Everyone wants to look their best when they are in front of the camera. Most people practice in front of a mirror to get their perfect "photo face" nailed down but did you know that your shoulder and arm positioning can actually make you look thin in one photo and fat in another? Headshot photographer Peter Hurley has released his latest photo slimming tip video and it is called "hold your sub."
Peter is widely known for coming up with his own catch phrases that you can memorize and use to help coach the people in front of your own camera. The first phrase was "Turtling your head" which helps tighten up the jaw line and produces a much more flattering line between your jaw and neck. Next came the popular "Squinching" term which describes the shape your eyes make when a slight bit of pressure is applied to your lower eye lids (Tyra Banks calls it "smiling with your eyes").
Peter's newest term is "hold your sub" and it addresses the shoulders and upper arm thickness. Most people place their arms on their hips which causes your arms to extrude outwards and makes your body look very wide. By placing your arms down, make a 90 degree bend at the elbows, and raise your palms up, you can not only give your shoulder line a more streamlined curve but you can actually shrink your biceps by an inch or so. Doing this will create the illusion of a thinner torso. If you do not have a large sub sandwich to hold, don't worry, two medium sized pizzas will work equally as well.
As silly as this phrase sounds, it really can make a huge difference in the way you or your clients look in photographs. Once you combine this technique with Peter's other headshot techniques you can completely transform how the people in your headshot photos look in a dramatic way.