Looking Good in Photos: Hands

August 14, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

“What do I do with my hands?”

If your photographer isn't posing your hands, here are some tips for what to do with them (your hands, not your photographer).Fun with HandsWhat do I do with my hands?

If your hands might show in an image, here are a few tips:

  1. Have your pinky finger facing the camera, not the wider back of the hand.
  2. Relax and soften – think delicate ballet hands, not clenched fists or claws… or karate.
  3. Bend at the wrist
  4. Do something – like adjusting clothing or an accessory – that feels “natural.” Or play. Your option.

Hands on your hips is always a good place to start… or cross your arms, keeping the above tips in mind, and both hands visible.

Think of the waist as the dividing line for finger direction. Hands above the waistline should generally be pointing upward. Hands below the waist should point downward.

In group photos or couple’s photos, watch out for “hand spiders.” Try to keep the back hand invisible. When people put their arms around each other, the back hand tends to poke out at the oddest places.

When all else fails, hide ‘em.

During your session with me, I will let you know what to do with your hands, if they are going to show. How hands are posed helps tell a story in your images: open, friendly, seductive, strong, shy…. 


Ready for some great photographs? Let’s get to know each other over coffee (or smoothies… or milkshakes…), and talk about celebrating your life’s true beauty in images you love. You can reach me at [email protected] or (434) 226-0365. You can also schedule a consultation at https://calendly.com/maggietakespix; pick a time convenient for you, and let me know where you'd like to meet!

My Promise: Together, we will create amazing photos you’ll want to share. How do you want to be photographed?



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