Free Hand Poses Guide For Women

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15 Pages PDF With Quick Hacks To Master Hand Poses!

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Portraiture - An Art!

Don’t you love how a simple portrait can give the viewer an insight into the mind of the model! We know how the right skill & technique can make ordinary portraiture a piece of art. To hone these skills takes a lifetime, especially when you know that the models you work with might not always be trained.

So, it’s not just the photographer’s job you need to know but also the model’s job you need to have a hang of! Have you ever given directing women a thought? Directing your models to pose right, doesn’t just involve asking them to strike a smile or stand at an angle. They need to be minutely told how very limb and muscle are placed and the expressions and look on their face too plays a key role. 

But more than anything comfortably working with hand poses is where the real work comes in! Hands can be the biggest asset or the largest liability, to find your way around them is where the efforts come into play! 

Some Tricks To Enhance Your Model's Hand Poses

A Quick Guide To Master Hand Poses

1. The Simple Cross Hands

The eloquent and simple posture that a simple cross of hands can help you create is one that is incomparable!

Nothing can go wrong when you are composed and effortless in the still. 

A simple cross of hands however show reservation, introversion, & an overall pensive mood. So choose your hand poses wisely & make sure that you aren’t misunderstood.

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2. Using Props

A prop can be used to get the eyes of the model & focus on the product adorned by the subject or it can be just a mere accessory used to accentuate the features & the expressions of the model. depending on the purpose of the prop, the choice of prop is essential.

A prop should ideally acquire not more than 1/12th of the space of your frame and should not pop out. Afterall, you are here for a portrait shoot & not a product shoot!

Don’t steal your models thunder with a overpowering prop!

3. Angles & Perspectives

With changing times & changing meanings of photography there are several different genres of photography cropping up. 

If you don’t want to stick to the same boring angles & portraits that the world creates, try to explore perspectives & angles

While doing so, don’t overlook the fact that the hands shouldn’t look bulky, clumsy, or out of place!

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4. Classic Hands On The Knee

A power pose is when hands are placed on the knee.

When you need to capture the essence of a formal, professional holding a powerful position in an organization.

These types of hand poses are what creates a mark on the viewer.

These assertive hand poses are what will help build their profile.

5. A Formal Power Pose


With changing times & changing meaning of poses, one thing that has hardly changed is striking formal poses.

A classic folded hands won’t ever go wrong. 

The fold of hands makes the portrait looks strong powerful & professional. With a crisp expression & a spotless and creaseless apparel this is the recipe to a perfectly empowered portrait.

Having said that folded hand poses might not always mean formal posing.

A relaxed fold of hands can depict reluctance, disinterest, casualness among many other things.

So the perfect hand poses can make or break your portraits & the message the portrait wants to convey can be totally messed up!

So, beware of your purpose & direct the models accordingly.

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Don’t Ruin Her Photo By Ignoring Her Hands . . .

Download this exclusive guide for FREE to know all the tips on Women’s Hand Poses!

A Sneak Peak Into What You Can Create!

Thing’s You’ll Learn With This Free eBook?

  • 9 Professional poses and how to direct your model’s hands
    • Hands on her hips
    • Hands in her hair
    • Armed crossed
    • Hands twirling her hair tips
    • Clasping a necklace
    • Hands behind her back
    • Thumbs in her pocket
    • Holding props
    • Whimsicle pose: Flaring the dress
  • 9 Pro-tips about the mechanics of non-verbal communication
  • 6 Strategies for effective communication between you and the client (what to do, what to say, etc.)

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Never Struggle With Hand Poses During A Portrait Shoot!

51 reviews for Free Hand Poses Guide For Women

  1. Tom Kok

    About “Free Hand Poses Guide For Women” …
    I have read and viewed the PDF, nice tips for portrait and people photography regarding the posture of especially the hands, good advice regarding the position of the fingers, which can indeed look strange in some photos! Educational article!

  2. Nadene

    Really sooo very helpful! Thank you for offering these resources!

  3. E, Mac MacKay

    Great help and very useful both to me and showing new models about what to do with there hands and accessories.

  4. Kerrtigan Evans

    Now I know how to tell them what to do with their hands

  5. Pat

    What great info! Thanks so much!!

  6. Duong

    I really enjoy reading this book.

  7. Ismail

    awesome guide

  8. Marcel Dzaja

    I like those cards. Especially the explaination for each Pose and some other possibilities for them.

  9. Wayne

    How handy and helpful this is, never again will I have uninteresting postures when taking photos, this guide is certainly a must have in your camera bag toolkit.

