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  ~  Allison@AllisonShamrell.com  ~  3251 Adams Avenue, Suite C, San Diego, CA 92116

Officially Voted the Best Pet Photographer in San Diego, 2014-2016, by the San Diego A-List.

Tag: ‘cats’



Gemma the Gorgeous Calico Cat (from Rancho Santa Fe)

Monday, June 19th, 2017

I’m so excited to introduce you to Gemma! She’s a gorgeous 2-year-old calico cat, and ever since her parents adopted her from Rancho Coastal, she’s been showering them with gifts to express her gratitude. You know the type of “gifts” cats give their owners, right? Mice and small lizards are pretty common, but Gemma is no common cat. She’s so athletic that she gets to give her parents exceptionally rare finds, like rats (!) and even a hummingbird (!!!) – not to mention she gets pretty creative with exactly where in the house she delivers those gifts! So although her parents might prefer a different way to show her appreciation, suffice to say that Gemma won the adoption lottery when she found such loving, wonderful parents – and she knows it.

When you arrive at Gemma & her family’s house, it’s hard not to be impressed. Gemma has a stunningly beautiful, custom-built home with plenty of sunny patches of light on the hardwood floors that are simply perfect for sunning oneself. Not to mention a yard with grass & flowers to go hunting in, and even a koi pond full of “roommates”! At the beginning of our session, Gemma shyly gave me a tour of her territory, preferring not to pose for my camera quite yet. So I followed her around the expansive living room, crawling on the hardwood floors and making plenty of silly (and rather embarrassing) sounds to get her fleeting attention… honestly, something tells me Gemma just wanted to see me work for it, haha! So eventually she decided I was worth her consideration, and she opened up and posed for the camera like a total pro. That’s what I’ve learned from photographing cats over the years – you’re on their schedule, not the other way around! But I’m so glad I had the chance to meet Gemma, and that she (slowly) came around to the idea of a photo session… the images we ended up with made crawling around on the ground totally worth it!  :)

 

This is Gemma – isn’t she gorgeous?!

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Before modeling, you have to stretch! :)

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We went outside to the garden in the heavenly evening light, and Gemma obligingly looked my way (while simultaneously monitoring the grounds for critters, of course).

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Tanya, thank you so much for introducing me to your beautiful kitty! I’m so excited to share the rest of our images with you soon! :)

 

Tierrasanta Pets – Obi, Bender & Fry! (Photo Session)

Friday, October 7th, 2016

I was so thrilled to meet this sweet family and ALL of their pets recently! 2 people, 2 cats, and 1 dog – that’s a recipe for a wonderful photo session, and Obi, Bender & Fry definitely didn’t disappoint!

These Tierrasanta pets are all so unique – and if you’re familiar with the show Futurama, you already have an insight into Bender & Fry’s personalities, haha! They’re gorgeous black kitties who are social, outgoing and love to be outside. I got to play with them and see their demure yet cheerful personalities for myself, and although they weren’t big fans of the “family photo” idea, they struck plenty of cute poses around their backyard for me! They’re also pretty patient around their younger (but much bigger) brother, Obi, the newest addition to the family! Obi is an 11-month-old goofball, a mutt with about 27 different breeds in his heritage (okay, more like 6, but still!) and show-stoppingly handsome good looks. He was constantly bumping into things, acting generally silly, and keeping a constant eye on the treat bag during our session, which meant that I never stopped laughing at his antics! He’s a sweetheart of a dog, and his parents are ridiculously lucky to have found him – or is it the other way around?

 

I may be wrong, but I think this is Bender! (The cats are practically identical so forgive me for making a guess here, gah!)

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And my instincts say this is Fry… cheesing it up for the camera.

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And this big boy is Obi! We had a great time walking around the neighborhood for Obi’s portion of the session, and he enjoyed showing me around his turf (especially the rabbit-chasing area).

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Okay, just one more of Obi, just because this photo does a better job of capturing his in-your-face enthusiasm for life!

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Brittany and Morgan, thank you so much for introducing me to all your gorgeous animals! I can’t wait to see you both again soon! :)

 

At-Home Pet Photography Session with Marshall & Sassy!

