I've always found the urge to take photos with celebrities kinda weird. Photos have always signified something that I would stick in a (physical) photo album.
"Aww, this was the day my first kid was born!"
"This is the first concert I played for a large audience!"
"This is me moments before my first sex tape!"
However, celebrity encounters are not on that list for me (unless they have starred in my first sex tape). Yes, it is an amazing moment, but I would rather just talk to that person, embarrass myself, and run home. I feel that taking photos with them makes the celebrity a type of prop, like there's a figure at a wax museum, which is probably not a unique experience. I've seen celebrity pics where they make the same face with everyone, like Jon Risinger for instance, and I'd rather use that time to just take a mental video of that moment (which is probably more unique).
Recently, at Rooster Teeth first live podcast, I met Burnie Burns (which I have documented here). I talked with him for a bit, which was an amazing feeling; something I will never forget. Afterwards, he had to start heading out, and he asked me "He, I have to leave in a bit. Do you want to take a selfie?"
I said no. For a few moments, he gave me a look of what I assume was intrigue and being taken aback. Then he walked away, probably to his swimming pool full of money.
In that case, I know I'm going to meet him again; namely, when he sues me for my new hit show, Mauve vs. Cyan. But it's the same thing for a celebrity that I will (probably) never see again. If I met Adele or Beyonce, for example, I would rather soak up every moment.
And to wrap up this post that is five paragraphs longer than it should be; social media. These days, I feel like photos are really for everyone else. "omg, I met my biggest crush, Barbie Dunks! Look, look with your special eyes!" Although I used to scoff at them, I kinda miss the old fashioned photo album. It's more personal, and meaningful, and just for me (and my closest friends who I invite over and force them to look through the albums).
In the end, celebrities are just people and not props. I would rather melt them with my dashing good looks, and not because they are wax statues melting away under the harsh Chipotle lights being asked for a selfie. But that's just me.
Edit: However, if I am asked to take a selfie, I would absolutely do it. At New York Comic Con, a stranger who watched my youtube channel came up and asked for a selfie, and of course I became a wax figure for her lol. Aside from it being my first "celebrity" photo, I don't think there's anything wrong with asking for them; I just don't like asking for them.