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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.

Hair of the Dog Podcast Nicole Begley

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    • 4.9 • 90 Ratings

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.

    Starting a New Side Business with Kristy Trick

    Starting a New Side Business with Kristy Trick

    167 - One day, Kristy Trick was standing in the middle of her living room, surrounded by a mountain of dog toys.
     
    Some of them still had their tags attached.
     
    She canceled her subscription to a monthly dog treat business and started her own.
     
    In addition to managing Central Bark Photography, Kristy fulfills the dreams of dog moms across the U.S., who are looking for fun activities to do with their dogs.
     
    Our pet photography businesses often open up new paths and new opportunities. Kristy let that path take her down the road of launching Modern Dog Mom in addition to her dog photography business, Central Bark Photography.
     
    In this week's episode, Kristy and I discuss her side hustle and how to design the business -- and life -- of your dreams.
     
    Perk up for:

    5:12 The photographer who inspired Kristy to launch her own dog photography business
    11:45 How Modern Dog Mom was born
    16:33 I issue a challenge for you to design your business and your life
    19:30 Treat your clients this Christmas
    26:57 How Kristy took action to start her side hustle
     
    If you have an idea for a side hustle burning a hole in your brain, this is the episode for you!

    Connect with Kristy
    Modern Dog MomMDM FacebookMDM InstagramCentral Bark PhotographyCBP FacebookCBP InstagramCBP PinterestJOIN THE PARTY:
    Join our free pet photography community More pet photography resources here Connect on Insta Ready to get serious about your pet photography? Join us inside Hair of the Dog Academy! Check out my gear and my favorite books. Grab my book! Pet and Horse Photography for Everybody

    • 35 min
    A 2-Minute Shortcut to Success with Krista Marie

    A 2-Minute Shortcut to Success with Krista Marie

    166 - Sometimes, you just need a change.

    The world around you isn't feeling right -- kinda like that pair of undies that keeps jamming up your arse. 


    You have your goals set for your professional pet photography business. You see the change you want.


    But dammit, how do you get there?


    That's the hard part. Or is it?


    What if you had a way to visualize the road map to get there? Oh now, don't go thinking it's gonna be easy. Like Krista Marie Lynch says, you still have to put in the work.


    Her creative visualization method for photographers, though, has brought her to her dream life: a successful studio in the San Francisco Bay area with a coaching gig to help other photographers find their way.


    And her own podcast, She Calls Her Shots, for ambitious women entrepreneurs who want to make a bigger impact in their life and business.


    This week, we're talking to Krista about creative visualization and how you can use it to get the dream life you want.


    Perk up for:
    4:03 Krista calls pet photographers "magical artists" and I. Am. Here. For. It.
    6:49 How she started living in the possibility of a new narrative.
    19:40 Why you can't just ask the universe for help and sit there waiting for it to come.
    32:20 How to get started with creative visualization.
    43:25 Take the challenge to start living your own new narrative.


    If it's time to break out of your box, time to shake yourself out of your comfort zone, load up this episode. 


    Connect with Krista
    Krista Marie Photography
    She Calls Her Shots
    Instagram
    Free Masterclass: Panning for Profit


    JOIN THE PARTY:
    Join our free pet photography community More pet photography resources here Connect on Insta Ready to get serious about your pet photography? Join us inside Hair of the Dog Academy! Check out my gear and my favorite books. Grab my book! Pet and Horse Photography for Everybody

    • 46 min
    What Recession Means for Your Business with Heather Lahtinen

    What Recession Means for Your Business with Heather Lahtinen

    165 - If you've listened to the news lately, you've probably heard the economy is basically a flaming dumpster fire: sky-high inflation, a looming recession, and mortgage rates rising like an early-pandemic sourdough. To all that, Heather Lahtinen says, "So what?"
    When it comes to what the current economy means for your business, Heather—who's adding Certified Money Coach to her pages-long Curriculum Vitae—has some thoughts. And here's a clue: Don't try using "recession" as an excuse to avoid marketing. Not on Heather's watch! 


    What To Listen For:
    The simple 3-step business plan, no matter the economyHow to know if we're in a recession (**trick-question alert**)What the "lipstick effect" means for your bizThe mic-drop moment that's really good news!Why Heather believes that ignorance is blissIf you're feeling anxious or—dog forbid—feeling defeated by the economic forecasts, you definitely need this episode. Fire it up and find out why the current climate is actually *good* news for photographers like you!


    Resources From This Episode:
    Flourish Academy on InstagramNicole's InstagramJOIN THE PARTY:
    Join our free pet photography community More pet photography resources here Connect on Insta Ready to get serious about your pet photography? Join us inside Hair of the Dog Academy! Check out my gear and my favorite books. Grab my book! Pet and Horse Photography for Everybody

    • 42 min
    Communication Style Secrets with Dorie Howell

    Communication Style Secrets with Dorie Howell

    164 - If only being a pet photographer meant dealing with just the pets. Turns out, being a pet photographer involves a whole lot of human interaction. And every time we interact with humans, there's an opportunity for communication lines to get crossed. 


