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.

One-Year Anniversary Celebration of the San Diego Studio!

Hooray! I’m so excited! Today (June 15, 2014) is the one-year anniversary celebration of signing the lease and getting the keys to 3251 Adams Avenue, the location that I picked for my studio here in San Diego!  I can hardly believe it’s been a whole year of living & doing business in America’s Finest City… and honestly, compared to this moment last year, it feels like a lot has changed. I actually have friends in town, haha (we moved here without knowing anyone!), I have an employee (yay for Haley!), and an entirely new marketing plan for this changing & growing business. Sometimes it’s easy to look back and only see the challenges that I’ve faced along the way – because it hasn’t been an easy ride – but there have been lots of little victories too! And today is for celebrating those moments and clients that have been the inspiration behind Allison Shamrell Pet Photography‘s first year in San Diego!

First things first: the prizes up for grabs! I have First Place, Second Place and Third Place goodies for a few very lucky winners! Drumroll please…


anniversary celebration grand prize


This is The Beagle Package, as outlined on the main website, and the only “catch” is that it has to take place in the Embarcadero, just south of Seaport Village! This is a location that I’ve been dying to photograph ever since moving here and seeing it for the first time – the well-kept grass, the big old trees, the striking city skyline in the background – I think it’ll be an incredibly dynamic place for a session, so I’m treating one lucky first-place winner and their dog(s) to this $175 value!

(This session covers one hour of session time & up to two dogs. More dogs and/or time can be added on for an additional fee.)


And the next prize…

anniversary celebration giveaway


This is another BIG prize, and it’s for TWO winners! It brings the cost of The Beagle Package down to just $75, for example… or you can spend it on products after your Dalmatian Package, which already comes with $100 in print credit, for a total product credit of $200! And with this, you’ll have the flexibility to go anywhere in San Diego for your session – whether you’d prefer your house, my studio, your dog’s favorite park, or anywhere in between. If you met me at the big San Diego Humane Society Walk for Animals event a few weeks ago, you know this is the same prize that a lucky drawing winner scored that day!


And the final prize…

anniversary third place prize

This is a lovely fine art print, 8×10″ in size, that’s mounted to styrene (a firm, acid-free backing material) that helps the print stay strong & flat. The styrene adds thickness, so you can either place this print in a frame, or prop it up on an easel for even simpler display! Either way, it’s a beautiful piece with the quote “Dogs are not our whole lives, but they make our lives whole” by Roger Caras. And guess what: the design will be revealed on the Facebook page tomorrow, so be sure to “like” the page to see the finished piece! THREE people can win this prize!


Here’s how to enter: 

Simply leave a comment on this blog post with your name, your pet’s name(s), their breed(s), and why you want to win! 

Win a bonus entry by sharing this blog post on Facebook, too! Just leave a separate comment saying that you did so.

The final drawing will happen on Tuesday, June 17 at 5:00 pm, and winners will be contacted via email.

Good luck!


In addition to planning this giveaway, I’ve been reflecting a bit, too. Back when I first got the keys to the studio, I wrote a blog post which you can see here about how excited I was for the future, and everything else I was going through. Part of that post says:

I’m feeling a lot of different emotions right now – probably what every photographer that’s opened a studio goes through. I’m scared the space won’t live up to the ideas I have in my head if I can’t decorate it well enough. I’m scared for my upcoming bill at Home Depot. I’m scared that the investment will start to weigh on me. I’m scared of a break-in. But at the same time, I’m so excited to have a space in the community where I can invite people, clients & dogs over! I’m excited to be able to simply say, yes, I have a studio! I’m excited to decorate & design it, and I’m excited to have a place that can do everything I need it for: client meetings, shoots, ordering sessions, etc. Honestly, I’m a little bit excited to separate my business life from my personal life, because – not gonna lie – my time-management skills could use a bit of work (coughfacebookcough) and I think having limited access to my files at home might be just the push I need to be as productive as possible while working.

Looking back, I’m happy to say that the studio has lived up to the ideas I had in my head. The investment was a big one, and my Home Depot bills certainly added up, but all the progress slowly came to a close, and now I’m proud for my clients to visit my San Diego studio on a daily basis. Not to mention – I’ve met some incredible pets and seen some great photo sessions happen here! Check out just a few of the animals I’ve worked with this year, in & out of the studio:

belgian malinois photography point loma dogs photography  studio pet photography san diego  black french bulldog  pet photography in flowers  mcnab dog  studio dog photography  san diego labrador photo  fun pet photo      presidio park dog photography  in-home pet photography   balboa park flowers doggy  san diego studio cat photography shy rescue dog


So of course, there’s no other way I can finish this blog post than by profusely thanking the clients that I’ve had the pleasure of meeting this past year. There would be no anniversary celebration without you. Thank you – each of you – for everything, because while I feel honored to have given you memories & artwork of your family, I feel like you’ve given me so much more. Thank you.

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9 Responses to “One-Year Anniversary Celebration of the San Diego Studio!”

  1. Peggy says:

    I have been following your blog since I saw the beautiful photos you took of two of my favorite Vizslas, Prim & Track. Fantastic work! Since that time I have been wanting to get my own dogs photographed. I look forward to every blog with new photos. Amazing how you bring the dogs to life. Excellent photographer! Congratulations on your first year in San Diego.

  2. Peggy says:

    If I am lucky enough to win I would love to have one of my Newman, my 5-month-old Vizsla, photographed. I would love to catch some of his awkward puppy moves in a photograph.

  3. Peggy says:

    I ‘liked’ your blog on Facebook. I have liked you many times before since I am really impressed with your work.

  4. Kay Byrum says:

    I have the cutest chocolate Labradoodle know to man! I am retiring next month from teaching for 26 years and we are going to therapy dog training so I can take her to share with special needs children. Can’t wait!

  5. Leslie says:

    Maddie would love to sit for you again and with a different background – bonus!! :) She is a cancer-surviving machine and I would absolutely love to capture the moments again with her. No one thought it possible, but she may yet be around for another Christmas card and I would love for you to be our photographer again for it!!

  6. Leslie says:

    I shared your blog on FB! I am hoping my other San Diego friends with pups check you out. I mean, I have talked you up quite a bit. ;)

  7. Angie says:

    My name is Angie, and my furbaby’s name is Pete. He is a pitbull who I adopted from a rescue organization 5 1/2 years ago. I would love to win this because he is a very camera shy boy and I have a hard time getting any good pictures of him. Even if I don’t win, I may have to check out the packages and see which one works for us!

  8. Wendy Loeffler says:

    Your pictures of Leslie’s Maddie are great! My dog Guinness is a black and tan terrier mutt. He was a stray found running along a busy street in Oceanside as a puppy. I fostered him while they were looking for the owner, but fell in love from the moment I saw his Andy Rooney eyebrows. I would love to capture his high energy spirit!

  9. Tina says:

    My name is Tina and my baby’s name is Gizmo. He is a little Morkie rescue that just fell into my lap. His 2nd owner (she got him from a rescue) was moving out of state and no longer wanted to care for him so I decided to take him and at least give him some love until I could find him a forever home. Well that was 3 1/2 years ago and I knew from the first night when he slept in the bed with me that he had his forever home. He is everything to me and I would love to have some professional photos of him I can never seem to catch his personality or charm when I try. And your work seems to really catch that special something in each of your animal subjects.

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