Top Ten – Holidays

December's Top Ten theme was Holidays, and I hope yours were wonderful.  With so many festive entries I could not limit my choices to ten, so here are the top eleven!  Congratulations to all of the winners! Nancy Ann Paynter Nancy Ann Paynter JuB. Photographies Salty...

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60 Seconds to a Better Day

I know that you’ve had the days in which everything seems to be going wrong.  You get up late, the cat pukes on the carpet (or on your bed), you can’t find a parking spot, you get to work and forget your lunch, and your boss drops a crazy project on your lap 10...

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Travel for Free

MY TRAVELS IN THE PAST 30 MONTHS: 2017 - Ireland for 2 and Brazil for 4 2018 - British Virgin Islands for 2 - Croatia for 5 (3 in economy and 2 in business class)  2019 - Australia for 4 and 3 flights for 4 within Australia All of these…plus numerous domestic flights...

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My Biggest Business Decision

’Tis the season for overwhelm….but it doesn’t have to be that way!  Hair of the Dog resident editing and productivity ninja, Heather Lahtinen from the Flourish Academy, joined me for a recent Facebook Live.   It was a great conversation in which we discussed what it...

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Top Ten – Symmetry

The theme for October/November was symmetry.  It was not easy choosing only ten, so eleven winners it is!!  Congratulations to all of the winners...well done! Hailey Sobania Photography CatsDog Photography Doggotographer Mutley's Snaps My2mutts Holly Hildreth...

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The Pet Photography Sales Session – Part 3

Objections… What size? I don’t have the wall space That added up fast!  Too expensive! Is this the right decision? Buyer’s remorse I need to check with my husband Unable to finalize an order This list of possible objections may seem staggering when you are considering...

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The Pet Photography Sales Session – Part 2

Welcome to part 2 of our Sales Series!  Did you miss part 1? Catch up here - we'll wait.  🙂 Have you ever wanted to be walked through exactly what an in-person sales session looks like for a successful pet photography business?  A sales session that is built on...

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Instagram Hacks with Tori Mistick

You know that social media is an important part of your business in 2018 – but you are so overwhelmed with the whole process you become paralyzed. Does any of this sound familiar… You don’t have time to keep up. Instagram is changing all of the time, how do I ever...

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The Pet Photography Sales Session – Part 1

What do you think of when you hear the word sales?  Do you feel a little icky?  Do you feel a tightening in your chest?  Does it conjure up images of a car salesman with slicked back greasy hair “calling his manager” to give you the price? If any of those are even...

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Exploring the World of Commercial Animal Photography

In this video, I am sharing the screen with Jamie Piper of Cowbelly Photography as we hold a Q & A session for pet photographers interested in commercial animal photography. Commercial animal photography is quite literally an “entirely different animal” from...

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Breaking Down Money Blocks

What money sayings do you catch yourself saying regularly?   “Money doesn’t grow on trees.” “You’ve got to work harder to make more.” “You can’t be successful without sacrifice.” “Rich people are greedy.” We all have them, whether conscious or subconscious - money...

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Shaleena Jones Case Study

Starting a photography business has approximately 8,736 moving parts, approximately. 🙂 In order to grow quickly, you need to make sure that ALL 8,736 moving parts are working together - this involves your website, marketing materials, and pricing, just to name a few....

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Top Ten – Home

Related to my recent move from Pennsylvania to North Carolina, September's theme was Home.  Home has a different meaning for everybody, including beloved pets.  Selecting only ten was not an easy task...congratulations to the winners of this month's challenge. Carolyn...

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Editing Bright Green Grass

Do you find it frustrating when taking outdoor photos in the spring that the leaves and grass appear fluorescent green? Here is a brief video from Heather Lahtinen of Flourish Academy and Hair of the Dog's resident editing ninja to show you a quick and easy fix in...

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Mini-Sessions do not have to equal mini-profits.

I’m addicted to education.  I believe that we ALWAYS have more to learn and that we can pull nuggets of gold from many different areas.  When one of my fellow Pittsburgh photographers was putting on a workshop on how she runs her Mermaid, Fairy, and Santa...

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Don’t Pay Me for My Time and Talent

If you’ve looked at any number of photographer’s investment pages I bet you’ve seen the term “time and talent” on many occasions.  I’m not going to mince words here….I hate that phrase.   Why? A. Your “time and talent” is worth a heck of a lot more than a few hundred...

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Top Ten – Black & White

The theme for August was Black & White, but choosing the Top Ten certainly was not as cut and dried.  Congratulations to all of the deserving winners of this challenge. Mutley's Snaps Pet Photography Denise Bardsley Lily Raven Photography Victoria Von Thal...

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Creating Pet Portraits in a Park

Holding pet photography sessions in local parks is a pretty popular location option, but it can also be one of the most challenging places to create an image.  There can be SO MUCH green and not much interest.  You can’t rely on interesting elements like columns,...

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