Here are some recent photos I took of Hirochi Robaina for Cigar Aficionado Magazine. Robaina is the grandson of legendary Cuban tobacco grower Alejandro Robaina and recently inherited control of Cuchillas de Barbacoa, the wrapper farm located in Cuba's prime tobacco growing region. Prior to taking control of the wrapper farm, Robaina ran San Luis y Martinez, a tobacco farm that has been in the family since 1845. He is currently traveling the US and working on new projects.
The World Arm Wrestling League (WAL) has all the bravado of professional wrestling with the same competitive legitimacy of UFC. I arrived for WAL's annual championship held at The Orleans in Las Vegas. My main focus was on the British competitor "Mighty" Paul Maiden and his recent comeback from a life threatening illness. On the first day I setup a backdrop in the wrestler registration area for to do some portraits. On the second and third day I mostly focused on the competition and doing one light portraits around the arena. The whole event was such a blast to shoot and filled with so many interesting competitors.