Body Language Cues

April 14, 2023  •  Leave a Comment

I’m always trying to learn (or stay up to date on) new things that might help me help you look awesome in your images. Especially for my personal branding photography clients, I was excited to find the latest book from Vanessa Van Edwards, Cues: Small Signals, Incredible Impact. In it she addresses the verbal and nonverbal cues we send out to and receive from each other to communicate, whether we’re aware of them or not.


“Cues are the powerful verbal nonverbal and vocal signals humans send to each other. What we don’t realize is that we send thousands of these cues to each other every day, yet they often go missed. I believe those cues are all filled with opportunities.”

Book cover portrays a woman seated, her hands steepled to show confidence and her feet pointed toward the reader to show engagement.Charismatic Communication through CuesMaster the Secret Language of Charismatic Communication - Cues: Small Signals, Incredible Impact book by Vanessa Van Edwards

Part of the process in a photo session with me is creating the right message in your pictures. What do you want your photographs to say about you? Should they show your soft side or strong? Do you want to appear warm and caring? or cool and confident?

While your facial expression is incredibly important, including micro expressions, your other nonverbal body language also matters. Crossing your arms and leaning back is a very different message than having those arms open with you leaning in.

This helpful guide has confirmed some of the things I already knew which is always reassuring and I've picked up another tip or two to try. Definitely recommend, as she also discusses situations beyond appearance, like vocal qualities and even seating arrangements in meetings. Fascinating, really.

But your appearance cues are definitely something we want to capitalize on, and one of the reasons I always ask, “how do you want to be photographed?”


Women are multi-faceted, and I love helping them share images that show their authentic, beautiful, confident shine! How do you want to be photographed? Let's meet over coffee and talk about it. Contact me: text/call 434-226-0365 or email [email protected]... or schedule a Zoom meeting online here!



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