Peter Hurley is a famous portrait and headshot photographer. He has been splashing around the world of close up photography for more than a decade. Headshot photograph is a photo which is taken with the head and a small part of the shoulder as the focus of the photo. In this opportunity, Peter will share some secrets on what he usually does to make his clients look more photogenic in front of camera. According to him, one of the easiest ways to make any of his client look cooler is by highlighting their chin line.
The secret of his style of taking a photograph is actually very simple. The key point is not to let the chin and the neck slur with each other without any clear line between them. Apparent chin line will make your face appear haggard and it will look more attractive. It is a very simple attempt; you just need to point your face forward a bit. But if you shoot from the side, you can slightly lower down one of your shoulders (that faces the camera) then direct your face to the front and put it little bit sideway. If the left shoulder is the one being lowered, you need to put your face aslant to the right and vice versa.
If you get confused of the explanation above, you can see the following video directly to get clear idea of how to photograph a face correctly and properly by Peter Hurley.
It's all about the Jaw from Peter Hurley on Vimeo.
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So, next time when you are asked to take a picture of someone’s face especially the close up ones, pay attention to their chin line and make that line look apparent and firm. The method is super easy; you just need to direct their chin forward a tad bit to make their face looks more attractive during the shooting process.