What do I do with my hands? | A Photographer’s Education

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TRUTH = Soooo many people come to us for photos and the first question they ask is…so what do I do with my hands?

It’s hilarious. And it always brings up the Will Ferrell joke from Talladega Nights – watch the clip here, if you haven’t already, and you’ll know what we’re talking about. After we’re all finished laughing about it we get down to business, placing hands where they look natural, but we figured some people might benefit from these tips even if you’re just out to take a selfie.

The Basic Rule: GIVE YOUR HANDS SOMETHING TO DO

Dangling them by your sides is also fine, as long as they look relaxed, like Erik’s picture on the far right. Pockets, jackets, or even holding onto something like a scarf or belt are great options. Below are a few of our favorites if you’re by yourself, selfie like.

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If you’re with someone else (ex: family, friends, partner, dog, etc.) we’ve learned that it looks best with more areas of contact to show love, friendship, or togetherness. Meaning, you shouldn’t just stand next to someone like the awkward image below, unless that’s the mood you’re going for.

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Instead, the next time you’re taking a picture with someone, wrap your arm around them or lace your fingers together. Stick that extra hand in a pocket even!

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Grab onto something like your dog’s face, your husband’s jacket, or your friend’s waist.

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And remember, GIVE YOUR HANDS SOMETHING TO DO.

Hope this helps those of you out there with the awkward hand question! And keep it clean everyone. ~Erik & Marissa

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