I've gotten into the habit of taking my camera with me everywhere I go now. I'm trying to increase my visual vocabulary, if you will. I'm absorbing more information in new ways to help me broaden how I communicate.
A picture's worth a thousand words. Why not make it like play?
I think every artist has to overcome shyness at some point to be bold enough to ask subjects to pose or stand still. Or be disinvested in the opinion of others enough that getting out of a car to take a picture of a stop sign is all that matters.
Tamara tolerates it all. She's great for me that way, allowing me my nerdiness and picture-taking. (I love her for that.)
Like today, when we went to lunch and I took a picture of our waitress.
She even helps me with shots, suggesting that I take advantage of this great tree near our home to have the younger boys pose for me.
Don't be afraid. Play. Experiment. Do it. Whatever it is that you wish you would do more of, do that.
Do it until it becomes habit.