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“The Hip Image photo bus was a huge hit at our event. With both print and digital images instantly available, guests had a blast capturing pictures with friends, and could instantly share the good times on social media.”

- Chris Doyle
Chris Doyle

Calgary Photo Booths: where vintage meets modern & where it’s all about the experience!


Hip Image has quickly become Calgary’s premier photo booth service offering the most unique photo services in the city and province. We offer a creative approach and multitude of technologies that will both engage your guests and build on your brand.

We create and execute engaging event and brand experiences that guests are magnetically drawn to, we can help build brand loyalty, create digital and physical visual memories worth sharing all while producing dynamic and interactive event entertainment.

Each of our services offers a completely customizable experience to fit your event theme or branding.

Canada’s original VW Photo Booth bus, Boler and new to the scene–gorgeous open air indoor unit–may be vintage but our photo booths are totally modern. Our custom photo booths are built directly into the VW, Boler and of course, our open air unit. Prints snapped on a DSLR are developed within seconds for your enjoyment. Share the good times with your friends via social media on the spot with custom-branded images.

Meet Buttercup the VW, Bert the Boler & Vintage Open Air Photo Booths

Meet Buttercup, our charming 1972 VW Bus. She’s had a good life enjoying time on the road and plenty of starry nights. After a little makeover into the ultimate custom photo booth, she’s starting on her next journey as “life of the party.”

Buttercup has just been joined by Bert the Boler this year to add a little spice to the party. Bert is of similar vintage and brings a Canadiana flavour.

Lovingly restored, our VW bus and Boler will take your photo booth experience to the next level. We’ve combined our love for the vintage VW, Boler and fresh ideas for events and a passion for photography to bring you Hip Image—Calgary’s most unique and memorable photo booth experience.

We are excited to announce our new vintage tripod open air photo booth for all of those indoor experiences where the VW or Boler are just too big. It allows for more people to be in your photos and also the exciting green screen option.
Savvy

Social Media Savvy

Launching a new product? Want to up the style-ante in your themed event? We’re all about creating stylish and interactive experiences with you.

Getting noticed in the social media space requires superb creativity. That’s where we come in. With creative, personalized events made visual, you’re bound to get people talking on the social grapevine with our images.

Our booths are social media enabled, allowing users to email or upload photos to their Facebook or Twitter accounts, text message or email direct from our units—live at your event.

And learn more about our freshly launched Hashtag Printer here »

Don’t just take our word for it...

“Hip Image not only deliver with their eye-popping VW and Boler trailers, but bring a total sense of fun and joy to the event - even the most reluctant guest will be drawn in. The photos are always sharp, colorful and fast to print, and will be great reminders for your guests.”

- Jane
“Thank you, thank you, thank you for bringing the extra glam, fun and good times...

Always a pleasure to work with the Hip Image team!”

- The Alex
“Hip Image does not disappoint. Their service, props, personality & high quality immediate print outs are second to none! They were the hit of the day at our Stampede breakfast and their ability to adapt to the different level of needs of the guests at the event was incredible. Thank you Hip Image, you will absolutely be part of events in our future!”

- Erin
Association of the Rehabilitation of the Brain Injured
“Great props and wonderful service. They made everyone feel comfortable and encouraged the guests to participate. Each person got a fun photo collage of 3 pictures to take away - and it had the client’s logo on it, for additional branding. Fun experience! I will work with them again. Highly recommend!”

- Five Star Events

Our Backdrops & Props Rock

We GUARANTEE the most unique props in Calgary. Have you met Benny the Beaver yet?
Well he’s just one of some very special characters in the Hip Image Tickle Trunk.


CHECK OUT OUR PROPS AND BACKDROPS »

It Takes a Village

With a background in photography, events and all things PR, we are excited to share this adventure with you. Learn a little more about the people behind the bus.
MoniqueMonique de St. Croix, Partner

First, a degree in French, then a degree in Education.  During her first year of teaching, Monique discovered her passion for photography - capturing the essence of the moment.  After a few years of doing both, she finally took the leap and left full time teaching behind to duck behind the lens and let the camera earn her living. She has been able to travel all over the world with her photography kit: Bosnia, Italy, Poland, Israel, France, Texas, Norway, UK, Colombia, The Bahamas, Germany, Thailand, Denmark, and as far North as the Arctic Circle. She is still a guest teacher in Calgary, bringing her visual world into the classroom. Jo and Monique have worked on many projects over the years, and when she brought this crazy idea forward to step back in retro-time, Monique gladly hopped in the time machine. 

What I’ve been surprised with about Hip Image: The best part of Hip Image is the relationship with all the clients we meet.  It is SO FUN, and that is a great way to live!

Favourite Prop: My favorite prop is the google-eyed glasses + Viking helmet + fox pelt ensemble. 

