Clint Aaron started working on blends for 262 Cigars back in 2008. Back then, 262 wasn’t even the planned name. Trademark issues forced Aaron to change the name of his company from Revolution Cigars to 262 Cigars, a tribute to February 1962, the month the embargo against Cuba was enacted. Things have come along way since the release of the Paradigm in 2010 both professionally and personally. Congratulations to the new father.

Clint Aaron

This portrait was taken at No Label Brewing Co. during the Big Damn Cigar Jamboree & Wingding put on by STOGIES World Class Cigars using a Canon 5D Mark III and a 50mm f/1.2 lens set at f/2. The shutter speed was 1/250 second at ISO 100. The only source of light was the setting sun, which is directly in front of Aaron and behind the camera. The photograph was color corrected in Adobe Lightroom and adjusted for color, contrast and sharpness.

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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.