I know what you’re probably thinking, bloggers are extremely outgoing and are ready to go for a photo op, at any place and at any time. That’s not always the case. It’s ironic that most bloggers and influencers are shy in person, including myself. It’s easy to socialize via internet than in person, it takes no effort. Just a couple of comments and likes and that’s it! No one can read your body language or stare at your while you speak. Eventually you will need to open yourself up a little more and be able to network with the right people and gain friendships.
As an introvert, I slowly have to transition into the world of blogging and be able to be more open and comfortable with expressing myself. It’s been a challenging process but also rewarding. Here are some problems and solutions I’ve dealt with as an introvert blogger.
- Being shy in public: This has to be the most challenging because as a blogger you have to constantly create content that involves a photo shoot. At first, it was nerve racking. I didn’t like when people would stare at me and I felt like I was being judged. In the end it’s all in your head. Insecurities can eat you alive!
SOLUTION: have your photo shoots early in the mornings. Usually as 7am-9am. Sunday mornings are the best days because the streets are empty and you have more freedom to wander. Also try shooting in isolated places, usually behind buildings or empty parking lots are cool spots. Living in Miami there’s always a palm tree at every corner. Practice this until you feel comfortable. Remember, eventually you will have to shoot in front of others, challenge yourself little by little.
- Practice in front of a mirror: I know it may sound silly but just by doing this you’ll be able to find the right angles that will flatter your body. Once you find the right poses you can use them as unison while you’re taking pictures. That way the photographer gets a quick good shot of you. This will also help you feel comfortable about posing in general. Photo ops are usually quick when you’re out and about, so striking a signature pose that will flatter you will never let you have bad photo.
- Have someone you’re comfortable with take your photos: This is a big plus as an introvert. I always get camera shy when someone else I don’t know take my photos. I guess it’s a self conscious thing that I need to get over. Posing while being uncomfortable is the worst and it’s a waste of time. Luckily after a couple of shoots I became comfortable with my photographer. If my photographer is not available I’d have a close friend or my boyfriend take my photos. This can help you practice to pose in front of the camera, so when the time comes (eventually working with a brand) you’ll be able to pose in front of any camera no matter who’s taking the photo.
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Being yourself is an overplayed and over said term because it’s sooo true! Showing your true candid self especially in photos will bring life into your content and will show your audience that you’re a real, genuine person. None of that fake isshh. We’re all human beings at the end of the day! You and I aren’t no better than each other. I still deal with the same struggles as everyone else. Never forget that!
Until next post, LOVE ALWAYS LO