Friday, October 23, 2009

Studio Editorial Shoot

Title: Studio Editorial Shoot
Today we photographed a few great models from Pinkerton/Morgan 2 on a gray seamless background. The first model, Jenna Putnam, was only able to shoot for 2.5 hours so we had to work fast.  We pulled off shooting two different looks. My intern Necat Aknan help pull the clothing from local Malibu store "Naked Clothing". (23410 Civic Center Way, Malibu CA)

Jenna was so great to work with; full of life, energy and gave me the looks I needed fast.  Really looking forward in photographing her again.

The second model Tiffany Randall came up to shoot all the way from Riverside, CA.  She has only been modeling for 8 months. She was so great to work with.  She of course came with her mother, which sometimes poses difficulties for both the photographer and the model.  Not with them though- they were mellow and Tiffany was totally comfortable on the shoot.  Ashley Montague pulled clothing from all over and did a great job getting us a lot of diverse looks to play with.  We ended up with 5 different great looks with our model. 

     First Shot:
Studded Bra: Kettle Black at
TShirt: your assistant
Vintage Levis shorts
Earrings: Swavorsky
Hand Cuff: Kettle Black

Second Shot:
Studded bra and hand thing both Kettle Black

Third Shot:
Leggings Tigerlily at
Jacket- Assistants
Bra - Kettle Black

Fourth Shot:
Bustie Kettle Black at
Dress: Vintage
Earrings: Vintage

Fifth Shot
Dress Jen's Pirate Booty at Elyse Walker
Bikini: Mikoh Swimwear at

6th shot
Bikini : Mikoh Swimwear at

      Here is how we did it:
For our main light we used a Profoto 7B 1200 watt power pack and had two light heads plugged in.  Our main light was a Profoto beauty dish set at f10.  The beauty dish was raised six feet up, and eight feet from the subject.  We had the light inline with the lens to avoid shadows on the background.  We used the beauty dish to get a great quality of light on the subjects face.  The fill light was a large soft box set to f9, which was four feet away from the subject camera right.  This light filled in the shadows made by our key light and light lit the subject from the waist to the top of the head.  We placed a small Norman light set at f8, three feet from the background directly behind the subject to light up the background, and one final small Norman light also set at f8 camera left pointing at the background.  With this final strobe we had a background without any shadows casted by the subject.  One final meter reading at f11 and we were set.

Canon 5D Mark II Camera Settings
ISO: 100
Shutter Speed: 125
Aperture: 11
Quality: RAW
Lens: Canon Zoom Lens EF 70-200mm 1:2.8 L IS
Media: Lexar CF 300x 4GB

1st Photo Assistant: Kyle Sparks
Photo Intern: Necat Akman
Photo Intern: Desiree Asher
Hair and Make: Megan Lanoux
Stylist: Ashley Montague

Special thanks to Profoto, Lexar and Adbase

This video is pretty much raw with out to much editing because I did this myself and didn't have a budget to have someone edit it.  But at least you all  can see how the shoot went down.

Jenna Putnam & Tiffany Randall B.T.S. from John Hildebrand Photography on Vimeo.


  1. lindaantico@aol.comOctober 23, 2009 at 11:46 AM

    Your blogs are awesome John!! I want to see these images, when will you be putting them up?
    I wish that you were shooting for my show.. I have to use who Box eight studios gave me, actually he selected me which is so cool... If you have not been to box8 studios yet, you are going to love it.. this venue is so cool, i think you , know you will want to shoot here and you will meet the gang sunday night.. you are vip baby, I will hook you up cuz your the best! oxox

  2. Hey John,
    Cool video, what is the music you used?