This holiday season, take advantage of all the megapixels and memory at your disposal and take a lot of pictures. Whether you’re traveling or staying close to home, the photos you take will not only document the experiences you have with family and friends; they will tell a fascinating story about you.
Our thinking and behavioral preferences make a huge impact on the kinds of photos we take, so it’s a lot of fun to see our team members’ holiday photos or pictures from a recent trip. Because we know their Profiles, we can always spot a correlation between their personal preferences and their artistry.
Analytical thinkers want to get the most out of every photo they take. True, wasting film isn’t an issue, but if the setting or subject isn’t just so, the shot still isn’t worth taking. They also want the best camera available for the best value possible. Why wouldn’t they?
One team member recently shared an album of a group hike in Colorado this fall. And I must say, all the photos–of scenery and group members alike–were outstanding. He had a simple explanation for this, to which his group attested: he simply refused to take pictures when the daylight wasn’t absolutely perfect for taking pictures. “Hey, let’s get a shot of the four of us” was always met with “Let’s wait one more hour until the light’s a little better”, and his pictures were better for it.
Structural thinkers want to capture the facts. They want to remember being in a place and how it looked as a whole. This is photography for the sake of documentation; for checking boxes–very real in terms of what you’d see with the naked eye, but perhaps the least “artsy” by traditional standards.
“OK, say cheese! 1-2-3 click” is very structural, especially when it happens in front of the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, the Cathedral of Notre Dame and the Arc de Triomphe in one afternoon on a recent trip to Paris with other group members. They came, they saw, they conquered all the sites, and the structural photographer had the evidence to prove it.
Those with a Social preference want people in their pictures. They want to remember who was there and capture the emotions and sentiments of the moment. They might take pictures of “things,” but it’s the ones with people that matter and the ones they are more likely to keep.
On that same trip to Paris, the social thinker took fabulous photos that really captured the group experience: eating croissants at a local boulangerie, mid-cheers with their wine glasses on a sidewalk caf, even asking for directions while flipping through the phrasebook.
These folks tend to be the most traditionally “creative” in their photos. They’re interested in the uncommon or abnormal. They might try out lots of different styles until they find “the one,” so all that digital memory comes in very handy. It’s harder to classify what Conceptual thinkers’ photos will be like since those with this preference enjoy the unusual. You’ll just know it when you see it.
Believe it or not, where one falls on the expressiveness spectrum will dictate how many selfies they take, especially when they are traveling. Those on the more quiet and introspective end are more likely to explore on their own and less likely to ask strangers to take their picture. The result is more selfies. The more gregarious traveler is more likely to be with people and not think twice about asking a stranger to take a picture of the group.
Your Assertiveness level will impact what you DO with the pictures. Those on the more easygoing and peacekeeping end of the spectrum might put the photos in a frame or an album that sits on a shelf, or the modern equivalent of a rotating photo frame, that anyone can look at whenever it pleases them. Those on the more driving end of the spectrum are more likely to make everyone in the office sit for a full slideshow presentation of all their 500 photos.
Flexibility preferences will help determine which photos you keep or share. Those in the firm and focused side will likely only want the best photos, whereas those on the accommodating side will welcome lots of the same shots.
So whether you’re traveling or not, have fun taking and looking through photos that you and others take the next couple weeks, and check to see if the personal preferences match up. Happy holidays!
(This article was originally written by Dr. Geil Browing for Inc.com)