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About Allison Shamrell Photography:

Thanks for visiting my blog! My name is Allison, and I work in San Diego, CA, capturing the personalities of dogs and cats of all sizes & temperaments. I do photo sessions on location and in-studio, wherever my clients prefer! My photography style is natural, playful & soulful.

Here on my blog, I tell the stories of recent sessions and events. You might even find an insight or two into the behind-the-scenes side of my business! I hope you have fun looking around!

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619-357-6624  ~  Allison@AllisonShamrell.com  ~  3251 Adams Avenue, Suite C, San Diego, CA 92116

Officially Voted the Best Pet Photographer in San Diego, by the 2014 San Diego A-List.

Abby the Hound Dog – Photos in San Diego

August 25th, 2016

Are you a sucker for a dog with a gorgeous brown coat & the deep, soulful eyes of a hound dog? Like I am? Well if so, you’ve come to the right place. Abby the hound dog mix has those characteristics, and with sweetness to spare!

Abby lives with her dad in North Park, and I have to admit, I’m kind of jealous of her life! She gets to spend plenty of time with her dad on a daisy basis, since he sometimes works from home – and when he works at the office she often gets to come too! Plus, her favorite treats are Greenies, which is a pretty awesome treat to have a constant supply of… this girl might just be a little bit spoiled. But that’s okay with me, haha – she & my Bailey have a lot in common! ;)

We started our photo session at the studio, which – as it turns out – now ranks pretty high on the list of places that Abby does NOT like! As soon as my lights started flashing, she decided that this wasn’t a game she wanted to play. And she’s a rescue dog, so who knows what kind of exposure she’s had in the past to lightning or flashing lights. So we quickly realized that Abby would prefer to fast-forward to the outdoors portion of our session – and that’s exactly what we did. We grabbed just a few portraits in the studio and hightailed it to the beach! And for whatever reason, things seemed to be working against us that day: we drove into Pacific Beach and saw nothing but clouds on the horizon. Totally gray skies and water… yuck! But we decided to wait it out (instead of rescheduling), in the hopes that the sky would clear up, and I’m so glad we did! I’m absolutely loving Abby’s portraits, even though our session definitely didn’t go “according to plan”, haha!

 

This is Abby’s sweet, pretty, hound dog face. I just love her rich brown eyes & flappy ears!

hound mix picture

 

Abby loves the beach! Although I think she’d love anywhere with that much room to explore, run around, and chase the birds…

hound mix dog photo

 

… and then sunset happened. And this is exactly why I was suddenly thankful for all those clouds.

hound mix dog photo

 

Bill, I had a great time with you & Abby! Thank you for being such a good sport! :)  I’ll talk to you soon!

 

Quinzel the Mixed Breed Puppy in San Diego, CA (Photos)

August 23rd, 2016

I absolutely love it when past clients call me to document their family for a second time – especially when t’s because they’ve added a new pet to the mix! So I was thrilled when I heard that Nyx & Fae have a new puppy sibling!

Quinzel (named after Harley Quinn!) is an adorable mixed breed puppy who’s only about 4 months old. She’s sweet, intelligent and curious – and a total daddy’s girl! With those big ears, different-color eyes and pretty brindle coat, she was pretty much a photographer’s dream to work with. And despite how incredibly traumatic it was to be more than 5 feet away from her sisters at any time, haha, I was so happy to spend plenty of 1-on-1 time with this girl during our photo session. After all, her siblings already have their place on the walls at home – so it’s time for Quinn to have her space too!

 

This is Quinzel, the sweetest little mutt you could meet. Seriously, that mischievous little smile kills me.

mixed breed puppy photo

 

And this is Nyx! If you’ve been following the blog for a while, it’s okay to do a double-take! The last time I photographed Nyx she was a tiny puppy – but she’s all grown up now! Her fluffiness factor has increased by about a million percent, too… she was so much fun to catch up with after all this time! (Well, at least after she finished barking at me, haha!)

mixed breed dog

 

And this is the true model of the family, Fae. She’s a corgi mix (perhaps mixed with with pomeranian? Long-haired chihuahua? Who knows!) and is a natural in front of the camera. Seriously, every time I see this little lady, I’m so impressed with her. Although during this photo session, she decided (as the resident professional) at one point that she was “done” posing! It was so cute to see her simply walk away from treats, the other dogs, etc. once she decided that she’d had enough. You just can’t fake it with dogs, haha!

mixed breed puppy dog

 

Okay, I have to share one more of Quinzel, in her dad’s arms. This dog is seriously too cute.

mixed breed puppy in arms

 

Patrisha & Scott, I feel so honored to have met the newest member of your family! Thank you so much for introducing me to Quinzel – she hit the puppy lottery with you!  :)

 

Sadie & Cali, Chihuahua Mix Puppies!

August 22nd, 2016

Looking for your daily dose of adorable? You’ve come to the right place.

