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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!

If you would like to receive a quick little email to let you know when I publish a new post, see the button at the bottom left of this page! Thanks! :)

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.

San Diego Chihuahuas Mimi & Roxie! (Photos)

February 3rd, 2016

I recently had the pleasure of meeting two dogs with completely different personalities! These San Diego chihuahuas Mimi & Roxie are both adorable, and both very much loved by their parents, but I’m pretty sure that’s where the similarities end! Roxie is a total firecracker: energetic, spunky, and happy to bark at any passing person or dog! She makes her opinions heard, and she knows exactly what she wants. Basically, she’s the boss! Whereas her sister Roxie, an older chihuahua mix, couldn’t be more laid-back. She’s relaxed, content, and simply happy to be with her family. There’s not much that she feels the need to bark at; just keep the treats coming and she’s a happy camper, haha! So it was a fun challenge to balance each dog’s personalities during their photo session, and I have to admit, I think the results are absolutely adorable! :)  We visited Coronado Ferry Landing and enjoyed relaxing in the green grass and pretty flowers… and Mimi enjoyed barking at all the other dogs too! :)

 

This is Mimi – always ready to go! I can just see the mischievous glint in her eyes…

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And this is Roxie! (I figured I’d better share an action photo, so you don’t think she’s a lazy dog, haha! She has a relaxed and calm demeanor, but she can RUN, too! Especially if you’ve got chicken!)

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Oh my goodness. Pint-sized pups, with so much personality!

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Thanks, Isabella & Cassandra, for an amazing afternoon! I’m so glad we braved the cloudy skies for these photos! :)  Talk to you soon!

 

Madison the Golden Retriever! (San Diego Pet Photography)

February 1st, 2016

Have you ever met a dog that’s simply BURSTING with joy? I mean happy beyond belief, can’t-even-handle-it joyous, constantly full-body-wiggling due to a never-stop-wagging tail, whose huge smile and relentless cheer can always brighten your day?

That dog is Madison!

I had the pleasure of spending an afternoon with this ridiculously happy pup recently, and she kept me smiling the entire time, haha! I love working with happy dogs & happy people, so I was in for a treat when I met up with Madison and her mom Debbie. We had a fabulous time exploring Balboa Park, stopping by Coronado, and finishing up under a dazzling sunset on the beach in La Jolla. I learned that Madison has a hard time staying still – because life is simply too exciting to just stay in one place, haha! Her antics certainly kept me on my toes, but I’m loving the resulting photos… because capturing joy like this may not be the easiest task, but it sure is worth the effort. This gorgeous girl is radiating happiness! (Make sure your screen doesn’t overheat! Haha!)

 

We started our photo session in Balboa Park, and I knew I wanted to find some soft, pretty flowers to frame Madison’s lovely smile! Can’t you just tell that she’s a total sweetheart?

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Turns out, I was able to trick Madison into “posing” for a moment or two… and I’m glad I did! The sun gave her the most amazing halo…

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Last but not least, we went to Madison’s favorite place: the beach. Don’t come between Madison and her tennis ball! :)

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Debbie, thank you so much for a fabulous afternoon! I had a great time with both of you, and I’m excited to show you the rest of our photos soon! :)

 

Portraits for Pooches – a new series of fundraisers for the San Diego Humane Society!

January 27th, 2016

I have some incredibly exciting news to share with you! I’ve been talking with the amazing people of the San Diego Humane Society recently, and we’ve planned a photo-worthy series of fundraisers that are going to be SO much fun! Introducing…

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That’s right – you can enjoy a professional photo-session with your pets, and half of the proceeds go straight to the Humane Society!

 

As the graphics above describe, here are all the details about this Portraits for Pooches event:

~  $99 for a 15-minute photo session!

~  February 6 & 7, 2016 – just in time for Valentine’s Day!

~  Everything is happening in the studio, at 3251 Adams Avenue, in Normal Heights, San Diego.

~  You get to pick out your favorite portrait and keep it as a high-resolution digital image, with a full print release

~  You’ll have 10+ images to choose from; it’s a taste of the custom photography experience!

~  The whole family is welcome to come! (up to 2 pets allowed per time slot)

~  Booking is open NOW!

