Last weekend in NYC was such a blast. The sights, sounds, and the food. Don’t get me started on the food. Everyday was a challenging decision to decide what awesome food to eat.
I had the honor of attending the world’s greatest headshot photographer’s workshop while I was in NYC: The Headshot Intensive by Peter Hurley. I first heard of Peter Hurley through checking out photos on IMDB of actors and actresses. It was definitely different from any other headshot photo that I’ve seen before: white background, landscape view, and a stunning look.
I was stoked to find that Peter Hurley & FStoppers came out with The Art Behind the Headshot. It was a huge in-depth tutorial that brought to light details I never thought about when taking a photograph. There is so much information in the DVD that up to date I’ve watched it about 30 times. I have it played in the background while editing or listen to the audio when I’m in the car.
Even though I had Peter’s DVD my images were still lacking something. My images needed more oomph. I realized that the best way to learn how to take the shots I want is to learn from the man himself, Peter Hurley.
Two full days of didactic learning and shooting. So much information was given that I was still processing it while I was asleep. I dreamt of mouth, eyes, eyebrows, and lots of squinting. The second day was organized chaos and I loved it. Seven models, four different light setups, and a full day of shooting.
Other than being schooled by Peter, hearing him speak his thoughts on the industry, and being able to hang with an awesome guy, my favorite part of the weekend was hanging with the other photographers at the workshop. We had people as far as Australia come to attend Peter’s workshop. We shared our struggles, ideas, and future goals in our photography. I loved seeing what other people are doing with their personal projects. It just drives me to go out there and just do it.
Here are some of the shots I took of the actors.
And as an added bonus here’s my trip in a New York Minute.