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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Top Ten – Shadows

Congratulations to this month's Top Ten winners!  As usual, it was tough to choose as there was an incredible selection of images submitted! Little White Dog Pet Photography Barkography Samantha Paducha Photography Bindz Photography Love, Hope, Believe, Galgo Adoption...

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Speed up your Lightroom Culling Process

Culling.  The bane of photographers near and wide.  Thank goodness we shoot pets and not weddings, right?!?  (for a myriad of reasons, lol!) A regular session for me generally results in approximately 400 images to go through, of which I want to show 30-50 to my...

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How $10 Can Drastically Improve Your Photography

The Easy Button.  Staples sure does make that sound appealing, don’t they?  While there isn’t an easy button in photography or post-processing…there is an easy button for white balance. Enter the Grey Card.  You can find a simple grey card for $10.  *grabs megaphone*...

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Top Ten – Run

The Top Ten challenge for August was Run.  As usual, there were some incredible images and narrowing it down to only 10 was REALLY hard!   Big congratulations to our winners! Shelley Paulson Photography Cohen the Australian Shepherd BrindleBerry Pet Photography...

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Welcome to the Crossroads

Life as an artist is like living on a roller coaster.  We create.  We grow.  We celebrate success.  We beat ourselves up.  We tell ourselves that our work is crap.  A little voice in our head tells us to quit.  Welcome to the crossroads. This is a place that you will...

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The Myth of the Part-Time Photographer

If I hear it again, I’m going to scream. “Part-time photographers can afford to charge less than full-time photographers because they don’t have to rely on the income.” This echoes far and wide across the interwebs and it’s just plain wrong, in my little humble...

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Top Ten – Sky

July's Top Ten Challenge on the Hair of the Dog Facebook Group was Sky, and it was a good one!  There were so many incredible images it was really hard to choose, but alas, I had to.  Congratulations to July's Top Ten winners. Angel Sallade Photography BrindleBerry...

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The Editing Ninja is back….

Today's the day!  Post-Processing for Pet Photographers is now available! Editing is a cornerstone of our workflow...and one area that most photographers get lost in a crazy time suck.  It doesn't have to be that way.  Let's create an effective and efficient workflow...

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My interview with Heather, the Editing Ninja

If you are a member of the Hair of the Dog Facebook group, you may have noticed that I posted a blooper reel from some videos that Heather and I were recording.  (If you aren't a member, get your little hiney over to Facebook and request to join!  Just introduce...

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The 5K Charitable Marketing Challenge

It’s no secret that charitable marketing is one of my favorite marketing strategies.  It builds good will towards your business, attracts clients that value you, raises money for causes that you care about, and can add significantly to your bottom line….what’s not to...

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