 

So here’s how to reserve your mini-session:

:  :  :  :    Email me at allison@allisonshamrell.com, or call me at 619.357.6624 to pick your time slot!    :  :  :  :

That’s it! Pretty easy.  :)

 

Of course, during each mini-session, I’ll create more than just one photo. Participants will actually have over ten finalized images to browse! So for anyone that would like to sample a few products from my archival-quality product line, I’ve put together a few product collections & options:

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… and if you bring a bag of dog or cat food to donate, you’ll receive a complimentary 8×10″ fine art print, too!

 

Here’s how to reserve your mini-session:

:  :  :  :    Email me at allison@allisonshamrell.com, or call me at 619.357.6624 to pick your time slot!    :  :  :  :

We won’t be able to accommodate walk-ups, so please call ahead of time!

 

Yahoo, I can’t wait! This is going to be an amazing event and my goal is to raise LOTS of money for the San Diego Humane Society! Thanks for supporting such a great cause with me – I hope to see you there! :)

Best of 2015 – San Diego Pet Photography

January 24th, 2016

Are you ready for this? I cannot WAIT to share these images with you!  :)  :)

2015 was an incredible year for my business: I met incredible people, fantastic dogs, and had a BLAST doing what I absolutely love to do! I’ll always be able to look back on 2015 with a big smile on my face, because although it had its ups and downs (just like any year), I have to admit that there were way more “ups” and happy times than anything else. So of course I couldn’t properly say goodbye to one of the most amazing years of my life without a “Best of” blog post – because I want to share a tiny fraction of how GREAT this year was with you! So I really feel like this blog post contains a piece of my heart… not to wax poetic, but the people and dogs in these photos really do mean the world to me, and I’ll always be grateful that we crossed paths in 2015. Did all these sessions go 100% smoothly? Nope! (Hello rain delays!) Did all these dogs really love being in front of the camera? Definitely not! (Some adored being the center of attention, and some definitely took some warming up!) But I think we still ended up with spectacular results from each & every session, and to me, that’s the most important thing, because then my clients can walk away happy. And I think they all did! :)

So here are all the pets I photographed in full-length photo sessions in 2015. I picked out my 3 favorite images from each session – not the easiest thing to do!! – and for the sake of simplicity, I refrained from sharing the details of each pet’s story here, but you can always search the blog for details on any pet if you’re curious.

 

3ee the Belgian Malinois, from San Diego

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Aberdeen the service dog (golden retriever/labrador mix), from San Diego

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Aberdeen came back for a second session this year! Yay- I LOVED seeing this dog twice as often!  :)

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Albert the Scottie, from San Diego

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Sadly, Albert is no longer with us today. He is deeply missed.

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Archie & Leo, the Greater Swiss Mountain dog mix and the bearded collie/Old English sheepdog mix, from San Diego

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Azula & Apollo, cats from San Diego

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Beatrice & Bruno, the min pin & chihuahua, from San Diego

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Berkeley, the Dutch shepherd, from San Diego

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Bimmer, Laila & Leo, the golden retrievers & labrador, from San Diego

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Brandi & Colt, the yorkie/shih tzu mix and beagle, from Vista

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Briley & Gunner, the weimaraner & German shepherd, from Encinitas

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Buster, Fae, Leland & Nyx, mixed breed dogs and cat, from San Diego

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Cherry the German shepherd, from San Diego

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Colin the mixed breed dog, from San Diego

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Cooper & Sophie, mixed breed dogs, from San Diego

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Daisy, the beagle/bulldog mix, from San Diego

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Daisy the boxer, from San Diego

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Dippy, Lulu & Bentley, mixed-breed dogs & cockapoo, from San Diego

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Duke the mixed-breed dog, from San Diego

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Unfortunately, Duke passed away soon after his session took place. He was such a good boy…

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Emerson, Russell & Bells, the labrador and cattle dog & labrador mixed breed dog, from Ramona

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Gaston the French bulldog, from San Diego

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Gracie the St. Bernard, from San Diego

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Howie & Bernie, boxers, from San Marcos

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Indy & Molly, the golden retriever & Great Pyrenees mix, from San Diego

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Karma & Kody, the pit bull & Australian shepherd, from San Diego

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Keiko the dachshund, from San Diego

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Lexie, Gunther, Chase & Aurora, German shepherds & Belgian Malinois dog, from San Diego

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Louisa & Brutus, standard poodles, from San Diego

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Chia & Lucy, sphynx cats, from San Diego & Temecula

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Madison the labrador/shepherd mix, from San Diego

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Marina the pit bull/husky mix, from San Diego

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Mariposa, Benny & Sprocket, the papillon & papillon mixes, from San Diego

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Marlow, Cielow & Darla, the German short-haired pointer, husky, and pointer mix, from San Diego

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Marlow had a pretty serious health scare just before our session, but thankfully, he’s healthy & happy today!

