Image Kerry Lu Photography
WE HAVE CAMPERVAN PHOTO BOOTH HIRE, BIRDIE ON THE BLOG TODAY. We just love shouting about weddings suppliers we love and believe us there is a lot! There is so much more to an independent business than the product or service they sell. They are a person, a personality with a passion, hard work and dedication.
No more can be said for the business we’re shouting about this month! Kitty, who owns and runs Birdie Photo booth. We’ve never met such a hard working dedicated business owner, she truly is a wonderful woman. Of course we love birdie and babs too, they’re just cool!
Kitty has shared with us where it all begain and the journey she took to opening her own wedding business.
Image – Photos by HDM
CAMPERVAN PHOTO BOOTH BIRDIE
Where did it all begin?
I’ve always had a passion for anything vintage – even from an early age. As a teenager I would up-cycle and customise clothes from Charity shops. Which then led me onto studying art and textiles at university.
My degree show was a unique mix of kitsch 1960s inspired bathroom accessories and photographs. These were of my friend Edwina in my ‘make believe pink world’ surrounded by my customised items. After finishing my degree I struggled to find a job in which I could use my creative flair and love of colour. Then I decided to go back to university this time in Birmingham to qualify as a teacher.
After almost 15 years of teaching in both Birmingham and London I knew it was time for a change; being creative I needed to do this, it was my passion and I’d always dreamed of owning my little business. So I left my job, sold my house, went back to living with my parents and used the profits from my house sale to fund the idea.
Image – Stella photography
Image – Cassandra Lane Photography
Light bulb moment
I’d been to lots of friends weddings during my teaching years and had spent most of the night having fun in the photo booth, and loved looking through the photo memories afterwards- so thought why not launch a photo booth but in a vehicle such as a camper van – so I could finally achieve two of the things I’d always wanted… a camper van and to my own business; A Campervan Photo booth was perfect!
Image – Daniel Ackerley
Image – Matt Horan Photography
So Campervan Photo booth Birdie was born
A photographer friend recommended I meet a guy over in Rainford who restored camper vans. He has won lots of car shows with his crazy inventions and would be able to advise me on the best vehicle to buy. This guy, who we now know as VW Dave, introduced me to a rusty, dilapidated 1978 bay window camper in his hay barn which had chickens laying eggs in the engine bay. From that moment onwards I just knew it was meant to be.
She was named ‘BIRDIE’ and together we planned the most amazing restoration; with Dave’s skills and know how and my colourful and creative eye we built a successful business from literally scrap metal! Haha!
Fast forward five years and we now have two National and three Regional wedding awards, two pink camper van photo booths and a light up bubble caravan photo booth, a Mini Bar, Ice cream Mini and several other pink props perfect for weddings and events.
Birdie travels throughout the U.K. bringing our bubbles of joy and fun to thousands of people every year. She brings so much fun and has even been featured in magazines and on the TV, my claim to fame!
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Some of you will know birdie had the most tragic accident last year when she was stranded on the beach and taken to sea. Luckily she was rescued, but so much was lost and Kitty has had to start the restoration process all over again! We know they will both get through this, the amount of support from everyone has been amazing!
If you’d like to see more of campervan photo booth BIRDIE and her adventures check out their Instagram or head to birdie campervan website. Follow them as they continue to evolve and add more to the BIRDIE family.
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