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.

Studio Pet Photography for Dogs & Cats – Featuring the Animals of La Jolla Colony Vet Hospital!

May 6th, 2014

This studio pet photography session had its beginnings a few weeks ago, at the Helen Woodward Animal Center Puppy Love 5k event… I was chatting with many of the runners & walkers as they came back from the race, and a woman with an adorable, border-collie-mix dog walks up to my booth! I came out from behind my table to meet her dog, we get to talking, and eventually she introduces herself as a veterinarian and the new owner of La Jolla Colony Veterinary Hospital! She asked me about working together on some new decor for her clinic’s lobby, and of course I was happy to oblige! I absolutely love working with local businesses, and if I can give fellow entrepreneurs a few pieces of art that makes them love their business just a little bit more – especially if it features their own pets! – then I consider it a match made in heaven! :)

So imagine my surprise when she told me that I wouldn’t just be working with her border collie mix, Mony – but also with her terrier mix dog and her two cats! Cats in the studio?! That’s only happened a few times before, with – ahem – mixed results, so I knew this would be a verrrrry interesting session! Let me introduce you to the stars of the show…

This is Mony (left) and Daisy Mae (right)! Mony is a border collie/spaniel mix, and Daisy is… well… a big question mark! She has terrier in her heritage, that’s for sure, but after that your guess is as good as mine. Mony is 5 and Daisy is 10, but both have the energy level of a 1-year-old! I just love these two!

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And here are the brave felines that came along, too! Just wait until you hear their names – and I don’t mind telling you, since their mom is a vet and you know she loves them very much (even if their names don’t exactly suggest that they’re beloved members of the family): Booger & Skidmark! Haha!! I laughed out loud when I heard that! Even more interesting: you’d never guess it from their photos, but these kitties are actually littermates! Despite their hesitance, I really enjoyed working with them both – we put the “pet” in studio pet photography session, rather than giving all the attention to their canine siblings… cats deserve their time in the studio, too!

studio cat photos


Sarah & Ben, I loved getting together with you both – thank you for bringing everyone in to the studio (I know it wasn’t easy)! I can’t wait to see these fluffy faces on the walls of your new clinic! :)


Holiday Pet Photography Mini-Sessions!

October 25th, 2015

I could not be more excited to announce the amazing event that I’ve been planning for weeks now!! Since the holiday season is my busiest time of year, and I certainly don’t enjoy turning people away that call me in mid-November for Christmas card photos, I’ve designed an event that will open up my availability to dozens of San Diego families, just in time for the holidays! Drumroll please… announcing…


My 2015 Holiday Mini-Sessions!


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holiday mini sessions pet photography



As the graphics above describe, here are all the details:

~  $99 for a 15-minute mini photo session!

~  These are happening on November 21 & 22, 2015.

~  We’ll be in a San Diego public park on the 21st, and the studio (on Adams Ave) on the 22nd.

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

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

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

~  Booking opens on November 1st! See below how to reserve your time slot.


And just because this is a special event, I’ve been working with almost a dozen other businesses to put together swag bags for all the attendees! These are some of my very favorite local businesses that I love & trust – I’m talking about Camp Bow Wow, Decadent Dog, San Carlos Animal Hospital, Kensington Pet Supply, Dogs Abound, La Jolla Colony Vet Hospital, Earthwise Pet Supply, Awesome Doggies – and they’ve combined forces to create swag bag goodies that are absolutely AMAZING! I’m so excited – if you add up everything inside, they’re actually worth more cash than the session fee itself! Gah! So fun! :)


Of course, during each mini-session, I’ll create more than just one Christmas-card-worthy image. 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:

holiday pet mini-session pricing


Here’s how to reserve your time slot!

  1. Wait until November 1st – make a reminder or mark it on your calendar!

  2. Email me at, or call me at 619.357.6624 to pick your time slot!

And that’s it! Pretty simple! But I have a feeling these mini-sessions are going to sell out – so don’t wait until mid-November to get in touch!


Yahoo! I can’t wait! And I hope to see you there! :)


Best of 2014 Pet Photography in San Diego

January 14th, 2015

I have a treat for you today! I’ve spent a bit of time recently putting together a massive blog post… and it features my favorite images from all of 2014! That’s right, an entire year, summed up into one blog post! I picked three photos from each session I photographed, and let me tell you, limiting these “favorites” down to just three of each family was hard! But I’m excited to show you the final result… so settle in for a whole bunch of puppy cuteness coming your way! The photos are in in alphabetical order, by each pets’  names, and I’ll try to resist making comments on every single one… but I can’t make any promises, haha! I’m so excited to introduce you to EACH of my amazing clients! So here we go… it’s the Best of 2014!