Best Song: Hmmmm… being a Calgary Folk Fest volunteer for over a decade, I certainly have my favorites from there.  I have been a Kate Bush fan since the late 80s. A song that will get me up every time is Dancing Queen by ABBA.  A more this-century song that appeals to my creative sense of possibility is Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield. I’m a sap for hopeful lyrics! 'Today is where your book begins. The rest is still unwritten. Oh, Oh, Oh.'  The 'oh, oh, oh' part gets me every time.
JoJo Williams, Partner

With 20 years experience in the PR and event biz, Jo of Not Your Average Jo Communications, is always on the lookout for new ways to spice up special events. The VW Photo Booth bus (and expanded fleet) seemed like such a natural evolution of the photo booth, she had to jump on the opportunity. Teaming up with Monique to pull this idea off just seemed like a natural fit. Jo is inspired by the ability to do colour outside the lines with this venture—particularly in coming up with unique and crazy props! 

Favourite Prop: Velvet sombrero + animal mask + maracas 

What I’ve been surprised with about Hip Image: The insane positive energy we’re able to draw from our guests. Plus everyone’s on the same level when you put silly glasses, hats and moustaches on.

Best Song: Try Everything by Shakira
NicoleNicole Takeda

Nicole has been volunteering with Kids Cancer Care for the past two years. During the summer of 2016, she was volunteering at a charity golf tournament and happened to working at the same hole as Monique! She then ran into Monique during Sunmakers camp and that's when she asked her to join the family at Hip Image.

Favourite prop: It has to be the beaver, as it makes everyone laugh and come out of their shells in front of the camera!

Best Song: Despisito by Justin Bieber only as it reminds me of the friends I made on my last trip to the Dominican Republic!

What I was surprised with about Hip Image: The thing that surprised me the most about working with Hip Image is how outgoing, funny and energetic everyone is! I love working with everyone as I'm always laughing and enjoying the job!
MeganMegan Watson

After a couple of decades of sitting behind a corporate desk, Megan was delighted to jump on board - almost literally - the Hip Image bus. New locations, fun people and a high-energy environment with lots of laughter and smiles is something to look forward to when working the photo booth. Megan met Monique through Monique’s photography business and volunteering at Calgary Folk Music Festival and knew that working together would be loads of fun and rewarding.

Favorite prop: Dame Edna glasses and a turkey roast hat!

What I was surprised with about Hip Image: How fast time goes by when everyone is laughing and having fun.

Best song: Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars - let's dance!!
NicoleNicole Halverson

Nicole was born and raised in Calgary, and graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She majored in photography in 2000, and has had her own Photography business since 1999. She is married with two sons. Her favourite car is a VW beetle, and in her spare time, Nicole renovates vintage trailers.

What I was surprised about with Hip Image: I was most surprised about how great the VW bus and Boler trailers are!

Favorite prop: Feather boa and sunglasses

Best Song: Girls Just Wanna Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper
RebusRebus Liu, Chief Technician

Rebus is the go-to guy for everything tech related at Hip Image. Rebus came to Canada from China in 2008, and his background ranges from marketing, environmental science, and photographer.  A man of many talents, he’ll magically appear when he hears his name called combined with the phrase “What should I do?” Rebus has a passion for science and a large knowledge of pop culture.

Favourite prop: Curly hair wig

What I’ve been surprised with about Hip Image: The unstoppable creativity, fast growing capacity and how much joy we bring to people.

Favourite song: Whatever the mood is that day!
RobinRobin Daigle

Robin is an Emergency Manager by day – helping people prepare and recover from disasters. When the opportunity came along to be a part of something that is fun, creative and innovative; Robin hoped on board. Being a long time antique collector and admirer of all things vintage, the Hip Image VW Bus and Boler was a natural draw.  

What I’ve been surprised with about Hip Image: Seeing the instant smile on people’s faces as they line up for the photos and laughter as they try on the props is what Robin loves best about being part of the Hip Image team.  

Favorite Prop: Like Totally 80s—bring on the neon!  

Best song: Anything Johnny Cash!
JuneJune Munro

June is a mother of three and has been a critical care nurse for 19 years. She loves to downhill ski and mountain bike, for the never-ending challenge it presents. Her family spends much of their free time in Fernie, BC. 

Favourite prop: The flashiest pair of sunglasses with a cool hat and, of course, a brightly coloured boa. 

What I was surprised with about Hip Image: Hip Image creates this infectious good karma that is undeniable no matter what your station in life is. It's the best therapy going!!! One of my favourite events is the ARBI crew. As a Critical Care nurse, I see patients and families when they are dealing with acute traumatic brain injuries and the incredible stress they are under.  It’s so amazing to see these same people long after the initial shock and how they persevere and are so positive. This positivity shines through during a Hip Image photo session, hands down!

