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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.

Taylor the Schnauzer, in the Studio!

September 30th, 2015

Today I’m thrilled to introduce you to one of the happiest and most easygoing dogs I’ve ever met! Taylor the schnauzer is only two years old, but she has a sense of calm wisdom about her that I can’t help but admire – she just loves to be around her family, and wears a permanent smile on her face no matter what! You get the sense that this dog has seen it all, and she knows exactly how good life is when she’s in her owner’s lap… and in many ways, this dog really has seen it all! She’s a grand champion show dog! Taylor spent much of her life winning awards & accolades in the show ring, but now she’s retired (at the ripe old age of two!) and enjoying plenty of family time. And she’s brought so much joy to her owners… truthfully, I don’t know if Taylor knows how lucky she is, but I think she has a pretty amazing life! :)


This is Miss Taylor! (In one of the rare “down-stay” moments of our entire session!)

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And THIS is the other side of Taylor’s personality! Happy & comfortable everywhere!

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We also took a few photos on the gray backdrop… I don’t know about you, but I love how she looks on both gray and white!

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Judi & Flo, thank you so much for a lovely photo session with your darling girl! I’m looking forward to showing you the rest of our photos very soon!


Oscar the Black Lab from La Jolla, CA

September 28th, 2015

To be completely honest with you, I didn’t know I’d be photographing this session until 48 hours before it happened. And while I love squeezing in sessions on sunny days, especially with a happy & handsome black lab like Oscar… it wasn’t exactly fun & spontaneity that took us to Marine Street Beach the other night.

Joining a dog and his family for what could be that dog’s very last trip to the beach is, well… there are a lot of mixed emotions. It was absolutely joyful to see Oscar jog (well, totter might be a better word!) down the beach and through the waves, especially when I knew he’d had trouble standing and walking in the days beforehand. He had a big grin on his face the entire time – I can’t even begin to imagine how good the sand felt in his paws & fur. He even tried to dig a few holes! It was as if the myeloma wasn’t even there.

Oscar’s family doesn’t know how much time they have left together… it could be months, weeks, or days… so I was absolutely honored to join them for a sunset trip to the beach, where they knew Oscar would be happy. I hope you’ll join me in sending happy thoughts & healing prayers their way… Oscar certainly deserves a much longer life, because I can tell he has a LOT more love to give.


This is sweet, handsome Oscar – isn’t he a gorgeous black lab?!

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His sisters love him so much – I really enjoyed watching them interact together. Oscar is so patient & happy to be around them!

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No, you’re not seeing double – this is Oscar with his 2-year-old brother Bruce, also a black lab. (Who apparently had never gone swimming before last year, but this was one of the few photos of Bruce on dry land, haha!)

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Sarah & Paul, I’m so glad you reached out to me. I’ll be thinking of you & Oscar over the next several days and weeks, I’m sure. Looking forward to going through the rest of our photos with you soon!


Moose the Chocolate Lab, in Del Mar

September 25th, 2015

As excited as I was to meet and work with Moose – after all, his name is “Moose”, how could I not be excited?! – I also wish we didn’t have to get together so soon. I wish I could have chatted with Moose’s parents and explained that my typical waiting list for a photo session is a month or two long. But unfortunately, we didn’t have that luxury – because of a recent diagnosis, I needed to get Moose’s photo session on the books ASAP. Luckily, his mom had the forethought to call me when Moose is still feeling good – and boy, is he feeling good! He’s still a 100%-energy-filled, goofy, happy labrador! As soon as we got to the beach he was practically choking himself to run around – because being on a leash is such a bummer when you have a million things to sniff and people to meet and a whole ocean to play in! ;)  So I shared a lovely afternoon with Moose and his parents, playing on the beach in Del Mar. It was so great to see Moose have a great time, in spite of his thinning fur and the other effects of his cancer treatment. I especially loved seeing the relationship Moose has with his dad; those two are incredibly close and there’s no one Moose listens to better. (Even when the temptation to run straight into the water is almost overwhelming.) So I’m happy to share these photos with you, and I hope you’ll take a second to send some prayers and happy thoughts to Moose and his parents.


