2023 Annual Conference

Our franchise family recently gathered at the most amazing beach house in Gulf Shores, AL for our annual conference.

This year’s theme was… SAIL!

Together we will move smoothly and rapidly forward.


We came together for 4 days to learn & be inspired, improve our skills, recognize our achievements, and fellowship together.

We kicked off the week with a gathering of our top franchise earners for an all-inclusive relaxing pre-conference hang.

The highlight of our time together was a private yacht tour complete with a private chef and a surf and turf dinner.

  • Learn & Be Inspired

We held sessions on goal setting, DISC profiles, discussed new software roll-outs, handling stress on our bodies, and image quality.  We practiced photographing on our new 2023 sets, learned from our top-earners panel, and discussed account acquisition.  We studied The Wealthy Franchise book on the beach, held outdoor lighting sessions, and enjoyed lots of conversations among friends and fellow franchise owners!

  • Build A Boat Team Building Activity

Jim Fadell lead us in an amazing discussion of the DISC personality profile types to help us learn to work with different people in our business. We then broke out into 4 working groups with equally dispersed personality types.  Each group was then given the same set of materials and 1.5 hours to design and construct a boat to carry a team member across the pool for the The Purple Regatta Challenge. Unspoken rules may or may not have been broken during the construction. This activity brought fun, frustration, and key learning takeaways for everyone involved. Each boat was judged on creativity, presentation, and its success in the pool.

Check out the reel below to see how each team did in the race and to find out which team won overall.


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  • Improve Our Skills

We spent time learning and using our new Spring set, Seaside.  We truly strive to create beautiful, authentic portraits that will be cherished forever..!  One of the ways we refine our skills is through our print competition.  We mixed things up a bit this year with image competition. We enlisted 3 esteemed judges, Jeff White, Cindy Shaver, and Maria Moore, to judge our work before we came together at conference. Their scores determined merits and category winners.

Here are the 1st place winners in each category… See the slide show for all our award winning images!

  • Recognize Achievements

Each year we recognize franchise owners who performed well, contributed to their communities, or demonstrated our core values to the upmost degree.

Click Here for ALL 2023 franchise awards

The highest award that a franchise owner can earn is The Purple Crown Award.  We award the one franchise owner each year who best exemplifies all our core values during the previous year.  This year’s recipients were our Birmingham, AL owners, Scott and Kara Kellner.

Congratulations Scott and Kara and Team Birmingham!   We applaud you for:

  • Generosity – seeking ways to serve your community: You gave your services to Childcare Resources and provided headshots for a local police department.
  • Excellence – providing exceptional quality portraits and great customer service: You earned many of our highest scores in print competition and walked the extra mile with your customers!
  • Respect – always showing concern and dignity for your customers and franchise family.
  • Legacy – operating your business to strengthen your commitment to family and community: You increased your annual sales by 50K+ and created more jobs!

Kara was shocked to earn this award for the second time! This award has previously been earned by Elizabeth Bailey, Will Smith, Heather Sams, Christine Mamon and Patricia Mesi, and Scott and Kara Kellner.

  • Celebration

This year we celebrated our 20 Year Anniversary of boutique preschool photography business!  When Melissa Tash discovered she could make a living for her family focusing solely on photographing preschoolers, she knew she had to share this concept with other families, and the brand began offering franchises in 2013.

Melissa Tash recognized and honored Elizabeth Bailey and Will Smith as the first 2 franchise owners and honored their 10 years with Spoiled Rotten Photography with a gift of custom quilts, featuring 10 years of SRP t-shirts.

  • Fellowship

Do you love your work family?  I do!  It is an amazing blessing to work with people who share your core values and you genuinely LOVE!  It is an honor to serve them and do life with them!  Here is our annual group portrait on the beach before our awards dinner.

  • Serve

One of our core values is Generosity.  Serving others is very important to us!  Some of the most precious, giving, humble people are those who serve by raising children that were not born to them!  Foster/Adoptive/Kinship families – we salute you!  We are honored to give complementary sessions for these sweet families each year during our conference.  We welcomed 3 local families who were able to join us for sessions on our upcoming Spring and Fall sets.

This event is the first of several acts of giving back that our franchise owners perform each year.  We are proud to recognize our franchise owners for their support of local charities in each of their respective cities.  See HERE for more information about the organizations we support.

Welcoming New Owners

Welcome to our newest owners… Cessie Nuefeld (Scottsdale, AZ), Abbey Reynolds (Charlotte, NC), Steve Haden (St. Louis, MO) and Carrie Fischel (San Antonio, TX)

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2022 was an amazing year!  I am blessed to be a part of this organization and I’m honored to serve our franchise owners.

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"I worked in the corporate world for 15 years, but never had my 'bucket' full."

“I was doing photography on the side, which I always loved, but if someone asked if I would ever do it full time, I'd respond with "I wish, but not sure how I could make that switch." Well, Spoiled Rotten Photography has allowed me to do that – to follow the dream I didn't know was possible. I love being silly with kids and sharing beautiful portraits with parents to document the moment in time, because we all know how fast they grow up! This career change has allowed me to spend more time with my family, be more available for my girls, and still contribute financially to our household...but most of all my 'bucket' is now full!”

