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May 2017

Teddy Bear Portraits Sales Profile: Michelle Garrison

By | Daycare and Preschool Photography, Photography and Portrait Sales, Professional Photographers | No Comments

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When it comes to embodying the spirit of Teddy Bear Portraits, Michelle Garrison has led the way. She has invaluable insight into how Teddy Bear Portraits became the industry leader in preschool and daycare photography. Michelle happens to be named among the many that have been with Teddy Bear Portraits for over 30 years! Let’s tap into her expertise when it comes to being the epitome of our core values: enthusiasm, effectiveness, trailblazer, loyalty and competitiveness.

When asked about her experience, Michelle exclaims “I enjoy working for a company that cares about their customers and strives every day to give great customer service, produce quality portraits and stands behind their word given to each and every account.”

Michelle started in October of 1987 and navigated her way through various production positions. From there, she moved into receptionist and office manager positions, made her way to the operation team and then landed in the fast-paced, forward thinking sales department.

For over 17 years, along with her colleagues, Michelle has been instrumental in hiring, training and growing the sales team into the prosperous group it is today. Before moving into an executive sales role, Michelle spent time as a field sales trainer. “When selling our program, I enjoy the relationship building and being able to promote an innovative program that stands out from all others,” she explained.

We asked Michelle “What’s a great example of a really hard objection you had to overcome in the field or over the phone to win business?” She replied with valuable insight, “The hardest I feel is loyalty. While we definitely respect someone for their loyalty to another photography company, we do want them to use us.  We ask that they try us at a different time of year to experience firsthand our technologically advanced one-of-a-kind Same Day Program.”

She continues, “This allows the center directors and parents to experience Teddy Bear Portraits and everything we have to offer. Once they use us and realize they cannot receive the care, benefits and amazing service we offer anywhere else, they will continue to use us and be a lifelong customer.”

When asked what she thinks sets Teddy Bear Portraits apart the most from other school photography companies she states, “Staying innovative and our passion and commitment to servicing our accounts with the utmost care and quality and staying true to what we stand for.”

We’re always on the lookout for great talent to join our growing team. If so, then we’d love to hear from you. View our job openings.

Photo Gifts for Mother’s Day

By | Activities for Preschoolers and Toddlers | No Comments

photo-gifts-for-mothers-dayClear off the tables, set out the glue, roll out the ribbons—Mother’s Day is arriving soon! It’s time to make gifts for mom. One way to make this year’s Mother’s Day DIY project a hit with kids and mothers is to make a photo gift featuring your child’s image.

We found a couple craft projects that do just that. Gather up your favorite photos and start planning the perfect personalized gift for mom this Mother’s Day. This is a great way to use wallet size Teddy Bear portraits from us. Be sure to have at least 5-10 images to ensure a variety to choose from.

  1. Photo Accordion Card

    These cards are darling and the variations are endless. Here’s a sweet example we found for Mother’s Day that can be used for Father’s Day or Grandparent’s Day. Kids learn to fold, glue, and decorate.

  2. Photo Bookmark

    Mom will love the surprise on the back of this bookmark! It involves photographing kids full-body front and back, so your center staff will need to be handy with a camera and desktop printer. Kids have fun posing for the photos and then glue together the project. Why not add ribbons or yarn and laminate?

  3. Popsicle Stick Frames

    Turn those Instagram photos and candid images into a gift that mom is sure to cherish. For this project, you’ll need regular or jumbo popsicle sticks, washi tape, glue, and magnets. Kids can embellish the frames with stickers, wood chips or ribbons.

These photo gifts are all keepers, sure to bring a smile to any mom regardless of errant glue, snafus, bent corners, or other endearing signs of tiny hands at work.