    The culprit for crossed lines is often a simple difference in communication styles. This week, guest Dorie Howell helps us decode our clients' styles—along with our own. You'll hear what makes an effective communicator, how to nudge people toward being more agreeable, and what communication habits to avoid at all cost! 🚫


    What To Listen For:
    The seven common styles of communicationHow to become more assertive—and hence more effectiveWhy you should be telling clients "why"When to choose email over phone calls (and save your sanity)The common terminology to drop from your vocab

    If you work with humans in your business, or interact with them in your everyday life, this episode's for you!


    Resources From This Episode:
    The Harmony Hangout (Dorie's coaching website)Dorie Howell on InstagramNever Split the Difference, by Chris Voss


    JOIN THE PARTY:
    Join our free pet photography community More pet photography resources here Connect on Insta Ready to get serious about your pet photography? Join us inside Hair of the Dog Academy! Check out my gear and my favorite books. Grab my book! Pet and Horse Photography for Everybody

    • 44 min
    Up Level your Relationship with Money

    Up Level your Relationship with Money

    163 - Money is energy—nothing more, nothing less. And the thoughts you hold about money are often the very thing that affects how much of it you have. 
    This week, I'm replaying my talk from the most recent Hair of the Dog Summit. Together we explored how past experiences can shape your current relationship with money, and—more importantly—how to uplevel that relationship to better meet your goals. Grab a pen and a notebook, because this episode's an interactive one! 


    What To Listen For:
    What your underlying beliefs about money are actually about How your second-grade teacher still haunts youThe key to increasing your comfort with charging more $$What you can learn from a $770 restaurant bill 👀Best practices for using affirmationsThis year's Summit included 15 dynamic, info-packed presentations in addition to this talk—and you can still get your paws on ALL of 'em, for one low price. Use the code SUMMITSAVE before November 2nd and save $170 on the recordings!
    Resources From This Episode:
    Hair of the Dog Summit IV recordingsYou Are a Badass at Making Money, by Jen SinceroA Happy Pocket Full of Money, by David Cameron GikandiDollars Flow To Me Easily, by Richard DottsAtomic Habits, by James ClearProfit First, by Michael MichalowiczJOIN THE PARTY:
    Join our free pet photography community More pet photography resources here Connect on Insta Ready to get serious about your pet photography? Join us inside Hair of the Dog Academy! Check out my gear and my favorite books. Grab my book! Pet and Horse Photography for Everybody

    • 1 hr 2 min
    What You Need to Know to Partner with Rescues with Courtney Bryson

    What You Need to Know to Partner with Rescues with Courtney Bryson

    162 - Courtney Bryson has seen this story too many times in our Hair of the Dog Circle community: A pet photographer hoping to partner with an animal-rescue group reaches out to them, and gets totally skunked. Emails are ignored; offers to help are declined. What gives?
    This week, Courtney—whose rescue involvement led to her pet photography career—gives us the scoop on getting started working with animal rescues.  


    What To Listen For:
    Why pet photogs strike out when looking for animal-rescue partnersHow to get connected if you don't have connectionsWhere to snoop to make sure a rescue is legit Why sometimes donating less is moreThe single best predictor of whether a rescue will promote your projectIf you've been thinking of partnering with a rescue, or if you've struck out in your attempts to do so, be ready to take notes this week!
    Resources From This Episode:
    Episode 41: Finding Success in a Small TownCM Bryson PhotographyCM Bryson on InstagramThe Rescue Ranch on FacebookNicole's InstagramRescue Me!IRS official websiteWatch the full interview on YoutubeJOIN THE PARTY:
    Join our free pet photography community More pet photography resources here Connect on Insta Ready to get serious about your pet photography? Join us inside Hair of the Dog Academy! Check out my gear and my favorite books. Grab my book! Pet and Horse Photography for Everybody

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
90 Ratings

90 Ratings

Okkat1969 ,

Favorite podcast for pet photography business, but also good personal stuff!

Thanks so much for sharing your vulnerability and bravery today in Ep. 132. It takes a LOT of courage to continue on when you just want to collapse in tears. Appreciate your humanity!

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Not it

Lotta old ladies and useless talking. Constantly repeating stuff in previous episodes. Guests are often not even credited and so therefore I have no clue if these people telling me something different than successful creators even know what they’re talking about or if their strategies work. Yeah they may work for the hair of the dog academy but what’s that say? Like why are you advocating for us to be dog photographers yet you’re not doing it anymore… business must be booming. Just manage your expectations.

The Inspiration Place ,

Awesome podcast

Love this show. I particularly like your "Business Pillar" episodes. As a professional artist, I recognize how important it is to have these essential foundations in place. I’m looking forward to more episodes!!

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