Monday, August 29th, 2016

As much fun as it is to visit the beach, or even to host families at my studio, I absolutely love visiting my clients’ homes for photo sessions! Your house – or apartment, or condo, or ranch, or estate – is where your pets live their everyday lives, and capturing them in a place that’s so comfortable, familiar & personal is always a good idea, in my opinion.  :)

So I visited Marshall & Sassy’s house to photograph them in their element – and my gosh, I was thrilled to discover they have a massive property and plenty of great natural light! It was pretty much the perfect environment, haha. But as excited as Marshall was to meet me (and play with the toy bone I brought), Sassy had other plans for the afternoon, which mostly included sleeping. She is 15 years old, after all! So it was only after a bit of bribery (yummy food & treats, of course) that we were able to convince Sassy that a photo session was a good idea – and even then, I don’t think she was ever fully convinced. But in her wonderful feline way, she gave me a few elusive moments of pure beauty, and I honestly really enjoyed the challenge of coaxing her out of her shell. Marshall, on the other hand, was happy to perform all day long for treats & toys – so he was a blast to work with too! Plus, I got some “help” from their 3-year-old human brothers… so this was definitely a fun & unique at-home pet photography session!

 

This is Sassy, who probably just wanted to make sure I was willing to lay on the kitchen floor before she’d strike a pose for me…

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Turns out, chin rubs are the way to Sassy’s heart. Especially chin rubs from her mom, who’s had Sassy since she was a tiny kitten.

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And this little muppet is Marshall! Isn’t he adorable?!

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Marshall’s favorite thing: chasing bubbles. My new favorite thing: photographing Marshall chasing bubbles.

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Kristy, thank you so much for the opportunity to meet your adorable pets (and sons)! I can’t wait to share the rest of our images with you soon! :)

 

Rockwell & Stonewall! (San Diego Cat Photographer)

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

Today, I have the joy of introducing you to two gorgeous cats! Rockwell & Stonewall, a domestic longhair and a domestic shorthair cat, live with their dad in Santee. They’re fascinating creatures, as all cats are, but these two seem to have extra personality somehow! Stonewall, the grey DSH, is the “dog” of the family: he’s outgoing, playful, and incredibly cheerful! He was quick to snuggle up to me (and my camera bags) and was pretty much a cat photographer’s dream to work with… not to mention, he had an interesting hunter’s instinct too (which I witnessed firsthand when his dad brought out a squeaking toy), and to see that instinct mix with his desire to play and snuggle was simply adorable! Rockwell, on the other hand, is definitely the “cat” of the family – he’s a bit less outgoing (but still a sweetheart!) and made me work a little harder to photograph him. And thanks to an accident with a toy from a few years ago, he saw us playing with Stonewall and decided he’d better hide in his kitty condo! Poor thing! So it took some coaxing to help him come out & open up again, but I’m so glad we did – he’s a beautiful cat and I absolutely loved having him in front of my lens! Both of these cats have a regal aspect to their personalities, but Rockwell simply has the looks to match, too. Such a joy to work with!

 

This is Stonewall, and one of the first frames I took when I unpacked my camera! Just a little warm-up stretch, haha!

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Stonewall’s eyes are the most gorgeous shade of green… combine them with his grey coat, and I can’t get enough of his unique coloring!

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This is Rockwell, enjoying a nice brushing/massage from his dad!

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I know their dad is excited to see their close-up portraits… and Rockwell definitely doesn’t disappoint. What a handsome guy.

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Chris, thank you so much for introducing me to your gorgeous cats! I’m looking forward to seeing all of you again soon! :)

 

Best of 2015 – San Diego Pet Photography

Sunday, January 24th, 2016

Are you ready for this? I cannot WAIT to share these images with you!  :)  :)

2015 was an incredible year for my business: I met incredible people, fantastic dogs, and had a BLAST doing what I absolutely love to do! I’ll always be able to look back on 2015 with a big smile on my face, because although it had its ups and downs (just like any year), I have to admit that there were way more “ups” and happy times than anything else. So of course I couldn’t properly say goodbye to one of the most amazing years of my life without a “Best of” blog post – because I want to share a tiny fraction of how GREAT this year was with you! So I really feel like this blog post contains a piece of my heart… not to wax poetic, but the people and dogs in these photos really do mean the world to me, and I’ll always be grateful that we crossed paths in 2015. Did all these sessions go 100% smoothly? Nope! (Hello rain delays!) Did all these dogs really love being in front of the camera? Definitely not! (Some adored being the center of attention, and some definitely took some warming up!) But I think we still ended up with spectacular results from each & every session, and to me, that’s the most important thing, because then my clients can walk away happy. And I think they all did! :)

So here are all the pets I photographed in full-length photo sessions in 2015. I picked out my 3 favorite images from each session – not the easiest thing to do!! – and for the sake of simplicity, I refrained from sharing the details of each pet’s story here, but you can always search the blog for details on any pet if you’re curious.

