For Mitch: I spent yesterday going through a wheel of emotions. From denial, to overwhelming and crushing sadness, to anger, and disbelief. I haven’t cried this hard in my lifetime. Waking up the next day, realizing its real… I’ll never get that smile back, those hugs, or, when having a bad day, those “whats up dude? who do i have to beat up?” texts. And poor Kenadee… no one, on this planet has ever loved anyone as much as Mitch loved his daughter Kenadee. The thought of her having to grow up with out that smile, with out that unrelenting love and pride he had for her, is soul crushing and just brings me back to tears. We have lost one of the last sincere gentlemen on the planet. We have lost the greatest smile, the biggest heart, and the world is now a far colder place with out him in it.
I spent the later part of yesterday going through every single photo I’ve taken of him. Live photos, session photos for magazines, and of course the fun random shoots we would do for the hell of it, because as we enjoyed each others friendship personally, we also were able to enjoy our friendship professionally. Getting to watch him get on the stage, OWN IT!, and stomp it out… always amazing. Being able to capture bits and pieces of who he is was such an honor.
So as I was going through the images, both laughing and crying at the same time, I know there’s many in there that have never, and likely would never see the light of day, such as funny outtakes, joke shots, test shots, and things like that. Some are final images that were printed before, some aren’t even edited, or are in their raw state… but I wanted to put these images together and share them with everyone, so they can see a part of Mitch some may not have seen. He took to the stage in seriousness, but off stage he was truly the fun-loving person. always down for a joke, always ready to make someone else laugh at any expense. He loved to share smiles with others, and with that, I share these images with you in hopes you can do as I did, and smile for him, as he would have wanted.