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Jawing about Jawlines

A few days ago my wife sent me a link to a video she found. It's by Peter Hurley, a very successful celebrity headshot photographer. She thought I'd enjoy it, and being right about most everything, she was right about this.

In the video, Hurley discusses a few simple techniques for reducing double chins and unsightly folds of neck skin on your photography subjects. I knew some of these tricks, but not all of them. He also dropped some wisdom about how to make subjects more relaxed and give them usable directions to get the photo you want.

Anyway, one of the tips that was particularly effective was having your subject push his/her forehead slightly toward the camera and down. This stretches the skin on the neck, pulls in a double chin, and provides deeper relief along the jawline so you get a nicely defined jaw in the photo. In the video, you can see that it's an incredibly effective technique.

I got an impromptu chance to try it for myself. I got a last minute request to …

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