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About Allison Shamrell Photography:

Thanks for visiting my blog! My name is Allison, and I know you love your dogs. This blog (and my business) is all about helping you CELEBRATE them! I work in San Diego, CA, on location and in-studio, capturing the personalities of dogs large and small. 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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Pi the San Diego Tabby Cat

August 27th, 2014

Pi, the San Diego tabby cat, is the first pet I photographed since going on vacation earlier this month! I just spent a week and a half in Hawaii, and boy, Pi really put my ability to snap back into the swing of things to the test! You see, he wasn’t so sure what to do when he was suddenly the center of attention for the humans in the room. He’s used to people coming over – and his dad describes him as a relatively social cat – but once the camera & treats came out, he suddenly took off for his hiding place under the bed! So we did our fair share of coaxing  (a small bowl of milk may have been involved), and he slowly decided that being the center of attention wasn’t SO bad. And I’m glad he did – since he’s gorgeous! He has beautiful, orange, tabby cat fur and the most striking yellow eyes… he’s definitely a handsome cat!


Oh, and if you recognize Pi – please DON’T say anything to his mom! This session is a surprise for her birthday! :)


 I might have interrupted a hunting mood here… he looks like he’s ready to pounce on a mouse!

san diego tabby cat photo


 But don’t worry, he likes to relax too. Wasn’t it nice of his parents to choose a rug that complements his coloring?  ;)

tabby cat photo



 And I couldn’t resist sharing this one with you – I love how snuggled he gets in his dad’s arms!

cat in dad's arms


Jeff, thanks for a fun morning with your beautiful cat! I can’t wait to reveal the big surprise with you soon!


Pete the Pit Bull in Escondido, CA

July 29th, 2014

I recently had the pleasure of photographing one of the happiest, smiley-est pit bulls I’ve ever met! Pete is a 10-year-old boy who lives in Escondido with his parents, and I simply couldn’t stop smiling during our session because of his big, goofy grin! I think Pete should be the poster dog for pit bull smiles; he even lets it take over his entire face when he runs! (But you’ll have to watch the Facebook page for one of his action photos!)

Pete’s mom is a coworker of Maddie’s mom, and I was thrilled to hear from her because I simply love pitties. And despite his tough-dog bark when I rang the doorbell at his house, he warmed right up and was happy to show me around his favorite spots in the neighborhood… starting with his spot on the couch. And his “spot” isn’t small – it’s half of the sectional! Haha!


Here’s Pete’s “serious face”. It’s rare to see, but adorable.

pit bull in black & white



And then we went outside – running across the grass, basking in the flowers, relaxing with mom & dad, and generally taking it easy. His parents said it was the most activity Pete had seen in a while – and when you’re a 10-year-old homebody, I suppose a photo session is the highlight of your week, haha!

pit bull pictures


Pete, thank you for being such a good, happy boy. Angie & Daniel, I can’t wait to see you both again very soon! Just please leave all your Trojan paraphernalia at home, haha! :)


Dogs in the Park: More Photos of Madison & Roxy

July 9th, 2014

I have a couple of familiar faces for you today! These dogs in the park are Madison & Roxy, the “mascots” of Camp Bow Wow in El Cajon! You might remember their Sneak Peek from a couple of weeks ago… and well, the truth is, their parents have been out of town recently, and I decided it’s simply been too long since they’ve seen more images of their pups! They’ll be visiting the studio to see the rest of their photos soon, but I wanted to give them a second blog post – just for fun. :)


Madison showed me every side of her personality during our session… including whatever kind of face this is! haha!

san diego pet photo session


 Oh Roxy, you’re so pretty with your sweet white face. When she perks up her ears and smilesI can just see her, years younger than she is now…

san diego photo session


Camp Bow Wow has a training program, Behavior Buddies, so you know Madison & Roxy can do a perfect “down-stay”!  I just love how they’re looking at their parents in this image, ready to run over to them as soon as they’re released from the pose!

san diego dog photo session



Can’t wait to see you soon, Connie & Mark! Give Roxy & Madison a hug for me in the meantime? :)


Lottie the Rottweiler ~ Photos in Oceanside, CA

July 7th, 2014

Lottie the rottie is a sweet & shy mama’s girl from Oceanside, CA – and I met her in one of her favorite places (Guajome Regional Park) for a fun family photo session! I was thrilled to meet her, since rottweilers are one of my very-favorite breeds, so I couldn’t wait for the chance to create some beautiful new rottweiler photos. Lottie is incredibly close to her whole family, but she definitely has a soft spot for her mom. So at one point, when we decided to set up an action photo, we decided that we wanted Lottie to run in a certain direction – so her mom stood at the “destination” as we unclipped her leash and let her loose. But Lottie immediately ran sideways! Turns out, she’d spotted a few ducks in the brush, so she sped off in their direction for a bit of hunting! We laughed, chased her down, and tried again – and with a bit of coaxing, Lottie finally ran the “right” way! :)

Lottie is a happy but timid dog – and I’m told that her bravery has improved significantly over the last few years. Lottie’s parents trusted Behave! LLC for behavioral help, and while I can still see plenty of shyness in Lottie, it’s clear that she’s a much more confident dog today than she used to be!


Here she is, blazing her own trail! How cute is her “goofy” face?!

oceanside rottweiler photo


We have several super-cute family photos, because Lottie’s happiest when she’s right next to her family – but I held off from posting those here, since I know my human clients like to approve their photos before they’re posted online for everyone to see. Still, I couldn’t resist sharing this sweet moment between Lottie & her siblings! Hopefully they don’t mind, since I think it’s adorable. :)

rottweiler photography



Oh Lottie… you are gorgeous.

beautiful rottweiler


I can’t wait to see you both again soon, Dorie & Todd! Lottie did so well for the session – we have plenty of photos to enjoy!  :)

Kitten Photography Session with Winn Dixie ~ San Diego, CA

July 4th, 2014

I’ve had the pleasure of working with several cats lately – but I think this might be the youngest feline subject I’ve ever photographed! This kitten photography session features Winn Dixie, and first of all, can we all just take a moment to appreciate how adorable that name is?! A kitten called Winn Dixie… I just can’t get over it! Anyways, this kitty was a fabulous little model for our photo session - which took place in her mom’s home in downtown San Diego, since we figured bringing her into the studio might be a bit stressful for a cat her age. And it was the perfect setting – because at home, Winn Dixie had all her toys to play with! So while we asked her to do various other activities – she laid on the couch, perched on the bookshelf, and even snuggled with her mom for a bit – it was clear that playing with her toys is simply her favorite thing to do at this age! So we enjoyed a fun, playful session with this beautiful kitty.


This is one of her favorites – a little bundle of string and ribbon. She catches each piece in her tiny little claws!

kitten photographer


I love meeting fellow bibliophiles, so I think I might have gasped when I saw the bookshelf in Winn Dixie’s living room. It was so huge, and completely filled with books of all kinds! So we found a little nook for Winn Dixie to hide in…

kitten in bookcase



Oh that face. This is one CUTE cat! Her markings are soooo pretty… and don’t you love the little tips of dark fur on the tops of her ears?

san diego kitten picture


Courtney, thank you for a fabulous afternoon, champagne included! :)  I had a great time with you & Winn Dixie, and I can’t wait to show you the rest of her photos!


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