The before-and-after photo is a great way to document your progress in fitness program. They’re great to have as markers in your weight loss journey, and good shots will help record milestones along the way. Make sure you know how to get those great shots before you take out the camera.
How to Take Before and After Photos for Fitness and Weight Loss
- Women can wear a sports bra and shorts or a bikini. Men can wear shorts and no shirt or bathing suit. Make sure you’re showing enough of your body without being risqué (a bikini is preferable to a bra and panties).
- Make sure hair is in a ponytail and off your neck if long.
- Choose a plain light-colored background with no clutter. A white wall is great.
- Make sure that your area is well-lit and not dark and shadowy.
- Don’t try to take the image yourself into a mirror. Have someone else take the photos for you, or use a tripod.
- Put your camera in portrait mode.
- Relax. Don’t suck in your stomach or push out any muscles.
- Don’t cut off your legs or arms. You’ll want to see those muscles as well.
- Make sure your image is sharp and not blurry.
- Take at least 3-5 poses. Front (arms down as well as on hips), back, and sides are minimum. Consider doing a front and back shot with arms flexed.
- Don’t re-take too often. Once a month is good.
- When retaking your progress photos, use the same setup and clothing. If possible, take the pictures at the same time of day so the lighting is the same. Consistency is key.
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