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Use This Portrait Photography Tip To Make Clients Look Slimmer | Peter Hurley

By Hanssie on November 25th 2015

They say the camera adds 10lbs and for the majority of your clients, that is going to be a bad thing. We all want to look our best in photographs and our jobs as photographers is to make our clients look and feel their best when we photograph them. Peter Hurley is a master at this.

Peter Hurley, one of our favorite headshot photographers to watch and glean from for his charisma and his arsenal of handy portrait photography tips and tricks, is back with a new and simple tip that helps your subjects look slimmer. The headshot technique is called, “Hold Your Sub.” When women are in front of the camera, most of the time, we naturally put our hands on our hips. Peter says this is not a good thing for clients who want to appear slimmer as it makes your subject look three times larger than they actually are by making the shoulders look broader. The Hold Your Sub technique will tuck the elbows in and pull the back muscles back which makes a marked difference in a headshot situation.


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All you need to do is have your clients pretend to hold a giant submarine sandwich – the kind you get for staff meetings and birthday parties. (An added bonus is to have them hold a real sub sandwich, and then they don’t have to pretend, plus everyone gets lunch after the shoot).

This is one of many techniques Peter has shared with us. Among the more notable ones: The Squinch, which makes people look better in photos, and accentuating the jawline to create a more flattering look in the space between the jawline and neck. For a comprehensive photography tutorial, be sure to check out Peter’s Art Behind The Headshot DVD here.

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

Q&A Discussions

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  1. david thorman

    cheers Peter

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  2. Joseph Ford

    we often forget about the arms when we are concentrating on the face.

    Thanks Peter.

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  3. Peter Nord

    Always fun to watch Peter. Funner in person.

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  4. penelope peralta

    Great article…Sue Bryce and Roberto Valenzuela are also two great photographers that got posing down to a T.

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  5. Stephen Glass

    Simple great tip thanks!

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  6. Stan Rogers

    I don’t know if it’s wise for novice photographers to try to combine a boom shaka-laka with a shabang. That’s pretty advanced stuff.

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