Holly wanted to be a photographer since she was 13 years old...
As a student in Journalism Class at Jenks Central Middle School, Holly's teacher handed her a disposable camera to try out and see if she would make a good photographer for the yearbook staff. She instantly fell in love with story, photography and the joy of how stories are connected and retold via the imagery that is left behind in a printed image.
Thankfully her parents immediately recognized that her new infatuation was a passion for photography. A dear family friend owned a pawn shop in Sapulpa, and he gifted Holly her first camera, a Canon AE-1.
Fast forward about 6 years to 1999 and she was a young, married college student who was attending Oklahoma State University- Okmulgee Tech with a Photography Scholarship and bravely opening our own photography storefront, Peevyhouse Photography on Main Street in Jenks, OK.
"We were naive, courageous, and entrepreneurship runs in my blood. I was raised in a family owned restaurant for the first 16 years of life. I wasn't afraid of hard work, honestly it was all I knew. I had been bussing tables and running a cash register since I was eight years old, and my love for connections with people had me running back to working with the public."
It was love at first sight for Clay and Holly, entrepreneurs and happily ever after.
Shortly after opening Peevyhouse Photography, Clay, her husband quit his day job and became office manager and they were partners in the business. They worked side by side four years until they got the baby itch. At that point Clay decided it was best that he go and get a job outside of the house to help sustain the family while Holly split her time as Mom and Photographer. While they kept Peevyhouse Photography for another 3 years, when their second daughter was born they closed up the business for what they thought was forever.
In approximately 2001 Holly began to teach Photography at Jenks Community Education and continued to do so even after closing the business. She kept her big toe in the waters of photography and fell in love with teaching others how to make their images and memories beautiful through the art of photography.
Be Careful What You Pray For!
They now have four children, ranging in ages twelve to four and have spent the past 8 years focused on Holly homeschooling them and doing the occasional photography class and photography session, while Clay worked for Samson Resources Company. This past February Clay lost lost his job due to the naturals gas and oil crisis.
"Can you believe we had actually been praying for this to happen? We did! He was miserable but it was really great money and there was no way we would actually walk away from that kind of great pay. So then it happened…and we were completely in shock!"
After hopping in the car and pulling their pop-up tent trailer on a three week camping trip across the south eastern United States, the Peevyhouse's came home with rested souls and prayers that whatever God had planned for them, they would be open and ready to take it on as their next adventure! Go here to check out more on the Peevyhouse's "Chase Your Dreams Roadtrip".
"We really had no idea what was next but we did know that we wanted to work again together so that he could be with me and our kids. We have a strong belief that we are not promised another day on this earth and while we want to think toward our future, we also want to make sure we aren’t putting off today’s joy and dreams for a tomorrow we are not promised. We want to soak in all the beauty of today and the present moments with our kids. While all of that may be a bit unconventional and it makes some people a bit nervous, it is who we are are and we aren’t willing to leverage the now. "
The idea came to Clay and Holly in late March while strolling through the Cherry Street Farmers’ Market. They had walked by Elote’s sweet, little VW Bus and Clay mentioned to Holly that he would love to get a bus to drive around town to promote her re-newed photography business and instruction they were planning to build again. From there Holly introduced him to the idea of these little Volkswagen Bus Mobile Photo Booths that are popping up all over the U.S. and Europe. He fell in love with the idea and they immediately began the search for the bus.
Within two weeks Clay was on his way to Austin, TX to pick up the 1973 Volkswagen, Westfalia Bus who would quickly become known as Skye! A fast and furious 2 weeks later Skye was making her debut at the Fourth Annual Jenks Food Truck Festival! They had friends and family gathered to help with the details of making her retro-fitted and fabulous for any event. Bunting flags, new curtains, a “PHOTOS” sign for the luggage rack and a custom cabinet by Kingdom Custom Carpentry Inc. were just a few of the new additions made to Skye to make her photo booth ready.
What's So Unique?
Part of the Love, Peace and Smiles that make this Vintage Wagon Photo Booth unique is not only the design and decor but the props and joy that come in capturing the fun of the event and sealing it in time. Just seconds after taking your series of three images in the bus you will have a set of double photo strips in hand along with the opportunity to email the images to yourself and share on social media such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!
Skye, the Vintage Wagon Photo Booth made her debut at the Jenks Fourth Annual Food Truck Festival, on May 7, 2016.
Missy David a patron of the Jenks Food Truck Festival who hopped by to have their photos made in Skye had this to say!
"Vintage Wagon is truly an upscale photo booth. Who knew that was even an option?! My family has a particular love for photo booths and a collection of pictures over the years, but the photos from VW will be a treasured addition. Aside from the superior quality of the images and the photo paper, the experience itself was incredibly fun. From the unique and nice quality props to the nostalgic atmosphere of the bus itself, the entire experience was special and memorable. As if that weren't enough, the love, care and welcoming spirit the Peevyhouses bring make you feel like they're welcoming you into your home. Seriously, VW is like no photo booth you've ever been in!"
Future Events and Scheduling
While Skye will be a several local festivities and events in the Tulsa Metropolitan area; corporate events, weddings, grand openings and festivals looking to draw crowds are really where Skye is a huge hit.