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Well hello my Beautiful Beasties.

As of February 2016, Beautiful Beasties is proudly owned + edited by me: professional pet photographer + dog marketing expert J.Nichole Smith. Here I share my story and a bit of advice for pet photographers at all stages of business… Chances are, we have probably bumped into each other before. Maybe in the Beautiful Beasties […]

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Dear cheap-but-good photographer: you are ruining my life and this industry

The title to this post may seem a bit melodramatic, but it speaks to the intense frustration I feel when thinking about the issues I write about in this post. Photographers who know me, who attended one of my workshops or mentored with me back when I used to teach, who received advice/input/help/a listening ear from […]

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What do to if you find your stolen images or plagiarized text on another website

Unfortunately this happens often. People find their stolen images or plagiarized text on another website. New photographers or even other unrelated businesses lack the creativity, money and ethics to create/purchase work of their own, so they steal others. Others’ images, written text, html code, mission statements, etc. I’ve even seen whole ‘about’ pages copied- arguably […]

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The importance of a feasibility analysis (a revisit)

One of the smartest things I’ve ever done with my business was admit to myself just how dumb I am. The date was april 2003, and I was getting ready to start a new business venture: that of ‘professional pet photographer’. I had no idea what I was getting myself into, and had no idea […]

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On the importance of being original

This post was originally published in April of 2009, but I wanted to share it with today’s Beautiful Beasties crowd, because I think the information is still very relevant. =================================================================================== This post is the first in an upcoming 4-part ‘On’ series aimed at professional photographers. The four posts are: • on the importance of being […]

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