The Headshot: The Secrets to Creating Amazing Headshot Portraits


“Although this book is about headshots, it goes way beyond that. It’s invaluable for any photographer shooting portraits who wants to deliver better shots to their clients than they’ve ever seen before. Really a brilliant piece of work from cover to cover.”
– Scott Kelby, the world’s #1 best-selling author of books on photography

It used to be that the only people that needed professional-looking headshots were actors and models, but now thanks to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and social media in general, headshots are hot! They’ve never been more in demand than they are today, and Peter Hurley’s unique headshot style and trademark look have made him the most sought-after headshot photographer in the world today. Here’s your chance to learn exactly how to create “the look” that everybody’s after.

This is bankable stuff! If you’re not adding headshots to what you offer as a photographer, you’re leaving a lot of money on the table. Peter knows first-hand the secrets to not only lighting your headshots like a pro (there’s a whole chapter on that alone), but in this book he reveals, in the very same fashion that made him a famous name with photographers everywhere, how he gets authentic expressions and incredibly flattering positioning that will make your clients look better than they ever have in any photo – period!

It’s all here: he shows you his positioning techniques, his secrets for getting genuine smiles and images that look so natural you won’t believe they’re posed (but of course, they are), and you’ll learn the very same techniques that Peter uses to create amazing headshots for everyone from execs at top Fortune 500 companies, to Silicon Valley startups, to actors and public figures who know all too well how important a great-looking headshot really is.

Peter doesn’t hold anything back. He reveals all his tricks of the trade, from his trademark lighting look, to how to create great-looking backgrounds on location, to positioning tricks you won’t hear anywhere else, and it’s all written in Peter’s fun, quirky, inspiring style that lets you know, right from the beginning, you can do this, and you can do this big! These are the techniques that Peter has crafted from years in front of the lens, as a model for top brands like Abercrombie & Fitch and Guess, and years behind the lens, giving him an insight few photographers will ever possess, and he’s willing to share every bit of it – every trick, every technique, and every nuance – in this book that will pay for itself at your very next shoot. Yes, it’s that good.

Peter Hurley has ridden the waves around the world on a sailboat, modeled for the likes of Polo and Abercrombie & Fitch, and shot more than 10,000 people’s headshots. He has spoken at Google, Apple, Microsoft, and TEDx, and taught at Photoshop World and online for KelbyOne. His Headshot Crew comprises the largest group of headshot specialists in the world. He also founded a photography gear company called HURLEYPRO and co-founded PsyPhotology, a unique concept intertwining psychology with photography.

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