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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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Sunset Cliffs Pet Photography Session with Peanut!

September 25th, 2014

This Sunset Cliffs pet photography session was a very relaxed, slow-paced session… because that’s Peanut’s regular speed! You see, Peanut is almost 15 years old, and she doesn’t move terribly fast anymore. That’s okay, of course – she’s earned the right to go slow! :)  Peanut is a total sweetheart, and a classic “Heinz 57″ mix of breeds. (Which is to say that there’s no telling what kind of dog she is!) She lives with her parents in the Ocean Beach/Point Loma area of San Diego, just a few blocks away from Sunset Cliffs. Se we started our session in Peanut’s backyard, amidst familiar surroundings & lush, comfortable grass, so Peanut would be completely comfortable. And then we headed out to the cliffs, her favorite walking spot! She showed me “the arch”, and we even got to see a few teenagers take a flying leap! (As a non-native to San Diego, I was pretty impressed, until Peanut’s mom told me that everyone makes that jump when they’re young, haha!) We enjoyed a picture-perfect sunset together, and I think Peanut really enjoyed being the center of attention. (When I didn’t give her a treat fast enough, she would eventually start barking at me! Old dogs have attitude too!)


I love it when senior dogs smile.

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She struck a regal pose for me on Sunset Cliffs…

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… and eventually we found a cute old fence and a gorgeous sunset sky to pose in front of. Peanut moves slowly these days, but that’s okay – that happy smile & those floppy ears are worth the wait! :)

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Thanks for a lovely afternoon, Denise & Robert! :)


Del Mar Maltipoo Photo Session with Finn

September 23rd, 2014

If you’re looking at the title of this blog post and wondering if I’ve photographed a new species of animal, rest assured: Finn is a fun-loving canine! He just happens to have a rather modern breed name. Maltipoos are maltese-poodle mixes, and they’re just one of a huge list of new poodle-mix combinations that are popping up everywhere! Yorkiepoos, pekepoos, cavapoos… not to mention goldendoodles and labradoodles! Poodles are a great breed for families who can’t have a dog that sheds, and they’ve been bred recently with all types of other dogs to combine their best qualities for people of all different lifestyles. Check out this website for more information and a list of hybrid dog breeds you’ve probably never heard of!


This maltipoo photo session in particular had a very special purpose: Finn’s parents are getting married, so one of their photos will help them announce their wedding date to their friends & families! How great is that?! I love that they wanted to include Finn (their “first child”) in that process!


First we played in Powerhouse Park, where Finn chased his tennis ball and was fed plenty of treats. He also showed-off a bit, with this nice long sit-stay! :)

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Then we headed down to the beach, where I learned that seaweed is one of Finn’s favorite things. He loves to play with it, tug on it, drag it around the beach like a trophy… haha, it was too cute to see him prancing around with a big chunk of seaweed in his mouth!

What do you think… is this a cute “save the date” photo?

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And finally, after running in all directions and chasing a few birds, Finn settled down for a reflective moment in the last light of the day.

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Wynter & Craig, I’m so excited for your save the date – and the rest of our photos too, haha! I’ll be in touch! :)


Kensington Pet Photography Session with Lucy the Jack Russell Terrier

September 21st, 2014

I couldn’t stop laughing during this Kensington pet photography session! I spent an hour with Lucy and her family at their gorgeous home in the Kensington neighborhood of San Diego, and Lucy was the perfect little model! She’s only six months old, and “scared of her own shadow”, as her parents say… and true to her timid nature, she flinched the first few times I fired my camera’s shutter. But with a bit of coaxing, and plenty of treats, she quickly decided that posing for the camera wasn’t so bad after all! And from then on, she gave me all the puppy cuteness my camera could handle!


 This is Lucy! Can you handle that face?!

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 I know her mom loves the puppy-head-tilt look, and Lucy does it soooo well!

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 So, Lucy is scared of many things, including new places. And walks. So her parents came up with a brilliant solution: they use a skateboard to explore the neighborhood! It’s like a security blanket for Lucy; she loves it and is willing to travel much further on the skateboard than she would on a regular walk! So if you’re ever in Kensington and happen to see a Jack Russell rolling by, you can bet that it’s Miss Lucy!

