Video: Peter Hurley Shares Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Headshot

When it comes to headshots, Peter Hurley is one of the best in the business. It’s his meticulous attention to detail and process of directing the subject that has led him to where he is now. Sharing some of his insight, he has taken the time to speak with Frank Doorhof, for his 25th episode of his YouTube series.

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In it, Hurley details a number of tips and tricks he’s used throughout his shoots, breaking them down into easily digestible bits. It’s rather informal, which gives the interview a more personal feel, but that doesn’t at all detract from the information provided.

At just shy of five minutes, it’s a quick watch. Press play and take some notes. For more interviews like this, you can head on over to Doorhof’s YouTube channel.

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  • Paul Pond

    Sorry but this images he took of that dude is absolutely boring. And his Portfolio is so casual boring too. How can he be one of the best? Who say that? His website is terrible.

    Sorry haters but that is just the truth.

  • Pickle

    Sorry never cared for him or his style. He likes to be loud and braggy, but nothing that screams original. Then again, when he limits himself to being the “headshot” guy, he kind of limits himself to boring pictures since there is a whole brave world beyond that. I’m surprised he didn’t pitch his roll-up backdrop.

  • Adam Cross

    flash websites should be killed with fire. we want to look at photos not annoying animations >__<

  • Gannon Burgett

    I don’t exactly disagree with you, but from a marketing standpoint, he’s spot-on. He’s found his niche, knows he’s good at it, and makes a decent amount doing it.

  • Vin Weathermon

    Well, he did say some true things 1. get as many people in front of you as possible; 2. learn the technical; 3. people’s faces change when they think about what they think the camera sees and it is your job to break them of that habit to get natural expressions. The headshots are very formula (it is what is expected in the entertainment business) so in a way this is good news for people who can learn a process and then go sell it.

  • docholliday666

    And don’t forget that a H5 Hasselblad and some Kino-flos or Bron lighting to execute the formula!

  • Lukas Prochazka

    Well, I mean it’s good that he capture character but I just cant stand those catch lights, some people look like they have leopard or cat eyes, or squared eyes…that’s just not something pleasant…and It takes too much attention….and the reason why he had people strangly facing that’s probably because he locked em up in light boxes…that cant be comforttable for model

  • Stephen S.

    Hurley has a book on headshots coming out later this year. I had thought it was originally scheduled for August—which would make sense, with this video helping as promotion—but now Amazon is showing a release date of November.

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    This Peter Hurley guy has a video about the jaw line, another one about the eye muscles, bla bla. Boring. What’s next, how pristine the collar must be or how to trim your nose hair??

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    its your opinion… not the truth.

  • Paul Pond

    gladly I’m not alone with my opinion.