Hair of the Dog Podcast

Hair of the Dog Podcast

Are you a pet photographer hoping to start or grow your business so that you can finally live the life of YOUR design? Welcome to your one-stop-shop for practical tips, actionable strategies, detailed case studies, interviews with industry leaders, and everything else you need to start making money in pet photography. - Your host is Nicole Begley, a zoological animal trainer turned pet photographer. Nicole has been running a successful pet photography business since 2010 and is also the founder of Hair of the Dog Academy where she has helped people just like you build profitable pet photography businesses all around the world. - In this show, you will learn about photographing animals, starting your pet photography business, working with clients, pricing your photography, selling your photographic art, marketing your photography business, and creating an incredible client experience.

Episodes

May 17, 2022 43 min

144 - Seasoned pet photographers know that one of the keys to a successful shoot is patience. Canadian wildlife photographer Jesse Villamaire has it in spades, and it's coming in handy as he and his fiancée Susan expand their successful Follow Me North brand to include the pet genre. Join me this week as Jesse shares his approach to photography, connecting with pet owners, and staying focused on serving.  

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    143 - Longtime listeners will remember Seattle photographer Marika Moffitt from her earlier appearances on the podcast, under the brand Dirtie Dog Photography. A series of personal events in the past year rocked Marika's world, prompting her to rethink her reasons for being in business. 

    Follow along this week as Marika talks about the birth of Soul Dog Creative, the new brand that reflects her deeper purpose. We also chat about...

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    142 - If Instagram's current "best practices"—post every single day, and make it a Reel!—make you want to drop-kick your phone off a tall bridge, take heart. Rachel Doran of Tell Your Tails is on the podcast this week to help you find the fun in using Instagram to grow your business.

    Rachel specializes in content marketing for pet businesses, and knows the importance of consistently showing up for your audience. But she&...

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    141 - Belfast-based photographer Graham Crichton hates talking to people. But he knows what it takes to run a successful photography business—wildly successful last year, in fact. So when it's time to schmooze with clients, have drinks with his competition or build community connections, Graham's ready to turn on what he calls show mode. 

    Hear how Graham Crichton Photography grew to where it is today, and the direction he se...

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    140 - Chances are, you have a lot on your plate. Maybe you're running a business, or working in a full-time job. You might be parenting small humans or be the primary caretaker of pets. Or maybe—bless you, dear listener—you're doing all of the above.

    So how do you keep all those balls in the air, without losing track of things or feeling overwhelmed? That's what my conversation is about this week with Kim Hartz, photogra...

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    139 - This I know to be true: It costs more (and hurts more) to deal with legal problems in your business than to prevent them from occurring in the first place. That's why Rachel Brenke of TheLawTog encourages you to get your legal pups in a row as soon as possible. 

    This week, Rachel shares the elements you need in place to cover your bases. We discuss a few what-if scenarios, grumble about insurance companies, and explore the...

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    138 -  You know you get them, those annoying spam emails asking you to join different lists that are supposedly free - but then only remain free long enough to get you signed up and then they change to a paid model.  Well, this isn't it.

     I'll admit I was skeptical at first but after talking to Bonnie I realized that this is not like all of the other 'start free then charge' listing sites.  She's a photographer h...

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    137 - Jeff Brown may have the most unique photographer origin story I've heard yet. And while he's made his share of goofs—like forgetting to load the film while photographing Prince Phillip—these days, he puts his hard-won business knowledge to work as The Photographers' Mentor. 

    Join me this week to hear what Jeff learned while building multiple 6-figure photography businesses, and how you can find similar success. 

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    March 29, 2022 29 min

    136 - Have you lost count of the Netflix- and Hulu-like subscriptions bleeding you dry every month? Do you ever just pay your credit card bill, without—gasp!—actually reviewing the charges? 

    If you're flying a littttle fast and loose with your finances, this episode's for you. This week I'm talking about a critical, non-negotiable habit to adopt IF you want to increase your wealth and successfully manage your money.  

