The Basic Headshot with Peter Hurley

Thursday, November 17, 2011  |  3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Speaker: Peter Hurley
Event Type: Photography

After 10 years of shooting headshots on a daily basis, professional photographer Peter Hurley has found one constant that never ceases: everyone wants to look good in front of a camera. Not really an epiphany right? Well to Peter, it is the challenge he is up against everyday and he has found that it’s not a straightforward as it may seem.

First off, when shooting a headshot you’ll have the barrel of your camera in close proximity to your subject, making them well aware of that fact the nanosecond you point it in their general direction. Everyone reacts differently to being in front of a camera especially if they know it is pinpointed on their face. There is no rhyme or reason as to why some behave cool as cucumbers and others seem to instantly have an outer body experience.

Our job as photographers is to not only take a technically beautiful image, but also to coach our subjects in order to bring the best out of them. Peter has always considered the job twofold, one part photographic technique and the other a flurry of constant photographer banter. The proper use of both allows the photographer and subject to capture a headshot that both people can be proud of.

So how is it done? That is precisely what Peter will discuss during this lecture.

Topics will include:

•The Equipment
•The Light
•The Capture
•The Workflow
•The Crop
•The Direction
•The Coaching
•The Delivery

Peter Hurley

Peter Hurley is regarded as being the top headshot photographer in the country. He began his career in front of the camera – while training for the Olympics in sailing he was spotted and modeled in campaigns for Abercrombie & Fitch and Ralph Lauren. Peter later moved behind the camera, and quickly built up a powerful client list. Thanks to his eye, his technique, and an engaging personality that makes people instantly comfortable, Peter brings out the very best of everyone he photographs.  Since opening his studios in New York and Los Angeles, he has specialized in advertising and commercial work, including portraiture, fashion, beauty, editorial, headshots, events and corporate photography. He has worked with dozens of companies including Levi’s, Reebok, DKNY, Johnnie Walker, and shot hundreds of talented actors, models and authors. Well-known in the entertainment and advertising industries, Peter is most proud of his work with the cast and crew of “LOST” as it was wrapping up its final season.

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