Hey friends, future FEI president Chinch here!
I get emails all the time. Like all the time. The number one question I get asked is some variation of: “Chinch you always look so fly in those pics! How do you do it?“
Today I have assistants, interns, paparazzi and adoring fans to snap pics for Insta, but it wasn’t always that way. Before I became the media darling and mogul that you know and love, I had to take those pictures myself. Not gonna lie — it’s challenging, but you already know that anything worth doing is challenging. It’s why you are an eventer and I’m a presidentially minded chinchilla.
With the WEGs and AECs coming up, I figured it was time to let’chall in on how to take the best selfies. Let’s get real. These events are prime territory for selfies and chinchbombing.
Step one. Get yo’ game face on. Know the look you are going for. Zany, sexy, excited, whatever fits! It’s all about the vibe you want to throw down. Otherwise you might end up like Paris who is famous because she makes the same face all the time.
Step 2: Stage it. A killer background is key to a rad selfie. I get to spend time around some of the freshest folks in all of eventing and at the dopest sites. Historically, my selfies are about taking you along on this journey — those moments where I turn to you and go “OMG!!!!! Can you even believe it?!” or “Is this even real life???”
Selfies where you are just duckfacin’ in the loo is first-level stuff. We are working on next level action here. Think about that journey you wanna share with your crew and the world.
Step 3: Snap a few dozen. Be quick; don’t spend too much time posing and retaking. If you fixate on getting it just perfect, you might miss golden opportunities for mad awesomeness in the background.
Step 4: Take your ego out of it. Chinch knows that might seem weird when he is waxing philosophical about a phenomenon that is all built about ego, but hear me out. You don’t have to look perfect. You can have a hair out of place, crooked helmet or neck fat. It’s okay. My personal hardship is wonky whiskers, and the struggle is real. Truth is you’re the only one that’s gonna notice. If you did a killer job with step 2, everyone is going to be focused on that adventure that they get to share with you.
Step 5: Don’t make it all high intensity selfies all the time. A more down tempo selfie is refreshing sometimes, as is a good old fashioned photo-by-a-friend. Ask a bush-lurking paparazzi or friend to snap a shot once in a while. Not that we don’t love getting personal with your mug, but once in a while the not-so-zoomed look is rad too.
With these simple steps you can bring it up to Chinch-level selfies. If you are joining us at the WEGs or the AECs, have your people get in touch with my people and send those pictures our way on Twitter at @eventingnation and on Insta at @goeventing.
Peace, love and raisins,