 This is Annabel, the corgi! How cute is she, hiding in the grass?

cute corgi san diego


 … and rolling in it?!

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 I love this pup. Such a happy dog.

cute corgi photo



 This is Bailey and his family! Aren’t they beautiful?

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I think this photo might have ended up on their Christmas card…

black and white family photo


 Ahhh, the colors in the sky that night were incredible…

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 This is Beatrix, the border collie puppy! She was just 10 weeks old when I met her!

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Those ears. Stop it right now.

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 She’s so beautiful! Can’t you just tell she’s going to grow up into a gorgeous dog?

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 This is Bella, and as you can see, she’s an award-winning dog! Check out all her obedience titles!

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 Turns out, she’s smart and beautiful! :)

black and white dog


 And this is her best friend, Phelan the Keeshond! Doesn’t he just glow in the late afternoon sunlight?

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 This cutie is Belle, hiding in the grass just off the beach in Del Mar! She’s a Bichon Frise!

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This photo graced the front of Belle’s family’s Christmas card this year, and I just about died laughing when I saw it! How cute is she?!

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Okay, this is a close second place for a cute Christmas card photo! :)

family christmas photo



This is PeeWee, a cat that lives in Kensington with her canine siblings, Bernie & Stella. (You can see Stella in the reflection of the window here!)

cute cat window


 Bernie and his mom, on the beach in San Diego.

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Bernie & Stella!

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Here are Biscuit & Apollo, in a park just down the road from their house in northern San Diego!

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 This is Blitz! His stunning black fur combined with that bright pink tongue make a great combination, in my opinion… (plus, I love bloopers, haha!)

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This is Bolt, the westie!

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best westie photo


 He may be little, but he can RUN!

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This is Brigette, the miniature poodle! (And this is her favorite spot in the house – her parents’ bed!)

cute mini poodle


 Okay, really, this is her favorite spot: in her mother’s arms.

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 I hope her dad won’t get upset at me for posting this… but I just love the “conversation” they’re having!

family photo with poodle



This is (the silhouette of) Brizzie the labradoodle!

sunset dog photo


 Here she is, a little easier to see this time :)

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 … and this is Brizzie’s goofy sister, Dixie!

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This is a close-up of Butterbean, the black lab… for some reason I just love all those little bubbles & droplets on his whiskers.

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 He loves the water!

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 Nobody tell Canon about this photo… I got a little too close! Oops!

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This is Casper, the westie/terrier mix, in front of – where else? – the fabulous Hotel Del Coronado!

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 He could have splashed through that gorgeous blue water all day long.

splashing dog water


 Here’s Casper & his mom – she’s the co-owner of Kensington Pet Supply!

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This is Chase, the bearded collie (or “beardie”) – a total goofball, as you can tell!

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 Playing catch at sunset? Yes please.

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 Here are Chauncey & Grady, two adorable mutts from Kensington.

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This is Chewie, the schnauzer mix!

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This is Emma, the chocolate lab puppy…

best chocolate labrador photo


… and here’s the rest of her family! Aren’t they beautiful together?

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Emma & big sister Chloe also visited the studio for a second session this year…

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… so here’s another photo, just for fun! :)

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 This is Cleo, the terrier mix… (she has plenty to say)

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and this is her brother Tucker, the chihuahua mix!

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 Tucker & Cleo also joined me for another photo session outdoors, later in the year!

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 It was especially fun to see Cleo let loose and RUN!

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 Plus, they brought their friend Rusty, the winking dachshund! ;)

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Here are Daisy & Duke and their mom, on the coast in Del Mar.

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Ahhhh – Duke’s profile is so amazing! What a handsome dog!

best dog silhouette photo



Here’s Daisy & Mony, two pups from Carlsbad!

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Mony has such a good “serious” face.

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You can see this photo hanging up in Colony Vet Hospital – their mom is the vet there!

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 Who doesn’t love English bulldogs? These pups are named Delilah & Bella.

best english bulldogs photo


 They got a little rowdy with their Halloween costumes…

bulldogs in costumes


 … Merry Christmas? :)

funny bulldogs christmas



This is Clyde, the 8-year-old dachshund…

dachshund in studio


 … and his sister Della, the German shepherd puppy!

