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.

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November 30, 2021 59 min

116 - It's hard to believe that Bryn Bonino started her pet photography business just 7 months ago. Already, she has some massive wins under her belt—including an $8,000 sale. But Bryn doesn't attribute her success to her background in marketing. 

This week, Bryn joins me for a fantastic conversation about mindset, meditation, and how the mass of every human on earth could fit inside a sugar cube. Join us for a resource-pack...

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115 - If you've been in the pet photography world for any length of time, you're no doubt familiar with the amazing Charlotte Reeves, an award-winning dog photographer and educator based in sunny Brisbane, Australia.

A master of working with natural light, Charlotte joins me in this week's episode to talk about choosing session locations, making the most out of them, and why we'll all want to move to Queensland after...

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114 - 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!

We all hear that we need to schedule self-care and take care of ourselves first - but why is that so hard?

If this episode inspired you in some way, take a screenshot of you listening on your device and post it to your In...

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113 - 'Tis the season to start planning for the season that's just around the bend: those frenzied weeks of holiday gift shopping. Staying on the sidelines—offering no Black Friday, Cyber Monday or Small-Business Saturday specials—is a perfectly valid choice. But you may still have people looking to buy gift certificates for their loved ones. 

This week, Mandi Pratt from Greyboy Pet Prints and I talk about best practices for...

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112 - This week, mindset-ninja Heather Lahtinen and I return to our series on money. We talk about a common deep-seated fear that blocks financial success, and also go down some kooky tangents—like why I don't want to be seen on a boat (blame the 2009 SNL video?). 

If your bank account balance still isn't where you want it, do yourself a favor and listen to this episode. You might need to question your thinking around what m...

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111 - This week's podcast was recorded specifically to tell you...don't listen to this week's podcast!

Today is the first day of our live Hair of the Dog Summit online, so we're currently over there, soaking up all the trainings from our fantastic summit speakers. Won't you come join us

What To Listen For: 

  • Overhaul (or Create) Your Website to Maximize Your Sales
  • Photographing in Studio with One Light
  • The Fundraisi...
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    110 - It's fair to call it a major pivot: When Alex Cearns went full-time as a pet photographer in 2009, she left behind a career in counterterrorism. And although the work was more joyful, it still felt like baptism by fire to successfully manage a full calendar of clients. 

    These days, thankfully, up-and-coming pet photographers have far more people to turn to for advice—including Alex herself. Joining me from her home in Pert...

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    109 - Earlier this year, head of Instagram Adam Mosseri announced that IG is no longer a photo sharing app. Cue the record scratch. Say wut?? 

    If you've spent a minute on social media lately, the pivot to prioritizing video comes as no surprise. Equine photographer Shelley Paulson has been watching the trend develop for years, which is why she started dabbling in video creation back in 2014. 

    This week, Shelley joins me to talk a...

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    October 14, 2021 8 min

    108 -  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!

     We all have things that we value enough to have a little spending "splurge" now and then. For me, it's never shoes - but often travel. However, even I might run into some money blocks with today's BizTi...

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    October 12, 2021 19 min

    107 - This week, a short and celebratory podcast. Now that the Hair of the Dog Conservation Fund is officially a 501(c)3 non-profit, I want to talk about finding my life's purpose—and what it might look like for you to find yours. 

    What To Listen For: 

  • The limiting misconception about "finding your purpose"
  • What it feels like to be in alignment
  • How to get closer to your core purpose
  • A homework exercise to help bring you clar...
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    October 7, 2021 9 min

    106 - 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!

    Have you ever found yourself in a situation in which you had everything planned out, dare I say perfectly, and then something happens to make it all go COMPLETELY off the rails? I'm not talking a little blip but a fu...

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    105 - Deciding when to start charging for your work is like having a baby: You're never going to feel completely ready. If you're a human—and I assume that you are—you'll always make mistakes and have room for improvement. Regardless, this week Heather and I hope to convince you that if someone in your market is willing to pay you for photography, then forpetessake LET THEM PAY YOU!!! Have a listen, and hear us out. 

    Wha...

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    September 30, 2021 9 min

    104 - 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!

    Creating beautiful images and high-end products aren't always enough to truly offer your clients a high-end service. Join me on the Great Lobby Search of 2021.

    If this episode inspired you in some way, take a screensh...

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    September 28, 2021 26 min

    103 - As I sneak off to Iceland this week with the hubs, I'm turning the reins over to podcast regular and mindset maven Heather Lahtinen. And...Heather has a question for you.

    All these principles and personal growth strategies we talk about on the podcast—are you putting them into practice in real life? Do you even notice when your emotions are hijacking your thought process? (That's two questions, oy.) 

    This week, Heather ...

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    September 23, 2021 11 min

    102 - 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!

    What do you do when your to-do list is miles and miles long and you are feeling that there is no possible way that you will be able to complete all of these tasks? You fill up the soap.

    If this episode inspired you in som...

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    September 21, 2021 64 min

    101 - This week's it's another money-minded podcast, with favorite guest—and newly certified Neuro Linguistic Programming practitioner!—Heather Lahtinen. 

     Everyone has a money story. Play along as I try to uncover Heather's story, by presenting different scenarios to see what triggers her. What comes up for you as you listen? How would you answer these questions? Did you buy Bitcoin at $3.50, you brilliant little sunflo...

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    September 14, 2021 28 min

    100 - This week I'm boiling down over a decade in business into five essential takeaways. If you're newer in business or an aspiring pet photographer, consider these hard-won lessons a head start on your path. And if you're multitasking while you listen, pleeease pay close attention to #4. You'll hear about one of the hardest things you can possibly do—and the enormous payoff you'll earn in return. 

    What To Liste...

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    099 - This week, as we creep toward a major podcast milestone, I look back at both the humble beginnings and the happy evolution of Hair of the Dog. 

    What have I learned along the way that you can put to use in your own business? If you're a regular listener, the "secrets to success" won't entirely be a surprise. But I hope that framing these in a new way—and sharing a few thought-exercises to try—will help you move ...

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    August 31, 2021 32 min

    098 - The more pet photography clients you have, the more likely it is that something—or someone—will slip through the cracks. Once Pittsburgh-based photographer Jessica Wasik reached the point of potential client-management chaos, she realized it was time to upgrade her workflow and client tracking system.

    Fast-forward to today and Jessica's a full-on Dubsado evangelist, sharing with fellow photogs the sanity-saving magic of th...

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    097 - Learning off-camera flash opens up a world of possibilities for your photography. Want images with more depth and dimension? Try off-camera flash. Want the freedom to shoot at 2pm on a sunny day, without your images looking dog-awful? Try off-camera flash!

    This week, Elevate and Academy coach Kim Hartz joins me to demystify what is, for many photographers, an intimidating topic. We share the 3 simple steps to using a speedligh...

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