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Say Cheese! Houston couple's photo booth on wheels keeps rolling along

Say Cheese! Houston couple's photo booth on wheels keeps rolling along

Clifford Pugh, Lily Jang and Brittany Havican take photo in PhotoMoto booth
Clifford Pugh, from left, Lily Jang and Brittany Havican are snapped in the PhotoMoto booth Courtesy photo
PhotoMoto HTX mobile photo studio
Houston couple Brittany and Austin Havican transformed a 1978 Volkswagon bus into an innovative mobile photo booth. Courtesy of PhotoMoto
Clifford Pugh, Lily Jang and Brittany Havican take photo in PhotoMoto booth
PhotoMoto HTX mobile photo studio

This week's KHOU CultureMap Moment highlights a Houston couple receiving national attention for their unusual business concept: A photo booth on wheels.

Self-taught photographer Brittany Havican and her husband Austin came across a rather worn 1978 Volkswagon bus with hopes for restoring it to it's former glory. "What if we can get the bus to pay for itself, and have fun in the process?" he told CultureMap in June 2013. After some careful consideration, Brittany gave the idea for PhotoMoto — a mobile photo studio — the go-ahead.  

 The entire process takes only about a minute from start to finish and the mobile studio even comes with a plethora of props for guests to use.

"I sewed all the cushions, we put in the floor," Brittany said. Three months of hard work later and the pair had transformed the 37-year-old bus into a cozy mobile photo booth for use at weddings, parties and festivals.

The bus functions like any average photo booth: Hop in, pose for four frames and wait for the strips to print. The entire process takes only about a minute from start to finish and the mobile studio even comes with a plethora of props for guests to use.

Their innovative concept landed PhotoMoto on Business Insider's list of 50 Coolest New Businesses in America as CultureMap reported earlier this month. "I'm so honored and proud of our little bus," Brittany said.

"It's taking an old idea and putting a new twist on it, which is always a lot of fun," said CultureMap editor-in-chief Clifford Pugh. "This is such a great city for entrepreneurs. Anybody that has an idea and a little bit of gumption can really go out there and make anything happen."

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