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Meet Yvette Samick of Too The Dogs Photography

Today we’d like to introduce you to Yvette Samick.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I have been photographing landscapes and animals for over 25 years. I am an avid dog lover and have had 8 dogs over the last 30 years. I currently have a 5-year-old Labradoodle who I was photographing along with her 9 other furry little siblings. Emma won my heart and I been photographing her since she was 4 weeks.

I decided to bring my love for dogs and my photography together and began my dog photography business 5 years ago and Too The Dogs Photography was born.

Dogs are my people and I feel so happy when meeting a dog and especially seeing the bond the dog has with their dog parent. Something always touches me so deeply when I see the love between the two. I can literally go to Petsmart and get lost in dog and people watching!

I do also have a great love for getting on location and photographing animals in the wild. One of my favorite trips was in Jacksonhole in the winter. I love puppy shoots and their pure innocence is intoxicating to me. Puppies love can cure all!

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Getting a business up and running can be exhausting. In a small business, you are the director of marketing, editor, photographer and so much more. But if you truly love what you are doing as I do you just learn to be organized and above all find great people to help you.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Too The Dogs Photography – what should we know?
I take photographs of dogs to tell their story whether their story is in the beginning, middle or ending for their dog parents, So they will have those memories to have forever. I am a dog exclusive photographer. Photographing dogs and their humans. I do not photograph any other pets this sets me a bit apart.

My clients are looking for a very customized experience from start to finish. This is their story and vision and I am bringing it to life for them with location and photograph props if they choose to use them and I have a ton.

I continue to attend various seminars and workshops to learn a new and exciting way to edit and photograph.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
I have had one mentor that I have learned and continue to learn from and that is Nicole Begley… She offers business courses and mentoring for dog photographers. She is always there for advice and wisdom.

She also travels around the world doing workshops. I just attended one this past year in Breckenridge. It snowed the entire time and being from Southern California I had never seen 6 feet of snow outside of my door ever. The amazing images of the dogs in the snow were magical.

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