If you’re starting out on your weight loss or fitness journey, it is important to create ‘before’ photos of your body. Even if you cringe at the thought, you’ll thank me later. The human eye often cannot see the small changes that happen day-to-day, so keeping a digital record is very beneficial. You’ll be able to reflect on your progress by viewing your progress photos and also keep them forever, to remind yourself of your awesome fitness and/or weight loss accomplishment!
In this post I’ve compiled a list of tips on how to get the best out of taking progress photos.
When should I take progress photos?
Make sure to take one set of photos the day before, or day of starting your weight loss journey. After that, take additional progress photos at the end of each week (or month) so that you can look back and compare changes every once in a while. There’s no need to wait until you’ve finished losing weight to make ‘before and after’ comparisons. Nothing gets you motivated more than seeing how far you’ve come!
What should I be wearing in my progress photos?
If you are male, simply take the photos wearing shorts or a swimsuit without a shirt on.
While-as if you are female, snap your photos in a bikini or tight gym shorts and a sports bra. Both sexes can can also just wear their normal underwear – after-all, the images will remain private if you don’t feel like sharing.
Do I just take a photo from the front?
Take a picture from all angles – front, back and sides! Our bodies are 3 dimensional, while-as images are not. Using multiple angles helps to make sure that every change in your figure gets noticed. Though taking photos from the back can be quite difficult. Perhaps you’ll want to ask a close friend or family member to help you take some quality photos instead of struggling with those awkwardly angled mirror selfies.
It is also important to include your entire body in the frame (from head to toe), making sure that your stomach is clearly visible as this is usually where the major changes occur. Though I tell you to include everything as I was surprised to see that my hands and feet had shrunk pretty dramatically!
You can take a look at one of my own before and after photos below:
How do I present myself?
Be sure to relax and do not try to make yourself look better (aka sucking your stomach in, tensing your muscles or posing) – It is best to be as honest as you can, even though you may not feel the best about it; I know I didn’t. It’s often very hard to come to terms with what you currently look like, but part of the process is accepting this fact. A few months from now, you’ll be glad you caught an accurate representation of what your body looked like in the beginning.
You’ll also want to make sure that the photos are taken in similar lighting and positions, so that they match up as accurately as possible. Wearing the same clothing is also advisable. It’s great to see how differently things fit! In my progress photo above, I struggled to keep those pants from falling down; as annoying as it was, it made me feel awesome!
That’s about it really. Now go on, start snapping those photos!