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.

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  ~  ~  3251 Adams Avenue, Suite C, San Diego, CA 92116

Officially Voted the Best Pet Photographer in San Diego, 2014-2017, by the San Diego A-List.

3rd Anniversary! Celebrating pet photography business on both sides of the country!

Hello! Guess who’s ridiculously excited to celebrate being in business for 3 whole years? This girl!  :)

new dog photography portrait studio

(I know – this is a picture from my Grand Opening – but I thought it showed my true, appropriate amount of excitement! haha!)

I won’t lie: owning my own business has been hard. It’s been a struggle at times, and tears have been shed. I certainly haven’t done everything right – one look back at my old photos eliminates any doubt of that, haha! But what a ride it’s been! I wouldn’t trade any of it!! Being a business owner (which, truthfully, takes up much more of my time than the “photography” part of this photography business) is a dream come true. I have my husband and my dog to thank for it, and I’m doing the very best I can – because I want to keep on doing this for a long, long time.


san diego dog socialization


And in less than a week, I’ll get to sit back and smile at my calendar – because October 2010 marked the beginning of this crazy business! So it’s been 3 years – which means it’s time to CELEBRATE!

I thought about this for a long time. How should I mark this occasion? It’s a big one, after all… what to do… and then it hit me. This anniversary (or is it a birthday?) is just as much about my past clients as it is about my future clients. Three years in business have given me experience; the skill to not only take better pictures but to serve my clients better, and that’s something that takes effect over all different aspects of my business. What I’m trying to say is, while my photos have gotten closer and closer to the photography I see in my head, at the same time my business has gotten better. I’ve learned what products my clients love, how to make the entire process of the session seamless (and WAY fun), and how to deliver an experience that my clients will rave about. Everything has improved, and I have my earliest clients to thank for that. I suppose I should thank them on behalf of my future clients!


happy dog on stairs


So on this occasion, how could I celebrate the future and not the past? Simple: I can’t.

That’s why my 3rd anniversary of being in business is going to celebrate my past clients AND my future clients! Here’s the deal: I’m giving away a canvas gallery wrap of a photo from a past session, and a full session to a future client! Yay! :)  Since I can’t give my previous clients another shoot (as they all live in Florida), I’m going to give one of them a piece for their home they may not have envisioned or were able to afford the first time around. And they get to choose the size – ANY size! That’s right, they can pick a 16×20 or a 32×48; it’s completely up to them and it’ll be completely free! And then I’m going to cover the session fee for my newest California client, because as a photographer, it’s all about the next session – and I know my experiences with my past clients will make that session truly great.


balboa park flowers doggy


Want to know the best part? All of this is in YOUR hands! I’m not choosing a past client/canvas winner, or a future client/session winner – you are! All the action will be taking place on the Facebook page, and you can vote to choose who wins! So visit Allison Shamrell Pet Photography on Facebook between October 1st and October 10th. You’ll find a page to enter a photo of your dog (if you’re a future/potential client) and the ability to vote for who should win a spot on my calendar, and an album where you can vote amongst my past clients’ photos, so that one of them can win a new canvas gallery wrap. All the power is in your hands!


I’m absolutely thrilled to see who you lovely people pick to win – both winners, that is – so make yourself a reminder and make sure you stop by the Facebook page in the first week & a half of October! (Don’t worry, I’ll give you a quick reminder here on the blog too!) I’ll see you there! :)

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Call: 619.357.6624 // Email: // Visit: 3251 Adams Avenue, Suite C, San Diego, CA 92116
San Diego's Best Pet Photographer, voted by the San Diego A-List 2014-2016
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3 Responses to “3rd Anniversary! Celebrating pet photography business on both sides of the country!”

  1. Elaine says:

    Great idea Allison. Nice of you to give back. Love this pic of Daly ! We miss you. E

  2. Deb Pose says:

    Hey Allison it’s Deb your Pensacola groupie. You are the best photographer for pets, you love them and it shows during a session. Looks like Bailey has fit right in with the beach dog thing. I am so happy for you. you go girl

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