Ep. 009: Peter Hurley | Be Inspired Photography Podcast
Headshot photographer Peter Hurley on the Be Inspired Photography Podcast.
In this week’s show, we had the amazing opportunity to chat to headshot photographer Peter Hurley about how he first became a photographer, his method for creating amazing portraits and why you should be shooting headshots as part of your business.
Peter Hurley’s Bio:
Let me give you an idea of the round about way I picked up a camera and found a new love. It and most of my life revolve around the sport of sailing. In 1993 after graduating from Boston University I hadn’t a clue as to what I was going to do with myself. That summer I was doing what I had done every summer since I can remember, racing sailboats.
In August, I won a National Championship and decided to train for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. While training full time, a friend sent me to see a designer at Ralph Lauren, who was in search of real sailors to model in a Polo Sport advertising campaign. I had an incredible time and months later my picture was seen around the world. More importantly, I met a true friend and eventual mentor, Bruce Weber, who was the photographer on the shoot. Bruce continued to take pictures of me sailing and after failing to make the ’96 US Sailing Team, I found myself in New York at the start of a new modelling career.
Modelling led me into acting, but the dream of a gold medal still lingered in the back of my mind. After a few years, I dropped everything and decided to jump back in the boat and train for the Sydney ’00 Games.
It was during this time that Bruce encouraged me to start taking pictures of sailboats. My training paid off landing me a berth on the 2000 US Sailing Team. Shortly afterward, I took up the camera and while shooting a regatta I turned the camera on a fellow model/actor and friend of mine who had come along for the day. Those pictures ended up in his portfolio and created the outset of my new career. Since then my pictures have led me into advertising and my clients now include Levi’s, Reebok, DKNY, Johnnie Walker and Axe Deodorant to name a few. I am continually growing as a photographer and I’m so glad that my crazy path has landed me here with a camera in hand. I would like to give a special thanks to Caggie Simonelli, Bruce Weber, and Josette Lata for making this possible.
I have to add that during my travels I was fortunate enough to meet my beautiful wife, Yelly. She gave me the greatest gift of all when she gave birth to our twin girls, Mia & Oriana, in February of 2003.
Be Inspired Photography Podcast with Peter Hurley.
00:00 Welcome to Episode 9 of the Be Inspired Photography Podcast.
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Peter Hurley Interview on the Be Inspired Photography Podcast.
01:30 Peter Hurley interview.
02:47 Peter Hurley’s ‘breaking in’ story and how he became a professional photographer.
08:53 How Peter first started to charge for his photography.
11:22 Why honesty in charging is so important to Peter Hurley.
13:03 Why headshots are such an important part of today’s photography market.
15:03 Peter Hurley’s clients; average people that want a great online presence.
19:18 Why having a single style of photography is so important.
21:45 Peter Hurley’s headshot coaching on headshotcrew.com.
24:47 What is the philosophy behind Hurley’s photography?
29:10 What’s the single most important aspect of a truly great headshot?
32:13 How Peter draws the best out of people who step in front if his camera.
33:52 Overcoming obstacles when dealing with people.
37:20 What inspires Peter Hurley?
43:45 What is your first step when starting out with headshot photography?
45:57 Where to find Peter Hurley online.
47:54 Who is Peter Hurley’s favourite photographer of all time?
50:14 Thanks to Peter Hurley for joining us on the Be Inspired Photography Podcast!
Be Inspired Photography Podcast Episode 9.
50:29 Thank you to Peter Hurley for joining us on the Be Inspired Photography Podcast.
50:34 Click here to get your FREE Monochrome Photoshop Actions.
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