Learn how to direct any human being that steps foot in front of your lens

For years Peter Hurley has been perfecting his signature workshop The Headshot Intensive. Rooted in the teachings of his book The Headshot, he delves into his unique approach to headshot photography during this 2-day workshop.

In this master class, Peter reveals everything about his workflow, direction, shooting style, and business approach. The course is geared toward headshot photography, but all the information applies whether your subject is 3 feet in front of your camera or 30 feet away.

Peter also believes that everyone has their own learning curve when it comes to portrait photography and considers himself a student of the game, so whether you are a seasoned pro or a curious beginner this class is readymade for you. 


Special Events

Portuguese Portrait Pop-Up

Oct 15th 2024 - Oct 17th 2024
Lisbon, PT
What Are People Saying?
Here's what some Intensive graduates have to say about the workshop.

Intensive! Well, after being a part of the "crew" -- for many years of my photographic journey, I had the opportunity to travel to Chicago to Peter's Intensive workshop! What a game changer to be hands-on with a great and talented photographer and a like-minded group of willing learners! Money well spent to experience hands-on learning and training with state-of-the-art equipment all while having fun!

My advice is to jump on board early in your journey and hang on for the ride of constant learning and growth! It makes a difference to work with an instructor/leader who truly cares about your quality and success in the photography industry.

I've been a photographer for many years. I've shot everything from TV news to sports. I made a career pivot to working at a photography studio. ...Since taking the Headshot Intensive in April 2023, Peters method has changed the way I shoot. The biggest take away I learned, besides the light triangle, is how to direct people. Its a constant learning process and being in the crew has helped tremendously!

Attending The Headshot Intensive took me to the next level. Working with Peter in person is the BEST! Listening to his presentation first gave me the overview and details of his process, his background, his journey and how he does what he does. Then seeing the lights set up, how he maneuvers them for each person he captures was what I really needed. And of course getting in front of his camera and seeing him in action, and having the experience myself was the game-changer. I plan on continuing to take them because the investment into the Crew and my career will only multiply and have great returns.

This workshop is incredibly detailed and delivers so much value! I took part in it in January 2018 and was blown away by the quality and insights I got out of it. The money I spent on the course I earned back in a single booking that I only got because of the knowledge and skills gathered from this course! If you're serious about photographing humans (not only headshots) then this workshop will elevate you to the next level.

All I can say is WOW! I was really nervous about investing the money in myself and my business, but I am so glad that I did. To Peter and the Headshot Crew member that were there--THANK YOU for all that you do. Its people like you that make our profession so great.

I can totally relate to feeling hesitant about investing in The Headshot Intensive workshop. However, I took the plunge and I'm so glad I did! The workshop turned out to be an incredibly valuable experience, both in terms of the skills I learned and the connections I made with other photographers. JUST DO IT!

The Headshot Intensive was three days that changed my photography career forever. If you are serious about getting to the next level of headshot or portrait photography there’s nothing better than learning from Peter Hurley, the best in the business. The smartest decision you will ever make!

Without a doubt the #1 undisputed champ when it comes to the best information I've ever received as a portrait photographer.

One of the standout aspects of the workshop was the peter’s excellence in guiding the class. his ability to break down techniques and concepts into digestible segments was truly commendable. This made the learning experience not only enjoyable but also remarkably effective. If you're passionate about Headshot photography and seeking a workshop that combines excellence and practical learning, this is one experience not to be missed.

Attending the Headshot Intensive and Intensified workshop was one of the best decisions of my life, besides asking my wife to marry me. Not only did I learn about Peter's techniques and mindset of his shooting style. I also learned what I am capable of. You are given the tools to succeed. Peter was able to find in me and show me that I have what it takes to be a headshot photographer. This class is only the start of my journey and I will be back for another session. I left feeling like I belonged and was a part of this community and was openly welcomed by all. The associates that were present were also very helpful in guiding us and ensuring we understood the technical aspects of shooting. Thank you for everything!

It was by far one of the most insightful weekends I've had in a while. There was so much information to absorb, but it was easy to understand and so relevant to what I wanted/needed to learn.

That weekend helped cement in my mind that I wanted to put in the work, focus on my craft, and grow my skill and business as a headshot photographer.

Learning from Peter to understand the people requests for photo-shoting, what they expect at the end and learn how to direct them to reach the best result it was amazing. Peter was amazing with his jokes, calm and teaching style making you act directly under fire...
Great experience, great classes!

It has made such a huge impact on not just my photographic skills but also my interpersonal skills as I am an introvert. Peter has provided the tools, the recipe, and the forum to get better and I know for a fact the I wouldn't be where I am at if I didn't attend the Intensive. Additionally, the Intensive is a launching pad to networking within the Headshot Crew.

I had purchased some of the videos Peter made before I decided to fly out to NYC. The videos are good. The videos provide value. The Intensive is intense and it's hard to put into words unless you actually attend one.

The amount of golden nuggets that i've received on the intensive and the entire process was exceptional not to mentioned that I was shoot by Amazing Peter Himself. That session itself was worth it alone, not to mention all the learning and amazing new connections that were built during the intensive workshop.

I am a procrastinator at heart, and kept putting this course off for YEARS. One day I pulled my head into the clear and decided to take the dive, and it was the best investment I've made in myself and in my photography in a long time. Peter's no nonsense approach and his personality make it all the better - it was amazing to watch him change the material as we learned it because we are never ever ever too old to learn and the trick you learned an hour ago was replaced by the trick you learned 2 seconds ago. It's all about risking forward when it comes to what you learn - you have to do the thing though and don't keep putting it off like I did...