Me with my muse, Bailey!

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.

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Archive: June, 2016

Bono, Patriot & Archie in Del Mar! (Emergency Pet Photo Session)

Friday, June 10th, 2016

Bono the dog is a total sweetheart, a put bull with a huge smile and gorgeous brindle fur. I absolutely loved meeting him and working with him. So although it’s not too often that I schedule an emergency pet photo session, it breaks my heart that I had to do it for sweet, happy Bono.

I use the term “emergency” because my calendar typically books up about 1-2 months in advance with photo sessions. Which is great, from a business perspective – I love keeping busy! – but it’s not so great when someone has just received a terminal diagnosis from their vet clinic. Bono may not have that much longer with his family, and I hope that the vet’s predictions are entirely wrong and he still has many happy years left! But just in case his doctor isn’t wrong, his mom wanted to safe rather than sorry, and filled me in on Bono’s situation. So we were able to schedule our photo session just a week after chatting for the first time, and I got to meet Bono – and his canine brothers too! We had a fun, relaxed photo session and didn’t push any of the dogs too hard (Patriot the pittie is on the older side, and Archie the pit/Basenji mix prefers to relax, not run around). So it was a fun, leisurely time and I’m just so thankful that we were able to get together so quickly. Because I wouldn’t want to miss out on any time with Bono and his brothers.


This is Bono! Despite his medical issues, he’s feeling good and keeps a smile on his face! Isn’t the canine spirit amazing?

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This is Archie, the dog who goes down playground slides! He’s also close with his human sister, and it was so much fun to see them interact & play with each other.

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Last but certainly not least, this is Patriot. He’s a soulful old pup, and more than happy to just sit back and watch the action unfold around him. Unless he sees another dog, of course – then he’s off to go say hello!

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Hanna & Kurt, thank you for introducing me to your wonderful dogs… I’m looking forward to seeing you both again soon!


Maddie the Coton de Tulear Puppy!

Monday, June 6th, 2016

From the moment I started talking to Maddie’s mom, I knew I was in for a treat! Not only is Maddie a Coton de Tulear – a super-rare dog breed that I almost never get the chance to work with – but she’s a puppy! Maddie is only 6 months old! Eeeeeek! I just knew she’d be a little star for her photo session… and I was right!

Coton de Tulear dogs are small, white, fluffy pups that often get mistaken for the maltese & Havanese breeds. They were only recognized by the AKC as their own breed a couple of years ago,  but they’re characteristically known as cheerful, charming dogs! (They’re famous for “dancing”, getting up on their back paws and standing/walking around!) Maddie was all of these things & more; she was a total sweetheart to work with! Her parents already take plenty of photos of her around the house, but they found themselves lacking in family portraits, so I was more than happy to meet them at Balboa Park in San Diego and help them with that problem! We had a great time enjoying the grass, flowers, and architecture of Balboa Park – and Maddie couldn’t resist making a few doggy friends while she was there, too! She’s a social pup and she has some strong opinions too, that’s for sure, haha!


For a puppy, Maddie can be quite thoughtful: “Hmmm, how can I go meet that dog over there? I just know we’ll be friends…”

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I just love her happy little smile!

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Maddie adores her parents. It was great to photograph the 3 of them together!

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Marsue & Greg, I had a great time with you & your sweet girl! I’m looking forward to getting together again soon!


Cooper the San Diego Goldendoodle! (Photos)

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

When Cooper appeared in his parents’ life, they weren’t looking for a dog…

Cooper was a gift from his parents’ son (so I guess that makes Cooper his “brother”?), and although he was a surprise addition to their family, it only took a few days before Cooper had completely stolen their hearts! This puppy is now several years old, and has always loved playing fetch and running around in the park – so that’s exactly how we began our photo session! Cooper could probably chase his ball for hours, and I couldn’t help but laugh as he sprinted joyfully across the grass. He has such a sweet personality & goofy smile!

Cooper is not just an adorable San Diego goldendoodle – he’s also a therapy dog! He visits schools and hospitals several times a week! What a perfect job for this happy boy; I know he’d bring a HUGE smile to my face. I’m so glad he’s out there brightening people’s lives…  he has certainly brought a light to his family, and I absolutely loved working with this handsome pup.


Cooper runs FAST! I love the way his soft, fluffy fur whooshes in the wind!

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He’s such a sweet boy.

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And then we headed back to Cooper’s house to take a few photos in his favorite spots… he waits at the top of the stairs for Dad to come home every day! Who wouldn’t love coming home to this face?!

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Joe & Carol, thank you for introducing me to your happy boy! I’m looking forward to showing you the rest of our images soon!


Abby’s Senior Photos with her dog Samantha!

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

It’s not every day that I get to work with a high school senior, so I absolutely loved the chance to photograph Abby & her dog Samantha before she heads off to college next year! Senior photos with dogs? Yes please! :)

Abby & Samantha have grown up together; Abby was about 10 years old when her family adopted Samantha, a purebred golden retriever, from a champion breeder. And although she tells me there was a bit of sibling rivalry in those first few days together, Abby & Samantha have become the best of friends, and I’m pretty sure neither one could imagine life without the other at this point. So I was honored to meet these two sisters at a pivotal time for them & their family, and provide Abby with some cute photos for her dorm room too!

Samantha is a happy-go-lucky golden retriever who can be equally sweet & stubborn! She doesn’t have a care in the world, and lives the good life with her family in San Marcos, CA. Her mom saw my portraits on the walls at Dogs Abound, which is where Samantha goes when her family has to leave town, and she gave me a call to arrange a photo session for her two beautiful daughters. I’m so glad she did – they were fabulous to work with, and even though Samantha isn’t much for traditional obedience commands like “sit” and “stay”, she gave me the happiest smiles to make up for it, haha! I can’t wait to show you their images!


Here are the two gorgeous ladies, in their front yard… I just love all the color & life in this photo!

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Samantha doesn’t work for free… we kept a steady stream of pets, attention & treats coming her way in exchange for a job well done! :)

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Abby & Nancy, thank you so much for a fun afternoon! I’m excited to show you the rest of our images soon! :)



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