I have started working on a project several months ago and suddenly our Product Owner is insisting on using webcams during our weekly virtual meetings. Both me and my colleague that do most of the work on this project currently do not use webcams at work and we prefer not to do this.
Not sure about my colleague's reasons, but personally, I prefer not to use webcams because whenever I can (i.e. not disturb anyone in the office) I stand and/or make several steps, things I cannot do if the webcam is working.
When being asked why we do not use webcams, we said that we do not feel like using them and most of the time the screen is used for sharing of some files and a JIRA board. After this, the PO told us they she would buy webcams for us to use.
AFAIK there is no policy related to webcams usage (some use them, others don't) and it is the first time in years when someone insists on using them.
I do not know how to approach this. The project is going well and we have a good professional relationship.
Some context information: we are located within an Eastern European branch, she is located in company's HG (Central Europe).
Question: How to convey the message that I prefer not use webcam during meetings, if not really necessary?