• Susie Bower

How to Take Progress Pictures

You’re about to embark upon a journey that will change your body and your life, and nothing captures the results of this experience (at least the visible part of it) quite like a set of “before” and “after” photos. Whether you just want to keep them privately as a personal reminder of how far you’ve come, or if you want to shout it from a mountain and share your story with the world - you will regret not taking them, I promise.


Don't think of this like a dreaded thing you have to do. Think about how you feel about the way you look. Does it make you happy or are you ready to see some changes? How do you feel? Think of this as the LAST time you will ever look or feel like this again! This should be a happy day - you are about to start the first page on a new chapter in your life!


Camera, Photographer, and Location: With smartphones today - you don't need a fancy camera, our phones can take excellent photos. It’s also best to have someone else take the photo for you. If you don't have someone, don't stress - 90% of my pictures I have to take myself because no one is home. What I do is turn the camera facing me (like the camera on the back of the phone (the good one, not the selfie camera) and position it on a table or your bed, etc. and use the timer function. Every cell camera has one. If you can't find it, then use the video. Turn on the video, stand facing the camera and pause for 5 seconds, then turn to the side and pause, turn to the back and pause and then turn to the last side and pause. Then you can take screenshots of when you were standing still and use those.


But, if you have to take the photo yourself (like a mirror-selfie), that’s ok. Just don’t block your face with the camera; hold it somewhere to the side or below so that your face can be seen. And, try not to look at the screen while you’re doing it. Look into the lens (through the mirror) as you would if someone else were taking the photo. In terms of location, choose a well-lit area in front of a plain (not distracting) background or wall. The less clutter in the background, the more attention on you.


Dress Code: Swimwear or tight-fitting fitness attire works best. You should show as much of your body as is comfortable. On that note, you may feel tempted to take your transformation photos in just your undies. After all, they cover the same amount of skin as a swimsuit, right? True, but would you wear your undies out in public? Probably not. For some reason that only societal pressure can explain, it’s ok to wear a swimsuit out in public but not your undies. The same rule applies to your transformation photos. Repeat: swimwear or tight-fitting fitness attire works best. No naked pics either!


Photo Composition: These should be full-body shots (from head to toe) of you, alone, standing in front of a simple background. Take the photos from at least three angles: a front view, a side view, and a 45 degree angle. You can put your hands at your sides, on your hips, even flexing in the air! If your program of choice is Brazil Butt Lift, you should also take pictures of your booty so that you can see the dramatic improvement there. If you are doing Hammer & Chisel or Body Beast - take photos of you flexing too! Whatever you do, consistency is key! Ideally, your “before” and “after” photos will show you doing the same poses, wearing the same clothes, in the same place both before and after your transformation; that way, your body is the only thing changing. And, don’t “suck it in” or “push it out” – just flex if you feel good and let us see the REAL YOU!


Timing: You should definitely take photos on or before day 1 and then again on or after the final day of your program, but you can also take “progress pictures” in between to see yourself changing over time. In fact, I highly recommend that you do to see the progress you’re making and keep yourself motivated. If you’re doing a 90-day program, for example, you could take photos on day 1, and then again every 30 days thereafter (on days 30, 60, and 90) until you’re done.


Here are some examples of good photos:



You don't have to submit a collage, this is just an example of all of the different angles and poses you can do.

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