Sample Photo Gallery: Peter Hurley’s Headshots

Samples of Peter Hurley's masterful headshots

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“I try to draw colorful expressions and reactions from my subjects the entire time we’re shooting.”

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For women, this lighting usually fills in every shadow, rendering complexions smooth and wrinkle-free.

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Hurley starts by clearly defining the jawline.

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Extending the jaw is where all my work begins.

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He orients his headshots as horizontals, instead of the more conventional verticals.

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By cropping the top of a subject’s head, Hurley is able to enlarge the eyes for a more expressive portrait. This headshot also shows the importance of subtle but flawlessly effective makeup.

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When lighting men, Hurley often won’t use a fill light from below. The resulting shadows add character, he says. To make sure the head is adequately shaped, he will often add an accent light, as seen on the man’s left cheek and chin here.

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To clearly define head structure, Hurley asks subjects to extend the chin and present the jawline. Here, it also moves the face forward, drawing attention to it by throwing the far shoul­der out of focus.

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As the reflections in the eyes reveal, Hurley surrounds women’s heads with light sources to fill in shadows for luminously glowing complexions.