I am soooo excited to introduce you to Sadie & Cali! These dogs are chihuahua mix puppies living in San Diego, and I can already tell that they have a long, happy life ahead of them… they’re best friends and just too cute together. They wrestle as much as they possibly can – with full bodyslams! – and simply adore their parents. Sadie is 6 months old, and it wasn’t long after adopting her that her parents decided she would benefit from having a furry sibling. So they adopted Cali very recently – she’s only 8 weeks old now! – and I’m so happy for these chihuahua mix puppies to grow up together in such a great little family. Something tells me they’re going to be inseparable as the years go by!

 

This is Cali! At only 2 months old, she didn’t quite get the hang of the “photo session” idea until almost the end of our time together… but that’s okay! She was a fun little challenge to work with, since I rarely get to photograph dogs her age!

chihuahua mix puppies

 

Stop it. Too cute.

chihuahua mix puppies

And this is her “big” sister Sadie! (6 months old and weighing in at just a few pounds isn’t “big” by many standards, but it is in this case, haha!) How cute is her sideways-head-tilt?!

chihuahua mix puppy picture

 

Things got pretty wild in the studio, too…

chihuahua mix puppy

 

Sean & Reanna, thank you for introducing me to your puppies – and for helping wrangle them during our session, too! I’m looking forward to sharing the rest of our photos with you soon! :)

 

Stella the Shepherd Mix on Coronado Beach!

August 19th, 2016

This photo session is proof that I get to work with the most gorgeous dogs in San Diego. I don’t know how, I don’t know why – but my gosh, Stella the shepherd mix is stunning, and I’m pretty thrilled that I got to spend the afternoon with her & her family!

Stella is a 3-year-old shepherd mix (with collie? maybe?) and she lives with her parents in the Mission Hills neighborhood of San Diego. She’s an athletic, energetic pup and her happy place is Coronado Beach – so that’s exactly where we went for our photo session! And boy, she was excited to be there – although I insisted on staying away from the dog beach. That’s because I didn’t want a million other dogs running through the background (and probably the foreground, too) of all of Stella’s photos… plus, she loves to play with other dogs, so it was much easier for me to get her attention with those dogs a few hundred yards away, haha! I’m pretty sure she thought I was a party pooper for that idea, but I can already tell that the photos are well-worth the private playtime! Stella posed for the camera like a total pro; I couldn’t help but be impressed. And her parents were willing to run up and down the sand with her so many times that I’m pretty sure I gave them a workout, too… so without further ado, here is Stella’s “sneak peek”!

 

I told you. Stella is gorgeous.

shepherd mix on the beach

 

You can’t tucker her out! Trust me, we tried! This dog is a fetch machine. (Well, except for the part of fetch when you’re supposed to bring the ball back… she’s not so great at that part, haha! I think she considers the ball her prize – and why would you give up a prize?)

shepherd mix running

 

We ran, fetched & posed until the sun dipped beneath the horizon, and that’s when the truly amazing light came out to play.

shepherd mix photo

 

Luke & Paige, thank you for a wonderful afternoon! I had such a great time with all three of you! :)

 

Jackson the Rhodesian Ridgeback Puppy (San Diego, CA)

August 18th, 2016

I was especially excited for this photo session with Jackson, because he’s a purebred Rhodesian ridgeback – and my dog Bailey is part ridgeback too! So I joked with Bailey as I headed out the door that day, “I’m headed to a session with one of your relatives!” (She was not impressed… and for the record I’m not surprised.)

Jackson is a 14-month-old Rhodesian ridgeback puppy – and I can hardly call him a “puppy” since he’s so BIG! He had a rather questionable upbringing – his dad rescued him from a pretty suspicious situation, to say the least – and I’m so glad he did, because Jackson pretty much hit the puppy lottery. He gets to live in a condo downtown and spend all his time relaxing & playing. (I hear his first visit to a doggy daycare is this week, too!)

For our photo session, we visited Presidio Park in central San Diego, and had a great time together. Jackson isn’t a crazy bundle of energy; he’s actually quite even-keeled and content to take life at a slower pace. But when he does run around, boy, it’s incredible to see! Those long, lanky legs propel him across the grass and he can really move! But he’s still a bit clumsy (he might actually still have a bit of growing to do, I can hardly believe it, but his paws are still pretty huge!) and it was downright hilarious to see him stretch his legs in that goofy puppy way.

 

Jackson, you are unspeakably handsome. I love your deep brown, furry, wrinkly face.

rhodesian ridgeback dog

 

You do not want to be in Jackson’s way when he runs. He’ll go right through you!

rhodesian ridgeback

 

Seriously… the handsomeness is dripping out of my computer. Jackson, you are stunning.

beautiful Rhodesian Ridgeback

 

John & Terry, thank you so much for introducing me to Jackson! (And thanks to Kelli & Grayson too!) I can’t wait to show you the rest of our photos soon!  :)

 

 

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