John Mireles is an accomplished wedding, portrait and fashion photographer based in San Diego, CA. In his 20+ years in the photography industry, John has accrued an impressive client list – from Zappos to Intuit, Pfizer and more, he has an impressive portfolio of credentials.

The thing that strikes me about John, though, is that he is always willing to impart his knowledge, sometimes learned the hard way, to those who want to learn it. He created an entire website, Photographer’s Toolkit, a resource for photographers who are looking for business advice, contracts and even look books for posing inspiration.

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In a recent shoot for a client, John created the following image of a woman in lingerie standing at a hotel room door and released a short video explaining how he lit up this scene.


The Light Set Up:


Gear List:

Dynalite Strobe Head with Grid Spot

Profoto Pro 7B’s

Hasselblad H1

Mamiya Leaf Aptus 75s Digital Back

Hasselblad 50mm Lens

ND Gels for Strobe

He explains how he shot it in this video below:

To see more of John’s work, check out his website.