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 Della LOVES fetch!

german shepherd photo



These lookalike mutts are Dexter & Rocco, here in their backyard.

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  LOVE that face!

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Dexter is permanently attached to his mom’s side. So sweet.

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This little cutie is Buster, a shih tzu in San Marcos…

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 … and this is his buddy Phineas with his mom, Liz! She might be a familiar face if you’ve ever stopped into Dogs Abound – she’s the co-owner there, with Buster’s mom!

cute licking photo


 Phineas is ball-obsessed, can you tell? :)

best action dog photos



This is Ele! These sweet eyes are just too much for me to handle… how can you possibly say no to that face?

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 You might have seen her floppy ears in person if you’ve ever visited Hairy & Merry in Little Italy! She’s the shop mascot!

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… and apparently she thought our session was a bit boring at the end, haha!

sleeping cute cute photo



This is Faith! This adorable terrier mix lives in Point Loma.

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Everyone coordinated their wardrobe for our photo session! (Or I wonder if mom & dad chose their clothes to match Faith’s harness…)

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cute terrier puppy



 This is Finn! Posing like a pro on the beach in Del Mar.

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I love Finn’s cute family!

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maltipoo photo



 This is Fozzie…

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… and here he is with his brother, Goober, and their parents!

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 They happen to have a nice, big backyard for Goober to wander around in.

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Oh my goodness – the head tilts on these two are too much! Here are Haley & Teddy, Australian shepherds!

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aussie action photo



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This too-cute-for-words puppy is Milan…

corgi puppy


… she loves her mom…

best corgi photo


 … and here’s her older brother, Harley!

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 This happy family includes a childhood friend of mine, and pups Harvey & Batgirl!

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dog chasing ball



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These gorgeous goldens are named Hudson & Harley.

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 Hudson loves his human siblings!

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These two adventure-loving hounds are Hunter & Caymen!

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border collie mix



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This sweet old face belongs to Izzy, a shar pei. She was recently diagnosed with cancer, unfortunately – but her treatments are going well & she’s fighting back! Yay!

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 And she loves her mom… very much.

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 This is Izzy’s brother, Pico!

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This is Jilli, a golden retriever/Australian shepherd mix!

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 Fetch is her favorite thing. Ever.

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 Here are Kendall, Raven & their mom Deb! I must have told a funny joke… :)

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 Raven can’t get enough of the hose!

happy jumping dog



This is Kiva, a gorgeous rag doll cat in Del Mar.

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 Kitty paws! Eeek!

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 Kiva & her mom! Love them!

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This scruffy pup is Lily, and she lives the good life with her parents in Carlsbad!

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best running dog photo



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Lottie the Rottweiler shows off an alternative type of family photo pose…

rottweiler family photo


 She must not have gotten the “dress in white” memo. ;)

alternative family photo with dog


What a goofball!

goofy dog outdoors



This is Lucy the Jack Russell terrier puppy – or, as you may call her, Master of the Head Tilt.

puppy head tilt


 Lily’s front yard was an absolute dream to photograph in – so many fun colors & textures!

adorable jack russell terrier puppy


 But Lucy’s a puppy, after all, so by the end of her session she was totally tuckered out!

sleeping puppy



This is Lucy, a particularly regal golden retriever.



 This is Lucy’s sister, Gracie, in action…



 … and this is their baby sister, Scarlett! I have to admit, this photo is kind of a blooper, but I love A) the ball about to narrowly miss my head as it whizzes by, B) those big puppy eyes locked on her target, and C) Scarlett’s mom’s expression as she realizes that ball she just threw is almost going to hit me! Haha!




This is Maddie & her mom Leslie, in their second session with me…

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 … I just love this silly dog! And I’m so glad to keep seeing her doing well after her cancer treatments in the past!

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This is (the bottom half of) Marley, an American Staffordshire terrier, and her mom Sarah. Marley tends to get excited and JUMP! :)

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 Here she is, in her happy place.

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This is Sally! She’s a sheltie, and has two brothers…

coronado sheltie


… Marty & Tag!

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 Oh, Tag, you are such a shy sweetheart. And those ears… too cute!

black and white sheltie



This is Molly! She’s a Jack Russell terrier & enjoys hiding her tennis ball in the bushes sometimes.

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happy old dog


 And this is Molly’s sibling, Snowball the rabbit!

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Peanut the mixed-breed dog is such a great poser! She lives with her parents in Point Loma.

