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Peter Hurley's
Session and Rates Information

Individual Headshot Session

Standard Session
Women's Makeup+
Optional, but highly recommended.

Individual Portrait Session

Standard Session
Women's Makeup+
Optional, but highly recommended.

For his headshot clientele, Peter offers a session that is designed to get the widest range of shots for you to use for your personal brand. He shoots all his headshot from above the chest and concentrates on coaching you to produce a number of different facial expressions that capture your unique personality. He highly recommends multiple changes and to overpack if possible. Having a wider range of clothing options allows for more variation within your session. He spends whatever time he needs to make sure you are happy with the outcome of your session and only photographs 1 session per day in order to keep 100% of his concentration on you.  

For Peter's portrait clients, he not only likes to shoot a variety of looks but also varies the lighting and backgrounds as well. These sessions generally last a minimum of 3 hours and include headshots as well as head to toe and 3/4 body shots.

He offers 1/2 off any session fee for returning clients, kids under 18, and students involved in any acting classes. 

There is a 50% non-refundable deposit required to book a session and any discounts that you are to receive will be deducted from your final invoice upon completion of your shoot.

Throughout the session, you will be reviewing the images with Peter to decide whether or not you feel it would be beneficial for your personal brand. By narrowing down in this manner it allows for us to only focus on the cream of the crop and anything that you don't feel would be in your best interest to keep will be deleted.

At the end of the session, you will select the final images you'd like to keep from the best of the best. The price of each image that you select to purchase is $200 and that includes unlimited licensing of the image for personal use as well as professional retouching to Peter's specs. 

Should you feel the need to bypass the process of choosing with Peter at the end of the session then we can set up a proofing site for you for $500 where you will be able to choose the images you'd like to purchase at your convenience. 

Headshots vs. Portraits

Headshots definitely became our thing as we honed in on the genre and the popularity of our work flourished, however, we both began our careers focusing 100% on portraiture. That's why we absolutely love the opportunity to create unique portraits for those that choose the longer session with us. 

During a headshot session, we keep the camera up close and personal. All the images are captured from the chest up while we concentrate on coaching you toward your best expression. That's 100% on us and something we pride ourselves upon. We'll coach you throughout the entire process to not only capture superb imagery but to educate you on what angles and expressions work best for you. We often vary the background colors and love a variety of clothing changes over the course of the session. As you can see from our work, we have created beautiful headshot specific lighting that matches the aesthetic that we believe will have you looking your best. 

Our portrait sessions are where we love getting creative vary things up quite a bit. We'll be including portraits along with your headshots, so you'll have an assortment of different backgrounds, lighting and we'll be changing the proximity of the camera to the subject as well. You’ll walk away with a broader range of pictures and everything you'll need for your own marketing purposes. 

About the Session

We photograph our in-studio headshot sessions out of our Chelsea studio on West 26th Street in Manhattan. We like our clientele to bring a variety of clothing options and generally shoot a handful of different looks throughout each session.

We will be capturing and discussing the images as we go. Inspecting the shots in this way helps us to determine their viability for use in representing your personal brand. In doing so, we will be able to adjust the focus of the session to account for anything we feel you could additionally benefit from along the way.

At the end of the session, we'll sit down and review all of the images together. You'll be narrowing them down to only your favorites while discarding the rest until we hone in on the final images that you'd like to purchase. 


Feel free to bring a range of different options for clothing. The #1 rule for us is that you have to love it! If you don’t feel comfortable in it, you most likely won’t shoot well while wearing it. We suggest you bring a range of different cuts, colors, and necklines. For our corporate clients, we like the men to have a variety of jacket/shirt/tie combos and for the women some options of blouse/dress/jacket combos. Keeping jewelry to a minimum is key, studs or small earrings work and simple necklaces, anything hanging or chunky will usually draw too much attention to itself. If you wear glasses and have multiple pairs, then we'd appreciate you bringing them along in order to ascertain their glare factor. If you have any doubt about whether something will work or not just bring it. Layers are fantastic for the actors and no need to be seasonal; everything from t-shirts, tank tops to sweaters and light jackets can work. Have some fun with this, if you feel your wardrobe is missing something then go shopping and we’ll keep the tags on it in case you’d like to return the items after the shoot. We have a steamer in the studio, so we'll be able to easily sort out any wrinkling for you.

Hair and Makeup

Women's makeup:

Makeup for the session is not required but highly recommended for all women. The cost for makeup during your session is listed above and includes hair help. 

The makeup is applied specifically for the lighting we use and we usually start very naturally to give you a very clean simple look. We do touch-ups and will add subtle changes to the makeup as the shoot progresses. If you’d like to start off a little heavier on the makeup we are happy to do that as well, just let us know.

Women's hair:

We ask that everyone come in with their hair ready the way you would like to present yourself. We want your hair in your pictures to be as close as possible to the way you look on a fantastic hair day and can't have you showing up to the studio as if you just rolled out of bed. Of course, our makeup artist is there to make sure it’s shoot ready and we will discuss what you’d like to do with it and make a game plan at the beginning of the shoot.

If you need a major overhaul hair wise or you are naturally curly and want to go straight there may be an extra $50 charge for our makeup artist to blow it out for you. Make sure you discuss this with us prior to your session, so we are all on the same page.


We don't recommend makeup on men, but our makeup artist can provide light grooming for skin and hair on the shoot if you like. Just inquire with us about pricing prior to your session. Our professional retouching usually covers any issues that may arise skin wise, so there are no worries in that dept.

Facial Hair:

If you’d like to shoot with facial hair we’d be happy for you to come in with whatever level of growth you’d like and can shave or trim it down once we’ve gotten the scruff covered. Bring whatever grooming products you’ll need with you to get it done.

Scheduling and Payments

We are normally available for shooting Monday through Friday and we usually schedule 1 session a day starting at 12 pm. We are happy to tweak the time of your booking, so feel free to request the best time that might work for you. We do ask that you don't have anything important scheduled after your shoot in case we feel we need a little more time with you.

A 50% non-refundable deposit is required to book a spot on our calendar. The fee is due at the time of booking a shoot date and time. You may book online here or contact the studio and we will get you set up with a session that perfect for you.

We accept cash, checks, as well as Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Apple Pay. The remaining balance is due the day of the session.

We work with freelance makeup artists and you will be paying them directly, they require cash on the day of the shoot.

All deposit checks can be made payable to: Peter Hurley Photography and mailed to our NY studio address: 134 W 26th St. Suite 1203, New York, NY 10001

Directions and Contact

Chelsea Arts building
134 W 26th St Suite 1203
New York, NY 10001
(between 6th and 7th Ave)
Phone: 212.627.2210
Email: info@peterhurley.com

We like our clients to be 100% informed, so thanks for taking the time to read all this pertinent information. If you still have questions feel free to ask us. We look forward to hearing from you.

The Peter Hurley Studio Team