Learn about a local family-owned business that brings a uniquely picture-perfect experience to events throughout Greater Cincinnati.
Event photography can be basic and boring. But you know that won’t happen when The Photo Bus pulls up to your next gathering.
Based in Cincinnati, The Photo Bus Cincy is a high-quality mobile photo booth that was installed in the back of a vintage Volkswagen bus by owners Heather Pinto and Aaron and Lyndsay James, of whom Lyndsay and Heather are sisters.
“Lovingly restored and cared for, our 1970 VW Transporter, named Betty, is loved by brides and grooms, guests, and visitors to all kinds of events,” says James.
The trio was inspired to launch the concept that became The Photo Bus Cincy from parent company The Photo Bus KC, which is owned by their friend John DePrisco.
“John came up with it as he was looking to market his wedding photography business,” says Lyndsay. “In getting to see The Photo Bus first-hand at his wedding in Kansas City, we saw what a unique and creative concept it was and how people loved the experience. We decided that we wanted to bring the idea here to Cincinnati for people to experience, and from that moment on we started working with John to bring this concept home here to Cincinnati.”
Launched in January 2016, The Photo Bus Cincy has been a hit for weddings and events throughout the Tri-State.
The bus is often something that people have never seen before, and stands out among traditional photo booths that are done for most weddings. But for The Photo Bus Cincy, you get inside the van, sit in the back seat, and take your photo, creating a unique experience for guests thanks to handmade props and the top-quality photos, plus, you’re taking your photos in the back of a vintage VW bus.
Lyndsay says there’s also a homemade clicker that allows guests to take the photos when they’re ready – no counting down or rushing around to make sure everyone is in position for the photo.
Lyndsay says that the price to rent out the bus depends on the day and time of the booking, but reservations run for 3 hours for $1,000, which includes unlimited prints for every guest.
Thanks to the growth The Photo Bus Cincy has experienced since launching, Lyndsay says that this year means they’ll be traveling outside the Tri-State to cities like Lexington, Louisville, and Columbus.