I was a bit surprised when I met Matt Booth in person for the first time. Considering his image, I expected a stuck up ego maniac. What I met instead was a down to earth, easy to talk to, and passionate individual who knows cigars forwards and backwards.

We were at a private get together, and Booth graciously allowed me about five minutes to photograph him. I decided to go simple, and let the background, i.e. the Vegas strip, do the hard part.

I wanted to show a slightly different side of Booth then what you see in the advertisements, a solitary figure enjoying a cigar.

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For those of you who care about that kind of thing, this photo was take using all natural light, ISO 800 at f1.4, 24mm and 100/th sec, Canon Mark III body.

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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.