This is one thing that's universal with all people. If you haven't seen a good friend or relative in a long time, there's always a moment when you first see them after the absence that you're taken aback, if only for a few seconds. Then your mind processes the update and the mini-shock goes away. In those few seconds, you hope that the mild trauma hasn't registered on your face.
New pictures of people you haven't seen for a while have the same effect, except that you're free to goggle at those for as long as you want, without fear of looking like a loon.
So, we'll see what happens at the end of this week. One thing I'll keep in mind though, is that the other person is probably just as shocked to see me as I am to see them.
I think that's what they call a level playing field.