The Art of Photography: The Inspirational Series with Peter Hurley By Peter Hurley and Mia McCormick

1 hr 4 min

Take an inspiration break with Mia McCormick and Peter Hurley, an advertising and commercial photographer based in New York. Peter is known around the world for his ability to draw emotion and expression from people posing for his headshots, but you may not know the story about how he got started and built the business he has today. Over the course of an hour Mia and Peter discuss a wide variety of topics that range from getting started in the business to figuring out how to create a viable career, from what Peter’s typical day looks like to the importance of building relationships, having the burning desire, setting goals, and so much more!

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Peter shares the story of how he got started in photography and taking headshots.
There comes a point after you get started where you need to figure out how to make this a viable business. You have to develop your own unique style or look.
The client may be hiring you, but this is your day too. You are spending it together, so it needs to work for both of you.
From daily client work to big commercial jobs, and even developing your own products, there are a lot of ways to make a life out of working behind the camera.
Peter looks to the future discussing some of what he is working towards and shares some advice for people who are just getting started.
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Peter Hurley


Peter is a New York and Los Angeles based photographer specializing in advertising and commercial work, including portraiture, fashion, beauty, editorial, actor's headshots, events and corporate photography. "Let me give you an idea of the round about way I picked up a camera and found a new love. It and most of my life revolve aroun...

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Mia McCormick works as a resident video technology expert for KelbyOne and B&H Photo. She's a KelbyOne Instructor with courses ranging from basic camera operation to capturing outstanding video on your DSLR. Mia also conducts a series of business and inspirational interviews providing insights from some of the world's leading photog...

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  1. Profile photo of info28 info28

    Nice relaxing interview. Like having a chat with a buddy. Learned a lot too! Thanks!

  2. Profile photo of Tomas Tyner Tomas Tyner

    Loved the interview. An interview to relax into, Thanks Peter, TT

  3. Profile photo of NicholasOzz NicholasOzz

    I’l admit iv’e not seen seen every single course on every single photographer here on Kelby , but for me Peter Hurley is without doubt the best I’ve seen so far , and although he has this arrogance at times you still come out really liking and respecting his work and his method’s ! Top draw Sir thank you for your wealth of experience and most of all for sharing with the likes of us : )) Regards , Nick Alexander .

  4. Profile photo of svlahos0896 svlahos0896

    It’s great to see someone who truly loves his profession and has that passion….. That’s what separates his work and makes him one of the best in the industry.

  5. Profile photo of johncairns johncairns

    A very inspirational interview, thoroughly enjoyed it.

  6. Profile photo of Saramoeen Saramoeen

    Wow! This was pretty cool and inspiring interview Thank you.

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