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    135 - How do you create a personal connection with potential new clients, when their inboxes are overflowing and they're unlikely to answer the phone? According to Australian photographer and podcast host Andrew Hellmich, the secret to standing out is video.

    In this engaging episode, Andrew shares a long list of ideas, resources, and insider tricks for using video to boost your business. And don't worry—his ideas are as simp...

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    134 - If your eyes glaze over when talk turns to taxes, you're in for a happy surprise this week. Tiffany Bastian, a high-energy accountant and tax pro specifically for photographers, makes today's episode a whole lot of fun. Even I—a self-professed numbers-nerd—learned some new things from our in-depth conversation. With Tax Day just a month away, you'll definitely want to listen up and take good notes! 

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    March 8, 2022 53 min

    133 - This week I'm sharing the results of my time audit, something I mentioned a few episodes back. Heather's along for the ride, helping to make sense of the numbers—and the meaning behind them. Join us as we talk about deep work versus admin, time-scarcity versus abundance, and the Stuart Smalley-style affirmation we could all benefit from.             

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  • A mantra to help shake off time-related stress
  • The...
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    132 - Welcome to Biz Tip Thursday!  These are short actionable episodes in which Nicole takes something that's going on in her life or business and relates that to something that you can do NOW in your business!

    While this is a heart-breaking update - there is a silver lining of excellent customer service that we should all take notice of.

    If this episode inspired you in some way, take a screenshot of you listening on your device...

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    131 - When it comes to designing your website, the first step is to step back from the design elements. 

    Sound counterintuitive? This week Mikaela Vargas of Pet Marketing Unleashed sheds some light on what makes an effective website, and where to begin your web-design process. We talk about minimum viable websites, and—for those further along—the automations that will next-level your business.              

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    February 22, 2022 21 min

    130 - This week we revisit a conversation from a recent episode, where Heather lost her mind over a $35,000 used Hermès purse. Spoiler alert: she's still bent out of shape about it!   

    Regardless, we're circling back to the self-assigned task of spending an (unfortunately) imaginary $100,000 in an entirely frivolous way. You'd think this would be easy, but we both struggled! Find out what we decided—and how you can weigh...

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    129 - Unless you're a newcomer to the Hair of the Dog ecosystem, you know that we recently moved our community group from Facebook to Circle. And if you were part of our free Facebook group, you might be aware that the change went over like a lead balloon. 

    Or did it?! This week, Heather and I discuss decisions—big ones, little ones, hard ones, easy ones—and what happens when you piss people off. You can't avoid making decis...

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    128 - Calling Tracy Goodwin a voice coach is like calling The Rock just a wrestler. Her work goes far beyond, say, training actors in a convincing Irish brogue—though she can do that, too!

    We're fortunate to have Tracy with us this week for a fascinating episode on the psychology of voice. There's more to it than you might expect, and it's stuff you need to know. Because unpacking what's in your voice can make the di...

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    February 1, 2022 15 min

    127 - This week we're on a quest for the holy grail of the modern world: more time. In the interest of brevity, I offer you our shortest-ever podcast, with just one helpful bit of "homework" to do. 

    What To Listen For: 

  • The predictable pitfall of the human brain
  • The non-negotiable hours you need in your schedule 
  • How to do a time audit, to see where your time really goes
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    126 - As a money management and mindset coach, Erinn Bridgman works with female entrepreneurs to not only design profitable businesses, but to actually grow their personal wealth. And this week on the show, Erinn joins me to talk about what photographers (of any and all genders!) should be doing to get their financial pups in a row. 

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  • The biggest money-management mistake Erinn sees
  • How to start paying yourself cons...
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    125 - Today, we have a throwback Thursday episode, and this is going way back in the archives to episode number 31, Easy Accounting with Candus Kampfer. 

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    Do you, dear pet photographer, get that panic-stricken look when the subject of accounting comes up? Does your bookkeeping process involve stuffing receipts into a battered shoebox? If so, this high-energy episode is for you! 

    QuickBooks specialist Candus Kampfer joins me...

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