Barkarica – puppies and monkeys, oh my!

Bam, scamper, crash…waking up to these noises often causes one to think that the house is being robbed.  We were no different, however, this was no robbery.  It was a party! Turns out that the local troop of capuchin monkeys love to hang out on the rooftop deck of the...

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Building your photography business around products

Why is it that most photographers hang up their digital shingle and immediately start selling ONLY digital files?  Because it’s easy.  However, I challenge you to consider if it is the best strategy for creating a sustainable and profitable business.  If you are about...

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Creating your Style

While we are a creative field, there seems to be an incredible amount of struggle around creating your style.  Creating a message and style to your photography that is unique and a representation of yourself.  I'm not immune. I have watched my work go in different...

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How to avoid a data disaster!

“Disc will not mount” Those are not the words you ever want to see on your screen, as it usually means you have a substantial hard drive failure.  Unfortunately, it is not IF but WHEN you will have such an experience with your computer or external hard drive. No hard...

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Top Ten – Love

Seriously, you guys, each month this top ten decision becomes more and more challenging!  Gorgeous work everyone!  I'm so proud to see the bar of pet photography continuing to be raised.  Keep up the great work and congratulations to our Top Ten! Barkography by Kim...

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Make it Count

As I reflect on the first two months of 2017, I can’t help but have a giant ball of exploding gratitude ready to beat right out of my chest.   I am writing this as I sit on the roof of an incredible home overlooking the warm Pacific waters of Costa Rica. I feel so...

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Top Ten – Best of 2016

You guys, wow.  I had 50 images that I initially pulled out for final consideration of the top ten....50!  Great work!  A huge congratulations to the top ten, and a ginormous thank you to everyone that participated.  It was an incredibly hard decision for a Monday...

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The Google Search that Changed my Career

It was 2009, I had a toddler and was working full-time in my first career as a zoological animal trainer and manager when I knew that I was ready to move on to creating my own business.  As the path towards photography kept increasing it’s call to me, I thought I had...

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The Best of 2016

I hope that 2017 is finding you energized and ready to make this year the best yet, in your business and your personal life.  In order to help you get a jump on all that awesomeness, I wanted to share with you the 10 most popular blog posts of 2016.  Enjoy! 3 reasons...

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Top Ten – Enhance Creativity

In honor of the #enhancecreativity challenge that was going on the past few months, the only requirement for this month's Top Ten is that the maker go outside of their comfort zone and try something new.  Wow!  You guys have blown me away!  Congratulations not only to...

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Make 2017 your best year yet!

I seriously LOVE the new year.  The opportunity to open a brand new book in which YOU get to write the story.  There is power in setting your intentions. I want to invite you to a FREE mini-training happening January 2-6, 2017 on the Hair of the Dog Facebook page. ...

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The $3,000 session average…

A multiple thousand dollar session average seems completely unattainable and out of reach when you are grinding through creating your business and desperately seeking your target client.  Psychology tells us that there are two ways in which people commonly react when...

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November Top Ten – Black and White

Wow, you guys sure know how to make my job challenging.  There were some gorgeous images posted this month, it was really hard to narrow it down to ten!  Turns out I couldn't, so there is actually 11.  lol!  Enjoy!  This may be my most favorite set yet! Holly Hildreth...

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How your flexibility is hurting your business

This past spring we were in the market for an orthodontist for my daughter.  There is one orthodontist that is HIGHLY recommended and it seems that every single student at my daughter’s elementary school goes there.  I called for an appointment and received one 6...

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Feature Photog – Terran Bayer from Westway Studio

Please welcome San Diego-based pet photographer, Terran Bayer from Westway Studio to the Hair of the Dog blog.....and there is some HUGE news at the end, so you definitely want to read though this one!  🙂 Tell us about what inspired you to create Westway Studio? ...

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Top Ten Challenge – Leading Lines

It was another agonizing decision to choose only 10 images to highlight.  Great job everyone!  Congratulations to the winners. Sabine Fallend Fotografie Michaela Krenn Photography Shelley Paulson Photography Olga Zeeb Purrticular Photography CatsDog Photography Pet...

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How a bottle of water builds a business…

I live deep in the suburbs.  There is no walking to dinner or hopping on public transportation.  Until recently, there was approximately ONE yellow cab in all of Pittsburgh.  This has all changed due to one little word….UBER.  We all know that the “sharing” economy...

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Enhance your creativity challenge…

You may know I’ve been in a creative slump recently, I wrote about it here.  Welcome to the life of a creative.  My work is technically sound.  I’m winning awards in print competition.  My clients love their images and the phone is ringing.  However, I know there is...

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