BEACHWOOD, Ohio –People have been known to do some crazy things to take just the right selfie. Some have risked their lives by taking snaps of themselves hanging from a cliff or from the side of a skyscraper.
The women who began their Snap.Click.Shoot business in Beachwood in September offer creative settings for selfies that will delight, but certainly not put one’s life in jeopardy.
Keyanna Williams, Latrice Swift and Deidra Nichols are the partners who started the business at 23645 Mercantile Road (located at the back of the multi-tenant building) that supplies more than 20 creative backdrops for selfies, making it a playland for selfie takers of all ages.
“We offer different installations for selfies,” said Swift, a Shaker Heights resident. ”Creative spaces for folks to come in and take different selfies with our props. We try to be more immersive by having different props so that you can really get into the backgrounds we have set for you.”
“We also offer lighting and phone stands, so you can set your timer and take your picture,” Williams said.
In addition, Snap.Click.Shoot offers fun rental space.
“We rent our space out for private events,” Swift said. “This space has been turned into (a backdrop) for a murder mystery dinner we’ve had here. We’ve had Christmas parties this month, birthday celebrations, girls night out, kids parties, Sweet 16 photo shoots.
“People get really creative when they come in as to how they want to use our space. They get really excited and think about what they’re going to do when they come back again. They say things like, ‘I’m going to do this when I come back with my family.’”
“We’ve hosted dates nights,” Williams said, “and we’ve had people come in on their own date nights as a couple. But, mostly, people like to make it a group activity. There’s a lot of laughter and a lot of fun. People not only take pictures, but they shoot video for TikTok.”
“We have a lot of people come in with different brands, clothing brands. They come in and shoot different looks to use for their marketing and promo. We’ve had hair brands come in and shoot their promos. We’re finding that small business owners really like the flexibility of coming in. It’s fairly inexpensive compared to a professional photo shoot, and they’re able to get the shots they need for their marketing.”
Williams and Swift said that the city of Beachwood has been helpful in getting the business going, and the Beachwood Chamber of Commerce recently held an event there.
Imaginative settings include a Pacman video game, a gingerbread house, an antique bathtub, and a swing with white billowy clouds as scenery. There’s also an old-fashioned diner and, for sneaker lovers, a throne placed in a setting with a shoe box decor. Williams makes the props, including items like the “ice cream sundaes” and waffle cone wall that adorn an old-fashioned ice cream shop setting.
Williams, of Maple Heights, said the idea to open the business came when she looked online and saw businesses specializing in themed photo exhibits. “After doing a little bit of research, I found that they were called selfie studios and that they existed all across the world,” she said. “So we liked the business concept so much, we decided to develop our own brand and bring it to the Cleveland area.”
The women spent last summer readying the backdrops within the 3,000-square-foot space. The creativity will continue, as plans call for at least quarterly setting changes, as well as those themed to holidays and seasons.
Snap.Click.Shoot is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Reservations are necessary to schedule a time for use of the settings. Prices can be found on the businesses’ website, snapclickshoot.com. Call 216-243-1010.
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