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.

Chaotic Dog Photography with Two Yorkies, a Shih Tzu & an Australian Shepherd

There are some photo sessions that go incredibly smoothly for me, the dog & the dog’s parents. The dog(s) is/are well-trained, we have beautiful weather, and things just fall into place, making my job easy! (well, maybe not easy, but you get the picture.)

This was NOT one of those sessions! (haha!)

Don’t worry, my session with BJ, Bailey, Bandit & Madison was still tons of fun and we got some great images. But I’m going to be honest here: would I describe it as “easy” for me? Or their parents? Nope! Haha, these pups made me WORK to get the photos I got: BJ the Yorkie is dealing with some possessiveness/jealousy issues, I got the feeling Bandit is only happiest when he’s laying down & relaxing, while Madison the Aussie is ready to play rough with (and sometimes harass) all the other dogs. Let’s just say it wasn’t a boring session, that’s for sure! :) I think everyone (the dogs, their parents & myself) all deserved a nap once we finished with all five (five!) hours of shooting. So let me introduce you to the troublemak- I mean, dogs!

This is Madison, an Australian shepherd puppy that has boundless energy and the cutest, happiest smile I’ve ever seen! Isn’t she completely adorable? The camera loves her and I do too.

happy australian shepherd


We started our session out on the beach, and BJ (left) & Bailey (right) both enjoyed soaking up a few rays. They needed a little coaxing to eventually run around and have fun, but I think they definitely enjoyed their first-ever beach experience!

yorkies on the beach

Bandit really came alive in the studio; he’s a shih tzu and the oldest dog of the bunch. Doesn’t he look good on the gray backdrop?
shih tzu and yorkie in studio


BJ was a bit of a drama-causer during our session, but DANG the boy can pose!! With images like this, I forgive him… :)

yorkie in photo studio


Here’s one more of BJ because it cracks me up: he got slightly possessive over the family kiddie pool. TOO cute for words!

yorkie peeks out at camera


Bandit was more than happy to relax on the bed near the end of our session… we definitely tuckered him out!

a shih tzu lays on a beg


Kelee & Cathy, thank you for a challenge I haven’t had in a long time. Truly! I had a fun morning with your pack and I’m loving the images I’m seeing so far… I can’t wait to come back and show you everything! :)


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