SnapBots Fotographics has come a long way in a year, and its crazy to look back at how it all started, and where it has gone. So here is my story (*cue fairy tale sparkly music*)
Once upon a time...
I was newly engaged and starting the planning of my wedding. Always looking for the "original" and "unique" factor, I began thinking of ways that I would make my Pakistani Muslim wedding special and my own (within the confines of knowing everything was really out of my control - think "Big Fat Greek Wedding"). I didn't want a cookie cutter wedding, and I had lots of ideas on how to avoid that. I set out trying to find the vendors that would make this happen, and was frustrated with what I found. So many vendors I came across seemed to have little to no passion behind what they were doing. Every client was just that - another client. Another date to mark off on a calendar, another set of questions to ask. It felt impersonal and bland. I didn't like it.
I had been to a couple of events prior where the hosts had a photo booth, and thought it was incredibly fun. Seeing young and old alike let themselves loose and get into the spirit was (and is) incredibly refreshing. I liked the idea of an open booth, where groups of guests could come in and strike a pose. I'm a bit claustrophobic, and hate the idea of cramming myself into a little box. I searched for a business in my area that could provide that service, but wasn't finding what I was looking for. As an amateur photographer (and a professional goof ball) I decided I would create what I was looking for, but could not find. If you're Type A like me, you'll understand that decision - if you can't find exactly what you're looking for, just make it/do it yourself! The first person that came to my mind when I thought of this endeavor was my best friend, Hareem. A talented graphic designer and photographer, I knew she would be the perfect person to create SnapBots with. Using our backgrounds in photography, and our overactive imaginations, we began to draft the beginning phases of SnapBots.
What did we want it to be? Something fresh and exciting; modern and new. No generic nonsense for us - we wanted to make the experience unique for our clients. We wanted modern and fun backdrops that were bold and visually interesting. We wanted props. Lots of props. And we wanted them to sparkle - some of them, literally.
We hand-crafted the majority of our props, and made sure there was a wide selection for our clients and their guests. And as we booked clients, we learned a little bit about them and tried to incorporate something that was unique to them into their props. For example, a University of Michigan sign for a groom who "bleeds blue", Greek letters for groups of alumni, and super hero phrases for a bride who wanted to bring some action to her guests. Whatever is unique or special for our clients, we like to make a special prop for just that:
Lastly, we wanted everything to tie together by offering graphic design services, the "fotographics" part of SnapBots. I wanted everything to tie together in my wedding, and imagined that other people want that too when they are planning their events. Its a service that not many offer, and its something that is key to SnapBots.
So since launching SnapBots Fotographics last year, we have been honored with bringing some SnapBots fun to several wedding celebrations, one of which was my own. SnapBots gave so much to my wedding, and truly made it unique, even through all the wedding planning madness. Hareem and I created my wedding design together, and that theme was carried out throughout every aspect of my wedding celebrations, in some variation. I felt everything was uniquely me, and it's something I am very prideful about, and something Hareem and I take very seriously. We don't want to treat our clients as just another client. We want to give each person the special attention they deserve. There are enough impartial folks out there who are just looking to make a buck. We bring love with SnapBots (sounds cheesy, I know, but its true!) and want the experience to be truly special.
A snap from my wedding, with the custom backdrop to match all the wedding stationary.
So I guess the moral of the story is, dreams really do come true! Well maybe not all of them, but some of them can. And we at SnapBots Fotographics love to whip up some robot magic and sprinkle some magical charm on all of our events we have been honored to be asked to be a part of. It's been a great year of events... we can't wait for what's to come!
Check out some of the graphics from my wedding this past November, photographed by the ever amazing Brunk Photography.
The program for my Mehndi celebration: (Photography by Brunk Photography)
The table numbers for my wedding were specially cut out and made to match the wedding colors and design (Photography by Brunk Photography).
The "Bride and Groom" chairs (Photography by Brunk Photography).
My wedding program (Photography by Brunk Photography).
The candy bar bags (Photography by Brunk Photography).