Photographer Joaquin Trujillo took this portrait of his nephew Mel in 2006. It's part of his "Los Ninos" series, which re-creates the family portraits he remembers from his childhood in Mexico.
Trujillo took the portraits over a 15-year span. His subjects were his young relatives, including Maritza and Laritza, seen here in 2003.
Pedro in 2005. "I did all my sets," Trujillo said. "I went into fabric stores and spent hours looking at textiles and thinking about how light is going to reflect on them."
Jenni in 2009. The photos resemble the family portraits from Trujillo's youth, when everyone would dress up for the occasion and take great pride in looking their best.
Diana in 2004. Family, Trujillo said, is what unites Mexico's intricate social fabric -- a fabric now challenged by the drug wars attracting youths to the cartels and destroying families through intimidation and brutality. "I hope with these portraits, the kids can see themselves with pride and dignity ... that they can see that they can do with themselves whatever they want," he said.