Post # 1
We took e-pic today and I was so excited until I looked at the pics my 3 yrs old snap with her phone!! My arms look huge, actually huge isn’t the word to describe how big they looked!! I can not have this on my wedding day!! I expected to be smaller but still I just can’t get over how horrific my arms were today!! Any suggestion bees??
Post # 3
The top two was taking at home afterwards, they are not as bad as the one actually taken theirs which is the last one!
Post # 4
I’m sure the photographer will have got pictures that are more flattering angles etc. than a 3 years old would have?
I understand how you feel because I used to hate my arms. I still don’t love them now as I seem to have that little pocket of skin/fat at the armpit in some dresses (I specifically found a dress that did not give me this, or at least you can’t see it despite the consultant saying I was silly) but at 50 pounds lighter and lots of weight training they are a hell of a lot better than they used to be. You have plenty of time before the wedding if weight loss and toning is something that interest you. Have you bought your dress yet? How do you feel about your arms in your actual wedding dress? Considerd a bolero or shrug?
Post # 5
Honestly your arms don’t look as bad as you think they do 🙂 I always think I look ok till I have a photo taken and my nose looks too big ( it’s not massive, just not the shape I want) when everyone else says oh your so photogenic! ( I’m not lol but the photos weren’t that bad haha) I think your arms look great but if your worried maybe have a friend take photos of you in various poses and differing angles and if any of them make your arms look bigger than they are show them to your photographer and ask that they avoid those angles/positions. i think you look great!
Post # 6
no I haven’t bought my dress yet and I really don’t want a shrug or bolero. 🙁 and hopefully tomorrow when she show me some sneak peep it won’t be so bad. Yes weight loss is definitely in the making. Just started two week ago and I’m already 10 lbs dwn!!
Post # 7
I wish my eyes could see what you are seeing lol and that is a must that I’m going to have to do. Going to get me a sleeveless dress and start snapping away so this can be avoided on the special day, thanks so much for that suggestion!!!!
Post # 8
no magic solutions. diet and exercise.
Post # 9
We have established that that is a must.
Post # 10
I think the last picture is just a bad combination of the cut of the dress, the angle of the photo (shooting from below never is flattering!), and the position your arm is in. It’s definitely not your arms themselves.
Good tips for posing: http://www.iheartfaces.com/2012/03/photography-posing-mistakes-tutorial/
Post # 11
I think your arms are just fine but I can commiserate…for my wedding dress I brought detachable sleeves from David’s Bridal. They can snap in or out.
Good luck! I know you’ll be where you want to be in time for the big day.
Post # 12
@hillsab03: First off, congrats on your engagement! I hope you’re enjoying wedding planning so far.
As far as your arms go, you have quite some time before you tie the knot. Starting now on a good diet and exercise plan can definitely do wonders on those spots you don’t love so much.
First, take a look at your diet – what are you eating on a regular basis? Is it food that fuels you, or weighs you down? Smart choices are easy to spot. Do most of your grovery shopping around the perimeter of the store – lots of fruits, veggies, lean protein, whole grains, and gerrk yogurt. Find ways to get creative! Don’t like a certain type of veggie? Challenge yourself to come up with a good recipe that makes it work for you. Cook with your Fiance and your daughter. Help them get on the same train as you.
Then, find some workouts that you ENJOY. Like to dance? Try zumba? Want to throw some weights around? Kettlebells. Hire a personal trainer for a few sessions until you get the hang of your local gym. Get some girlfriends to join you on walks.
These are all changes you CAN make. You just need to decide that you WANT to. Keep that picture you hate around, and every time you are feeling like giving up on the healthy eating and exercise, look at that picture and tell yourself you are NOT going to let that be you on your wedding day.
Post # 13
Ahhh arms, my enemy. I am sorry you are unhappy with how it looks. I have a few photo suggestions;
1). Never allow your arms to fully rest against your body, they will squish. Keep them about an inch away…it might look like it is resting but don’t actually touch your body.
2). Never have photos from below or directly from the side, this gives your arms a fullness that is unflattering (as you saw).
3). Don’t bend your arm (like you did) as again it squishes out the top portion to look fuller than normal. Instead do more reaching photos versus tight embraces (does that make sense?). In other words think fully extended or enlongated especially forward.
If you do englongate your arms again no side shots as your “excess” arm flab will hang, again not flattering.
4). Put your hands on your hips. Not only does it make your arms look skinnier it hides the arm flab towards the back. This is my signature pose!
Post # 14
standing at a 45 degree angle instead of to the side of straight on always makes my arms look thinner!
Post # 15
I love the arm advice above! I do power lifting so I have very little fat on my arms but I can STILL take bad arm photos.
OP, I think you look fine but all in all, the only real solution is diet and excercise (I know you know that already). You have a lot of time to make a big difference.
Post # 16
Thanks Ladies, some good advice and suggestion that I will surely follow!!! As far as weight loss I don’t think that is a big issue, have done it before with no problem but of course, with weight loss comes fertility lol and I became fertile and end up pregnant. Gain the weight plus more back. It use to only be my hips and booty that was the problem but this time around my arms also decide to part of the problem.