Photographers Gone Wild – A Collaboration

Photography by Angela McConnell
Matchless Snapshots

I was approached a couple of weeks ago by another photographer, the lovely Rachel Mia of Matchless Snapshots asking about a portrait shoot. I decided to bite the bullet and suggest a double shoot with each of us shooting the other.
It had to be the most nerve racking shoot I have ever done but also heaps of fun. Definitely the fun part was being pampered and fussed over by my lovely Make-up Artist Velma Valentina who is also a very talented Burlesque lady.
But I’m not sure what was more confronting….shooting another photographer and putting an unreasonable amount of pressure on yourself and hope you dont complete fuck it up in front of them, or being in front of the camera.

I have never liked being in front of the camera, despite being hugely attention seeking. All my friends know my fondly named “gimp face” well – they get to see it often in the photos of me….normally one of my eyes is half closed and I have something that passes for a snarl going on instead of smiling…go figure, I’m not at all aggressive!

Luckily for me, Rachel agreed to shoot me first so I could get an idea of the lighting set up – as I was missing my dodgy strobe that doesnt fire all the time – but it gave me a chance to work out the strobe and to cobble together a few ideas…

So here a few of the shots that Rachel took of Moi…

Photographer – Rachel Mia of Matchless Snapshots
MUA/Hair Clare Jakovac

Photographer – Rachel Mia of Matchless Snapshots
MUA/Hair –Clare Jakovac

And some I took of Rachel…


Model Rachel Mia of Matchless Snapshots
MUA/Hair Kaysia Joy


Model Rachel Mia of Matchless Snapshots
MUA/Hair Kaysia Joy


Model Rachel Mia of Matchless Snapshots
MUA/Hair Kaysia Joy


Model Rachel Mia of Matchless Snapshots
MUA/Hair Kaysia Joy

But it got me thinking after talking to Rachel how she hadnt had many positive experiences collaborating with other photographers (although she has developed some great working relationships with others)… are photographers so consumed by creating their own “art” that they lose the ability to share time and experiences. I must admit that sometimes I am reluctant to divulge projects I am working on or hesitant to share with others after being burnt a couple of times… but I love to collaborate. I fiind it helps me to refine my processes and I always learn something from the way other photographers interact with their models or prepare their shoots.
Wouldnt it be nice if we could all just play together?

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