In my never ending quest to photograph portraits of all of the Icons of Cigars, I asked Sam Leccia of Cain/Nub Cigars for five or 10 minutes in between rolling cigars at the Cain Event at my favorite shop, Cigar Shop and More in Addison, Texas.

The great videos were shot by another local photographer, Jay “Cigarbuff” Bitzer, and I appreciate his help.

The first video is me photographing Sam with the help of my trusty sidekicks Ron and A.J.

Portrait Shoot w/ Sam Leccia of Cain/Nub Cigars from Brooks Whittington on Vimeo.

And here is a video of Leccia rolling various cigars throughout the night. It was amazing watching him roll, it was obvious he enjoys it, and it was great to see another artist at work.

Sam Leccia of Cain/Nub Cigars Rolling Stogies from Brooks Whittington on Vimeo.

Everyone involved had a great time, and I am working on the final portraits, which will be online next week!

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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.