Pressure-packed shoot in 20 minutes? No problem. 

click to enlarge Portrait of Michael Myers, owner the 291 Distillery in Colorado Springs. - SEAN CAYTON
  • Sean Cayton
  • Portrait of Michael Myers, owner the 291 Distillery in Colorado Springs.
It’s always a treat to see one of my pictures on the cover of the Independent.
I have a great relationship with the editors and reporters there. When they call me for an assignment, they call because they know they can rely on me to deliver great pictures.

Such was the case when I was assigned to photograph Distillery 291. Owner Michael Myers’ Colorado Rye Whiskey just won the World’s Best Rye at Whisky Magazine’s international competition in London.

It’s kind of a big deal.

But this was a pressure-packed assignment for another reason. Before founding his award-winning distillery, Myers was a well-known and highly regarded fashion photographer.

Right away I knew why the Indy called me. Like most photographers, Myers wouldn't have a lot of patience to have his photo taken and I wouldn't have a lot time to make a great picture of him.

I made certain to come early and scout the distillery for possible locations. I found three great spots to take his picture. When he arrived at work, I was ready.

In 20 minutes I finished his portrait and created a nice portfolio of pictures of the distillery, the award winning Colorado Rye Whiskey and some fun images of Myers' staff.

It was a great shoot and sadly the paper wasn’t able to use many of the photographs that I made. Fortunately, for me, I have this blog to show them.

Because the distillery has an old world, steampunk feel I toned these images to my liking using my favorite suite of presets, Analog Effex Pro 2. Enjoy!
Sean Cayton is a wedding photojournalist of 19 years and operates a successful, award-winning wedding photography studio in Colorado Springs. He's also an award-winning photojournalist. Sean is happily married to the love of his life (also his business partner) and is father to three beautiful children. When he’s not working, Sean can be found outside flying kites with his kids, hitting golf balls or casting a fly rod to hungry trout.


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