Useful resources for professional pet photographers

If you’re embarking on the journey into the world of professional pet photography, I hope you’re ready for lots of hard work, fun, hair and slobber! I can’t help with the hair and slobber, but below I share many resources to assist you in conquering the huge range of topics you’ll need to cover to get your business up and running and the best it can be.

Some of the links below generate affiliate income if you end up purchasing or signing up for the products or services on the site. There’s no additional cost to you, but it really helps me out by allowing me spend extra time working on Learn Pet Photography – writing e-books, creating editing tutorials and creating informative blog posts. Thanks for your support!

On-location, natural light dog photography e-books

Fetching Photos
by Charlotte Reeves

This 97 page e-book is filled with beautiful full colour example photos, helpful advice, handy techniques and personal stories, and is guaranteed to inspire and instruct!

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Dog Shots
by Charlotte Reeves

This 60 page e-book is a must-have field guide for any pet photographer at any level! Featuring recipes for 30 fresh and fun ideas to help you spice up your dog photography, through inspiration coupled with technical know-how.

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Pet photography editing and business e-courses

The Business of Pet Photography
Your path to a more profitable pet photography business… in 60 days.

This comprehensive online course is designed by pet photographer and educator extraordinaire, Nicole Begley from Hair of the Dog. Discover the pricing, sales and marketing knowledge that you need to create a business that serves the lifestyle that you want to lead.

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Post Processing for Pet Photographers
The only post-processing class created exclusively for pet photographers!

Designed by pet photographer and educator extraordinaire, Nicole Begley from Hair of the Dog and Heather Lahtinen, an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop. Discover how to save time, create a consistent look and learn everything you need to know about Lightroom and Photoshop as a pet photographer. Register for the free webinar now!

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Personal and business development

The Introvert Pet Photographer’s Guide
by Holly Montgomery of Brindleberry Pet Photography

In this eBook, Holly Montgomery – “The Introvert DogTog”, will give you suggestions on how to: earn more money, get more clients, work comfortably as an introvert (in your comfort zone), cater to a specific market, sell more to your existing clients, network in a introvert-friendly way and build your reputation with other businesses.

You don’t have to be an Introvert to get value out of this EBook!

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Hair of the Dog
by Nicole Begley Photography

Hair of the Dog is specifically designed for pet photographers. Nicole is passionate about helping pet photographers run a business that allows them to live the life of their dreams, though retreats, workshops and individual mentoring programs.

You can also join the very active Hair of the Dog group on Facebook and participate in monthly photo challenges!

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Working with Dog
with J.Nichole Smith

A community based around providing petpreneuers with simple, actionable marketing strategies and  marketing coursesone-to-one consulting and keynote speeches (primarily to women) on topics relating to ‘marketing genius’ and entrepreneurship.

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Pet photography related directories and organisations

The Joy Session Network
A comprehensive directory of all things related to pet hospice—a unique, one-stop site for pet owners to find services before, during, and after losing a pet.

The Joy Session Network began in 2012, as a directory of photographers around the world who offer special sessions for pets nearing the end of their lives. The Network will now encompass all kinds of pet-hospice-related businesses that serve the physical, emotional, and practical needs of pets and their people.

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Photography courses

Extremely Essential Camera Skills
Learn everything in small, easily understood pieces.

Learn to take control over your camera and get creative and confident with your photography.

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Fantastic Fundamental Light Skills
The Essential Guide to Understanding Light

Learn to take control over your camera and get creative and confident with your photography.

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Incredibly Important Composition Skills
The secrets to better photos revealed.

Learn how to create captivating photos by unlocking the secrets of composition!

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Open Colleges
Open Colleges Australia
Australia’s leading online educator

A range of online photography courses designed by industry professionals covering everything from composition, to marketing your finished product. Take your creative potential to the next level!

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Super Photo Editing Skills
The fast way to amazing photo editing.

Watch step-by-step as 11 images are transformed from bland to amazing in Adobe Lightroom. Learn how to make better processing decisions that enhance your photos.

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Learn Photography
A Comprehensive Beginner’s Guide

This comprehensive free how-to guide is aimed at the beginner and covers all the basics of photography. It covers equipment, shooting, composition, editing and so much more in easy illustrated segments.

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Content writing, website, branding and SEO

Irresistible Words
Head banging ends here. Write better in 30 days.

Think writing isn’t a priority?  Think about how many marketing, social media, and client tasks you use it for. Then think again. Read my review here.

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Irresistible Website
From Portfolio to Profit Engine: How to Build an Absolutely Irresistible Photography Website.

Want to turn your browsers into buyers?  This e-book workshop will show you how.

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Irresistible You
How to write about yourself

Contrary to what you might think, writing about yourself to connect with clients is not hard, and it’s not mysterious. Jenika explains how in this fantastic e-book!

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Foreground Web
Free e-book: 60+ Photography Website Mistakes

Actionable tips & resources on improving your photography website, to get you started in the right direction.

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Pet Marketing Suite
by Design Aglow

Wag more, bark less: the Pet Marketing Suite presents your pet portraiture as fine art and illustrates that despite your playful clients, you mean business!

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Photography Spark
Grow your photography business.

Articles, tutorials, tips and advice for photographers.


Pet Photography Questionnaire

This questionnaire is to guide the photographer in acquiring information needed  from the client to fulfill the photography session.

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Legal resources and contracts

Pet Rescue Volunteer Photography Contract

This agreement includes contractual provisions needed to outline a non-paid – completely volunteer photographer and pet rescue for a pet photography session.

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Privacy and Copyright for Photographers

The law (in the USA) provides special kinds of benefits to photographers but it also mandates certain responsibilities regarding the privacy rights of others. This infographic covers everything you need to know.

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Pet Photography Contract

This contract includes contractual provisions needed to outline the photographer and client transaction for a pet photography session.

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What to do if Your Photos are Stolen

If your photos have been stolen and you’re wondering what to do — or if you want to know how to prevent that from happening — check out the infographic to find out what your options are.

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Pet Bundle

This pet bundle includes forms for Pet Photographers including: Pet Photography Contract, Model Release (Adults), Model Release (Minors), Print Release, Pet Photography Questionnaire.

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Online services, apps and plugins

Online photo proofing

In my opinion, the best online photo proofing services for professional photographers.

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Tave Studio Manager
Make more, do less!

The complete professional studio management solution for your photography business.

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Show Focus Points Plugin
The must-have plugin for Adobe Lightroom

This handy tool gives an overlay of the focus points by showing you which of your camera’s focus points were used when you took a picture. It also provides all available info such as focus distance, focus mode and supports images cropped or rotated in Lightroom.

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