(Closed) E-pic disaster!! Horrific arms in the pictures

posted 9 years ago in Full Figured
Post # 4
918 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

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
273 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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 # 8
1966 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

no magic solutions. diet and exercise.

Post # 12
1410 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@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. 

Good luck!

Post # 13
7941 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

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
2203 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

standing at a 45 degree angle instead of to the side of straight on always makes my arms look thinner!

Post # 15
653 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Treejewel19:  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.  

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