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Photo Tips - Chris Garrett Fitness | Dream-2-Reality | Team D2R

Photo Tips

One of the reasons you probably got to this site is because you saw my Power 90 and P90X photos (before and after) or videos floating around on the internet. I initially thought “nobody will ever see my “before” pictures”, but I took them anyway because the Power 90 guide recommended it.  It was a great motivational tool for me as I started seeing progress.  I could compare my pics as I went along and it encouraged me to keep going!  Since I was already talking about these programs and Shakeology all the time, it made sense to become a coach.  I was really glad I had taken photos from day 1!  Not only is it a great motivational tool, but is a great way to document your progress if you become a coach. People will want to see what you accomplished!  I wanted to make sure I documented my Power 90 and P90X transformation from Day 1 so that I could show others what was indeed possible with these Beachbody programs. After complete dedication to both the diet and the workouts, my results were outstanding, and I wanted to make sure that I took great pictures that showed off my results.  You can tell I put more effort into my “after” photos from P90X with a black backdrop and everything.

If you’re just starting Power 90, P90X or any other Beachbody program, you’re going to want to make sure you take before and after pictures just as I did. Below are some great tips to make sure that you’re taking the proper photos.

General Tips

(1) Make sure you take “before” pictures. Most people forget to take their “before” pics and then are ticked when they get outstanding results and have nothing to compare their “after” pics to. Take these before you work out on Day 1!

(2) Make sure you use the proper poses! What are the proper poses? Back with hands down, back with hand on hip, back while flexing arms, front with hands down, front with hands on hips, front flex, side with hands down. You can also mix it up a bit and do your own poses. Have fun with it!

(3) Take pictures every 15-30 days. The more pictures you have, the better!

(4) Try to take the photos in front of a blank background or a backdrop.  Having a plain background will put the focus on you the most.  I took my Power 90 pictures in kind of a weird place (my stairwell) which was kind of distracting.  I had started taking pictures thinking nobody would ever see them, but I continued to take pictures there since that is where I took the original ones.  It is good to stay consistent with the location of your photos so start with a plain background or backdrop and take the progress and final photos in the same spot.

Day 90 or “after” Picture Tips

(1) Make sure you use proper lighting. You want to make sure your light source is directly above you, casting shadows over your body to show off what you’ve accomplished!

(2) Get that muscle pump! The best time to take pictures is right after you work out because your muscles are bulging and your veins are popping out. If you don’t take them right after your workout, do some push-ups and pull-ups beforehand.

(3) Flex! Always flex for each of your “after” pics, and don’t be afraid to keep trying until you find a picture that really shows off what you’ve got. There are some times where I retake my pictures 4-5 times until I find one that looks best.

(4) Tan. You don’t want to look all pasty when you take your pictures! Go out and get some sun, or head over to the tanning salon or get a spray tan if you want to avoid those UV rays.

(5) Shave or Trim. If you’re one hairy dude (like I am), you’re going to want to make sure you shave it off or trim it up. If you look like you’re wearing a sweater when you don’t have you’re shirt on, then you need to make sure you trim or shave it so that people can see your results!

Remember, taking good Power 90 and P90X photos (or any other Beachbody program) are very important so that you can show off your results to others! It’s especially important if you plan on becoming a coach. Take these tips and use them to take good photos!


Coach Chris
Coach Chris

haha yeah it is the camera I own so I chose that one :)

Jeremy Willia
Jeremy Willia

Off subject, but nice camera choice. Canon 5D....mmmmmmmmmmm