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 When I told my friends that I’d be photographing a Jack Russell terrier puppy, they unanimously said “good luck!” And Lucy had plenty of that trademark Jack Russell energy to spare. But by the end of our photo session, we had successfully tuckered her out! Haha – looks like I won this round! :)  Sleep well, Lucy!

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Thanks again for a fabulous evening, Alina & Mike! We have so many cute photos – I can’t wait for you to see the rest of them!  :)


Studio Dog Photos of Nina & Toby in San Diego, CA

September 18th, 2014

I’ve always loved the way dogs look up at their owners. I adore the happy, loving look in a dog’s eyes as they keep an eye on their mom or dad, checking to make sure that everything is okay, and letting them know that they’re ready to play at a moment’s notice. That joyful glow somehow reveals their boundless trust and devotion. Sometimes all I have to do is look down at my Bailey, and she starts wagging her tail…

This sneak peek of Nina & Toby’s photo session includes two photos featuring “the look”. Nina & Toby are great dogs – happy, confident pooches with exuberant energy – and I got to see all sides of their personalities during their time in the studio. They didn’t “sit” or “stay” every time we asked them to (although they had much more obedience under their belts than the average dog, that’s for sure!), but I noticed that they were constantly looking to their parents for guidance & love. And honestly, if they didn’t listen to a command, it was only to come wiggling over to their parents for pets & attention! So I think two of my favorite images from their session are moments in which they had that look in their eyes; the look of wanting to please and wanting to love, the look of dogged devotion. And I just can’t get enough of it!


This is Toby, the younger & more free-spirited of the two. He’s a lab mix, with an intriguing coat that seems to be halfway between brown & black… and of course that big lab grin!

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And this is Nina, a gorgeous German shepherd girl – and let me tell you, my camera loves her! Aren’t shepherds beautiful?!

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We spent a bit of time on the white and the gray backdrops… and honestly, I’m not sure which “look” I like better! Every studio dog photography session client has their choice of white, gray & black backdrops, and we’ll often switch halfway through the session for an interesting variety of final images. Nina & Toby look good everywhere, apparently! :)

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Elyse & Obed, I had a wonderful time with all four of you! Can’t wait to see you again soon! :)


Ocean Beach Pet Photography Session with Yoda & Obi-Wan!

September 15th, 2014

I shared a gorgeous & fun-filled Ocean Beach pet photography session with two adorable chihuahua mixes recently! As you might guess from their names, their parents are Star Wars fans – but I was surprised to learn that their personalities have almost nothing in common with their namesakes! Yoda, for example, is full of energy and ball-crazy; she could play fetch for hours! And while she’s technically the “older and wiser” of the sisters, she didn’t remind me at all of the serene, serious character from the Star Wars stories. And Obi-Wan (wasn’t that the Jedi who trained Luke Skywalker?) is a goofy, dancing-and-spinning, little-sister personality that, well, probably wouldn’t be fit for teaching one of the most powerful Jedis in the universe. She was adopted from Second Chance Rescue (Yoda is from Helen Woodward Animal Center), and she wasn’t exactly a planned addition to the family – but once Yoda’s parents saw Obi’s cute little face, they couldn’t say no! And what’s even more exciting about this session: this family is expecting a baby soon! I’m sure Yoda & Obi will be fantastic big sisters… so for now, their mom & dad wanted to commemorate the beauty of their family before it changes with the new addition. What a wonderful reason to have a pet photography session, don’t you think?


This is Yoda! She’s proof that the term “ball-obsessed” isn’t just for labradors.

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Okay, fine, I suppose those EARS are pretty true to her namesake!

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And here’s Obi-Wan, or Obi for short. This is her treat face – “Treat? Can I have it? Gimme the treat? PLEASE?”

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Aaaaand there’s her happy face. She’s a little athlete, just like her sister!

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Lesli & Stephen, thank you for showing me around your neighborhood! I had a wonderful time with you both – and I can’t wait to share more photos with you soon! :)



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