!

Just for Fun

We all know there is a fun-loving side of Jared, so it's only fair to include a few of his lighter moments in our collection. Suzanne McLean caught this "be-still-my-heart" photo at a convention. 

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Of course, we can't forget when Jared was in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2014 and wanted to have a cool dip... in the ocean... in his swim trunks! What was his explanation for such a brazen display of his ripped physique? He wanted to frolic? Feel free to cool off anytime, Jared! 


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Photographer Megan Jackson of Stardust and Melancholy Photo captured this adorable expression at the Salute to Supernatural convention in San Francisco in 2015. I think Jared would appreciate us ending with a nod to our "moose."





Those are just a few of our favorite photos of Jared! 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' efforts. 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!

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Kim Prior is a member of The WFB staff. Our articles are frequently graced with her stunning photography skills. 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 photos!

@priorstudios

@kreespa

@amymariephoto

@MelancholyPhoto

@tigercub1961

@LightGraceMedia

@whimofthewinds

@LizMadsenPhotos

@chrisschmelke

@PeggySirotaInc