How to Accentuate the Jawline in Portraits

Here’s an excellent video tutorial by photographer Peter Hurley on how to improve your portrait photographs by focusing on the jawline of your subject. It’s a simple technique that can drastically improve the quality of your images.

(via Scott Kelby)

  • Anonymous

    step 1, if they arent fat but have a double chin in the photo, have them slightly stretch their neck out

  • Darren Ward79

    ,dude please:)

  • Mavourneen Strozewski

    When customers come into the studio and they have a double chin, I explain the “turkey neck”….Yes, it’s awkward to do, but it helps the customer to feel better about the picture because there is no unflattering double chin. I recently had to do a business portrait for a lady, she just wanted a straight on headshot. I explained to her that facing forward is going to make her look bigger. So I photographed her the way she wanted and then I did a few of my own poses. I turned her to the side, with her head towards the camera & told her to put her head out and then we did a slight tilt; she noticed the difference when viewing the images side by side. Great advice, I never thought of saying “bring your ears to the camera”…I’ll have to try that!

  • Jake

    Informative, but I didn’t think people were allowed to say “SHABAM” after 2002.

  • lloyd

    This was quite good, but why did it take 14+mins?

  • Flgraphics

    excellent tutorial! thanks for sharing!

  • Geoff Penn

    This whole concept of moving parts of the body to accentuate other parts is simply fascinating. This video makes so much sense – and thanks for sharing it with us.

  • Ndt

    Dear Public,
    This is one small but vital example of why you hire a photographer to take a picture and not just buy an expensive camera.
    A Photographer.

  • Just Visiting

    Good read.

  • John Milleker

    The tip starts at 1:41 and ends at 1:47.. :)

    The turtleneck – we always tell clients it’s going to feel awkward but it’ll look great. Don’t think you always need to bring the head out and down, most the time out directly at the camera is all you need..  Gets rid of those extra chins and your client will love you for it.

  • Casper

    It was truly amazing… Never noticed the jawline.. thanks a ton.. :)

  • Casper

    It was truly amazing… Never noticed the jawline.. thanks a ton.. :)

  • Joshua Tobias George Barrett

    Fantastic video.

  • jkantor267

    Good – but too bad there’s no basic grooming tutorial on YouTube.

  • Adrian Feliciano

    I watched the video in this post two years ago and am still amazed at how consistently Mr. Hurley’s simple suggestion works wonders in my portraits. Sometimes I get a strong jawline, sometimes it is a more subtle improvement.

  • Rowe Lee

    My sentiments exactly!

  • Tarryn

    This guy is awesome, giggling throughout the whole video. BOOOOM!