The Top 10 Ways To Make Your Thumbnail Headshots Stand Out

The following article by Peter Hurley first appeared on on July 21, 2010
1. Clean up that background. Keeping the attention on you is essential, so don't cloud up your shot with unnecessary business behind you.
2. Go big. Less body, more head. Make sure that headshot is tight. The bigger your face in the shot, the easier it is for them to get a sense of you from the thumbnail.
3. Go horizontal. As humans, our eyes read horizontally first. If you want to get noticed quickly, have some negative space and a horizontally framed shot. 

LOST Exhibition in NY featuring Peter's work shot in Hawaii and Los Angeles


The Vilcek Foundation Celebrates LOST: A Showcase of the International Artists and Filmmakers of ABC’s Hit Show

Peter was fortunate enough to collaborate with The Vilcek Foundation on this amazing project.  For more information go to

Thursday, May 20th to Saturday, June 5th, 2010 Open 12pm to 6pm, Tuesday through Sunday. 
The exhibit will be closed on Mondays, with the exception of Memorial Day.

Halle Morse in action!

Some different untouched proofs from Halle's photo shoot 3/09/10.

Lauren Potter: How it gets done!

Little clip of Lauren Potter during her session with Peter.

Vince Flynn "Pursuit of Honor"

Peter's photo of #1 New York Times bestselling author, Vince Flynn for his newest release "Pursuit of Honor"

Congrats to Sari Lennick for her incredible performance in "A Serious Man."

sari31web2Peter is happy to have been able to work with Sari Lennick, who plays Judith Gopnik in the new Coen Brother's film, "A Serious Man."


Photography Done Hurley Style

What does every working New York actor and agent know that every LA actor, agent and manager need to know? —Photographer Peter Hurley. For it’s been Peter Hurley’s shots that have been “getting the actors the job” for the past five years in New York—and now, understanding the need for a fabulous headshot photographer in the LA market, Peter Hurley has expanded his on-target Headshot expertise to LA.

Joseph Kanon's "Stardust"

Peter's photo of Joseph Kanon taken for the release his new novel, Stardust.

Dr. Ellen Marmur "Simple Skin Beauty"

Peter's cover shot of Dr. Ellen Marmur's new release from Simon & Schuster "Simple Skin Beauty"

What's in your toolbox?

Peter's take on Robert & Michelle Colt's Acting Success Now Seminar.

US Weekly: New Years 2009 with the Clinton's

Peter's shot of the Clinton's in Times Square, on New Years 2009 appear in US Weekly.

Vince Flynn "Extreme Measures"

Peter's recently released cover shot of #1 New York Times bestselling phenomenon Vince Flynn.

Vanity Fair: Brian Sack

Peter's shots of Brian Sack appear in the August 20th "Culture and Celebrity" blog in Vanity Fair read the full article here.

Zach Railey Wins Silver Medal at the 2008 Olympic Games!

Zach Railey Wins a Silver Medal in the Finn Class at the 2008 Olympic Games!  Congratulations to Zach and the entire US Sailing Team on their performance in Beijing.  Go USA!!!