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Mindy the Yorkie, from El Cajon

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Mr. Higgins the labrador, from La Jolla

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Mr. Smith the miniature poodle, from San Diego

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Myers & Morgan, maltipoos, from San Diego

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Oliver the Jack Russell terrier, from San Diego

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Oscar the soft-coated Wheaten terrier, from Rancho Bernardo

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Oscar & Bruce, labradors, from La Jolla

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Pele & Alaska, service dogs (labrador/golden retriever mixes), from Escondido

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Penny the rat terrier, from San Diego

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Porkchop & Applesauce, domestic longhair and domestic shorthair cats from San Diego

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Ridley & Samus, chihuahua & chihuahua/terrier mix, from San Diego

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Riley the border collie/husky mix, from San Diego

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Rita the mixed breed dog, from San Diego

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Roo the mixed breed dog, from San Diego

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Ruby & Gladstone, English bulldogs, from San Diego

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Sadie, Belle & Roscoe, the golden retriever, Australian shepherd & bichon frise, from Encinitas

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Lucas & James Woods, the Australian cattle dog mix & pit bull, from San Diego

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Savannah the Cavalier King Charles spaniel, from San Diego

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Shayna, the mixed breed service dog, from San Diego

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Sid, the French mastiff/Catahoula leopard dog mix, from San Marcos

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Stiller, Violet & Charlotte, smooth fox terriers & mini schnauzer, from Carlsbad

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Tate & Skyler, mixed breed dogs, from Encinitas

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Taylor the schnauzer, from Oceanside

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Teddy the chow chow, from Coronado

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Tex the Chinook sled dog, from Santee

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Tito & Fizgig, the pug & exotic shorthair cat, from San Diego

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Trea (full name: Mister Bailey’s Treasure) & Bailey, American quarter horse & German shepherd mix, from Rancho Santa Fe

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Sir Truffle the Scottie, from San Diego

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Rebel, Sparky, Liberty, Diva & Rocky, Yorkies, from Carlsbad

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Yuma the mixed breed dog, from San Diego

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Whew! What a year! :)

 

Of course, if you’d like to see your pet’s photos in the “Best of 2016” post that I’m sure I’ll be working on a year from now, please get in touch via the contact form on my website.

 

Roscoe, the San Diego Bichon Frise! (Photos)

January 19th, 2016

If you like dogs that are fluffy, small & adorable, you’re going to LOVE Roscoe! He’s a Bichon Frise that recently visited my studio for his first photo session – and I just couldn’t get enough of his cute little face! His soft, fluffy white fur had been freshly groomed and he was trying hard to be on his best behavior (as long as we rewarded him with treats after each pose)! This dog is really special to his dad, Ron, and to be honest, some of my early favorite images that I’m seeing from the entire session are the photos of the two of them together! We even have some photos with Roscoe’s grandparents, too! But since I know my human clients like to see & approve their photos before I post them online for the world to see, haha, I’ll focus on Roscoe’s solo photos for this sneak peek! And you won’t be disappointed – he did great, especially considering it was his first time in front of the camera! He definitely has a mind of his own (for example, his favorite game is You Can’t Catch Me!), and I think that independent spirit really comes through in our photos. I had such a great time working with Roscoe and his family!

 

Here he is, fluffy tail and all! Just look at that face!  :)

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Roscoe definitely knows how to flash that famous Bichon smile!

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We spent a bit of time bringing out Roscoe’s playful side, tossing treats & toys to him as he fetched them all around the backdrop, and I think he had a blast running and jumping around!

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Ron, thank you for a wonderful afternoon! I’m so happy to have met you & Roscoe. I’ll talk to you soon!  :)

 

 

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