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PETER HURLEY: The Headshot Portrait Lighting Class

Wednesday, May 8th, 9.00am – 4:30pm.  REPEATED Thursday, May 9th, 9:00am – 4:30pm


This intensive one-day workshop will expose attendees to lighting faces differently – so that your portraits can be fresh and inspiring.  This class is designed so that Peter can demonstrate, and the class can photograph, using interesting lighting setups that can now be at your finger-tips. We all fall back on lighting that we know works, but are we designing the lighting to give an interesting, flattering or unusual impression?  Do your portraits seem bland or similar?  Take a day to step back and learn how light works on faces, how certain faces require certain lighting solutions and how to make portraits that are dramatic. Peter will teach how to quickly and consistently capture a person’s personality by identifying and photographing their best side. As a photographer you need to walk into your session with a plan. Peter will teach you the keys to this plan and offer tips on coaching your subject through the process and helping them relax in front of the camera.

NOTE:  This workshop will be repeated on Thursday, May 9th.

Price: $475.  

  Lunch Included

Photographers should bring their laptops and be conversant with their hardware and software in order to facilitate downloading and projecting their work for critiques in class. Digital projectors with standard DVI / VGA cables will be provided. If you require any special adapter for your computer for this purpose, please be sure to bring one to class.

All Workshop Participants are invited to the Canon/Freestyle Digital Print Center at Korakia on Thursday, May 9th from 11:00am to 6:00pm to have an image of their choice printed out on a Canon Pro 2000 printer, using custom profiles and on their choice of several inkjet papers.



It all started while I was training for the Olympic Games. I met then DKNY designer, Caggie Simonelli Bradford, who took me under her wing to help me generate sponsorship opportunities. She caught wind of the fact that Ralph Lauren was looking for real sailors for an upcoming Polo Sport ad campaign and the next thing I knew I was sailing in front of Bruce Weber’s lens. Little did I know that day would forever change the trajectory of my life. The story was later documented in the New York Times.

After my Olympic dream came to an end, I moved to New York to try my hand at a modeling/acting/bartending career that seemed to become a pounding of the pavement experiment. It was at that time that Bruce encouraged me to pick up a camera. I started out by photographing portraits of my model friends and landed my first commercial job photographing sneakers for Reebok. I even had a little stint shooting for Levi’s on The Apprentice.” I loved the portrait work I was getting, however, decided to focus all my efforts on my goal of becoming the best headshot photographer I could be. My signature style of simple clean backgrounds, beautiful lighting, and captivating expressions became all the rage. I was recognized numerous times year after year by Backstage magazine as the best headshot photographer in New York City.