Have you always had a passion for photography but never been sure how to turn it into a livelihood? Joining a portrait studio franchise offers investors the chance to set up a lucrative and fun business. Here, we’re asking: Does Photography For Little People franchise in the UK?
Photography For Little People is a family-focussed business specialising in capturing high-quality shots of newborns, toddlers and their families. It now has 15 years of industry experience and expertise, so it has plenty to offer those who come on board. But does Photography For Little People franchise?
Does Photography For Little People franchise?
Yes! This family photography business is on the lookout for people who would like to set up their own portrait studio in their local area. If you’ve always been handy with a camera and keen to launch your own business, Photography For Little People wants to hear from you.
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History of Photography For Little People
Photography For Little People was founded in 2005 by Jan Massey and Melanie Armstrong, a mother and daughter duo from north-east England. They wanted to fill a niche gap in the market by capturing pregnancy, newborn, toddler and family shots. Despite its humble origins in a shopping centre booth, the business proved to be incredibly popular.
After just three years, the Photography for Little People franchise system was launched and now the business has a presence across the UK, and in Hong Kong and Singapore. It’s also the UK’s leading mobile photography franchise specialising in family portraits.
I was 22 years old when I joined [Photography For Little People]. I was a bit anxious at the beginning, but with all the support I got from the franchise I was able to establish myself quite quickly. - Simona Boycheva, franchisee for London East and Essex
Starting a Photography For Little People franchise unit
You don’t need experience as a professional photographer to buy a franchise unit with Photography For Little People. Instead, you must be able to demonstrate a passion for taking family shots, and the creativity to suggest innovative ideas for capturing magical moments.
Franchisees who join this company come from a wide variety of backgrounds. If you have a sales or business background, you’ll be at an advantage, but it’s more important to be comfortable and confident when working with little ones and their families.
Becoming a Photography For Little People franchisee:
Firstly, you’ll need to express your interest in opening a Photography For Little People franchise unit by completing the business’s online application form or calling them for an informal chat. Once you’ve had the opportunity to ask any initial questions, you’ll be invited to attend a Discovery Day.
During your time at the franchise’s headquarters in County Durham, you’ll be able to meet the franchisor and their senior team. You’ll also have the chance to ask further questions and find out more about the franchise agreement. Plus, you’ll leave with a sense of the company culture and whether you’d like to work within the franchise.
The next step is to consult a specialist franchise solicitor. They’ll be able to help you review the terms of the contract and make sure you understand all your obligations as a franchisee. They can also advise you if you’d like to negotiate any of the terms.
When you’ve secured funding and signed on the dotted line, you’ll be able to launch your new business.
How much you need to invest:
The Photography For Little People franchise offers a low-cost investment opportunity with minimal overheads, as franchisees are able to work from the comfort of their own homes.
The standard investment package costs £15,000 plus VAT, but there’s also an even more affordable option enabling investors to start their unit immediately and finance equipment later. If you choose the latter option, you can save £3,000 in the short term.
Once franchise units are up and running, most franchisees earn between £50,000 and £60,000 in their first year alone.
What you get for your investment:
The franchise provides an extensive training programme in both photography and business management so franchisees have all the skills and know-how to run a profitable unit. The investment package also includes an exclusive sales territory and an operations manual with guidance for launching and running a studio under the Photography For Little People franchise’s branding.
The children’s photography franchise also provides £5,000 worth of equipment, including cameras, lights, templates and samples, as well as an initial inventory of business stationery and marketing materials. Franchisees all receive personalised flyers, posters, balloons and banners, worth more than £2,000 in total.
In addition, franchisees can benefit from continued franchisor support throughout their time with the business. It organises ongoing training seminars and workshops, as well as support and mentoring sessions at the head office.
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Running your own business with a photo studio franchise
Photography For Little People offers a fantastic opportunity for savvy entrepreneurs with a passion for creating family portraits. You can find out more about its franchise model on its Point Franchise profile page.
If you’re curious about other opportunities in the photography studio sector, why not take a look at our full selection of franchise opportunities on offer at the moment? You can sort the list by popularity or investment price and read more about each franchise by clicking on the links.
Or, if you’re more interested in finding out the ins and outs of franchising, check out our range of business guides. You’ll find information and resources on everything from attending discovery days and choosing the ideal opportunity to planning your exit and preparing for retirement.
Alice Tuffery, Point Franchise ©