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.

Beginning Photography Class (#7 and 8!)

Back by popular demand – another Beginning Photography class for anyone who wants to learn how to take better pictures!



~  Saturday, May 12 at 3:00 pm  ~  4/26 UPDATE: OVERFLOW CLASS SCHEDULED FOR SUNDAY, MAY 13 AT 3:00 PM

~  at my house in Pace

~  wine (and chocolate chip cookies made from my secret recipe) will be present

~  lots and lots of FUN!


Bring your camera, your manual, ALL your questions, and something with which to take notes. We’ll be experimenting indoors and outdoors with the different settings on your camera. I can promise you a fun, relaxed and small class where you’ll feel totally comfortable to ask questions. If you’ve hardly ever poked around your new DSLR, then great! I’ll start from the beginning to teach you good habits and the best ways to get the photos you really want! If you’ve ventured out of auto mode a few times, even better! We’ll refine your technique and go over tricky lighting situations. This is the seventh class that I’ll have taught since January, so I already know many of the common questions/issues that DSLR novices have. My main goal will be to answer all your questions and make sure you feel confident in your camera’s manual modes!


You’ll learn how to…

Give portraits that creamy, out-of-focus background

A photo of a golden retriever outside, with a blurry background demonstrating bokeh, for a beginning photography class.


Freeze action instead of getting just a blur

A photo of two golden retrievers jumping through the water, with all action frozen and not blurry, for a beginning photography class.


Frame portraits for effective indoor and outdoor shooting… and more!

A photo of a poodle and his owner, with leading lines and good composition, for a beginning photography class.



Note: this will not be a pet-oriented event. Although you know dogs are my favorite subject to photograph, the principles you’ll learn will be for general photography and applicable to any subject – kids, sports, family photos, etc.


We’ll also go over the best national labs for printing your photos, the best editing softwares (both free and not free), and other related topics.


The nitty-gritty:
~  Cost for attending: $69 per person
~  Length of class: 2 hours, give or take. Really, just as long as everyone wants to keep learning!
~  The class will be capped at 6 people, because smaller classes are better!
~  If you don’t feel like you learned your money’s worth of information and handy tips, I’ll give you a refund. Seriously.


How to reserve your spot: 
~ call 850.696.7518
~ or email
~ Do either one of the above, but do it by Saturday, May 5th! (I have a feeling the class will fill up before then – so please don’t wait till the last minute!)


I really hope you consider making time in your life for this class. Learning a new skill doesn’t have to be difficult, and this particular skill is incredibly useful. You can take pictures that do more than document events – you’ll be proud of the photos you take. I hope to hear from you soon!


(PS: would you like come to class and bring several of your friends? Contact me about private classes just for your amigos – at your house or mine!)

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San Diego's Best Pet Photographer, voted by the San Diego A-List 2014-2016
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One Response to “Beginning Photography Class (#7 and 8!)”

  1. Connie Best says:

    I would really like to attend your class on the 12th. I have Bill’s Nikon that I really need to learn how to use. (It cost way too much to just let it sit around). I am getting ready to leave my current store and start floating all of the local CVS stores as they need me so I am not totally sure of my schedule at the moment but I will try to put in for that day off.

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