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.

Small Dog Meetup Group! ~ {Pensacola Pet Photography by Allison Shamrell}

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of going to Pensacola’s Small Dog Meetup Group! It was a round-up of some seriously adorable little dogs.

It’s always fun to introduce my business and myself to people I’ve never met before. When I say I’m a full-time pet photographer, I usually see a mixture of surprise and disbelief on people’s faces. I hear things like, “No way! I didn’t know you existed!”

That’s what I love about my niche of photography. I’ve never met someone who said, “Oh, your job sounds boring and terrible.” People do tell me that my job is difficult, all the time; I suppose some of them are getting fed up with blurry photos on their cell phones that they’ve tried to take on their own, or maybe their dogs are scared of cameras – which is difficult to deal with.

Then again, dog owners have (at least) one great advantage that I’ll never have as a professional photographer. They get to be around their dogs all day, every day! The sessions I spend with dogs and their owners are tons of fun, and we create memories that will last for years, but I’m just not there for the normal, everyday stuff that makes you laugh and remember how much you really, really love your dog. I can’t be there to take the photo at 7:15 when you’re leaving for work and your dog is just peeking out from beneath the covers, saying goodbye in his own way. I’m not there when you get back home after grocery shopping, and even though you’ve only been gone for half an hour, your dog is jumping and panting and tail-wagging like mad because he’s so happy to see you again! Unfortunately, I miss out on all that. (But then again, don’t feel too bad for me – I get it from my Bailey!)

So that’s why I really like events like this Small Dog Meetup Group. It’s a normal part of these dogs’ lives, and I get to hang out in the background and take a few photos. Nothing is staged, I’m never asking a dog to please stay there for one more second – it’s all natural. And beautiful. So thank you, owners of Pensacola’s Small Dog group, for letting me photograph your fun last Saturday morning.



This guy preferred to stay near his dad for most of the meetup… just a little shy!

Look at that FACE!





~   Dog Photography in Pensacola, Florida by Allison Shamrell   ~



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

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