My fiance is an extrovert. She is perfectly comfortable approaching a complete stranger to ask if they will take our picture. But, for some reason, she often insists that I be the one to ask. Always worrying about inconveniencing or bothering others, I get very stubborn and insist that she should just do it. “You’re cute and sweet, people will respond better to you!”
I don’t like drawing attention to myself, and I don’t like approaching strangers (nor taking candy from them, natch), so both approaching a stranger and asking them to take a picture of me is not a good combination.
I’m fairly certain I make a bigger deal out of this than there needs to be, but if we’re playing to our strengths, I think the extrovert should be the one to do the dirty work.
I really enjoy taking pictures, but I suck at taking pictures of people. I admire the photographers who can ask complete strangers if they can photograph them. I suppose a photojournalist would have to get used to that. I always hear, too, that most people willingly oblige to the request. Some of the greatest moments are captured in these situations.
Lest I make myself uncomfortable, I’ll just stick to inanimate photography.