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  ~  Allison@AllisonShamrell.com  ~  3251 Adams Avenue, Suite C, San Diego, CA 92116

Officially Voted the Best Pet Photographer in San Diego, 2014-2016, by the San Diego A-List.

CCI Service Dogs: Sanders & Florence

Photography sessions can be meaningful for many different reasons. Sometimes I photograph older dogs, who don’t have much time left, but their parents request sessions to have those last photos they can treasure for years after they’re gone. Sometimes I photograph dogs together with their human children siblings, and I love seeing the bond between best friends; what’s cuter than a boy and his dog? Sometimes dogs help us through hard times in our lives – deaths of friends and family members, divorce, natural disasters – and I feel so privileged that my clients have shared their stories with me, and I get to play a small part in helping them commemorate how special and important their dogs are in their lives.

 

My most recent session, however, is special in a different way. The dogs I photographed are young (Sanders is one and Florence is just eight weeks old), but their mom won’t get to see them grow old. And maybe I shouldn’t even call Elisa their mom; she’s training them for a life of service for someone else in need. She is a volunteer with CCI (Canine Companions for Independence), a non-profit organization that prepares dogs to live with and work for people with disabilities. Check out this video (and try not to cry!) to see the story of a wounded soldier named Jeffrey Adams, who is now independent and happy with the companionship of his CCI dog. The work that these trainers like Elisa do is nothing short of staggering; their hearts are so big to live with and train puppies, and eventually give them up to someone who needs them… I can’t hardly imagine doing what they do. Sanders is over one year old, so she’ll be heading into her final evaluation/graduation soon. Florence, on the other hand, still has a lot to learn! But they both have a long road ahead of them.

 

I’m not through with all the photos of Sanders & Florence yet, but here’s a Sneak Peek of just a few. Remember to like my Facebook page to see more of these two – because these dogs are so gorgeous (Elisa requested the black-on-black look, and I’m loving it!) that I’m sure I won’t be able to resist posting more photos of them soon!

 

I thought Florence seemed like a pretty calm puppy… then again, I only saw her for an hour! But she’s definitely a sweetheart.

CCI service dog Florence, a black lab puppy, in the studio.

 

 

Black lab puppy laying down on black studio background.

 

 

Sanders (left) definitely knows how to pose!

The photo on the right features the dogs in their capes. Sanders knows that when she’s wearing this, she’s working. Florence – well, she’ll know that one day! For now, let’s hope she grows into her too-big cape soon! :) I love their expressions in that photo, though: to me, Sanders looks ready to be off on the next stage of her life, and Florence looks ready to learn and be of service one day.

CCI service dogs, black lab mix and black lab puppy, on black studio backgrounds.

 

Oh, and just for fun: this photo made quite a splash on Facebook! My caption: “Under the cover of darkness, puppy Florence plots an attack on older sis Sanders…” hee hee! Can you think of another (better) caption?? Post it here in the comments or on Facebook!

CCI service dogs (black labs) goofing around in the studio.

 

 

The work these dogs do is just incredible, and I’m honored to have met them and Elisa. I’ll be posting more photos soon; thanks for visiting and stay tuned!

 

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Allison Shamrell Pet Photography
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San Diego's Best Pet Photographer, voted by the San Diego A-List 2014-2016
© Allison Shamrell Photography, 2016

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7 Responses to “CCI Service Dogs: Sanders & Florence”

  1. Jeff Bailey says:

    Ms Shamrell,

    I’m Elisa Bailey’s husband wand wanted to say thanks for amazing photos of Sanders and Florence! You are truely a gifted photographer and you’re not lacking in writing skills with the wonderful words about CCI. Working with these dogs is indeed a labor of love and I very much apprecaite you taking the time to help get the word out of what great things these dogs can do for people who need them.

  2. Deb Pose says:

    Love the black on black, so beautiful. God Bless the selfless people that train the dogs for the disabled.

  3. Pat Bird says:

    These are probably the best photos I have EVER seen of black dogs!! You tryly have a gift…..

    I am a Puppy Raiser for CCI and want to thank you for your kind words. We do put alot of our heart into each pup, but when they graduate and become a ‘miracle’ to someone, we are more than repaid.

    Wish you lived near Denver – the PRs here would keep you busy……..

    Pat Bird
    PR – Denver

    • These photos are so very exquisite. I am now partial to black labs and my current one is LGX. I’m also in Florida – Tequesta on East Coast. Maybe we will say hello in person sometime. Meanwhile, thank you for your brilliance. Nancy Polites, SER

  4. […] That woman’s name is LeAnne, and she’s raised him selflessly; training him in dozens of ways to help and live with someone who needs him one day. She was given Wrigley as a tiny 8-week-old puppy, and she’ll give him back to the CCI program (so he can go to “college”, the final segment of his training) when he turns one. Wrigley wasn’t the first CCI puppy I photographed, either – I photographed his predecessor, LeAnne’s previous dog Yankee, and another puppy raiser’s dogs, Sanders & Florence! You can see their photos here. […]

  5. […] That woman’s name is LeAnne, and she’s raised him selflessly; training him in dozens of ways to help and live with someone who needs him one day. She was given Wrigley as a tiny 8-week-old puppy, and she’ll give him back to the CCI program (so he can go to “college”, the final segment of his training) when he turns one. Wrigley wasn’t the first CCI puppy I photographed, either – I photographed his predecessor, LeAnne’s previous dog Yankee, and another puppy raiser’s dogs, Sanders & Florence! You can see their photos here. […]

  6. […] session with a fully-trained, active service dog! I wasn’t sure what to expect, honestly: the service dogs I’ve photographed in the past were adorable puppies, not yet fully grown & only somewhat aware of the huge responsibility they’d have one […]

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