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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.

Shayna the Rescued Service Dog! (San Diego, CA)

November 20th, 2015

Oh my goodness – I’ve been excited about this photo session for a very long time! Shayna is a gorgeous, sweet service dog living in San Diego, CA, and if you can believe it, she’s a rescue dog too! That’s right – a rescued service dog! You certainly don’t meet one of those every day! So I consider it an honor and a joy to know this beautiful girl… she’s gorgeous inside & out, so we knew we’d need to visit some equally gorgeous locations for her photo session, haha! We had a wonderful time walking around Balboa Park and Coronado Beach, and I think Shayna really enjoyed all the extra attention! :)

Shayna is one of those lucky dogs that gets to go to work with her mom – just like my dog Bailey! Shayna’s mom, Karen, is the owner of Interactive Healing, a highly-regarded massage/bodywork/rehabilitation center for both people and dogs! I can tell you from firsthand experience, she does incredible work, and Shayna does a great job of greeting all their clients, haha! If your dog has been getting stiff joints, or not walking quite right, or developing a limp, you’ll find that a visit to Karen & Shayna’s office will be super-informative and well worth your time.


Shayna’s a goofball at heart, but she puts on a good “serious face” when you show her a tennis ball! Seriously, when the ball comes out, she does not joke around! We’re talking laser-focus!

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Oh my gosh, this pup is beautiful. Just look at that happy smile.

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By the end of our session, Shayna’s tongue was permanently stuck hanging out of her mouth! Haha – running around the beach with her was so much fun!

rescued service dog san diego



Karen & Kimmy, I had a fantastic time with you both! Thank you for a ridiculously fun afternoon! :)


Penny the Rat Terrier! (Photo Session in San Diego, CA)

November 19th, 2015

Oh my goodness, this little pup… she packs a lot of personality into a tiny little body! :)  Penny is a rat terrier, and if you’ve ever met one of these adorable dogs, you know how easy they are to love. Penny is no exception: she’s a total sweetheart, maybe a bit shy at first, and cautious of new things, but absolutely devoted to her mom, her toys, and to hunting small animals! Haha – Penny has the most adorable hobbies! But perhaps what I adore the most about this girl is the way she plays with her toys: she chews and tugs on them, just like most dogs, but then she throws them up in the air! She tosses them to herself! It’s amazing! I don’t think I’ve ever seen a dog play with toys the way Penny does… it’s like self-contained fetch! And it’s soooo cute! Her mom, Katie, mentioned that she sometimes feels like Penny would like a brother or sister… but then, watching her play with herself, she realizes that Penny doesn’t need another dog to keep her entertained! So she gets her socialization at the dog park, and that means she gets her mom allllll to herself at home! Haha! :)


We started our photo session in the studio, where the backdrops were an interesting new challenge for Penny to overcome.

rat terrier studio picture


Luckily, with a bit of distraction from some new favorite toys, Penny made herself right as home!

rat terrier playing


Then we headed outside to the park, where Penny kept strict watch for any small critters that might dare to show their face…

rat terrier san diego


… but then we went to the BEACH! Where we saw BIRDS! And Penny turned on her rocket boosters!!

rat terrier running


Thank you, Katie, for a super-fun afternoon! I can’t wait to show you the rest of our images – especially the ones with you & Penny together! :)



Mr. Higgins the Yellow Lab! (La Jolla/Del Mar Pet Photography)

November 10th, 2015

I can’t really describe it, I can’t put my finger on it… but I can tell you this: some sessions are really special. :)

Maybe it was because Mr. Higgins (the handsome yellow lab and star of the show!) was already experienced at posing for the camera! This wasn’t his first photo session, and I think it shows! He was always ready to flash that handsome labrador smile, and his soft yellow coloring amongst the bright blues of the water and sky came together to create a to-die-for combination of colors!

Or maybe it was because the beach is Mr Higgins’ happy place. It’s where he and his mom go every week, to relax, unwind, and chase his ball. Oh, the ball – this is Mr. Higgins’ obsession! He can’t be more than a few inches from his ball at all times, and if the waves sweep it out to sea, he’ll swim out there to get it back! He’s fearless! At one point, we wanted a few photos without the ball, so his mom put it in her bag on the sand – and he promptly ran back, dug it out of her bag and brought it back to us! What a goofball!

Whatever the reason(s) may be, I had a fabulous photo session with Mr. Higgins. And in fact, his mom originally wanted to book my 3-hour session, because she wasn’t sure about how he’d do in a more limited time frame – just like many of my clients! But I reassured her that my one-hour session was probably more than enough time, and that’s what we did – and I have a feeling we’re going to end up with plenty of incredible images! :)


Here’s the handsome boy! Don’t you love that smile?!

yellow lab beach photo


Mr. Higgins was in the water the entire time – he’s practically a fish!

yellow lab in del mar


And to top it all off, we saw the kind of sunset I pray for… it was an absolutely perfect evening.

yellow lab sunset beach


Carina, thank you so much for introducing me to your handsome boy! He did spectacularly well, and I can’t wait to show you the rest of our photos soon! :)


Aberdeen’s Second Photo Session! (Service Dog Photography, San Diego, CA)

November 6th, 2015

Seeing my past clients brightens my day, every time it happens! I love the families I get to work with on a daily basis, and I’m so lucky to call so many of them my friends now… running into them around town and at local events is so much fun. But when I get to see them again specifically for another photo session?! Oh my gosh, that’s icing on the cake!! So I was thrilled to book another photo session for the handsome Aberdeen, the CCI service dog! (Regular blog readers might remember his two sneak peeks from earlier this year, here and here!) This labrador/golden retriever pup is not only handsome, but absolutely devoted to his mom Patty – which I just can’t get enough of capturing. Their relationship is so beautiful – he’s there for her at every turn, always watchful and attentive… and yet his personality is so silly & goofy! I got to see both sides of Aberdeen during our studio photo session, during which he posed like a pro and somehow kept me laughing the entire time! Seriously, I could work with this dog every day and not get tired of it… his happiness is that infectious! :)


Here he is (in his favorite pose – relaxing!) on the white backdrop. He has a few more gray hairs than last time, and I think the white really brings them out! They’re a “distinguished gray”!

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No photo session is complete without TREATS!

san diego service dog


And lastly, Aberdeen wanted to bring out his formal attire on the gray backdrop! Eeeeek! Doesn’t he look soooo handsome?!

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Patty, Aberdeen is one of those dogs that I just can’t get enough of! It was so great to see both of you again! Can’t wait to get together again soon! :)


Bailey the Spider! (Howl-o-ween 2015)

October 29th, 2015

It’s that time of year again… Halloween! And as many of my blog readers know, I love to dress up my Bailey! She’s been a lion, a German beer maiden… and I already have her costume for next year planned out too, haha! But this year she wanted to be something creepy-crawly… because after all, it’s hard to be so gosh-darn good-looking all the time. Why not mix it up? :)


Bailey is dressing up in a spider costume this year! Ready to scare all the kids in our neighborhood! ;)

spider dog halloween



In preparation for Howl-o-ween, she spun a big web with her spider friends…

dog spider halloween costume


…while always on the lookout for a fly to catch. (or a cat.)

dog spider halloween


So watch out for this terrifying spider around San Diego this year!

dog dressed as spider


And just because it’s hilarious: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29jycngxIZQ


Happy Howl-o-ween, everyone! :)



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