Mike Collins wrote:
I've shot literally thousands of portraits and pose people, by actually touching them, all the time. I have brushed away hair on both sexes, young and old. All I ever heard was "Thank you". I straighten out men's jackets on my corporate portraits. I move jewelry on woman all the time. I fix collars on both sexes. I move whatever I think makes the pose look better. To this day, not one person has ever objected or got upset. All I hear is "Wow, you really pay attention to detail!"
You'll be there all day trying to tell someone where to put this or that. Get in there, handle them, in a professional way. People know the difference between creepy touching and turning a shoulder or head.
Thanks for your response Mike. I've shot thousands of portraits as well in a similar manner as you describe (fixing hair, adjusting ties and lapels and what not) but have only had to physically place them in a pose in very rare occasions. I would just get them camera ready then behind the camera I would verbally tweak the pose while doing exactly what I was describing. Probably made me look animatronic. Lol. Which is why I thought I might ask here to see if that was as weird as I thought it was. Apparently...it's not. That makes me feel better about it.