March 17, 2013 2:40 pm

Hand model

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Nina Taylor who is a hand model Nina Taylor who is a hand model©Rosie Hallam

Nina Taylor, Famoushands

There is a lot of pampering and upkeep involved in keeping hands ready to be photographed or filmed for ads or fashion shoots. You do also need clear skin, straight fingers, no bony knuckles and no scarring – nothing obtrusive. The important thing about so-called beautiful hands is that you don’t actually notice them – they fade into the background and you notice what they are handling instead.

I’ll know about a shoot for an ad a week or two ahead of time, when I find out what the product is. Recently I did a commercial for Finish, the dishwasher detergent, and as I’ve done loads of household products before, I knew what they would want: nails to be reasonably short, not overmanicured, a natural look – and I prepared accordingly.

I’ve worked with a host of different celebrities – Kate Moss, Scarlett Johansson, Demi Moore and loads of others. And even though you have a distinct hierarchy on a fashion shoot, it’s very much a team effort. I take satisfaction from being professional. However, you can be too professional and some people think they’re looking at a prop and almost forget that there’s a person attached to the hands.

The same is true about the poses; there is a certain way of doing it that has to be repeated over lots of takes. Because it’s nearly second nature now, sometimes I see casual snaps of myself and realise that I’m posing.

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