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10 Tips for Great “Before & After” Photos

I love seeing the progress clients make on their journey and always want to celebrate when we can see that progress. Capturing a weight loss journey through “before and after” photos can be incredibly motivating and rewarding. These photos not only showcase progress, but also provide a visual reminder of hard work and dedication.

This week, let’s review some ways to ensure your photos accurately reflect your transformation and why they can be important.

1. Consistency is Key

To highlight your progress effectively, consistency in your photos is crucial. Aim to take your photos at the same time of day, in the same location, and wearing similar clothing. This helps eliminate variables that might distract from the changes in your body. You’ll also want to use the same phone/camera, with the same settings, same pose, etc. Basically, eliminate as many X factors as possible so that the only variable being changed from photo to photo is your body.

2. Choose the Right Outfit

Wear form-fitting clothing that allows you to see your body shape clearly. Avoid baggy clothes that can obscure your progress. Wearing the same or similar outfit in both your “before” and “after” photos will make the changes more apparent.

3. Use Natural Lighting

Natural lighting is your best friend when taking photos. It provides a clear, true-to-life representation of your body. Take your photos near a window or outside during daylight hours to avoid harsh shadows and artificial lighting. You don’t want to blast yourself with direct light or be obscured in shadows.

4. Take Multiple Angles

To get a comprehensive view of your progress, take photos from multiple angles. Capture front, side, and back views to see how your body has changed from all perspectives. This gives a fuller picture of your transformation. This might seem a bit like taking mug shots, but that’s ok. This is scientific, not a glamour photo shoot.

5. Maintain Good Posture

Stand up straight with your shoulders back and your core engaged. Good posture not only looks better in photos but also helps you see the true changes in your body shape. You want your arms at your side. You don’t want to be “flexing” or “sucking in” (or puffing out your stomach) for exaggeration. That said, it might be worth exploring angles and poses for glamour photo shoots on another week.

6. Use a Tripod or Stable Surface

To avoid blurry or uneven photos, use a tripod or place your camera on a stable surface. This ensures your photos are sharp and consistent. If you don’t have a tripod, ask a friend or family member to take the photos for you. This might be the hardest tip to follow because we often think of our weigh loss journey as something really private or even shameful. The mirror selfies are easy, but they’re not as helpful in seeing progress.

7. Set a Timer

Similar to the previous tip, give yourself time to take useful photos. If you’re taking photos by yourself, use the timer function on your camera or smartphone. This gives you time to get into position and ensures you don’t have to hold the camera, which can cause movement, blurs, or obscure part of you.

8. Take Photos Regularly

Document your journey by taking photos regularly, such as once a month or even once a week. This helps you track your progress over time and can be motivating when you see the gradual changes. It also provides a more detailed timeline of your transformation. You might not notice a difference from day to day, but when you look back at three or four months ago? Bam!

9. Use the Same Background

A clutter-free, plain background helps keep the focus on you. Choose a spot with a neutral backdrop, such as a blank wall, to ensure your body is the main focus of the photos. No mess, no posters, no windows behind you.

10. Smile and Be Proud

Don’t forget to smile! Your weight loss journey is a significant achievement, and your photos should reflect your pride and happiness. A positive expression can also boost your confidence and motivation.

The Benefits of Taking Lots of Photos

Taking numerous photos throughout your weight loss journey can offer several benefits:

  • Motivation: Regularly seeing the changes in your body can keep you motivated and committed to your weight loss goals. It’s easier to stay on track when you can visually see your progress.
  • Accountability: Knowing that you will take a photo can serve as a form of accountability. It reminds you to stay consistent with your healthy habits. Like I mentioned earlier, having a photo sessions on a regular schedule also buildings photo consistency.
  • Detailed Documentation: Multiple photos provide a detailed record of your transformation. You can look back and appreciate every stage of your journey, celebrating the small milestones along the way. Everyone loves those time-lapse videos, but they take time and detail.
  • Enhanced Self-Esteem: Watching your body change through photos can improve your self-esteem and body image. It helps you recognize the hard work you’ve put in and the results you’ve achieved.
  • Inspiration for Others: Sharing your “before and after” photos can inspire and motivate others who are on their own weight loss journey. Your success story can be a powerful encouragement for someone else.


Taking great “before and after” photos is an excellent way to document your weight loss journey and stay motivated. By following these tips, you can ensure your photos accurately capture your progress and provide a lasting reminder of your hard work. Remember: consistency, lighting, and regular documentation are key to creating effective and inspiring transformation photos.

I also love sharing the progress of clients, so if you’re willing to share the progress you’ve made, please reach out today. Email me at:

If we are able to share your story, you can receive a discount on your next month’s membership.

Let your success help lift other people up!

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Czarina Enriquez