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.

Pensacola Beginning Photography Class

Welcome to my first blog post of 2013! Yahoo! :)

I’m betting many of you either A) received a brand new DSLR camera for Christmas, or B) made a resolution to finally learn how to use the one you already own! So no matter how long you’ve owned your camera, if you’re a beginner (or as some of my attendees used to say, “even-below-beginner-level”), this is the photography class for you!


If you come, you’ll learn how to:

Example of a photography technique: bokeh & low aperture.

Example of a photography technique: fast shutter speed.

Example of a photography technique: the rule of thirds.


and more! Honestly, I think the most important thing attendees take away from my class is CONFIDENCE. They know HOW to create the images they envision in their heads! 


We’ll also talk about the best labs for printing your photos (not all labs are created equal!), the best editing softwares (both free and not free), and where to find new lenses. My main goal is to answer all your questions, no matter WHAT they’re about.


This class will be at my house in Pace on Saturday, January 19th at 3:00 pm. 

UPDATE: there will be an overflow class the next day, Sunday, January 20th at 3:00 pm as well! The Saturday class is FULL!


I very much enjoyed the beginner photography class that Allison teaches.
She is very informative, and it was a very casual situation – that for me is a perfect way to learn.
– Deb P.


Allison’s class made it both fun and easy to get a grip on the skills I needed. I really enjoyed taking the same picture with different settings.  Allison’s feedback made learning a two way street. So much nicer than an on-line course!!! My photos have never looked better!
– Leslie A.


Allison’s knowledge of cameras and composition really helped me immensely.  She put me on the path to really hone my photography skills.

– John F.


Allison’s Beginning Photography class was a huge help in learning how to use my new DSLR. I left the class feeling a little more confident, and I’ve ditched my boring “how-to” books!

– Jessica R.


My husband and I really enjoyed Allison’s Beginning Photography class. The information she shared with us helped us understand lighting, shutter speed and what settings to put our camera on for the best picture. We have taken pictures on our cruise to the West Indies and of course our 4 dogs :)
– Traci M.


This class will last about 2 hours and cost $69. I’m capping attendance at 6 people, because there is only one of me and I don’t want you to feel lost. It’s very hands-on; you’ll need your camera, all your lenses, the manual if you have it, and something with which to take notes. Also, I tend to serve my famous chocolate chip cookies and/or wine. Hope that’s ok. :) Oh, and if you don’t feel like you got your money’s worth of info and tips, I’ll give you your money back.


To book your spot in class: email me at with your name, phone number & type of camera! That’s it! 


Answers to FAQ:

~  This will be held at my house in Pace; I live about 5 minutes over the bridge from Pensacola.

~  Yes, I’m a pet photographer, but this class will NOT be pet-specific. Instead, we’ll discuss techniques & strategies that can be applied to photographing people or any subject.

~  Yes, I’ve taught this class before. This will actually be my tenth Beginning Photography class. Why does this matter? I know what your questions & struggles are, and I know how to best illustrate the solutions.

~  You pretty much need a DSLR to attend – this is the big honkin’ kind of camera, not the kind that can fit in your pocket. Without it, you can still come, but most everything you’ll learn will be theory, while the rest of us actually do some hands-on practicing. (We’ll be using manual modes, so the dial on the top of your camera needs to have letters like M, A, S, P, Av, and Tv. Very few compact cameras have these modes, so contact me if you have questions about this.)


Hope to see you soon! :)


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