This is Moose the chocolate lab! Can’t you tell he’s just bursting to jump up & run around?!

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See what I mean? The rocket boosters still work! This dog goes crazy for his ball!

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And as the sun went down and the last lights of the day lit up the sky, I felt there was nothing more fitting than for Moose to run around, doing whatever he pleased. The old guy deserves so many more trips to the beach… I want him to enjoy them all as much as he possibly can.

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Aubrey & Steve, thank you so much for introducing me to your handsome boy. I really enjoyed meeting all three of you – and I’m excited to show you the rest of our photos soon!


Photo Session at Mission Trails Park with Oliver and his Brothers!

September 24th, 2015

This photo session at Mission Trails Park was a great one – even though, I have to admit, it came together in less-than-ideal circumstances. Oliver’s mom contacted me just a couple of weeks ago – she received this sweet boy as a wedding present (!) 14 years ago, but these days, his kidneys simply aren’t holding up anymore. So we got together as soon as possible, which I’m happy to do for clients in situations like this. And luckily, Oliver is still feeling like himself – he absolutely loved being at Mission Trails Park! It was new territory to explore, and even though we never let him off-leash, I would have been curious to see those Jack Russell terrier hunting instincts come alive! I bet he would have loved to look around… but as it turns out, traffic (of all things!) delayed our session by a little while, and since I time out my sessions to end at sunset (the best light of the day) we suddenly found ourselves in a race against the sun! Haha – luckily, Oliver was willing to speed through a bunch of cute poses like a little pro, and so were his human brothers! So the photos you’re about to see were created with a whole lot of hustle from everyone involved! :)

Oh – and a small but important side note! If you recognize Oliver and/or his brothers, DON’T tell their father about these photos! They’re an anniversary gift and we don’t want to spoil the surprise! (Their mom promised I could make this post, but let’s make sure they don’t go anywhere else!)


This is Oliver! I just love his sweet smile!

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Although he wasn’t too keen in staying in one place for more than a couple of seconds, his tennis ball helped him settle into the long grasses and relax…

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Here are all the brothers! (Oliver is the oldest at 14; his human siblings are 8 & 6 years old.) Aren’t they all so dapper & adorable?!

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Lisa, I had a great time with all of you! I’m so excited to show you the rest of our images soon! :)


Mr. Smith, the Downtown San Diego Mini Poodle!

September 19th, 2015

When you think of a urban, downtown-living dog, what comes to mind? I think it should be an image of Mr. Smith! This adorable San Diego mini poodle lives two blocks away from the harbor & Seaport Village, and he absolutely loves living in the center of downtown! He goes out for coffee with his mom, navigates along the city sidewalks, and watches the people walk by from the big windows in his home – he’s basically a pro at the urban lifestyle. And don’t worry, the noise of the nearby train doesn’t bother him – Mr. Smith is deaf, so the hustle & bustle of city life doesn’t keep him up at night!

Although it can be a challenge to work with deaf dogs, it’s still entirely possible to have a successful photo session! Mr. Smith’s parents, of course, know plenty of tricks to get his attention – and I quickly learned just how much he loves treats! (hint: A LOT) So while it was a slightly different photo session than most, it still ended up going really, really well. The most important thing was never how well Mr. Smith could hear what we said; it’s that his parents are head-over-heels in love with this little guy, and wanted to treat him (and themselves!) to a fabulous afternoon, and several images that document their beautiful life together.


We started our photo session in Mr. Smith’s condo, where he’s most comfortable…

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I just love the bandana he chose to wear! It complements his carpet so nicely! :)

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We also took a short walk around his neighborhood, and down to the harbor…

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… where we enjoyed watching the sun set, as Mr. Smith walked along the rock ledge bordering the water!

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Thank you, Amanda & Ryan, for a lovely afternoon! I’m so glad everything came together for us! Can’t wait to see you both again soon! :)



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