Introverts find joy and comfort in being alone, not because of a dislike of other people, but because they are happiest when they're in their own space. So, how can a truly introverted person switch to a full-on social situation where clients need to be directed or posed in a confident manner?
In this video, portrait photographer and YouTuber Manny Ortiz sits down with wedding photographer and fellow YouTube creator Taylor Jackson to talk about how they overcome the massive obstacle that almost all people photographers suffer from, especially when starting out: posing clients. Posing clients is a skill, and like any other skill, it needs to be honed. For the introvert, however, this can be a huge barrier to even starting, never mind progressing.
Listening to the guys talk about their own methods, I can't help but think that to a certain extent, they may be conflating introversion with social anxiety. This is by no means a criticism, as confusing the two is a common misconception and something that I also struggle with when trying to analyze my own neuroses around people-posing. Added to that, it's possible to be both introverted and suffering from social anxiety. What's the difference? It is my understanding that an introverted person who doesn't have issues with anxiety can "switch on" being extroverted without overly worried about how they are behaving, whereas an anxious person can be extremely self-conscious and self-critical in the same situation. Both can be exhausting, but the socially anxious person might perceive the experience in a much more negative way than the introvert.
Regardless of my pedantry, the advice from both photographers here is solid for anyone who struggles with interacting with people. Their tips are something that I will certainly try in the future.
Are there any introverts out there who would care to share their experiences? We would love to hear from you in the comments below.