What do I do with my hands!? If you’re like most people, you already feel uncomfortable enough getting your picture taken. Now you’re in front of the camera for your headshot photo session, and your mind is blank.

Do you smile? Do you look serious? Should you turn or look at the camera straight on? Then what do you do with your arms and hands?

When you work with the right photographer, they can help you find the perfect pose for you. Take note; we said the perfect pose for you, not the perfect pose in general. You want to find a pose that feels natural to you and will make you feel comfortable.

Try these ideas to find the perfect pose to make your headshots a stand out.

Proper Posture

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No matter what pose you choose, they all have one thing in common. They look 100 times better when you have proper posture. Mentally check your shoulders and back to make sure you aren’t slouching. A simple rule to remember for your headshot photo is shoulders back and chest out.

While we’re talking about posture, let’s discuss your chin. To avoid the dreaded double chin, you want to lower your chin slightly and move their face slightly forward. You’ll feel like a turtle coming out of its shell.

Get Moving

If you find yourself getting stiff for your headshot photo, then it’s good to take a break and get moving. Instead of standing still or sitting, try walking towards the camera. Or you could hold an object that relates to your business.

Interact with the Background

If you’re in a space that allows it, try leaning against a wall or railing. You don’t want to put your full body weight against it. Just give your body a slight lean.

You know you’re leaning too much if your shoulders start to hunch towards your ears. If your body starts to close in, then it’s time to stand up straighter and lean less.

What to Do With Your Hands

The dreaded dilemma, what do you do with your hands? A classic solution is to cross your arms. There’is a trick to doing this pose correctly, though. You don’t want to look closed off or closed in for your headshot photo.

Another option is to put your hands in your pockets. This is a more casual pose, so make sure it aligns with your branding. If it works, then you could put your whole hand or your hand minus the thumb in your pockets.

For a power pose, you could put your hands on your hips. Be careful, though; it can come off as unapproachable. A good solution is to put one hand on your hip.

Take Stellar Headshot Photography

The next time you attend a headshot photography session, try these posing suggestions. With these ideas, you can find a new position that feels comfortable and also looks professional.

If you’re still struggling, we’d be happy to help you. Thanks to our extensive knowledge, we have plenty of methods for creating the perfect headshot for your business.

Contact us today and let us help you create the perfect headshot.

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