Your days of awkwardly wielding a selfie stick over the Brooklyn Bridge are over. Flytographer, the brainchild of entrepreneur Nicole Smith, is basically the Airbnb for vacation Instagram photos. The app connects tourists, honeymooners, and out-of-towners with local photographers, eliminating the need for selfie sticks and unnecessary "Will you take our photo?" conversations.
The idea sparked when Smith, an avid traveler herself, was vacationing in Paris to spend time with her best friend. "Disappointed with awkward selfies and the blurry photos strangers had snapped, we asked a local friend to take some candid shots of us enjoying the city together," explains Smith in an interview with InStyle. "After 20 minutes of this, I looked at the images on my iPhone and realized I had the best souvenir possible: priceless memories with my BFF in Paris."
Aside from the obvious Instagram value, Smith's service creates timeless memories while supporting local artists and the community at large. With over 350 hand-selected local photographers from around the world, she assures that the experience is more like "strolling with a fun, local friend" than hiring a professional photographer.
Would you consider hiring a Flytographer on your next vacation? Search photographers by city here.