Jonathan Drew is a very unique man.

A true cigar guy, larger than life, always talking, always laughing, but also extremely knowledgeable about everything related both to the business and tobacco side of things. Although I just recently met him face-to-face for the first time, I have talked for quite a bit longer via social media.

We shot this portrait in Vegas at the IPCPR show, one day after the show was over in front of the car that Drew Estate had in their booth. Yes, there were copious amounts of MUWAT bundles in the trunk. It took about 10 minutes to shoot, and although we took quite a few photos of him sitting in the car smoking — this shot just screams JD to me.

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I also need to thank Charlie Minato, who held the main light (on the face, under the hat) as well as a secondary light (which is highlighting the front wheel rim and the cigar in his hand), and Marielos Drew, who held the light on the back of the car. You can see the highlight on the back wheel.

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Brooks Whittington

I have been smoking cigars for over eight years. A documentary wedding photographer by trade, I spent seven years as a photojournalist for the Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Star Telegram. I started the cigar blog SmokingStogie in 2008 after realizing that there was a need for a cigar blog with better photographs and more in-depth information about each release. SmokingStogie quickly became one of the more influential cigar blogs on the internet, known for reviewing preproduction, prerelease, rare, extremely hard-to-find and expensive cigars. I am a co-founder of halfwheel and now serve as an editor for halfwheel.