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.

A Pet Photographer’s Birthday Present to Herself – and Someone Else!

It’s tradition: each year, I give myself a birthday present that’s also a gift for someone else! :)  And my birthday is September 3rd! Tomorrow! (Yay!) So it’s definitely time to announce the present…

Confused? Here’s what happens: I choose a dog breed that I’d LOVE to work with – one that I’ve never photographed before – and after a “casting call” of sorts, I give a complimentary session to the dog’s owner! It’s a pretty good deal for everyone involved, I think! haha! So here it is, this year’s birthday breed:

The Afghan Hound!


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That long flowing hair, those graceful limbs, the deep expressive eyes… everything about the Afghan Hound says “beauty”. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting one, briefly, but I’d LOVE to actually photograph one! So if you know someone with an Afghan, first of all remind them how lucky they are. Then send them to this blog post! Here’s what they have to do to have a chance at winning a complimentary one-hour photo session:

~  Visit my main website,, and make sure they like my style – which is natural, playful, and soulful. If they’d prefer formal, posed portraits in front of a fake fireplace background, I’m probably not the photographer for them. They should also check out the Pricing page – the Beagle Package is what’s at stake.

~  Email me at with a photo of their dog (it can be just a snapshot), and include just a few sentences about why they’d like to win the session, and what they’d do with the photos.

~  And that’s it! Within a week or so, I’ll choose a winner! It’s the best way to celebrate a pet photographer’s birthday, I think! haha :)


Last year’s birthday breed was the Bernese Mountain Dog, and Juno the 1-year-old Bernese was the lucky pup chosen to win! She brought her sisters (a chocolate lab and a golden retriever) along, of course, and we had a ridiculously fun session together. I can’t wait to meet this year’s winner – so, to all you Afghan Hound owners, good luck! :)




~  Contacting me does not guarantee a free session. Only one winner will be picked, and they must own an Afghan Hound. Email submissions from friends/family of the Afghan’s owner will not be considered.

~  Other dogs may participate in the session, as long as they live in the same household as the Afghan.

~  The Beagle Package includes one hour of time in any location in/around central San Diego. Additional fees will apply when including more than two dogs or requesting travel beyond 30 minutes’ driving time from the studio at 3251 Adams Ave in Normal Heights, San Diego.


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