2024 Annual Conference ‘Masterpiece’

Our franchise family recently gathered in beautiful sunny Orlando, Florida for our annual conference.

This year’s theme was… MASTERPIECE!

A work of outstanding artistry, skill, or workmanship.

It is the unique talents, backgrounds, and abilities that each of our owners and employees bring to a school that goes into creating a Masterpiece for each and every parent that we serve with beautiful portraits.

Four days, we came together to learn & be inspired, improve our skills, recognize our achievements, and fellowship.

We kicked off the week with our top franchise earners for an all-inclusive relaxing hang out before conference began.

The highlight of our time together was a day spent together at Epcot, enjoying the Festival of Arts and a French dinner at Chefs de France!

Melissa Tash visited the park with us in spirit after her recent knee surgery.

  • Learn & Be Inspired

We held sessions on Goal Setting, Strategies for Scaling Your Business, Creating Magic book discussions, New Software Rollouts, Tax Strategies, Adding Yearbook Sessions, Introduction to our Spring 24 Set, Remote Editing, Adding Magic with Holiday Sessions, Learning from our 250K Club Panel, Ideas for getting new accounts, Updated Headshots, and lots of conversations among friends and fellow franchise owners!

  • Paint by Numbers Team Building Activity

One of our owner’s favorite activities each year, is the team building activity. We couldn’t have a Masterpiece themed conference without pulling out some paint! Not only is our personal chef, Kathryn Baggett, good at feeding us, but she is also an artist. She designed a painting – “Looking Through the Lens Sunset.”  Each team chose 1 person who would be their painter, and then additional people who would get instructions to guide them in different learning styles. 1 person, “the eyes” got to see the final painting for 5 seconds, 2 people, “the ears” got to hear a vivid auditory description of the painting, and 2 people, “the hands” got to hear a step by step guided painting description and sketch a plan to guide their team. They had to work together to guide their painter to a completed painting as close to the original as possible. This activity brought fun, frustration, and key takeaways for everyone involved. We learned the importance of giving and receiving communication with our teams to make sure we all end up at the desired end result.

Of course, we always have to add an element of competitiveness to our team building activities and the Support Team choose the team who completed the painting as close to the original design.

The Purple team got the closest to the original painting design with all the elements in place.

Improve Our Skills

We spent time learning how to use our Spring set, Mon Ami.  We truly strive to create a beautiful, authentic, portraits that will be cherished forever…. not just a school photo!  One of the ways we refine our skills is through our print competition. We enlisted 3 esteemed judges, Rick Avalos, Jeff Johnson, and Shannon Squires-Toews 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… and see the slide show for all our award winning images!

  • Recognize Achievements

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

Click Here for ALL 2024 franchise awards

The highest award that a franchise owner can be awarded is the Purple Crown Award.  The Purple Crown Award is the highest accolade that we award one franchise owner each year who excels in all our core values from the previous year. This year’s recipients, our Katy, Texas owners, Joey and Sandi Fotheringham.

Congratulations Joey and Sandi and Team!   We applaud you for:

  • Advocacy – seeking ways to serve your community: You continually partner with the Judah Brown Project to bring awareness to childhood pool safety.
  • 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 41% and created more jobs!

This coveted award has been held in the hands of Elizabeth Bailey, Will Smith, Heather Sams, Christine Mamon and Patricia Mesi, and Scott and Kara Kellner.

  • Celebration

This year Spoiled Rotten Photography celebrates its 21 year Anniversary since this boutique preschool photography business began in Huntsville, AL. 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 franchise was birthed 10 years later.

Many of our owners stayed an extra day to be able to enjoy a day together at the Magic Kingdom Park!

  • Fellowship

Do you love your work family?  I do!  It is an amazing blessing to work with people who you not only share your core values with, but you genuinely, LOVE!  It is an honor to serve them and do life with them!   Here is our annual group portrait in our house before our awards dinner at Cafe Tu Tu Tango.

Welcoming New Owners

We meet monthly on a zoom call, but we had lots of new family members to meet face to face and hug.

Welcome to our newest owners… Alleigh Gonah (Gilbert, AZ), Karla Gadea & Marius Mapp (Tallahassee, FL), Brittany Evans (Mansfield, TX) Aubrie & Peter Cook (Prosper/Lewisville, TX), and Linda Sirmans (Cary, NC)


2023 was an amazing year!  I am blessed to be a part of this organization honored to serve our franchise owners.

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Check out how much fun it is to be a franchise owner!

"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