Best song: Better When I'm Dancing by Meaghan Trainor
MichelleMichelle Janzen

Fashionista extraordinare and choreographed fun-maker, Michelle is super with props and getting all ages and group sizes smiling. With her flair for drama and love of dancing, she is the "go to girl" to put the energy into your event

What I was surprised with about Hip Image: How the craziness of the Hip Image scene and team can break down barriers between people of all walks of life.

Best song: I had the time of my life by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes

Favourite prop ensemble: Pink feather boa with diva glasses
HelenHelen Ellis

Helen’s experience is in accounting and finance. For her, Hip Image is about getting out of her box and doing something fun. Jo and Monique are two incredibly talented and creative people who she says have given her the opportunity to explore her not-so-creative side.

Favourite Prop: The money boa of course

What I was surprised with about Hip Image: The way it inspires people to let go and have fun, which creates a whole lot of laughter and memories.

Favourite song: Alberta Bound by Paul Brandt
JennaJenna Tytgat

After pursuing a diploma in journalism in Vancouver, Jenna returned to Calgary with the intention of immersing herself in the fun things that the city has to offer. Jenna worked at an event where Hip Image was set up and knew right away that it would be a lot of fun to work with the Hip Image team. She talked to Jo, and got the ball rolling!

Favourite Prop: Hexagon glasses and feather boa!

What I was surprised with about Hip Image: I’m really impressed with how much every prop is used, everyone uses everything, there’s no real clear favourite.

Best Song: Another Postcard by the Barenaked Ladies
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Frequently Asked Questions

Does an attendant come with your photo booths?
You bet. Our certified Hip Image attendant will be on site for the entire duration of the time booked for your event making sure all goes smoothly.
Do you print the photos on site?
After your take your photo, you’ll have your picture in hand within approximately 10 seconds. You’ll also be able to email or share your pics via social media, email or texting, have access to your private online gallery so you can share, and download the hi-res images as you wish.
What does “unlimited printing” mean?
Unlimited printing means every guest will receive a single copy of their Hip Image session. But don’t despair, we’ll send you digital access to your photos so guests can print additional copies.
Do you need Wi-Fi?
We need Wi-Fi to run our most amazing social media kiosk. If Wi-Fi isn’t available, you can access and share your photos from your digitally stored files on our network after the event.
How about power?
Yes please. We will need you to provide power. We need that essential utility to power up the photo systems in the bus. If we can’t access power, then we can use a gas generator.
Do you travel (far)?
We can, but it might take us a while to get there! If you have an out-of-town event (outside of Calgary), we will do our best to make it. Let’s talk about how this can happen.
Can you personalize photos with our logo?
You bet. We always include our funky logo and a link to access your digital photos on the bottom of the photo. We can customize your photos to include your logo and some other aspects of the bus as well. Get in touch with us to brainstorm over some creative signage ideas.
What about weddings?
Hello… yes, we do weddings. We have some great ideas to ensure your guests have a great time at your wedding!
How does the Green Screen photo booth work?
We can place your guests in any situation by shooting on a green background. Then, we automatically replace the background with a custom one using state of the art Green Screen technology. Our photo booth system is powered by the latest in technology that makes up for poor lighting and wrinkled backgrounds for perfect results.
How many people can fit inside the bus or Boler?
Good question. Big people or little people? Four is a good number to start with, but we have squeezed a couple more in on occasion.
Can you bring the bus or Boler indoors?
Yes we can. We’ll need to talk specifics, and will need permission from your venue as well, but if you want to catch people’s attention, there’s nothing better than Buttercup! Again, we can have some fun with signage, so give us a shout and we’ll do some fun brainstorming.
Are you insured?
Absolutely. For up to $2 million.
What if there are mechanical or weather challenges?
If Buttercup is unable to make it to your event because of mechanical or weather issues you will be given a full refund.

Keep in mind that we can still operate with light rain. If it is impossible to operate the booth due to severe weather determined by Hip Image staff, and the bus has not arrived yet, customers will be given a full refund. If weather strikes during an event, the customer will be partially refunded if a large timeframe of the event was not used, determined by Hip Image and the customer together.
What if the bus, equipment or props are vandalized?
Who would want to damage Buttercup? If it does occur, the customer booking the event will be responsible for any vandalism guests perform toward the bus/equipment/props during the event. Thanks for understanding. We have put a lot of TLC, time, effort and funds into this and do our utmost to keep it in top shape for all of our guests’ enjoyment.
What are the specs of the VW bus?
Our 1970s era VW bus is approximately 67” wide, 83” tall, 178” long and 2,800 lbs (unless she’s had a big plate of pasta, then add a few more pounds and inches).
What are the specs of the Boler?
Bert the Boler comes in at 75” wide, 77” tall, 174” wide and his fighting weight is 1,400 lbs.
Do you rent the bus for a photo or video shoots?
For sure. Give us a shout and we can strike a deal.
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