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Penny the Photo Bus

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December 15, 2022

If you have been around here for any length of time, you may have already heard about Penny the Photo Bus. In fact, Penny has been featured on my instagram feed several times over the past year. But, in case you have no clue of what I am talking about, let me tell you a little about Penny.

Penny the Photo Bus

Penny was born in 1970, in Germany and eventually made her way over to the United States. Then, last December, my family and I met her and we fell in love with her. I mean, who doesn’t love a VW bus?

Now let me pause here for a bit and give just a little more context as to why I love Penny so much. I’ll back up to when I was in high school. I had a love for VW’s even back then. I wanted a VW bug, so I got myself a job (at Winn-Dixie… I’ll never forget those polyester blue uniforms!) and started saving up some money. When I was an 11th grader, I had exactly $1600.00, and I bought my very first car… an adorable bright red VW Super Beetle. She was my dream car. She was such a beauty, complete with a custom spray painted license plate that had my name written just below a pair of heart shaped sunglasses! (Nice!).

My dream car in high school

My little red super beetle only had heat and an AM radio. Really… what was the point of either of these features… especially the heat feature, because I lived in Florida!! But, looking back now, it was such a great thing that perms were the style back then. With the Florida humidity and having no a/c in my car, big and frizzy was my go to hair style every day anyway, so it all worked out.

Fast forward several decades and, you guessed it, my daughter’s first car was the cutest light blue VW Beetle. She is also a little obsessed with VW Bugs. However, hers has a/c so she made out much better than I did. My daughter named her bug, Betty. She still has Betty and she suits her perfectly.

Meet Betty the Beetle

Now, back to Penny. After I started my photography business, is it any wonder that I wanted a “Penny the photo bus” for my business? Penny has already brought so much joy to people since coming into our family. From bridal showers, to family photoshoots, and even high school seniors. I even surprised my SMP model team with Penny at our meet and greet earlier this year, and we had the best time together with Penny.

Penny currently resides in Land O Lakes, Fl. and is living her very best life now. She is ready to get out and start meeting people in her home town, and around the Tampa Bay Area. She is currently available for parties, events, photoshoots, and even weddings.

Penny’s website is now under construction and I couldn’t be more excited about that, and she is definitely available right now for your next party, event, or photoshoot. Penny (and I) can’t wait to meet you soon. If you would like to find out more information about having Penny the Photo Bus come and hang out with you at your next event, click the button at the top of the page, or you can go to and contact me there also.

ATTN.: High School Seniors, if you would like Penny the photo bus to be a part of your senior experience, go ahead also and click the button at the top of the page and we can reserve her for your senior session. I can’t wait to hear from you. Thanks for hanging out today.

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