But First, Let Me Take a Selfie
I always used to be the one in the group who was carrying around a camera and taking photos when I was out with friends or on family trips, but these photos were always OF my friends and family, which meant that I was in none of them. Not that I wanted to be in every photo, but there is something nice about having a photo of your friends or family with you included. Enter the era of the smartphone and this wild concept called a "selfie." I consider a selfie to a self-taken photo of oneself, in general. So you can have a solo or a group selfie.
Selfies seem to stir up a lot of controversy. I mean, I get it. If you're constantly posting shots of yourself while sitting at your desk at work or blowing up my Snapchat with your "sad face, case of the Mondays" selfies, please unfriend/delete me. As Kimberly "Sweet Brown" Wilkins once said, "ain't nobody got time for that!" However, I am a BIG proponent of these when it comes to travel and even when spending time with friends or family. As long as you're not constantly carrying around a selfie stick or obnoxiously posing for ten in a row, you do you. I've felt that sense of hesitation you sometimes get when you're out with friends and want to take a group selfie but don't want to be "that person." But then I started meeting people who were fine with being "that person" and then I found myself Facebook stalking the person's page so I could steal the photo once he or she posted it.
Since starting to solo travel, selfies have become very important to me. There isn't always someone else around to take a photo, nor do I always want to ask a stranger. There is also sometimes the risk that someone will run off with your phone or camera, depending on the setting. You can take the stereotypical "arm out" selfie, but one of the things I discovered I also loved was setting the timer on my camera to get one. There isn't always the perfect placement for your camera so you end up with some really unique angles and perspectives. Some of my favorite photos I've ever taken are timed selfies.
Long story-short, be that person who suggests a group selfie when you're out with friends or at a family event. Be that person who has to struggle through a couple of absolutely terrible solo arm out selfie shots to get the right one. Be that person who sets the camera down with the ten second timer and sprints to get in the shot.
Have fun with them. Don't worry about what other people think. They're your memories.
Do you have a favorite selfie shot or story? Share it in the comments!