Hands: the dos and don’ts in photos
Here’s some quick tips on what to do with those dangly things on the ends of your arms when someone points a camera at you. Whether it’s a planned shoot or someone from the office points a phone at you here’s some quick tips about what to do with your hands
- Clean nails are a must. I always ask my clients to (at the very least) have clean nails and freshly done nail polish for women.
- Avoid clenched hands. This is a common instinct to help with nerves but it doesn’t photograph well.
- Do something with your hands. Having your hands occupied helps create a natural looking pose. Putting hands in pockets, doing up buttons or rubbing hands together can all create a natural look. If someone asks you to rest your hands on your face or your body, do it lightly so that your hands don’t distort your face or body.
- The side-on look. Hands look best when they are photographed side-on as it reduces their size.
- The ‘soccer goalie’ hands in front of your crutch pose is a classic ‘go to’ pose for most men. This is a sign that they are feeling vulnerable and insecure and, thus protecting their masculinity. There are many alternatives to the soccer goalie pose. Try placing your hands in your pockets, hanging them from belt hoops, or pretending to adjust an item of clothing.
- Part of a group. When you are part each member of a group, should have some fun and try to do something different with your hands because it will make the photo look more dynamic.