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Tips & Tricks

How to Look Better in Photos | Mastering The Squinch

By Lauren Kermelis on November 22nd 2013

All About The Squinch

The camera can be quite an intimidating instrument when it’s staring right at you. Once in front of it, the majority of us just seem to well… tense up. What is it about the way models pose that set them apart from the average person? What are the tricks they are using that seem to make their photos seem to turn out so much better?


Peter Hurley shares one of these vital tips, it’s called “The Squinch,” and the best part is, everyone can do it! Watch him explain it here:

How He Does It

Having been a model himself, Peter knows many tips when it comes to posing. Here he shows us what he believes to be one of the most important moves, “The Squinch.” The Squinch is all about moving your lower eyelids towards your pupil. It’s a muscle in your body that you have to practice moving consciously, but once you master it, you’ll be on your way to better looking selfies in no time!


Hurley shows us the night and day difference that this move has on the overall feel between these two photos. In the first one, the model simply comes across with a more deer-in-headlights feel, whereas the latter depicts him in a more calm, cool, and collected manner.

Without The Squinch


With The Squinch



With just the simple movement in your eyes, a photo can go from mediocre to amazing, and Peter so gives us a great argument for using this move in the above tutorial. For more inspirational tutorials, check out Peter’s 4 hour, intensive DVD on capturing the perfect headshot.

[via”Peter Hurley“]

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Lauren Kermelis is a freelance photographer wedding, portrait, and event photographer based out of Southern California.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Paul Sment

    Peter Hurley is a bit strange, but I will totally listen to what he has to say anytime. That was a very eye opening, I mean eye closing video. Wow!!

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  2. Horacio

    Most helpful, portrait tutorial ever.
    Thanks guys :-)

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    • Lauren Kermelis

      Your Welcome! I’ve even found myself practicing it every time I go to wash my hands since watching the video!

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  3. Sven

    I love this guy :D

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