If you've ever photographed a child under the age of 5, you know how difficult it can be to get them to look at the camera and smile on-demand. Chances are, you tried everything. Dancing around like an idiot, whistling, singing, waving your arms around like a monkey. And they still didn't look straight into your lens or give you a genuine smile.
Thankfully, there's a new product available via a Kickstarter campaign right now that may just solve this problem once and for all. Phoxi Friends is a cool photography tool that wraps around your camera lens, squeaks and extends to interact with kids.
Yes, we've seen plenty of lens wrap around toys in the past so what's the big deal about Phoxi Friends? The key difference I see is the ability to unwrap the toy and use it as an extended arm to tickle or get the attention of the child from a distance. This is huge, since children age 5 and under generally do not look at the camera and smile on demand at a verbal cue only. I love the versatile nature of this lens wrap toy. It squeaks, too, which is an added bonus for getting the attention of very young children and babies.
The Phoxi Friends campaign is already funded but there are still plenty of opportunities to jump in and get a unit at a discount before the campaign ends May 30th. Hurry, you won't want to miss out! Check it out at Kickstarter.com.