This month, Rosie from The Portrait Booth takes on our quickfire questions!
Please introduce yourself:
Hello! My name is Rosie and I am an Illustrator! I created The Portrait Booth in 2011 and since then I have gone onto draw people’s faces in 3 minutes at events all over Europe!
1. Where do you call home?
I currently live in London, but I would call Brighton my home, I lived there for a long time and made some amazing friends there.
2. What made you want to set up your business?
It was an accident, I genuinely had no idea at the time I could turn it into a business! I’m so happy its turned out the way it has, I love that I get to sit and draw people and make them laugh for most of the day!
3. Why the wedding industry?
The booth is perfectly suited for weddings, it’s a bit different than your average photo booth and it gives the guests a chance to leave with a hand-drawn personalised memento for the day. Also weddings are always the loveliest, everyone is always so happy so it’s amazing to be a part of that.
4. What’s the best part of your job?
Making people laugh. I have a 30% accuracy rating!
5. What’s the worst part of your job?
Occasional back ache from slouching but I might get myself a nice memory foam recliner in there one day and really max out.
6. What’s the weirdest request you’ve ever had from a client?
I get loads, particularly at festivals. I have drawn a lot of people’s pets and loads of people in costume. Some people have just got a bit naked, too!
7. You’re surrounded by beauty in your job, what do you find beautiful?
People not taking themselves too seriously, and people that laugh a lot!
8. Best piece of advice to offer to those getting married?
Do weird stuff! The weirder and more fun the better the day!
9. Who or what is your biggest influence?
I love Vic Reeves, Cy Twombly, Talking Heads and Raymond Pettibon.
10. Best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
”Just enjoy yourself and get a proper job at 50” – my mum.
11. What was your career plan B?
I’m not very good at planning my career so I don’t really have one but I would love to work in stop motion animation one day and I also want to do some more work in the experiential events industry.
12. Tell us something surprising about yourself!
I love horse riding
13. Pints and pies or coffee and cake?
Pints and pies
14. What’s your favourite shop?
I like to spend Sundays in Ikea and then half way through I change my mind and get a migraine. Then I go back the next week!
15. If you could buy any building, which would it be?
I really don’t know, any house would be amazing.
16. Favourite film?
Any film by Richard Ayoade. I love him.
17. Your biggest pet peeve?
Wheelie bags at Euston station.
18. What’s your guilty pleasure?
Really crap electronic dance music.
19. Favourite thing to do on a rainy day?
Knit and stroke a cat.
20. Cosy night in or big night out?
I’m going more ‘cosy night in’ these days.
21. What’s the most romantic thing someone’s ever done for you?
Made an animation and composed a soundtrack to go with it for my birthday.
22. Most perfect place for a sunrise?
The Highlands in Scotland.
23. Invisibility or flight?
24. Do you believe in fate?
No not really.
25. If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be?
That Donald Trump was never born.
Thank you so much to Rosie of The Portrait Booth for taking part! What great answers! I absolutely love her sense of fun shining through.
Also a small secret… I share Rosie’s pet peeve and guilty pleasure!!
(I think most of us would agree with question 25 too…)
I can personally vouch that this is a super fun addition to any wedding, as Rosie was one of the amazing key suppliers at a wedding Devine Bride recently hosted at Dilston Grove in Southwark – and her fun portrait booth went down a storm! I even got my own done!
(My assistant is on the left, and I’m on the right!)
Thanks again Rosie!
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