Posing a model is one of the most important things in a portrait. The model often does not know where to put their hands when taking portraits. The following is portrait photographer Gina Milicia showing a model’s hand movements.

[Portrait must learn] The basic method of arranging hand movements

Unless the other party is a professional model, not everyone will have a beautiful hand placement, so before shooting, please pay attention to the following points:

  1. To keep nails clean, the most basic of a model is to keep nails clean and without black edges, and girls should also pay attention to whether the nail polish is neat and intact;
  2. If your model’s hand is equipped with accessories, it is best to bring a Bronzer, which can be very useful when you find that the hand is different from other parts of the body;
  3. Be careful to avoid holding hands, sometimes this happens when the model is nervous. Be sure to remind the model when shooting!

How to position your hands: examples

One of the useful actions when shooting boys is to let them "hold something", such as holding a pen, or playing with a finger on their hands. (Model: Jonathan Newton)

One of the useful actions when shooting boys is to let them “hold something”, such as holding a pen or playing with a finger on their hands.
(Model: Jonathan Newton)

When photographing professional women, you can let them put their hands across their chests, but pay attention to the two hands, which makes people feel uncomfortable. Please put your hands gently on the model. (Model: Business Chicks Ceo, Emma Isaacs)

When photographing professional women, you can let them put their hands across their chests, but pay attention to the two hands, which makes people feel uncomfortable. Please put your hands gently on the model.
(Model: Business Chicks Ceo, Emma Isaacs)

Take a sample of a group of boys and watch their hand movements. (Model: The Cast of Fat Tony / image courtesy Nine Network Australia)

Take a sample of a group of boys and watch their hand movements.
(Model: The Cast of Fat Tony/image courtesy Nine Network Australia)

Let the model’s hand have something to do to take a natural pose, such as putting in a pants pocket or buttoning a jacket.

Flicking your hair is one of the easy moves that can be used by both boys and girls. (Model: Mimi Elashiry)

Flicking your hair is one of the easy moves that can be used by both boys and girls.
(Model: Mimi Elashiry)

For female models, placing your hands on the hip can make your waist look thinner! Must use! Model: Shareena Clanton / Foxtel (left) Piperlane (right)

For female models, placing your hands on the hip can make your waist look thinner! Must use!
Model: Shareena Clanton/Foxtel (left) Piperlane (right)

When the model’s hand touches the face, remember to ask them to relax their hands; putting their hands to the side when shooting can also make the hands look thinner and better.

Model Rachael Lever (左) Shareena Clanton/Foxtel (右)

Model Rachael Lever (左) Shareena Clanton/Foxtel (右)

When shooting a male model, don’t always place your hands like a “football wall”, try inserting your hands in your pants pockets, buckling your belt, or packing your clothes!

"Human Wall Posture" should be avoided!

“Human Wall Posture” should be avoided!

Male models can try other moves. (Model: Lester Ellis / Nine Network Australia)

Male models can try other moves.
(Model: Lester Ellis/Nine Network Australia)

When shooting a group of models, try to ask their hands to make different gestures, so the photos will be more dynamic.

When shooting a group of models, ask them to make different gestures with their hands, so that the photos will be more dynamic.

(Ref: dPS)