2023 Franchise Awards

2023 Franchise Awards was one of the highlights of our time together at our Sail Conference. We love getting to recognize and award each of our franchise owners who worked so hard the previous year. Each year the competition gets tougher as we have so many achieving franchise owners.

We base our franchise awards on our core values of Generosity, Respect, Integrity, Excellence and Legacy. Each of our owners exhibit all of these core values, but a few were selected for special recognition for our 2023 Franchise Awards:

Generosity Awards

Annually we love getting to honor and recognize each of our franchise owners who have sought our opportunities to serve their community. Each owner has aligned themselves with photography projects that they are passionate about and many generously donate their time and talent each year to the same organizations to assist and lift up those who are less fortunate.

Heather Sams (an Army veteran)  was awarded for her support of her local high school’s JROTC!  Thank you for donating your time and talent and $9,556!!!! Your generosity is to be commended! She has donated over $35,546 to this organization over the past 6 years!

Scott and Kara Kellner helped provide child care to needy families through their local Childcare Resources!  Your generosity is to be commended.

Ashley Eckel hosted a Santa session, partnering with a local Austin Children’s Lighthouse preschool and donated $3500 in proceeds to St. Jude.

Joey and Sandi Fotheringham donated their time and talent to promote Judah Brown Project, a charity that increases awareness of childhood water safety.

Amanda Day hosted family portrait sessions and gave $800 to help a local family raise money for a handicap-equipped van.


Christine Mamon, Patricia Mesi, Leah Bailey, and Jennifer Deniston supported a local MMO church playground rehabilitation program by conducting a family portrait day and donating $1550 to the school to build the playground.

The SRP-Huntsville team conducted 5 Giving Back Sessions this year!

  1. This year was the 10th annual Focus on Autism Day, where they provide complimentary stress-free sessions and a joyful wall portrait for families living with Autism. Team Huntsville helped raise $2700 for: TACA   

2. Tres Bella Event – A day of hope for Ovarian Cancer Patients.  SRP Huntsville sponsored the event and provided beautiful portraits for the event participants, provided event coverage, and the photo ornaments and decorations for the Tinsel Trail Tree.

3. Paws with Claus – SRP Huntsville conducted a fundraiser for the      Greater Huntsville Humane Society.  They donated $1200 to help support the care and treatment of all animals through GHHS!


4.  SRP Huntsville conducted charity Santa Portraits supporting Kids to Love   They donated $5700 to this amazing agency that helps meet the needs of foster children with the ultimate goal of finding forever families for children waiting to be adopted.

5. SRP Huntsville sponsored the Teal Warrior Project, providing family portraits for ovarian cancer patients and their families.

Extra Miler

The Extra Miler Award goes to someone who consistently goes above and beyond to help their fellow franchise owners.

Kara Kellner for always going the extra mile to answer questions and help fellow franchise owners. You are always willing to lend sets and your time to help someone else.

The Advocate

The Advocate Award is awarded to the franchise owner who donates the most through their advocacy projects.

Heather Sams won the Advocacy Award for donating $9,556 to a JROTC unit. She has cumulatively donated $35,546 to the JROTC. She generously donated her time and talent. She compassionately assisted and lifted up those who are less fortunate!

Media Moguls

The Media Mogul Award goes to the owner who consistently creates and shares content through their blog and social media.

For consistently posting and using their local FB pages, we deem Amanda Day, Cessie Neufeld, and Scott and Kara Kellner the Media Moguls for 2022!

The Rising Star

The Rising Star Award is awarded to the franchise owner who has the highest sales in their first season/year.

Cessie Neufeld blew us away with her performance in her first season in 2022!

Shining Star

The Shining Star Award goes to the franchise who gains the most growth from the previous year.

Lynn Driver, your dedication to obtaining new accounts and making the most of your current accounts, earned you an increase in sales of 348%. We applaud you for a job well done, and are pleased to present you with the Shining Star Award.

We also recognizes this group of owners who made large gains in their annual sales.

Diamond Order

The Diamond Order Award goes to the highest grossing order for the year.

Higher than average sales are a direct indicator of the quality provided to our customers. Jill Reese in Huntsville, AL had the highest order for the year from a 10 minute mini-session! We salute you for having the highest order of the year!

Patricia Mesi and Christine Mamon were awarded the second highest Diamond Order in 2022.

Peek Performer

The Peak Performer Award goes to our franchise with the highest gross sales for the year.

The Peak Performer Award went to Will Smith and the SRP-Brentwood/Franklin Team. Sales are a direct reflection on the quality of product we provide for our customers. Congratulations to this team for achieving the peek performer award for the year!

Happy Customer

Based on customer surveys, the Happy Customer award goes to the franchise with best overall percentages.

Dianna Harriet, you earned the highest customer experience ratings for the year! 100% of your customers gave you an excellent or good rating! We salute you for your amazing work and customer service!

Many of our franchise locations kept their customers happy last year! Honorable Mentions were awarded to Charleston, SC, Brentwood, TN, Huntsville, AL, Birmingham, AL, Austin, TX, and Buckhead, GA.

The Purple Crown Award

The Purple Crown Award is the highest accolade that we award.  It goes to the franchise owner who best exemplifies all our core values during the previous year. The coveted Purple Crown trophy travels home with the franchise owner for one year.

For 2022, Scott and Kara Kellner took this top award home.  They are both an excellent example of all our core values!

  • Advocacy – seeking ways to serve your community: You gave your services to Childcare Resources and provided headshots for a local police department.
  • Integrity – never compromising ethics, morals, or standards.
  • 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 in your home town!
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“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