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Me with my muse, Bailey!

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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Beach Photos with Sammy the Black Lab

August 29th, 2014

I was privileged to spend an evening with Sammy, a handsome black labrador, for beach photos recently! We met at Tourmaline Beach, where the surfers were everywhere - and the sunset was absolutely perfect! I couldn’t have asked for a better night for a photo session, and I absolutely loved spending it with a woman & dog that share such a close relationship. Sammy & Janet truly mean the world to each other; you can see it in the way the interact and even in the way they look at each other. To me, witnessing their relationship is absolutely beautiful… I was downright honored to be there to document it.

Sammy, despite the fact that he’s slowed down a bit in the last year or so, had a spectacular time at the beach! He ran around, splashed in the surf, and protected us from all the other dogs walking around (haha). He’s a fun-loving, classic labrador – one of my favorite breeds – so of course I let him play around as much as he wanted.


Here’s Sammy! Isn’t that a handsome face?

beach photos dog



I’m going to break one of my own rules, and post a couple of “people” photos here in a sneak peek… I can’t help it; I just love the energy between these two!

beach photos running



And this… how could I not share this?

dog beach photos


Janet, I had a wonderful time with you & Sammy – and I’ll be in touch very soon! I can’t wait to show you the rest of our photos. :)

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!  :)


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