This Photos Series Just Took 'Before And After' Weight Loss Pictures To The Next Level

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.”

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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."

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Well, we're officially inspired.

Justin lost 564 pounds
Justin Willoughby
Motivational message: "I felt overwhelmed, but I decided to take one day at a time. I didn't know if I would live or die. I just knew that I had to focus on the day I was living. I had a 'lose weight or die trying' mentality."

Read Justin's story here.
Dave lost 220 pounds
Dave Douglas
Motivational message: "I knew I owed it to my son to try to break the family tree of obesity. There are so many compromises to being an obese parent: I was simply forfeiting the ability to participate in so many wonderful moments. I used to sweat so much before. I couldn't fit in some amusement park rides. It is a tragedy to work so hard, only to find yourself too exhausted to enjoy your life."

Read Dave's story here.
Brenda lost 283 pounds
Brenda Jones
Motivational message: "As the pounds started to come off, I noticed a change, but others didn't -- until the day I appeared outside of my office standing up. Using two canes and breathing like a miler, I took a slow, short stroll down the hallway to applause from stunned colleagues. It was humiliating to be doing that walk with canes, but I was so determined. I just sucked it up."

Read Brenda's story here.
John lost 181 pounds
John Henderson
Motivational message: "My goal is to train and inspire people to show them that the weight loss is possible. Going from someone who would rather sit in his bedroom playing Call of Duty to someone who has lost 181 pounds and is working toward living the rest of his life as a healthy and fit individual is something I am very proud of."

Read John's story here.
Ben lost 200 pounds
Ben Carstens
Motivational message: "In the year since reaching my lowest weight, I've seen some amazing things happen in my life. I married an amazing woman who is the absolute greatest thing in my life. I put on a 5K in my hometown to celebrate losing 200 pounds and raised $10,000 for local elementary schools to purchase fitness equipment. I injured my knee, gained a little weight back and learned the struggle to recoup from that -- but I've appreciated every minute of it along the way because I'm able to do so."

Read Ben's story here.
Sherlonda lost 148 pounds
Sherlonda Tyrus
Motivational message: "My daughter came to me and said she wanted to lose weight for her prom. I told her what to do, but I wasn't doing it. I couldn't show her discipline. I knew that most of her weight issues were because of me and how I had fed her as a child. I didn't want her to wait until she was 36 to try to deal with it. So, we started bootcamp!"

Read Sherlonda's story here.
Troy lost 230 pounds
Troy Fox
Motivational message: "My dad pushed me and motivated me to start working out. He would tell me he wanted me to be around for a long time."

Read Troy's story here.
Cody lost 177 pounds
Cody Burgess
Motivational message: "Every day you will battle how you look in the mirror. You start to let the scale define you. Every meal becomes a challenge. Will you gain weight when you're trying to lose it? Yes. Will you have moments where you eat bad food? Yes. Will there be times when you feel like you're doing everything right but still aren't achieving your goals? Yes. You must love yourself, trust your support network and trust your program."

Read Cody's story here.
Eve lost 150 pounds
Eve Parker
Motivational message: "The important thing was I never gave up. Some days I ate things that were unhealthy. I am human; this happens. I would simply pick up where I left off and keep going. I hit plateaus and felt the weight would never come off, but I kept reminding myself how far I had already come."

Read Eve's story here.
Danny lost 200 pounds
Danny Patton
Motivational message: "[My girlfriend] lives on the third floor, and it got to the point where we would need to take a break and catch our breath before finishing the stairs. I was 26, and she was 21; we should have had no problems with the steps! We knew it was time for the biggest change of our lives."

Read Danny's story here.
Mark lost 300 pounds
Mark Monacelli
Motivational message: "I've had my ups and downs with anxiety and depression. I'd lose some weight and then I'd gain it back. What changed was figuring out that I deserved better. I deserved a life, a family, love, everything I had always hoped and dreamed of growing up. I wanted to get married, settle down and grow old with someone."

Read Mark's story here.
Jamie lost 210 pounds
Jamie Morgan
Motivational message: "I sought counseling, something I had put off for so long ... I knew, though, that if I had to wake up another morning with a feeling of dread, completely overwhelmed by what I had done to my body, mind and spirit, I wouldn't live to see my 40th birthday ... I had let myself get up to almost 400 pounds, a size 30+, and all the love and support from my husband and family didn't matter. I needed to love and support myself. It started with believing I was worthy of that love."

Read Jamie's story here.
Pedro lost 232 pounds
Pedro Gomez
Motivational message: "The reality is that there is no finish line in weight loss, because in maintenance, the journey continues. But I am so looking forward to finding out what the future holds for me. I am in better health and have more energy than I ever had in my entire life. It has been a slow and steady process for me. It has been a struggle. At the end of the day, I may have been through a lot, but I have accomplished a lot, too."

Read Pedro's story here.
Teena lost 166 pounds
Teena Henson
Motivational message: "It is so exciting to be able to do things as simple as cleaning the house without having to sit down every 15 minutes or as cool as walking a 5K. I can go places with friends and family because I no longer feel like a giant embarrassment to them or myself. I can look people in the eye when I talk instead of wanting to crawl in a hole so the world wouldn't see me. Reaching this point in my life is the greatest feeling, and if just one person who reads this can find anything that can help them start their journey, then that just adds to my joy of deciding to save my own life."

Read Teena's story here.