1. How long has The Snap Bar been in business? How long in Portland? How long have you been with the company and what is your role?
Our company started in 2012 when a friend asked our co-owners (one of whom is a photographer) to help create a photo booth for his wedding. My wedding was then the SECOND WEDDING The SnapBar ever did, and from there, it basically spread by accident via word of mouth! It’s been so fun for me to watch my FRIENDS create this business. We went “all in” in 2015, so we’d say we’ve been “officially” in business for 4 years now. We expanded to Portland about two years ago, and I’ve been their official “social director” and Portland go-to girl for about 9 months! My home is my office, so you know, just living the millennial dream!
2. What are some of your favorite things about Portland and why do you think it’s an awesome place for people to get married?
I love this city. I love that you can literally do anything and people just don’t CARE! It’s a quiet, slow, green, small, kinda dirty, laid-back kind of city. It’s also VERY beautiful with so many rivers and bridges, everything is close by, even the ocean is only 1.5 hours away from the city!
3. Why should couples consider adding a photo booth to their wedding day experience?
After my wedding, my husband and I had such a great time looking through the photo booth photo album — it’s hard to know and even remember who was all AT your wedding because you’re so busy and distracted! When we went through our SnapBar album, we got to see how much FUN our friends had, and ALSO DISCOVERED a couple in the album that we absolutely did not know (WEDDING CRASHERS!!). It was a hilarious picture guest book that we got right away, no waiting for edits!
4. What makes The Snap Bar stand out from other photo booth companies?
We’ve spent a lot of time as a team talking about and creating our company values. Each value is very important in the entire photo experience process, and when followed, we stand out! We have our values beautifully displayed on our office wall. I’m putting them here so you can read them yourself and see what makes us different.
Care- We believe serving others is more important than serving self, so we display tremendous care for our team, our work, and our clients.
Beauty- Inspired by the creation around us, we think beauty in design, systems, and relationships is fundamental to meaningful work.
Precision- People trust us during the most important moments of their lives because they can rely on the precision and consistency of our systems.
Ownership- Our company is shaped by humble people who own their work and accept responsibility for the team’s success.
Creativity- We practice creativity through resourcefulness and innovation, driving our company and team forward in non-traditional ways.
5. What is the best part of your job?
Since we are a photo EXPERIENCE company, we do more than just weddings, and I LOVE the opportunity to go to venues or parties I’d NEVER be a part of otherwise — the lengths people go to create a stand-out event is amazing, and I love getting to see it all come together, as well as enjoy it! Whenever I’m at a wedding, I think about how lucky I am that the couple has trusted me, a stranger, to be a part of such an intimate day.
6. What do you find most challenging about your specific line of work or weddings in general?
I honestly don’t have anything that stands out particularly as hard — being remote from my team is probably the hardest part, and PUTTING UP THE BACKDROP is the most awkward part of setting up an event because I’m short, but other than that it’s a pretty straightforward, FUN, and easy job.
7. Do you work solo or do you have have a team?
We have a GREAT team! Our main office is based in Seattle; I live here in Portland and work locally with another girl who just runs events (if you’ve used us in your wedding, you’ve most likely met her, not me!) and we now have a growing team in Los Angeles! The Slack app is our best friend.
8. At what point in the wedding planning process should clients hire you?
It is all across the board. Some brides contact us YEARS in advance, some have contacted us a couple weeks before their big day! It doesn’t matter to us, we have such a great team and can work with any timeline. Last minute keeps things exciting!
9. Where do you draw inspiration? Are there any current trends you are excited about?
As I said above, one of our company values is beauty! We are committed to providing a beautiful product in every way, and we draw inspiration by the beauty around us and love to let fun trends into that view as well!My personal current inspiration is a prism I keep in my window — every morning (IF the sun shines, classic Portland) it creates the PRETTIEST rainbows all over my walls!! Prism-y/rainbow/unicorn trends seem to be popping up. I’d LOVE to figure out how our team could create a prism photo experience!!
10. What is the most important thing that couples should ask someone in your profession before hiring them?
Before booking any photo booth, a couple should be 100% assured of a vendor’s dedication to customer care! I would never want a couple to book a vendor they didn’t trust and feel totally cared for by–who wants to worry about a vendor showing up, providing a great product, or helping your guests have a great time on their wedding day? At The SnapBar, we do our utmost to ensure each of our clients gets personal, attentive care, from booking through their event, and we wouldn’t want any couple to have to settle for anything less!
11. What is your best advice for wedding clients?
YOU’VE GOT THIS!!! Have fun, enjoy this long and detailed process, call The SnapBar if you’re needing a little more FUN on your wedding day!
12. Anything else you’d like couples to know about you?
The SnapBar is where fun meets beauty! Also, I’m pretty fun, not gonna lie.