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The Truth About How To Take Fabulous Before and After Pictures

By January 8, 2018May 2nd, 2018FITNESS Accountability

Welcome to Day 3 divas, It’s time to Face your Truth!!!

Let’s face it, the best way to see your progress is to document it! When the scale doesn’t show it, trust your pictures!!

Today’s orientation topic covers taking BEFORE and AFTER pictures. Quite a few divas shy away from taking before pictures, but let me be the first to tell you BEFORE PICTURES will be your best friend in 4 weeks.

In fact, your BEFORE PICTURES will be your testimony!! Yup, in just 1 month, if you follow the plan, your body WILL change!  Sacrifice your pride today and document your body as it is, RIGHT NOW. In 4 weeks, it will be your TESTIMONY of how far you have come.  

Please take before pictures seriously.  Be sure to ONLY WEAR a bra top and shorts (NO TSHIRTS ALLOWED)!

WE DO NOT SHARE YOUR PICTURES WITHOUT CONSENT.  THEY ARE KEPT PRIVATE & SECURE.  They will be collected this weekend via a secure link. This is an important part of your accountability!  No pictures, No coach, No partner, No challenge.  Take the pictures.

SO, STAND IN YOUR TRUTH, and FACE YOUR FAT!  We are facing the enemy together, and letting her know, “IT ENDS TODAY!!!” (in my Iyanla voice)   

Divas please believe, “You can’t defeat what you refuse to face“.  FACE HER, BEAT HER! Let’s GO!


  • Hands on hips or down to the side. 
  • Hold your challenge sign to the side using the phrase provided; OR hang it on the wall.
  • May 2018’s challenge phrase, “I’m Mastering Meal Prep This May FOR GOOD”

Camera Tips:

  • Make sure your camera is not angled up or angled down.  Take the picture straight ahead.  If you camera person is short have them to stand on something match your height.
  • Don’t take pictures with the light / sun BEHIND you make sure the light is in FRONT of you.
  • ZOOM in on your body only, we don’t need to see your room, only you in the frame.  
  • Make sure the wall is blank or stand in front of a closed door.  We only want to see you & your sign

Diane Front


  • Don’t suck it in, let it hang natually
  • Hands on hips or down to the side – whatever you chose for the other poses keep it the same.
  • Hold your challenge sign to the side using the phrase provided; OR hang it on the wall.
  • May 2018’s challenge phrase, “I’m Mastering Meal Prep This May FOR GOOD!”

Diane Side


  • Stand with feet together, solidly planted on the floor.
  • Hands on hips or down to the side – whatever you chose for the other poses keep it the same.
  • Hold your challenge sign to the side using the phrase provided; OR hang it on the wall.
  • May 2018’s challenge phrase, “I’m Mastering Meal Prep This May FOR GOOD”

Diane Back


We’ve seen some incredible “Before” and “After” photos…and we have also seen some that did not portray the person in the best light. The two most important factors are 1.  What you are wearing and 2.  Where you’re standing.

  • It’s best to use a digital camera. However if you don’t have one of those download a camera timer app to your phone.  This will allow you to get yourself in the best position and see what’s going on before the front facing camera on your phone shoots.  Make sure your phone is at a level that won’t be too far up or too far down.  Either level can make your pictures distorted.
  • Stand in front of a plain background or white wall. The less clutter in the background, and the more attention on you the better!
  • Wear swimwear or short bottoms and a sports bra.  Do not cover your midsection with a full shirt because you will not be able to really see the difference in your waist.  This scares a lot of ladies but the payoff is worth more than your fear.  We must be able to clearly see your face and abs in each photo so we can see your results and that it is you in both photos!
  • Take three different poses. Front facing, side facing, and back facing photos are required. You can put your hands at your sides, or your hips.  Whatever you choose, just make sure that you have before/after photos in the same pose, same clothes and the same location so we can accurately see your transformation!
  • Don’t suck it in or push it out – let us see the REAL YOU!

Your “Before” and “After” photos and measurements can be a better way to really see your progress and accomplishments along the way toward reaching your goal.  Just remember to go for it and take these photos.  It will feel really good to have those “Before” and “After” pics that you can keep forever to remind yourself of that awesome fitness and/or weight loss accomplishment.


  1. Update your Diva Planner’s May calendar for May 5th, your before pics are due at that time. If you don’t have a Diva Planner, update your phone calendar, or make a note of it in a place that you will get.
  2. Leave a comment below to let us know what you learned about taking before pictures.  Share how you feel about taking the pics.
  3. Once you’ve completed reading, post the challenge phrase in the group, May 2018’s challenge phrase, “I’m Mastering Meal Prep This May FOR GOOD” in our private Facebook challenge group. Tag your partner, Tag your coach
  4. Have you come up with a team name yet?  Make sure to work with your partner to create a creative one. One you’ve never heard or used before. Let’s those 20-18 juices flow!
  5. Share this post on FB, IG or Twitter using hashtag “#MASTERMEALPREP #FITFYNEFAB


  • Lakeesha says:

    By reading the rules for the pictures, he helps me understand that the challenge just got real! I’ve never submitted before and after pictures, but I’m looking forward to seeing results.

  • Michelle says:

    I’ve learned how to properly take my before and after pics!! Only wear a bra top and shorts, no t shirts.. Stand in my TRUTH❤

  • Tamara Noizy says:

    I’ve learned that I need to make sure I keep the same pose in all the before and after pictures. Keeping my arms at my side or hands on my hips.

  • Valerie McKenzey says:

    I learned the scale doesn’t always tell the truth. My pictures will show my progress. I learned how to stand and take pictures.

  • Beverly says:

    I learned I need to relax and just let it show.

