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Velma the Shutterbus

Velma is the life of the party!   Loaded with props and costumes, Velma offers a 1970's themed travelling photobooth in a beautifully restored 1972 VW Camper! Your event guests will laugh, play, and take home an original souvenir.


So, Invite Velma! to your wedding, festival or event!


Photobooth Packages











All packages include: 

Warm, inclusive, and flexible service that enthusiastically supports LGBTQS+ folk, Trans inclusion, Indigenous Justice, Black Lives, & seeks provide accessible experiences 

  • Set up and tear down on time and ready for fun!

  • Travel up to 30 KM from Central Ottawa (longer distances @$1.00/km up to 100 km, contact for longer rides!)

  • 4 hours with Velma!  The super cool 1972 VW bus of your dreams

  • Tickle Trunks of groovy costumes and accessories

  •  1-3 Photo areas (Driver’s seat, Side door, & front of bus)

  • A happening 1970's soundtrack (or the playlist of your choice)

  • Velma’s Assistant to support guests and keep the set in Tip Top shape

*Custom and flat rate packages are available! * 

Please reach out with your ideas and budget, here are some examples:

A woman in a flowered dress stands with arms outstretched in front of VW Bus
A bride and her mom pose in a 70's scene at the side door of a VW van
3 People dressed in eccentric attire pose in the open side door of a VW Bus
A formally dressed couple snuggles in the side door of a VW van
Headlight of a classic orange VW Van

DIY / Digital 

Who needs paper? 

In this option, digital photos can be taken by Velma’s team, on guest phone or ours and shared to a private file share, individually with guests, to socials, and/or to your event page or elsewhere!   Access to all digital files and a composite collage of the day’s photos will be provided to the event hosts.


Orange VW rearview mirror


Remember the old black and while photo strips?  We have a new, easy as pie version for your event.  Guests receive a strip of 2 pictures each. plus Velma, costumes, props, and digital options!

Flat rate or per photo pricing availble


$300 + $300 (100 photos )

Orange VW in distance with Devil's Paintbrush flower in focus in foreground

James Garner's Total Time Machine

 Thanks to the miracle of modern technology, not only can your guests have a polaroid souvenier, but folks can also receive a digital image of the shot!  Using authentic Polaroid film, we can take your experience up a notch with a truly memorable photograph!

$300 + $5 per printed photo

Community/Non-Profit Organizations and Events: 

If you would like to add Velma yo your event, we love to support our community.  We are happy to work with you to help make you event more fun!  Please reach out, Velma is here for you!

SUPER 70's Extras!

  • Limosine Services for up to 4

  • Scooby snacks (think Bits and Bites, fancy Ritz Crackers and squeeze cheese hors d' oeuvres, Double Bubble, pop rocks, dip sticks... let your imagination run wild!)

  • Refreshing bevvies like Tang, Kool Aid, and Hawaiian Punch

  • Custom Props and costumes

  • Extra Time/Idle Time $75 per hour 

  • Twister anyone?

  • Tie Dye making activity

  • Tell us your ideas, lets get groovy!!!

Reach out to or to our socials to get the conversation started!      

All about Velma


Velma is super easy to accommodate inside and outside!  Here is everything you need to know about what you need.

  • Velma is a 1972 T2 Volkswagen bus.  Among the original campers, Velma has original Campmobile and upgraded interiors that groove with the 70's vibe but keep it mellow for more flattering pics.

  • White leatherette seats in front and back, and orange and white/neutral interiors

  • The rear hatch can be set up as a change area or as a bar, the front photo area has a hippie vibe with a persian carpet and large paisley floor cushions in classic turquoise, gold and white, the side door is the largest photo area with macrame curtains, and vintage travel trunks, instruments and other props so you can create your own A vibe!

  • If indoors, an 8x8 entryway is the minimum Velma requires.

  • Best to be generous with space when possible to accommodate the photo areas, Velma is  13 feet long, and 6.5ft tall. 

  • We do require access to power for most set-ups

  • We need a plan when it comes to timing, how many photos per guest, any preferences you may have for the photos, so let's chat!

Velma's Story

The Story of Velma, starts with a little girl watching her dad work on cars, vans, trucks, and motor bikes... and dreaming of hitting the road in her own super cool van one day!  Although, little Rachel thought it would be a brown van with a "Take it to the Limit" mural :)  Velma is way cooler and it has been epic bringing her home.  Ask me about the journey sometime, or find it on our Facebook page where you can see what we get up to!, and do follow us on Instagram @velmatheshutterbus

* A note about that little girl, her name is Rachel... and after a career in the nonprofit sector solving riddles and making magical events, she is here to have fun with you!  Please feel free to scope her out on Linkedin:

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Upcoming Events

  • Free Photo Booth at Greely Good Market!
    Free Photo Booth at Greely Good Market!
    Multiple Dates
    Sun, Jul 21
    Jul 21, 2024, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Ottawa, 5770 Bank St, Ottawa, ON K4P 1B9, Canada
    Jul 21, 2024, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Ottawa, 5770 Bank St, Ottawa, ON K4P 1B9, Canada
    Come by and play dress ups and check out all the good things at Greely Good Market!
  • Britannia Village Art Crawl
    Britannia Village Art Crawl
    Sat, Jun 15
    Jun 15, 2024, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Ottawa, 2760 Howe St, Ottawa, ON K2B 6W9, Canada
    Jun 15, 2024, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Ottawa, 2760 Howe St, Ottawa, ON K2B 6W9, Canada
    Velma will be in Britannia with a pop up photo booth and hand made mushroom jewelry and ornaments


945 Pinecrest Road, Ottawa, Ontario K2B6B1




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Accessibility Statement for Invite Velma!

Measures to support accessibility

Velma the Shutterbus takes the following measures to ensure accessibility of Invite Velma!:

  • Employ formal accessibility quality assurance methods.

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