Forgive, for a minute please, that this blog post is all of *counts on fingers and toes* 6 months overdue. (My blog went through a black hole period where I failed to post about a bunch of really cool things, and I’m trying to make up for that a little now, almost in the spirit of #throwbackthursdays.)

Right at the very top of my list is the reverse before and after shoot experience that I had with Abigail K Photography. Abigail invited me – along with some of my favourite Cape Town beauty bloggers – to her studio for a shoot that focused on making us feel confident – not just when we were dolled up to the nines with fluttery eyelashes and sparkly lips, but also when we were barefaced in our most informal lounge-around-the-house clothes.

One of the greatest lessons I learned from the experience was that confidence is so much about how you hold yourself and the energy that you put out. I feel that so much of the reason we think we look better when we have makeup and pretty frocks on, is because we’re projecting ourselves from a place of confidence – we’re ‘enabled’ by what we’re wearing. But, as the #CTConfidence shoot shows, if we present ourselves in the same way – with confidence –  without a bit of makeup on, we look just as good.

Take a look at the video Abi put together, and see for yourself:

You can also find out more about the project on Abigail’s blog, here.

As she was taking the photos, I was expecting to love the ones where I’m dressed up, and loathe the ‘afters’, without makeup, but upon seeing them I realised I loved them both, for different reasons. There was something about the makeup-free ones that revealed a bit more of the ‘inside me’.

Take a look:

#CT Confidence - Picture by Abigail Klopper
Credit: Abigail Klopper
#CT Confidence - Picture by Abigail Klopper
Credit: Abigail Klopper
#CT Confidence - Picture by Abigail Klopper
Credit: Abigail Klopper
#CT Confidence - Picture by Abigail Klopper
Credit: Abigail Klopper

I would also love to take this opportunity to challenge you, my readers, to experiment with this idea of confidence. Why not do your own reverse before and after pics, and post them to Twitter and Instagram with the #CTConfidence? Please tag me in them too, I would love to see 🙂

For anyone who’s interested, Abigail takes the most amazing profile pictures – professional, family portraits, or otherwise. You can find out more about her services here.

5 Comments on What confidence means to me – a reverse before and after shoot

  1. They’re all gorgeous but, I agree, the ones where you are stripped down are just breathtaking! You look so relaxed, beautiful and pure! You’re lovely dressed up, as well, but MAN! Natural beauty!

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