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Meet Gerry and Emily Groeber of Red Photo Bus in Phoenix and East Valley

Today we’d like to introduce you to Gerry and Emily Groeber.

Gerry has a heart for restoration, so when he came across a cheery red 1975 VW Bus in Buckeye, he fell in love. It took 5 years to bring the bus to its daily driver state. The last 3 years, he also built up his photography business. An accomplished landscape and portrait photographer, Gerry has been published in Arizona Highways, Shutterbug, and other national magazines.

Recent career changes for both Gerry and Emily required creativity in rethinking their jobs. They wanted to do something together, something that would allow them to use their individual gifts and strengths. They make a good team: Gerry is a skilled photographer, technician, improviser, and artist; Emily is a retired English teacher who does well with the business side and organization.

Their daughter’s recent engagement and Emily’s stint as a server at a local wedding venue gave them a firsthand look into all the preparation that goes into planning a special day or large event. They decided to create something unique says Emily, something memorable that would make events like weddings or parties even more fun and exciting, and would also allow them to work together.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Designing the flow of the booth took some time, says Gerry. From when the guests choose their props at the back of the bus, get ready in front of our custom barn wood vanity mirror, step inside the bus sit down and easily operate the 20 inch touch screen computer to pose for their pictures. Flow, quality, and reliability were our top concerns.

Please tell us about Red Photo Bus.
Arizona’s coolest photo booth. “Red Photo Bus” is a fully functional photo booth inside of a vintage 1975 VW Bus, with state of the art equipment. We do weddings, graduation parties, corporate events, birthday parties, church events, meteor showers you name it we will make your next event awesome.

Being a professional photographer, Gerry did not settle for a run-of-the-mill setup for the photo booth. The booth itself Gerry crafted by hand. The interior of the bus he remodeled. The photo sign that sits atop the roof rack is also made and designed by him. He’s put hundreds of hours of himself into this labor of love. Gerry says it’s important that we help make your event awesome.

What sets us apart? To start:

“RED PHOTO BUS” is a fully functional professional photo booth tucked inside a 1975 vintage VW Bus. <———- that’s cool but wait there’s more.
• Unlimited Photo Strip Prints
• Customized Logo for Your Event
• Vintage marquee photo sign with arrow
• 24 megapixel Nikon DSLR camera
• Quality props
• An awesome booth attendant
• Classic vanity mirror for guests to get ready
• Instant sharing to your phone or social media (when Wi-Fi is available on site)
• Live 20 in touch screen, see yourself as you pose
• Thumb drive of event photos
• Poster board for guest to sign with their photo ( Add On )
• Your own scrapbook ( Add On )

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
For Gerry it was spending time along the California coast. For Emily it was hiking the woods of Connecticut.


  • Ranges from $525 to $875

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