  10. [email protected]

    It’s a “MUST HAVE” book to have in your toolkit because the posture of hands is an overlooked important aspect of photography and this is great in helping achieve a more professional level of photography. I accidentally pushed the wrong link and downloaded it again. Please don’t charge me for it…

  11. Marshall Blansfield

    Can’t wait to try it on my girls and clients.

  12. Marshall Blansfield

    Can’t wait to test poses out on clients!

  13. Melanie C Goins

    It’s sometimes an issue on what to do with the hands when you’re taking a portrait. They sometimes look awkward or misplaced. The free guide gives you some nice options that you can put to use to improve your shots. It’s informative, shows examples, and sold by PhotoWhoa, so you know it’s good!

  14. Bob

    I always have high school senior girls asking “what do I do with my hands”. This book helps!

  15. Parth

    This Guide is so awesome and anyone who poses like that can look really cool, I really like the creativity of how you came up with such beautiful poses.


    It is a real handy guide short and to the point.

  17. Nadene Smit

    I have always struggled with this part of posing. But thanks to this guide I now feel super confident and can pose my clients with ease.

  18. BILLY

    really usefull guide, well worth the time to read.

  19. dervish images

    really usefull guide, well worth the time to read

  20. [email protected]

    I find it very useful. It’s easy to miss the hands when concentrating on posing a model especially if you are not an expert.

  21. [email protected]

    This is about more than posing hands, it’s a really nice little starter to posing female models. It’s not fashion magazine stuff but it is the sort of thing that will get you taking better pictures of family, friends and models who are starting out. The hards bit is REALLY useful however. It just covered those basic rules that you need to know so you don’t get ugly hand shapes spoiling otherwise excellent images.

  22. Nasroullah Dinally

    helpful information about where to put the hands in a pose.

  23. Johnson Leung

    Please add menu so that direct access to different poses is possible. Right now I have to slide through all “standing” poses before I can reach “sitting poses”.
    Also the text comes out too easily. Need a setting to suppress the appearance of the text for each image. Thanks

  24. Frank Bruch

    it is all very good!!!

  25. Jean-Louis

    Full of useful information. Well worth getting. To be honest I have never really given it a lot of thought until I read it, but it is something I’ve missed.
    Great stuff

  26. jack zucker

    not really a tutorial on hands posing. More of a general (mediocre) posing guide. More focus on arms than hands.

  27. Peter

    By making ME more aware, I can better help my SUBJECTS relax — and give us BOTH the better images that we both want.

    • Amruta

      Hey Peter, take your time and explore all available options. Let me know how do you like it.

  28. Bruce Walker

    A fairly complete list of basic poses, and explanations of why they work. The author also adds many tips about general things to do or avoid doing, and why. Hands can make or break a shot, so are important. Giving your subject something to do with their hands can relax them and make the difference between okay and great shots.

  29. Al Gillar

    Some good information provided.

  30. Hal

    Very nice – thanks!

  31. Mike

    I was expecting an Ebook so I can read it offline. Instead this is a online course that requires me to have Internet access to view course.

  32. lydia

    great information, thanks!

  33. Claudia

    Thank you!

  34. louis

    useful lnformation thank you

  35. BigBear

    Not realy a revelation, I was familiair with most tips ‘n tricks, but the “deja vu” experience was a good thing to realize the way we work.

  36. Lennard

    Liked them

  37. Lester Strawbridge

    Great advice, I have never really given it a lot of thought until I read it.
    I thought wow this is something that I’ve missed.
    Great stuff

  38. Colin Hart

    Great read

  39. Mike Ling

    Thank you very much.

  40. Jonno

    Full of useful information. Well worth getting.

  41. Martha

    Thank you. Well written e-book and good information.

  42. Pom

    Very useful, Thanks!

  43. Martha

    Thank you. Useful information and well presented.

  44. Wade

    Great information to have “handy” when shooting women.

  45. Ramnath

    Useful one. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  46. D

    I took a quick look at this tutorial and deleted it. The posing of hands in the sample pictures are stiff, unnatural, worst of all that the back of the hands are facing the camera. Take a closer look at the hands from the original image and discover for yourself.

  47. D

    I very appreciate your great effort to offer products at reasonable and affordable price. I wish you could offer higher quality products than just the average.


    to the point and very useful, ill try it right away, i love ur products overall, thanks!!!

    • Amruta

      Wow.. thanks for your kind words Carlos

  49. Sushma

    nice product

  50. Andrzej

    I can’t download the guide. I get “Invalid download link. Go to homepage” message.

    • Amruta

      Sorry for this inconvenience. Just sent you download link. Check your inbox and let you know your thoughts on this freebie 🙂

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