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INFJ and the introverted Photographer

Updated: Mar 17, 2023

How do others see you? What better way to find out than a personality test?

Yes, you guessed it, I am an INFJ. Introverted personality traits, such as being reflective, observant, and inwardly focused, can positively and negatively impact my life as a photographer.

How does this help and hinder my creative approach and need for balance?

INFJ is a personality type in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) that stands for Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling, and Judging. INFJs tend to be empathetic, insightful, creative, and deeply caring individuals who often pursue careers in helping others or creative fields. I feel Photography can help others and tap into my creative soul. Win/Win.

On the positive side, introverted photographers may naturally be inclined to explore and observe their environment profoundly and thoughtfully. They may also be more comfortable spending long periods alone or in quiet settings, which can be helpful for the patience required in capturing the perfect shot. Additionally, introverted photographers may be more likely to develop their own unique style and voice, as they are less likely to be influenced by the opinions and perspectives of others.

As a photographer, an INFJ may be highly attuned to their subjects' emotions and inner worlds. They may have a knack for capturing a person's or moment's essence in a way that deeply resonates with viewers. INFJs may also be highly imaginative and able to see possibilities that others might miss, leading to unique and captivating photographs.

At the same time, INFJs may struggle with feeling misunderstood or underappreciated, especially if they feel that their work is not resonating with others as intended. They may also have high standards for themselves and their work, which can lead to self-doubt and perfectionism. In addition, introverted personality traits can also negatively impact a photographer's career. Introverted photographers may struggle with self-promotion and networking, which are essential for building a successful career in photography. They may also find it challenging to engage with clients and subjects, which can impact the quality of their work. Introverted photographers need to find a balance between their introspective nature and the demands of their profession, such as by seeking out opportunities for collaboration and actively working on their communication skills.

Overall, my INFJs' unique perspective, empathy, and creativity are gifts to my photography. Yet I need to balance my inner standards and desire for authenticity with the practical demands of the field.

So, in conclusion, as an INFJ Photographer, I will embrace the creative challenges. Forward we go!


Project - My thoughts and Ramblings

A 52-week Introspective Writing Project - March 2023

Week 9: How do others see you?


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