Photography Franchise Encourages Growth With Annual Personal Project

Ballerina Portrait


Spoiled Rotten Photography’s Personal Project Challenge

The Spoiled Rotten Photography franchise encourages growth with our annual personal project. One of Spoiled Rotten Photography’s core values is excellence. One way to continually grow as a photographer is to constantly be looking for inspiration that you can incorporate into your own work through the work of artists of all mediums, nature, and the work of other photographers. It is getting outside of the style and comfort of the lighting, posing, and styling that you typically do to create a piece of art that speaks to you personally. We believe we are more than just a warm body behind a camera snapping a button of children, but rather artists who are trained to connect with the soul of a child and capture memories for parents with excellence.

This year’s body of work is amazing as usual!  I hope you enjoy each of our projects and give some love to your favorite image by voting for your favorite on our Facebook page.

Vote for your favorite project on our Facebook Post!

For FUN, the winning photographer will receive and a year’s worth of bragging rights.  So without further ado, here are the projects.  Please vote for your favorite by Monday, July 13th at 10pm!


Presenting our 2020 Personal Projects…

Photographer: Elizabeth Bailey
Location: Birmingham, AL
Inspiration for this image: I was inspired by Norman Rockwell style paintings that depicted simpler times and told a story with children and their environment. My brother-in-law and sister-in-law’s dog recently had puppies, so they were the perfect addition to tell a story with my nephews.
Title of Personal Project: Free Puppyz

Photographer: Elizabeth Powell
Location: Plano/Frisco, TX
Inspiration for this image: I’m obsessed with dance photography. I choose my inspiration photo because of the movement of the skirt and the pose. You can feel the movement even though it is a still photograph.
Title of Personal Project: Flow

Photographer: Kat Hodges
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Inspiration for this image: The low key lighting from my inspiration portrait creates a sense of both elegant and rough edge to the portrait. It’s solemn and moody. I have always liked the mood a low key portrait creates.
Title of Personal Project: Beautiful Serious Man

Personal Project

Photographer: Kara Kellner
Location: Birmingham, AL
Inspiration for this image: I have always been intrigued by vintage artistry, specifically the Saturday Evening Post and Norman Rockwell’s work. Not to mention that I had the perfect little subject to execute this fun project.
Title of Personal Project: Never Give Up

Wonder Woman

Photographer: Kim Hoover
Location: Charlottte, NC
Inspiration for this image: My inspiration image is really just an example of what I have been studying by many different artists. I paint pet portraits but I have wanted to work more with the photographs themselves to create digital paintings.
Title of Personal Project: Prowler

Personal Project

Photographer: Heather Sams
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Inspiration for this image: I love storytelling. I love soft light. It moves me…
Title of Personal Project: The Cobbler


Photographer: Autumn Calvert
Location: Huntsville, AL
Inspiration for this image: I love the whimsical look of an image. I love composite work. The Wizard of Oz is one of my favorite stories. I love the color, composition, and styling of Tim Burtons “Alice In Wonderland”. I also like a painting effect giving the world a more surreal feeling. A young lady entering a world of color and magic can leave her feeling unsure.Slowly, she will inherit the feel of OZ, but for now, she has just been flung through the sky, dropped on the ground, and left unsure of what her future holds.
Title of Personal Project: Not in Kansas 

Personal Project

Photographer: Patricia Mesi
Location: Alpharetta, GA
Inspiration for this image: As a result of COVID so many things were cancelled. My youngest is a ballerina and she was to perform in her first competition in a number called “Fairy in the Forest”. My inspiration photo pulled at my heart because the idea of pairing the beauty and serenity of the forest with the elegance and gracefulness of a ballerina … MY ballerina…evokes such joy and peace!
Title of Personal Project: Fairy in the Forest

Ballerina Portrait


Photographer: Melissa Guarino
Location: Birmingham, AL
Inspiration for this image: I saw this image several years ago and always wanted to re-create it. I love her eyes and the simple pop of red! I added my own flare too.
Title of Personal Project: Fruit From the Poison Tree

Personal Project

Photographer: Katrina Gatta
Location: Cleveland, OH
Inspiration for this image: I love images with a blurred background. I saw many images of girls with hats and I wanted to do an image that combined the concept.
Title of Personal Project: Summer Daze

Personal Project

Photographer: Christine Mamon
Location: Alpharetta, GA
Inspiration for this image: I found this image online and love the closeness, trust and connection between the subject and the animal.
Title of Personal Project: Fierce

Personal Project

Photographer: Melissa Tash
Location: Huntsville, AL
Inspiration for this image: I choose Madonna and Child by Sassoferrato. I have always been enamored by the old master’s painting. The lighting patterns are intriguing and I find myself staring, thinking about their light sources, and loving the overall feelings that are evoked when viewing a classic.
Title of Personal Project: Modern Madonna

Personal Project


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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