Calgary's permanent selfie studio just opened back up

Jun 12 2020, 8:57 pm

Calgary’s very own selfie studio is reopening their doors to the public as of today.

Calgary’s Instagrammers were probably getting a little bored taking photos at home for the past few months, and now they have the chance to spruce up those profiles with a variety of new backdrops.

An email from SNAP Foto Club owner Rebecca Ollenberger outlined what things are looking like over at their Steven Avenue business now that they’ve been allowed to reopen in the face of COVID-19.

Featuring a wide array of backdrops that attendees can snap photos at to their heart’s content (during their allotted time slot, that is), SNAP Foto Club has cut down on the number of people they’re allowing in through their doors at any given time, as well as the price of admission.

“We are lucky because we have a 4,000 square foot facility, which gives us a ton of room to ensure safe distancing between our staff and guests,” Ollenberger said in the email.

Still, they’re limiting visits to just one group per hour, with a max group size of 10.

“We want people to feel comfortable knowing they can come to our studio and only interact with the people they bring with them. It also helps us control the flow of traffic in and out of our space.”

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SNAP Foto Club (Chandler Walter/Daily Hive)

The selfie studio is also offering a promo price of $19+GST for admission until July 15, compared to their usual price of $35 per.

All who enter — even if you’re just planning on being the photographer, or as a tag-along — will need to purchase a ticket.

Around 30 unique backdrops have been erected throughout the space, giving casual and professional photographers alike the chance to have some fun with props, lighting, and angles specifically designed to create the ideal post.


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The company has added quite a few new backdrops for those who are hoping to add some new elements to their photography, including (but in no way limited to) a retro CD wall, a disco wall, a carnival kissing booth, a Lego wall, and they are soon to have a room filled with 15 neon signs.

They’ve also added hand-santization stations throughout the public areas.

SNAP Foto Club opened back in December, just three months before the pandemic closed doors and shut down businesses — some for good.

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Snap Foto Club (Chandler Walter/Daily Hive)

The business also suffered a theft in the past few months, though even through all that Ollenberger remains optimistic about SNAP Foto Club’s return.

“It’s been quite the storm to weather as first-time business owners. We knew there were risks opening a business in Calgary in the current economic situation, but there was no way for us to foresee this added hardship,” she said in the email.

“That being said, we are committed to bringing a new, fun, artistic, concept to our hometown. We feel lucky that we’ve made it this far but unfortunately, the fight to survive these unprecedented times is only beginning. We are looking forward to reopening our doors and we can’t wait to see our clients again.”

Those hoping to schedule a session at SNAP Foto Club are encouraged to do so online at their website.

“It’s been great to see life coming back to Stephen Avenue over the last few weeks and we are hopeful for the future,” Ollenberger said.

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