In my case, I really like being on the "correct" side of the camera. Behind it. Operating it. I've been on this side of the camera since I was an awkward adolescent kid. Did the yearbook thing in school, etc. I've been the family photographer for years, finally turning into a corporate shooter with freelancing on the side.
I avoided being on the "other" side of the camera. Whether that's self-confidence or introverted tendencies or whatever, it's just something that I've avoided. I've heard from many other photographers the same thing: avoiding the wrong side of the camera.
My sister-in-law had been in that mode for all of her life. She just passed away on Sunday and I'm pulling together the pictures for a collage and slide show at the service in a couple days.
There's just one problem: no pictures.
Well, not literally no pictures, but that's almost the case. There are several where she's obviously moving out of the frame and the result is a poor side view. I've got my LR catalog spanning about 12 years and pretty fully keyworded and organized and she's in ... 4 pictures. Yup, that's it. Digging through some older (analog) film archives, I managed to find 3 more pictures. Well, four, but one isn't usable. One of the three film shots is ... well, beautiful. She didn't like the camera because she didn't like the way that she looked.
So if you're inclined to avoid the camera, I'll make a request on behalf of your family members (none of whom have I ever met). Go ahead and get in the frame once in a while. They might appreciate having that(those) picture(s).
How about you? Do you avoid the camera?