Two and a half years ago, Toronto resident Beth Beard decided to have gastric bypass surgery. She knew the process of losing weight and keeping it off wouldn’t be easy, she told Good Housekeeping, so she decided to keep herself motivated and celebrate her progress through photography.
Beard contacted her friend Blake Morrow, who also lives in Toronto, and asked if he would help her with portraits. Morrow took it from there.
“I created a series of pop culture-inspired portraits of my friend Beth, playfully celebrating her fantastic weight loss of 150 pounds,” he wrote on his website. “I shot her ‘before’ and ‘after’ selves two years apart, and I digitally integrated them to to interact with each other within each scene. To properly communicate and celebrate Beth’s accomplishment, her body shape has not been digitally altered.”
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Beth has now lost more than 150 pounds. She told Good Housekeeping that as the date came closer for Morrow to shoot her “after” photos, she was anxious — but also motivated. “There’s always pressure when it comes to weight, and I was certainly nervous as the date approached,” she explained. “But I’m also in my 40s and pretty comfortable with where my body has plateaued.”
As for Morrow, he couldn’t be happier with how the series turned out. “I love before and after stuff in pop culture, and immediate got obsessed with the idea,” he told The Huffington Post. “Within no time, I conceived, created and art directed this series of 12 portraits that help to not only define the different sides of Beth and her positive and outgoing spirit, but celebrate her accomplishments.”
Well, we’re officially inspired.
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