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!

If you would like to receive a quick little email to let you know when I publish a new post, see the button at the bottom left of this page! Thanks! :)

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.

The Marley Story

I’m absolutely thrilled to introduce you to a special personal project of mine: The Marley Story. Inspired by one of my very favorite books, you’ll probably recognize a few scenes of the story – whether you’ve seen the movie, read the book, or your own dog has gotten into similar trouble! So without further ado, sit back, relax & enjoy.


Go ahead – click on it to enter “full screen” mode. It’s more fun that way.



I wanted to tell this story in pictures for two reasons. Firstly, I took it on as a creative personal project to stretch my storytelling skills. This project was very different from a normal photo session, and it was challenging in all sorts of ways. I could feel myself growing both photographically and as an album designer, both of which will benefit my future clients in the long run. As I’ve said before, photography is my way of telling stories, and I believe I’ve become a better storyteller through this project. And secondly, I wanted to tell this story because it’s simply so universally relatable. Every single person I know has a dog, has had a dog, or has stories about dogs they’ve known in their lives – and I think you could say the same. Marley the dog lived a life with perhaps a few more dramatic moments than some pets, but at the end of the day, there’s something wonderfully familiar & comforting about telling stories about a dog who is truly part of the family. And in my opinion, there are fewer better purposes to stories than to evoke comfort & happy memories.


I hope this story brightens your day and, if you have a dog, makes you want to give them a hug! :)


If you’re a first-time visitor to my blog, welcome! Feel free to take a look around! You can also visit my main website by clicking here, or connect with me on Facebook or Pinterest as well. I’d be honored if you choose to share this story with your friends & family, either by posting it to social media or – even better – gathering around the screen & experiencing it together.


“A dog has no use for fancy cars or big homes or designer clothes. Status symbol means nothing to him. A waterlogged stick will do just fine. A dog judges others not by their color or creed or class but by who they are inside. A dog doesn’t care if you are rich or poor, educated or illiterate, clever or dull. Give him your heart and he will give you his.”

– John Grogan

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
Allison Shamrell Pet Photography
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
© Allison Shamrell Photography, 2016

First time here? You're on the blog! Visit the main website with Allison's portfolio & session info here:

Tags: ,

Like this post? Share it!


3 Responses to “The Marley Story”

  1. Deb Pose says:

    I consider myself pretty intelligent but I feel for the euthanasia in the movie and darn if I didn’t keep watching your movie because I forgot about that .

  2. Carolynn says:

    You are such an amazing photographer. You told this amazing story beautifully!!

  3. […] Enjoy Allison Shamrell’s Personal Project:  The Marley Story. […]

Leave a Reply


All Images Copyright Allison Shamrell Photography: | Blog Theme Created by LJP & SLR Lounge