There's a brand new Android-exclusive service called ElsiePic that is being built around a similar model to Lyft or Uber but with the goal of helping users capture life's memorable moments. ElsiePic is, according to its creators, a direct response to the shortcomings of smartphone selfies and to the awkwardness of asking a stranger to take a group photo. For starters, selfies can be great for catching spontaneous moments, either alone or with friends but there's always the problem of squeezing everybody in for the shot. Beyond that, there are moments that are really just better captured using a more traditional shot. However, that often requires somebody to ask a complete stranger or for one of the group's members to be left out of the photo. ElsiePic looks to solve that by being a photography service built in a similar vein to ride sharing. That means it works almost exactly like the above-mentioned ride sharing services but instead of hiring a driver, users hire a photographer.
It should be mentioned that the service is still undergoing development and its Android app is still in beta, so the app could be a bit buggy for some users and there aren't likely to be a lot of photographers available yet. However, downloading ElsiePic allows users to sign up as either a photographer or a customer. From there, the app will not only show users which photographers - or customers, from the photographer side - are available in an area but also what kind of equipment they use to shoot an image, alongside a rating. Customers pay and photographers earn a sitting fee, presumably on a per sitting or per photo basis. The high-quality photos are digitally transferred to the user as soon as they've been taken, too. So there's no waiting for the film to be developed or at a digital print kiosk for printouts before sharing or backing up the images.
As of this writing, there are one or two possible caveats that the application has not addressed but it is really the only application out there of its kind. Not least of all, the company hasn't provided any details with regards to how it vets its photographers, which could potentially cause far more problems than just working up the nerve to ask a total stranger for help in snapping a vacation photo. Bearing that in mind, and with any luck, ElsiePic will have learned from the mistakes made by the services it appears to be modeled after so that won't be an issue. In the meantime, anybody interested in checking the service out can hit the source link or Play Store button below.