If there’s one photographer synonymous with the headshot genre it’s probably Peter Hurley. In this video, Peter walks us through 5 tips that he says will help you light headshots and push your images from good to great.
When you think headshot photography, it’s not long before the name Peter Hurley springs to mind. As an actor and model turned photographer, he’s become one of the go-to guys for headshot photography.
But shooting headshots is more than about just having a great camera or lighting, it’s about psychology and the connections you make with your subjects. We caught up with Peter at PhotoPlus 2019 to find out more about his approach to headshot photography.
Photographing couples can be great fun. It can also be a great big pain, especially when you are faced with a couple that have a pretty drastic height difference between them. The common tactic is to simply hunch the taller person over to match the height of the other. It’s not a very flatting look, and doesn’t really make for great photos, but it’s just a natural reaction.
Peter Hurley’s approach is a simple one. “Spread ’em”. The problem with having the taller person simply lean down is that it brings the shoulders forward, it shortens the neck, and just looks plain uncomfortable. Spreading the legs allows your subject to lower their height, while still keeping their torso and neck elongated and their head held high.
Last week I had the absolute pleasure of chatting with Peter Hurley for the better part of an hour in order to try and scratch a little deeper into his life, find out what drove him, what keep his motors running, his passion and drive seemingly endless.
While in Bermuda with a group of photographers recently, photographer Peter Hurley managed to land himself a tour of the Oracle Team USA compound while the team is over there training and preparing to defend their America’s Cup title.
The tour, arranged through friend and Oracle Team USA tactician, Andrew Campbell, turned into a surprise portrait shoot when it was brought up in conversation that they needed photos of the team. What else was Peter to do?
Portrait photography is a lie. At best you could call it partial truth.
It’s all about showing what we want to show in a person and hiding what we don’t.
So do I think this is a bad thing? Not at all, which is why I’m sharing with you Peter Hurley’s latest tutorial video on how to get your female models looking slimmer and the men jacked.
Not only will you get better looking portraits, but if you take this advise literally you will also have a giant sandwich to eat after the shoot.
Headshot photographer Peter Hurley recently gave a speech at a TEDx event in Cambridge with the psychologist Anna Rowley, explaining why people feel uncomfortable in front of cameras and how to solve that problem.
Taking pictures of someone can be a challenge sometimes, and especially when it comes to face portraits. Who hasn’t felt awkward while having their school picture taken before? And how can the photographer help in making the situation a little better?
Peter Hurley is a well known headshot photographer based in New York and Los Angeles. Just recently, he sat down to give a few tips on how to make better headshots.