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Pete is a goofy, happy pit bull in Escondido!

best pittie picture


 I LOVE the way he runs! Look at all that happiness, haha!

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 But Pete’s favorite spot is actually indoors, relaxing on the couch.

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This is Pi the tabby cat, in his dad’s arms.

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 Here are Prim & Track, vizslas from San Diego! We visited Fiesta Island for their photo session, and they ran around everywhere!

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vizsla in water


 They may be intense athletes, but they clean up pretty nicely too. :)

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 This is Roxy! She’s a lucky dog – her parents own Camp Bow Wow in El Cajon!

elderly labrador


 … and this is Roxy’s goofy, happy face! :)

best funny dog triptych


 And this is Roxy’s sister Madison. With plenty of attitude.

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These big eyes belong to Roxy, a pug/dachshund mix! (Don’t you want to give her a treat right now?? That expression, gah!)

san diego puggle


 And this is Roxy’s sister Ruthie, the greyhound!

best greyhound photo



 Ruthie is so pretty!

san diego greyhound



This vizsla puppy is named Newman. And yes, he fell asleep in my studio. #toocuteforwords

sleeping dog in studio


 Here’s Ruger, his more elderly counterpart – these were two of four vizslas I photographed in one session!

old dog


 This is Ruger’s feline sister, Marley.

cat on billiards table



 This gorgeous duo is Sammy & his mom Janet, at the beach in San Diego.

dog beach silhouette


 I just love this sunset silhouette photo!

best sunset dog picture


 I just realized that you don’t get to see Sammy or Janet’s faces in any of these three photos… sorry! I promise they’re just as good-looking from the front! But I just love this peaceful, end-of-the-day beach photo, and I couldn’t resist including it with my other two favorites.

best dog beach photo



 Puppy birthday parties? Yes please! This is Savannah, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel!

birthday puppy photo



cavalier king charles spaniel puppy



spaniel puppy with mom



Haha – this shaking dog is Scooby, a chocolate lab!

dog shaking water



human and dog feet



dog handing paw silhouette



And this pup’s name is also Scooby! His session was scheduled at the last minute, because of medical issues… but he perked right up for his photos!

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best yorkie photo



last moments dog photo



AHHH! Stop it, Wellington, you are WAY too cute! I just love the way this pup runs with a big smile on his face!

san diego running puppy



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This is Wellington’s big sister, Star.

dog tongue



This golden beauty is Sadie, posing on the beach in Del Mar.

best golden retriever san diego


 I love golden retrievers’ fur when it gets wet. I really do. All kinds of interesting textures & patterns appear!

dog fur close up


 This is Sadie’s brother, Steam – a.k.a. Squeaks!

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This Yorkie’s name is Terri; he visited the studio with his parents for a few Christmas-themed photos!

best yorkie photo san diego


I don’t know what this expression is… but I loooove it! Haha! :)

yorkie san diego


 What an adorable family!

family with yorkie



Seriously, I feel like I should apologize to other photographers… because my clients are clearly the most gorgeous! These dogs are Trevor & Tori, with their parents in San Diego.

family beach photo san diego


 Tori the boxer doesn’t slow down very often… but when she does, it’s to spend time with her mom.

boxer on the beach in san diego



sweet black and white photo



This little cutie pie is Turbo! (and she’s appropriately-named, I can promise you that!)

pomeranian mix dog



san diego pomeranian


 She was such a great poser here in the studio!

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This is Wilson the corgi, searching for interesting smells and any trouble he can get into…

funny corgi


 … but just look at that face! Trouble, what trouble?

handsome corgi



happy corgi dog



 Winn Dixie the kitten was recently adopted, and I think she loves having a new home with her mom…

cute kitty snuggles


 … amidst a whole library to explore!

cat in books



beautiful cat picture



And finally, this is Yoda, the chihuahua mix who’s pretty much obsessed with her ball.

best dog chasing ball photo


 And here’s Yoda with her sister, Obi-Wan!

chihuahua mix dogs



family photo san diego



Oh my goodness – there you have it, my favorite photos of the year. (Okay, some of my favorites – I could have picked out so many more!) I can’t say this often enough: thank you, thank you, thank you to all my clients. You made my year downright fantastic and I feel so blessed to know each & every one of you, and your dogs & cats too. You’re awesome.


If this is your first visit to my blog and your dog isn’t included here in this post, I would love to include him/her in my 2015 wrap-up :) so please feel free to reach out to me with any questions about booking a photo session for your family, via email ( or phone (619-357-6624).


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