It's an exciting time for Muslims in America. Small businesses are recognizing the need for a contemporary approach to revive existing Muslim products and ideas. As a result, we are seeing a rise in products catered to the diverse Muslim population, both nationally and globally.
So what does that have to do with us? Well, as a business that specializes in custom graphics, SnapBots Fotographics decided to expand its graphics collection by venturing into Islamic greeting cards. We noticed a lack of enthusiasm and festiveness when it comes to Muslims observing the two Eid holidays. Eid is supposed to be a day of celebration, gifts, and most importantly, gratitude. Our modern world has reduced this day to sending generic Eid greetings via mass text messages and calling it a day. We felt that this is partly due to a lack of relevant, classy Eid greeting cards that one would enjoy sending to friends and family. We send personalized birthday cards, thank you cards, get well soon cards, anniversary cards, other holiday cards...so why not Eid cards? In our humble opinion, there is no better way to express gratitude for a loved one than a handwritten card that brings happiness and delight to the recipient.
With all this in mind, we launched a mix of both funny and arabesque Eid cards with a modern twist. We designed "Eid cards that don't suck", with the hopes of spreading Eid smiles and greetings across the Muslim world. Browse through our two different sets for a more detailed description of what we're calling "Funny Eid Cards" and "Arabesque Eid Cards". Order yours today to get them just in time for Eid!
This launch is just the beginning.
Sana and Nadim's wedding reception was the first in a busy week of end-of-year celebrations for SnapBots Fotographics. We made our way over for this couple's wedding reception in Fremont on that lovely Sunday evening, ready to bring some fun for the guests and cute couple.
Sana and Nadim were another couple that brought with them a mix of East Coast and West Coast - the bride was from the West and the groom from the East. Sana was looking for the personal touch for her SnapBots experience, and so we designed a custom backdrop with the couple's initials and names that was full of red carpet/VIP charm. With Nadim from the East Coast, we knew we had to put together some props for him and his friends and family to represent! Of course, the same went for this Cali girl and her crew - West Coast is the best coast, right? ;) Sana is also a HUGE Harry Potter fan (*yay*), so we whipped up some wands and lightening bolts to honor her true love... err first love? Everyone had a good time with the custom props and fabulous couple - another great SnapBots event!
Check out some photos from the reception below, as well as some of our favorite snaps from Sana and Nadim's reception! (Full album of snaps can be found here.)
Congratulations Sana and Nadim!!
SnapBots Fotographics had the great pleasure of heading out to Carmel for Erin and Scott's wedding reception in late September. Sunshine and the beautiful coast? We're in!
Erin and Scott live in New York City, so we had to do all of our communications long distance. We learned they were both lawyers (power couple!), so we made some custom props for them and their guests to get snapped with. The guests in attendance were a mix of East Coast and West Coast, and they brought a lot of energy and fun! The BotBooth isn't usually in the main reception area, but since Erin and Scott's reception was outdoors in a beautiful tent, we found ourselves right inside with their closest friends and family. We've gotta say, it was a night to remember!
Check out some photos from the reception below, as well as some of our favorite snaps from Erin and Scott's reception! (Full album of snaps can be found here.)
Congratulations Erin and Scott!!
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).