Arms and Hands

There are three simple points to remember when it comes to posing arms and hands:

  1. Should be posed with purpose or at rest
  2. Avoid straight arms without purpose
  3. Avoid right angles without purpose

Arms and hands can draw a lot of attention in an image, and they should be posed with purpose. If, for example, the purpose of an image is to showcase a bride’s bouquet, she should be posed in such a way that her arms are bent at right angles and the bouquet is held closer to her chest or face. If the bouquet is more of a decorative element, however, it should be held lower, perhaps at the bride’s side, so that focus is drawn more to the bride’s face.

Also, be sure to avoid having both arms and hands mimicking each other. The results often look posed and unnatural.