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Icons of Cigars™ — José “Pepín” García
Being a photographer by trade, I decided to try and start shooting portraits of some of the Icons of Cigars™ when I am able to get them in front of a camera. I went to a Pepín García event at my favorite cigar shop in Dallas, Cigar Shop and More in Addison last week, and Pepin was kind enough to sit for a photograph for me.
Now, when shooting a portrait of anyone, I try to do three specific things:
- Keep it SHORT … nobody likes having their photos taken for more then about 7 minutes, and most times less then that (this portrait took about 2 minutes total).
- Keep it Simple … you don’t need a whole bunch of props or crazy angles to shoot a great portrait … just and understanding of who that person is and what you are trying to convey to the viewer.
- Keep it Real … my portraits tend to be very realistic and I try to show the subjects as they really are … not a made up caricature of themselves.
For the first couple of photos I tried to use an off-camera light as the main source of light, but I was not liking the look I was getting from the background. So I asked him to just light a cigar and I turned off all the lights in the room and just used the light from the flame of the cigar to light his face. It also made the portrait quite a bit more dramatic, which was a plus as well!
The reason I love the shot is in it’s simplicity … the fact that I was able to show him doing a simple act that he has probably preformed tens of thousands of times in his life. It’s most likely something that he does not think about anymore … just a natural part of life for him.