Exactly What to Do with Your Hands in Photos
The awkwardness ends here!
All you want to do is take a cute pic for the ’gram. But 23 snaps later, you still can’t figure out why your hands look stiff and unnatural and weird. Never fear: We put together this handy (pun intended) guide for posing properly.
CREATE A 90 DEGREE ANGLE WITH ONE ARM
Crossing one arm in front of your waist looks natural in every pic. (You can either bring the other arm up toward your face or let it hang loose by your side.) Just make sure not to hunch your shoulders.
PRETEND YOU’RE ABOUT TO PICK YOUR NAILS
It sounds bizarre (and a little gross), but it totally works in pics. Just bring your hands together in front of your belly button like you’re about to clasp them or pick at your fingertips, then pause to take the perfect shot.
TUCK YOUR HANDS LOOSELY IN YOUR POCKETS
The trick is to put them only partially in (otherwise a full tuck will create bulk around your hips). Also, be sure to let your elbows and shoulders drop.
PUT ONE HAND ON YOUR HIP
Obvious? Sure. True? Absolutely. The worst thing you can do in a photo is smoosh your arms tightly against your sides. Instead, place one hand on your hip, relax your wrist and keep your shoulders down. As long as your posture is casual, the overall look will feel natural.
DRAW BACK YOUR SHOULDERS AND LET YOUR HANDS HANG LOOSE
If the hand on your hip feels too forced, try this pose. Stand up straight and let your arms fall loose next to your waist. Pull your elbows and shoulders ever so slightly behind you. That way you appear longer and leaner on camera, and your hands won't feel as obvious.
CLING TO YOUR PURSE STRAP LIKE IT’S A CRUTCH
We’re not talking about a death grip--just a delicate placeholder for one of your hands.
HOLD A CUP OF COFFEE (OR A GLASS OF WINE)
When in doubt, give your digits something to do.