  • Aundrea T Harris says:

    I have learned to just be me when taking my before & after pictures. Over the last few months, I have become more comfortable with taking pictures of me to see my progress. I get excited & motivated when I see the changes.

  • Monica says:

    I’m gonna let it all hang for my before pics! LOL

  • Felicia Bivens says:

    I’ve learned to embrace the before pictures and use them as a tool to measure my accomplishments. I will make sure to have my challenge sign displayed also during my pictures as required.

  • Morgan T says:

    Nervous about the pictures seeing all of me but excited to be able to have a source to contrast the differences for the end results. Definitely learned what’s best to wear for both before and after weight loss photos.

  • Chaka C. Terrell says:

    Take photos straight ahead and not at an angle.

  • Regina says:

    Though I may be hesistant to take and share these photos they will be more indicative of my true weight loss vice the scale.

  • Melissa L. Wells says:

    I am excited about taking before pictures because even though I may not be totally comfortable I will be glad I had them after.

  • I learned that tilting the camera at different angles distorts the picture so be sure to take the shot straight forward.

  • Terri says:

    This is an eye opener for me. I am looking forward to seeing the results!

  • Dana says:

    Wewwww. Not so comfortable. Facing the truth is a process. Staying the goal will show progress.

  • Joy says:

    I learned to let everything hang when taking before pictures. Uuuuuuuuugghhhh!

  • Damita Green says:

    I learned to focus on the camera angle and keeping straight ahead. Upward or downward angles cause distortion.

  • Kelli says:

    I learned to just do it! :O

  • Kelli says:

    I learned to just do it! Do it scared, but do it right, and it will pay off! :O

  • Reeshemah Simmons says:

    Hello! I actually read this post the other day and realized I did not leave a comment! Taking measurements and pics now!

  • Reeshemah Simmons says:

    I submitted my pics and stats this morning but I learned that I felt very uncomfortable taking before pics with just a sports bra and bottoms on, but it’s necessary to see exactly what I need to work on!

  • Gisele says:

    I’ve learned how to lose for before and after pictures and it actually motivated to get started and be more focused!

  • Gisele says:

    I learned how to take before and after pictures and it actually motivated me to get started and become even more focused!!

  • Felicia Bivens says:

    This is my 3rd challenge but taking pictures as instructed shows progress far greater than the scale.

  • Damita Green says:

    Honestly, I do not like taking the pictures. But I love what I learn from them over time.

  • I set timers for selfies. Setting a timer will make sure u are in the correct position before each snap⌚📸

  • Deantwa Bush-Corbitt says:

    Facing the fat is a hard but necessary step! A must-do for success!

  • Tricia Reeves says:

    Not a fan of taking pictures but l know it is a necessity to see how far I’ve come on my fitness journey.

  • Vister Livingston says:

    I hate taking the pictures but I know it is a requirement … so I just do it! ugggh lol

  • Katrina Atkinson says:

    I could use camera timer on my phone and still take good pic.

    I look forward to the awesome feeling when see end results…disappointed then motivated times that I didn’t see the results I could’ve because I didn’t follow through at all times.

  • Dana says:

    Taking before and after photos allow for feedback. Self feedback is necessary for progress. I use to be uncomfortable now I look forward to seeing the transformation. Celebrate your loss!

  • Farah says:

    I’ve realixed that there are times you don’t see the change but you see it in your pictures. It shows you your growth.

  • Felicia Bivens says:

    I learned to keep the light in front of me and to make sure my pose is the same every week during the challenge. These pictures turn out to be very motivational during the process.

  • Vister says:

    Pictures, pictures, here I come again. Still not comfortable.

  • Tracy Williams says:

    Before and after pics helps you to see your progress, things that don’t show up on the scale (inches and toning.)

  • Gisele says:

    Before and after pics are very important. It helps you see your progress. Do not pay attention to numbers.

  • Arwen Bain-Cosby says:

    I’m practicing trusting the process & the picture reminder set on my calendar. I’m looking for the best sports bra the Internet has ever created.

  • Damita Green says:

    Take photos with same clothes , same positions, same angles.

  • Lynika McCrary says:

    I learned of I’m that embarrassed to have a friend take my pics I need to do something about it!

  • Terri Brown says:

    It seems like the pictures will tell the whole story. Reality is settling in. Keep arms down, 3 poses with the same angle.

  • Terri Brown says:

    Pictures tell the true story. Keep arms down, 3 poses with the same angle.

  • Katrina Atkinson says:

    I have participated in several challenges so know the routine…now have to get them in ON TIME consistently.

    I am cool with taking before and after pics. If put in the work excited…if not, no excuses, I know I can achieve it just as I did it before. Must be disciplined and determined.

  • Lanicia McNeil says:

    I don’t like looking at my pics but they are motivating!

  • Annette Slack says:

    Taking the pictures are hard to get it done right you need someone to take pictures.

  • Deantwa Bush-Corbitt says:

    Facing the truth can be hard, but helps keep me focused!

  • Krista G says:

    No pictures no coach, no challenge, no partner! Take the pictures Anna Mae!! 😂📸💯

  • Felicia Bivens says:

    Taking pictures helps keep me from going over the scale.

  • Deantwa Bush-Corbitt says:

    Got it! I love seeing the progress the pictures show.

  • Annette Slack says:

    I hate to take the pictures but after doing several challenges I find myself looking to see if I can see a difference. Yep! I can!

  • Jenni Fipaza says:

    I haven’t even looked in a full length mirror since Baby #2 arrived last year, so taking this picture is going to be emotional/challenging/probably shocking. But, I’m going to do it and I’m going to keep visualizing what the picture will look like in 30 days 😉

  • Tricia Reeves says:

    Just trying to enjoy the process… Pictures and all.

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