A few weeks ago, I caved. I did it. I gave in and purchased… a selfie stick.
While I knew that using the device would make me feel exceptionally self-conscious, I still wanted the picture opportunities it offered. Also, I decided that if anyone gave me any guff (yes, guff) then I could just explain it away by saying, “I’m a blogger.” (And, so far, that has actually seemed like a reasonable explanation to the detractors)
My first selfie-stick experience was at a small Belmont party. While people groaned and gave me a hard time, they also wanted to be a part of the pictures.
The hostess, who just happens to be a travel blogger over at Travel or Elsewhere, was the most supportive. Knowing that she was just a week away from her next jaunt (Ireland), she was thinking about picking one up, herself. Whether out of the goodness of my heart, or to not be the only one in our circle with a selfie stick, I dropped one off for her a few days later. She’s been using it nonstop for Facebook photos, and they’re all great.
Without the selfie stick, she wouldn’t be able to get herself, her mother AND the beautiful backgrounds. Totally worth it.
Then I went to Asheville, North Carolina for a wedding. For several days, the selfie stick remained hidden in our room. However, on the day of the wedding, out it came. Its first appearance was on the Bride’s bus. Instant hit.
It came out again on the dance floor…
And then on the way home.
A few days later it was perfect for a photo at Salsas with the Groom’s family.
I’ve heard a few complaints about selfie sticks being tricky to use, but the one I purchased, and passed around, is very easy to use. Everyone was able to figure it out, and let’s be honest, a lot of those people had consumed large amounts of alcohol. I found the wireless (bluetooth) Tzumi selfie stick at a local Marshalls for just $16.99. (A wired version was also available, at Marshalls, for $9.99)
Yes, you look a little silly using it, but the photos are worth it.
Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina