I recently experienced something my clients experience all the time. Being the other side of the camera.

Nerves. Anxiety. Apprehension. Curiosity. Excitement. Uncertainty. Relief. Happiness.

In that order.

Yup, I had a portrait shoot done, and saw the final result. It’s an interesting sensation, and one that I’m glad I experienced.

Why the Portrait Shoot?

Abigail K Photography photographed by Cape Town Portrait photographer Joanne Markland

You see, I asked my friend and fellow portrait photographer Joanne Markland to take some portraits of me to update my website and social media profiles. Not only is she a friend who both understands and shares the social ineptness of a dry sense of humour, but she’s also a pretty good photographer. Ok, she a frikken fanta

 

stic photographer! I could learn a lot from her, given that she’s so much older than me. 😉

I planned my wardrobe, I booked my makeup artist, Kristine, we secured the date, and then we got started!

Being on The Other Side of the Camera

Although I’m fairly used to being in front of the camera because of my personal art project, it’s a very different story when someone else is on the other side of the camera. I think the fact that I’ve got posing experience behind me also made it slightly easier, but by no means was it comfortable.

 

The Reveal

The most anxious moment though, was seeing the final collection of images. Joanne messaged me to say she was about to load them onto Facebook, and that’s when the nerves began. Heart beating a little harder, palms starting to get clammy, corners of the mouth starting to stretch downwards, pulling the tendons in the neck & totally revealing my nerves.

And then…

Once you’ve scrolled through them all (a number of times), mentally ticking off your favourites, you slump back into your chair with a sigh of relief. The photos look good. Great even! I’m not a hideous social pariah who belongs in a bell tower! Hoorah!

Abigail K Photography photographed by Cape Town Portrait photographer Joanne Markland

Abigail K Photography photographed by Cape Town Portrait photographer Joanne Markland

Abigail K Photography photographed by Cape Town Portrait photographer Joanne Markland

And now weeks later, (but only because of a busy work load), I’m sharing my new portraits with pride and a deeper understanding of my client’s experience.

Definitely something I would encourage all portrait photographers to do. Thank you Joanne for creating such lovely images for me!

Abigail K Photography photographed by Cape Town Portrait photographer Joanne Markland

Abigail K Photography photographed by Cape Town Portrait photographer Joanne Markland