SUB Photo Hours

SUB Photo creates grad photos for students at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. Along with U of A grad photos we take passport and visa photos, government and university IDs, and professional headshots.


• 9:30am - 4:30pm

Available Evenings:
• Tues. Jan 12: 5:00 - 7:00pm
• Tues. Jan 26: 5:00 - 7:00pm
• Tues. Feb 9: 5:00 - 7:00pm
• Tues. Feb 23: 5:00 - 7:00pm

Available Weekends:
• Saturday Jan 16
• More to come!

Photo appointments must be made in advance. Click here to visit our booking calendar.

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Health Safety and Photo Sessions in S.U.B.

Updated December 9, 2020

Staying healthy and avoiding COVID-19 is on all our minds.  Of course SUB Photo is following the guidelines from the government and the university, but photo sessions have a few extra things you should be aware of.

UPDATED DEC 9, 2020: until further notice, all family and group photos are cancelled.

The province of Alberta has imposed new mandatory restrictions on gatherings and business operations.  While photo studios are not required to close, the reduced occupancy means we can not accept group or family photos.  We have added a short break between photo sessions to reduce contact between clients, and we will be strictly refusing entrance to groups.  Please note also that masks will be REQUIRED to enter the building; peace officers are making periodic checks.  If you are not willing to wear a mask to walk through the building, please postpone your session until these restrictions can be lifted.

When we are isolated from each other, sharing photos becomes even more important than usual.  With grad photos especially, we know you don't want to miss out - a photo session might be your only chance to wear a cap & gown this year.  Thankfully, that's not a problem as long as we all follow the rules. 

Please read over these important items before your session.  If you need to postpone your photo session, you can cancel and rebook on the "My Appointments" page, or contact us for assistance.

Don't Hesitate:  Procrastinate!

If you're feeling sick, please stay home.

No doubt you've heard it already - this is not the time to 'push through' it if you feel unwell.  Even if it's just the sniffles, we ask that you postpone your photo session.  Don't worry, you won't miss out - we'll find another time to fit you in.

It's not just for you, of course - if our staff get sick, many other graduates will have their sessions cancelled.  Because of this, we will ask you to leave the building if you or anyone you arrive with is showing signs of sickness.  Please don't ask us to make exceptions; right now it just isn't worth the risk.

Wear a mask to enter SUB...

... and stay en garde against COVID-19.

When you visit the Students' Union Building, please bring a protective face mask along with you.  U of A buildings all require visitors and staff to 'mask up' in shared spaces like hallways and seating areas.

Once you are in our studio you'll be able to remove your mask for photos, of course.  Our staff will maintain social distance as much as possible, and wear a protective mask whenever we need to approach you.

You'll have to touch stuff.

It's amazing how many things you touch in even a short visit.  We're going through a lot of cleaning supplies, but there are some things we can't control completely.

Wearing Graduation Attire

Obviously the grad cap & gown is a big part of having grad photos taken!  Normally it's ok that the gown was touched by other people - but what about now in COVIDland?

We did some research.  First of all, touching things is allowed - it's ok to try on clothes in a store, for example.  Clean hands are an important factor, so we will be providing hand sanitizer for everyone as they enter and leave our studio.

So far, there's no documented cases of the virus transferring via clothing.  Of course we'll still be rotating our gowns and washing them frequently - but if putting on a robe or hat that isn't yours makes you uncomfortable, we don't have a great answer at this time.

Some schools have sent out hats by mail, so if you like you could bring your own.  It's also possible to purchase your own gown & hood although the complete outfit costs over $200.

Photo Props

Often graduates hold a bouquet of flowers, a degree scroll, or other accessories as part of their photo session.  That's still possible!  We will continue providing fresh roses and other accessories that have been sanitized.  You're welcome to bring your own props along as well.

No 'friend groups' - for now.

Family only, please.

Our studio is designed for individuals and small families, not large groups.  This means once we have more than 3 guests it's difficult for our staff to stay 'socially distant', and for your group it becomes impossible.

Adding this to the new Enhanced Public Health Measures in Alberta means that no, you may not bring friends along for your photo at this time. (Sorry ... we hate COVID too.)  If you bring anyone along, they must live with you - and for practical purposes your group should be a small one (3 to 5 adults at the most).

If you really want a larger-sized group photo, consider booking one of our outdoor sessions (perhaps in a warmer time of year).  The fresh air and increased space will help us maintain social distance - and creates a great photo backdrop photo too!

Are you ok with all that?

If so, let's sign you up!

Thank you for reviewing these changes.  We want you to have a great experience in our studio, and avoiding any unpleasant surprises will help.  If you're feeling ready, you know what to do:

Got Questions?

So do we.

We know we don't have all the answers - even the world's best scientists still have a lot to learn about this virus.  We believe that we can provide grad photos safely at SUB Photo, as long as everyone agrees to follow the rules.

If you have questions, though, send them to us!  Use the form below, or visit our Contact Us page for other ways to get in touch.

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