The "Hand On Face" Pose: A RetrospectiveS

Last week, we solicited some of your "hand on face" pictures. And herewith, a definitive gallery of everyone's favorite school pic/neck-flattering studio portrait pose:

The "Hand On Face" Pose: A RetrospectiveS

The earliest known iteration of HoF. Commenter fatchickintheTARDIS writes, "I posed right after I came out of the womb."


The "Hand On Face" Pose: A RetrospectiveS

The classic!


The "Hand On Face" Pose: A RetrospectiveS

While the HoF is frequently thought of as a woman's pose, as commenter No Clever Name reminds us, it's still en vogue amongst certain school photographers across the sex spectrum.


The "Hand On Face" Pose: A RetrospectiveS

The high-fashion take: thanks for reminding us that Taylor Swift and Vogue are keeping it back-to-school.


The "Hand On Face" Pose: A RetrospectiveS

Writes MJ, "I'm guessing this isn't the hand-on-face you meant..." But this is a classic variation! She adds, "For sake of identification, I'm the oldest girl in that photo, but my sister deserves the spotlight."


The "Hand On Face" Pose: A RetrospectiveS

Says MmmKay, "I learned to double-fist at a young age."


The "Hand On Face" Pose: A RetrospectiveS

Writes Laurel, "I found not one but TWO in my HS pix folder - one senior year portrait..."


The "Hand On Face" Pose: A RetrospectiveS

"...and one where I did it myself (while wearing a raspberry beret, oh, the 80's) I'm not sure which is worse..."


The "Hand On Face" Pose: A RetrospectiveS

The group HoF! Says Jenilane, "My friends and I popped one of these for Christmas this year... "


The "Hand On Face" Pose: A RetrospectiveS

Maybe, as one dear reader suggested, all school photographers are just inspired by Ingres?


The "Hand On Face" Pose: A RetrospectiveS

Lest you think the HoF is not alive and well, check out Suzanne's lovely recent foray into Rona Barrett land: "I was video chatting yesterday and my friend thought the light was sooo pretty he insisted on some picture taking."


The "Hand On Face" Pose: A RetrospectiveS

Writes Amber of this gem, "This was March 1994, and I was 4 years old. My older sister (who was 20 at the time) chose that lovely dress, took me to get my hair done, and put that ridiculous bow in my hair. My mom hated that bow. In fact, my mom still complains about that bow."


The "Hand On Face" Pose: A RetrospectiveS

Sometimes, as Bridget points out, we just fall into HoF without even realizing it! "So apparently this is one of my favorite poses when I take photos with photobooth. I had a large selection to choose from!"


The "Hand On Face" Pose: A Retrospective

The original HoF grande dame, Rona Barrett.


The "Hand On Face" Pose: A RetrospectiveS

As Becky Sharper pointed out, "Every lady of a certain age knows the "hand under the chin" look hides double chins and crepey necks. If you look at my family photos, my father's sisters ALL do it. They look like they're posing for Rodin."