How to Take Successful Stranger Selfies

IMG_7545While on a recent Snowbunny Mag retreat, we decided to play a friendly game of “Selfies with Strangers.” The goal of the game is to take as many pictures of yourself with anonymous strangers while waiting to load the chairlift. The bunny with the most photos wins bragging rights for the remainder of the trip.

The game is pretty much a free-for-all. However, there are a few rules to abide by:

  1. The bunny must be fully in the photo for it to count
  2. One photo with multiple people only counts as one selfie
  3. Must ask permission before taking the photo
  4. No action shots with unwilling participants (AKA “the ski-by”)

You can come up with your own mountain rules, if you’d like. You can make it harder by saying “only strangers with blue jackets” or be gender specific. Depends on how much work you want to be putting into the selfie game versus how much you want to keep your mind on your shredding game.

Come Prepared

If you have a selfie stick, pack it along. It will come in handy for rapid firing selfies with every stranger you encounter in the lift line. They are also handy for cold days so that you don’t have to take off your gloves to snap the shot. If you’re going to take this game seriously (as you should), you might want to consider getting glove liners (like these Smartwool liners) so your phone can still register your touch; you won’t have to freeze your hands to take the picture.

Have No Shame

If you’re going to win this, you have to put all modesty aside. You have to be prepared to talk to strangers, take rejection and come with your cheesy grin out and ready. It helps to think “what’s the worst that can happen?” Sure, a stranger might push you in the snow for coming at them with your selfie stick, but I’m sure you’ve had worse happen. It will be worth the humiliation at the end of the day when you have bragging rights while soaking with your girls in the hot tub that night.

Practice Your Spiel

This may come as a surprise, but you can’t just walk up to a stranger and demand a photo with them. Guaranteed, it will not go over well. Make up a spiel to pitch to each of your potential selfie mates. What I found works well is to start off with asking if they would take a selfie with me and then immediately follow it up (before they can say no) with the fact that you are having a competition with a friend. Most people are very open to it, but don’t be discouraged if you get a few people who aren’t comfortable with some random girl taking their photo.

You can sabotage your friend by telling those that do take a photo with you to not do it with anyone else to help you out with winning! That is only if you want to play dirty . . .

Start a Selfie Folder

The best part of these photos is sharing them with your friends. Open a Google Drive folder or Dropbox folder that you and your friends can dump photos into. Before you send off your collection of successful stranger selfies, make sure to organize your photos so the folder doesn’t get too messy. Having a backlog of photos will enable you to see how your selfie skills improve throughout the season!

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About Whitney Chandler

I am a Colorado native with an unfettering love for the West. I grew up riding, hiking, biking and climbing the Rocky Mountains and am looking forward to exploring what Idaho has to offer since moving here in August of 2014.
I am a recent graduate of Colorado Mountain College with a Bachelor’s in Sustainability Studies. I want to ensure that these mountains are still providing epic seasons for future generations to enjoy. While holding down jobs at Moon’s Kitchen and Java in Hyde Park, I enjoy writing about environmental issues, stories that empower women and poetry.