The Team



Hi, I’m Melissa! Thanks to all of my wonderful friends, I am rarely on a solo mission.. but in general, I am Team Photo Wagon. I absolutely love photo booths (never pass one up!) and never ever get tired of taking pictures. If you ever roll up to an event and don’t see me out front, that probably means I’m in there taking a sweet little selfie. Stop by and say “hi!” – I’d love to meet you!

A few years ago, I abandoned my baking blog, Sugar Derby, to chase this photo booth dream. Now that I have this under control… or at least sort of under control… I am excited to introduce baking back into the blog section of Photo Wagon’s new website. You can also catch me writing about food every Monday over on DMagazine Side Dish.


Lady Bird

Meet Lady Bird. I bought this sweet girl in 2011 off of Craigslist. I had recently lost my dad and was looking for something to keep me busy… and something creative to help me carry on his memory. My dad was 56 when he passed away and was possibly the most talented, most sincere, hardest working and just plain COOL person I have ever met. He always said “you can’t teach cool.” And he was right.

Lady Bird and I hit the road in April 2012 as “Sugar Derby Mobile”, a vintage resale shop on wheels. SDM was a spin off from a baking & vintage finds blog I had been writing for a while. I would set up at music festivals, car shows, and swap meets; selling vintage goods. What I noticed is that people always wanted to take pictures… in the trailer, of the trailer, with the trailer. After one year as a mobile resale shop, I decided to hoard all of my vintage finds and turn Lady Bird into Dallas’ First Mobile Photo Booth. And that’s how Photo Wagon was born!


Baby Bird

Meet Baby Bird. BB is the newest addition to the Photo Wagon family. Since buying Lady Bird in 2011, vintage travel trailers have become so popular. I scoured the internet for months looking for the perfect trailer. A good friend of mine found Baby on Craigslist and it was love at first sight! The post had only been up a few hours but was already set to be looked at by 5 different people the next day and was 4 hours away in Gonzalez, Texas. I convinced the gentleman to sell her to me sight unseen. So with a Pay Pal payment and a dream, I became the owner my second vintage travel trailer.

My incredibly smart, talented, and patient “Road Manager/Trailer Fixer/Voice of Reason” has taken on the job of turning Baby from trash to treasure. She is a bit rough around the edges and slightly unstable… a little like me! Follow along as I post pictures of our progress on the site.