Amanda Day, Kansas City, Kansas

"In a word … AMAZING!"

“The level of professionalism. The process detail. The training. And the welcoming nature of everyone within the organization is simply amazing! The path to ownership is so turn-key that it made our startup simple and easy. If we need additional support, they are there without hesitation to help us through any questions we may have. My husband and I have owned other franchises in the past, but Spoiled Rotten Photography is one of the best I’ve seen! I love my SRP family!”

Cindy Fadel, Columbia, SC

"SRP allows me a balance between owning a business and being a mom."

“I researched and met with other franchisees before making my way to Spoiled Rotten Photography. Immediately, the integrity and transparency within Spoiled Rotten Photography made this one stand out, and the more I learned, the more I loved. Now, Spoiled Rotten Photography allows me a balance between owning a business and being a mom. Best of all, I get to do something I love every day with unlimited potential..”

Kim Hoover, Charlotte, NC

"We were blown away with the quality and imagery"

“We looked at several photography franchise opportunities  and were blown away with the quality and imagery we consistently saw from each SRP location.  We know how important it is to capture these memories and SRP does it in such a beautiful way!  When we saw what SRP was offering & the beautiful portraits they were offering in preschools, we knew we wanted to bring this opportunity to Katy, TX.”

– One year later – “What a difference a year makes. Last July Sandi and I finished our Spoiled Rotten Photography new Franchisee training. We were very excited about all that we had just learned and we put our faith in God that this was his will for us. In August, I was “surplused” from ATT and had an empty planner that I needed to be filled. We were blessed with a great fall season and had about 25% of our spring season booked. The spring season got so busy we almost didn’t make it to the end. Now I am looking at a fall Calendar with 4 single days and one 2 day session available and we are completely booked!

God has completely blessed our business and given us great leaders like Melissa Russell Tash, Jamie Tash and Elizabeth Bailey and and a family of other owners who have always been ready to answer any questions we had. Thanks to all who have helped, purchased from, and booked us during our first 12 months. And a special thanks to God who has blessed us beyond our expectations.”

Joey and Sandi Fotheringham, Katy, TX

"Spoiled Rotten Photography has turned my passion for photography into a dream career."

“Photography has always been a passion, and Spoiled Rotten Photography has turned it into a dream career. The love and support all owners receive within the franchise is amazing. The combination of photographing little ones and being a part of this PURPLE family is a wonderful blessing, and I will be forever grateful.”

Dianna Harriet, Denver, CO

"Buying into a turnkey business took all the stress and worry out"

“My biggest strain in life was always trying to find “balance”. Making the decision to buy into a turnkey business that was ready and waiting for me took all the stress and worry out of failure and allowed me the opportunity to focus on the things that mattered most to me…being creative, contributing to my family’s income and being the wife and Mom I deserved to be. Buying into the Spoiled Rotten franchise has not only given me ongoing guidance, support and the experience of a proven business model, I have also found my balance by having the schedule I want and the time I need to be to live my life the way I choose. Having come from a corporate background where my schedule was dictated to me, I love the freedom and flexibility that being a part of Spoiled Rotten allows in my life. The icing on the cake is also being a partner in this business with my sister and best friend. Don’t believe the hype that you can’t work with family. Joining forces with someone who has the same goals, and values can make you an unstoppable team!”

Patricia Mesi, Alpharetta, GA

"SRP helped us achieve our dreams."

“My husband and I have always shared a passion for entrepreneurship. And I have always needed a creative outlet and photography provided that. I piddled with a custom business for a few years and had a little success. But I felt like it could be more profitable. Spoiled Rotten Photography came home in my sons cap & gown pictures and I could immediately see an opportunity. After much investigation, I realized that owning a franchise was the way to go. Spoiled Rotten Photography has given me the entrepreneurship opportunity I had always wanted, an outlet to express my creativity, and a profitable opportunity to provide for my family, all while not having to re-invent the wheel by going it alone. Spoiled Rotten Photography is something that I could have never created on my own. Spoiled Rotten Photography helped us achieve our dreams.”

Kara & Scott Kellner, Birmingham, AL

"This business model is tried and true."

“I am so grateful to be a part of the Spoiled Rotten Photography family! It was exactly what my career needed. I have been a professional photographer for 20 years. By joining SRP I have not only improved as a photographer but also a business person. This business model is tried and true. SRP is a huge blessing in my life and has affected my family in such wonderful ways. What I appreciate the most is the support I receive to achieve success. It is constant and genuine. The help is always there. I have never once felt like I had to figure anything out on my own. I love being an SRP owner and highly recommend if you are looking for a place to soar that you consider this dynamic company. You will be welcomed by a warm community of owners and can hit the ground running in a prosperous way.”

Heather Sams, Owner – SRP Colorado Springs

"The whole thing really is a breath of fresh air"

"Spoiled Rotten Photography has allowed me to earn enough money a couple days a week and still be home when my son gets out of school. That’s because Spoiled Rotten Photography is not only a proven financial profitable business model but as a franchise is a system that just works. The whole thing really is a breath of fresh air from taking pictures to getting money in my account. I truly enjoy what I do, bring joy to kids. I know parents cherish the art I make. And my family loves my job almost as much as I do."

Mark Treen, Charleston, SC