Hi, I’m an introvert. Maybe a social introvert. Some of you who have known me for years are probably like, “What?! But she never stops talking!” You’re not wrong, but what you don’t see is how exhausted being at a party or even out to dinner can make me. That doesn’t mean I don’t love people and don’t enjoy parties, but they don’t recharge me.

So, to my dear [potentially] introverted client, this Introvert’s Guide to Pictures is just for you. ‘Cause I’ve been there.

Introvert’s Guide to Pictures

Choose to have your session somewhere you are comfortable.

The beauty of documentary lifestyle photography is that we work together to plan the session and choose a place where you feel comfortable. Somewhere the is natural and normal for you, a place where you may often already spend time. I know this doesn’t mean there won’t be any nerves, or just feeling a little exposed, but being somewhere with which you already familiar means your photography session will be that much easier.

Make sure to spend a little time doing something that recharges you before your session.

Maybe I’m the only introvert that does this, but I’m pretty sure I’m not. If I know I’m going to be around a lot of people, or in a situation that may be draining to me, I try to make sure I get to spend at least 15-30 minutes doing something that recharges my emotional batteries. Figure out what that is for you and do it. Taking that little bit of time for yourself will allow you to be more involved with your family or significant other.

If you start to feel uncomfortable during your session, tell your photographer you need a minute.

Hey, I get it. Sometimes you just need a deep breath before you jump back in. This is also part of why I love documentary, lifestyle photography – it allows you to just be you. There are no uncomfortable poses, no “Smile nicely, and look at the camera.” There’s just you with your family, you with your love, and me hanging out with your camera. It’s a lot easier than it might sound. I’d ask you to trust me, but I’ll let you see for yourself.

When it’s all done, celebrate!

I don’t exactly want you shouting for joy from the rooftops that your session is over, but I understand. Being alone/out of the spotlight is a fantastic thing.

The Introvert\'s Guide to Pictures