 

3ee the Belgian Malinois, from San Diego

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Aberdeen the service dog (golden retriever/labrador mix), from San Diego

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Aberdeen came back for a second session this year! Yay- I LOVED seeing this dog twice as often!  :)

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Albert the Scottie, from San Diego

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Sadly, Albert is no longer with us today. He is deeply missed.

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Archie & Leo, the Greater Swiss Mountain dog mix and the bearded collie/Old English sheepdog mix, from San Diego

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Azula & Apollo, cats from San Diego

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Beatrice & Bruno, the min pin & chihuahua, from San Diego

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Berkeley, the Dutch shepherd, from San Diego

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Bimmer, Laila & Leo, the golden retrievers & labrador, from San Diego

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Brandi & Colt, the yorkie/shih tzu mix and beagle, from Vista

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Briley & Gunner, the weimaraner & German shepherd, from Encinitas

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Buster, Fae, Leland & Nyx, mixed breed dogs and cat, from San Diego

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Cherry the German shepherd, from San Diego

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Colin the mixed breed dog, from San Diego

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Cooper & Sophie, mixed breed dogs, from San Diego

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Daisy, the beagle/bulldog mix, from San Diego

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Daisy the boxer, from San Diego

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Dippy, Lulu & Bentley, mixed-breed dogs & cockapoo, from San Diego

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Duke the mixed-breed dog, from San Diego

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Unfortunately, Duke passed away soon after his session took place. He was such a good boy…

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Emerson, Russell & Bells, the labrador and cattle dog & labrador mixed breed dog, from Ramona

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Gaston the French bulldog, from San Diego

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Gracie the St. Bernard, from San Diego

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Howie & Bernie, boxers, from San Marcos

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Indy & Molly, the golden retriever & Great Pyrenees mix, from San Diego

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Karma & Kody, the pit bull & Australian shepherd, from San Diego

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Keiko the dachshund, from San Diego

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Lexie, Gunther, Chase & Aurora, German shepherds & Belgian Malinois dog, from San Diego

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Louisa & Brutus, standard poodles, from San Diego

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Chia & Lucy, sphynx cats, from San Diego & Temecula

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Madison the labrador/shepherd mix, from San Diego

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Marina the pit bull/husky mix, from San Diego

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Mariposa, Benny & Sprocket, the papillon & papillon mixes, from San Diego

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Marlow, Cielow & Darla, the German short-haired pointer, husky, and pointer mix, from San Diego

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Marlow had a pretty serious health scare just before our session, but thankfully, he’s healthy & happy today!

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Mindy the Yorkie, from El Cajon

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Mr. Higgins the labrador, from La Jolla

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Mr. Smith the miniature poodle, from San Diego

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Myers & Morgan, maltipoos, from San Diego

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Oliver the Jack Russell terrier, from San Diego

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Oscar the soft-coated Wheaten terrier, from Rancho Bernardo

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Oscar & Bruce, labradors, from La Jolla

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Pele & Alaska, service dogs (labrador/golden retriever mixes), from Escondido

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Penny the rat terrier, from San Diego

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Porkchop & Applesauce, domestic longhair and domestic shorthair cats from San Diego

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Ridley & Samus, chihuahua & chihuahua/terrier mix, from San Diego

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Riley the border collie/husky mix, from San Diego

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Rita the mixed breed dog, from San Diego

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Roo the mixed breed dog, from San Diego

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Ruby & Gladstone, English bulldogs, from San Diego

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Sadie, Belle & Roscoe, the golden retriever, Australian shepherd & bichon frise, from Encinitas

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Lucas & James Woods, the Australian cattle dog mix & pit bull, from San Diego

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Savannah the Cavalier King Charles spaniel, from San Diego

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Shayna, the mixed breed service dog, from San Diego

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Sid, the French mastiff/Catahoula leopard dog mix, from San Marcos

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Stiller, Violet & Charlotte, smooth fox terriers & mini schnauzer, from Carlsbad

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Tate & Skyler, mixed breed dogs, from Encinitas

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Taylor the schnauzer, from Oceanside

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Teddy the chow chow, from Coronado

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Tex the Chinook sled dog, from Santee

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Tito & Fizgig, the pug & exotic shorthair cat, from San Diego

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Trea (full name: Mister Bailey’s Treasure) & Bailey, American quarter horse & German shepherd mix, from Rancho Santa Fe

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Sir Truffle the Scottie, from San Diego

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Rebel, Sparky, Liberty, Diva & Rocky, Yorkies, from Carlsbad

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Yuma the mixed breed dog, from San Diego

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Whew! What a year! :)

 

Of course, if you’d like to see your pet’s photos in the “Best of 2016” post that I’m sure I’ll be working on a year from now, please get in touch via the contact form on my website.

 

 

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