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.

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Tag: ‘great dane’



Pink, Achilles & Calvin – Pets from La Jolla

Friday, November 10th, 2017

Some pets are lucky enough to hit the jackpot in life: they’re adopted by a loving family, have siblings to play with, and have a great place to call home. What more could a dog or cat want, right? I’m happy to report that Pink, Achilles & Calvin have all “won the lottery”, and I’m thrilled to introduce you to them!

These pets all live in beautiful La Jolla with their parents – who are expecting a 2-legged child early next year! So we spent a nice afternoon together in their backyard, and I had a great time getting to know each of the pets’ distinctive personalities.

 

Calvin is thoroughly his dad’s cat. He’s about 7 years old and yes, his green eyes are that stunning in real life, too.

la jolla cat

 

This is Pink! This sweet girl has spent her whole life with her mom, and they’re incredibly closely-bonded. She loves to relax in the grass and sniff around – and she goes absolutely bonkers when you bring out the treats! Her favorite snack is apples… because she’s healthy like that.

dog in la jolla

 

And this gorgeous hunk is Achilles, the goofball of the family. Even after 2 long walks earlier that day, he still had plenty of energy for our session – and we put it all to good use! He’s a sweet boy who came from a not-so-sweet background, so I was especially glad to see that he lucked out and found such a loving family. (Plus, he fits so well into the grey theme that Calvin & Pink started, haha!!)

great dane from la jolla

 

Ashley & Max, thank you so much for introducing me to your family! I’m looking forward to seeing you both again soon! :)

 

The Biggest & Smallest Dogs: Honey & Capone

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

I’m pretty sure these dogs are, respectively, the biggest & smallest pups that I’ve ever worked with: Capone tips the scales at 140 lbs and Honey weighs in at a mere 6! So, naturally, they’re brother & sister! :)

Capone is the big guy, just two years old but definitely beyond the norm in size. Sometimes I think his limbs are so long, he doesn’t have complete control of them – this guy is a goofball! He really kept us laughing with hilarious looks on his face and clumsy antics. I’m sure his parents get a heck of a show at home all the time!

Honey is a 7-year-old poodle/shih tzu mix. (The photo I posted to the Facebook page also evidences her third breed.) While her parents kept trying to tell me that she a can be a total handful, and that she’s lost her welcome to friends’ houses, and how she rarely (if ever) behaves how they want, and that she has NO obedience… I couldn’t help it. I fell in LOVE! Would you just LOOK at that cute face!!

smallest dog

I may steal her during our Ordering Session. No promises.

Here’s the big man – Capone!

a great dane in the woods

Isn’t he handsome?

great dane dog laying down

One more of Capone, just because I love his ears in this photo. They’re like tents!

great dane ears

Kayla & Jason (& Lori), thank you so much for a great session! I had a great time with you all, and I can’t wait to show you the photos! :)

 

Dog Days of Summer 2012 – the First Annual Event!

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

When I was first asked to be on the planning committee for Dog Days of Summer, I had NO IDEA what a huge event and ridiculous amount of fun it would turn out to be! (Plus, all the planning meetings at La Hacienda Mexican restaurant were pretty delicious/wonderful too.) We designed the day to be similar to the Gulf Breeze Pet Fest or Pensacola’s huge Barktoberfest, but with one big difference: all proceeds would benefit the American Cancer Society. Human & canine cancer is so prevalent and any donation we could make would be worth the effort – so after several months of planning, August 18 was the big day! And guess what: the results are in, and we raised over $1000 for the American Cancer Society! YAY!

 

This post is full of just a few dogs from that day who stopped by to say hello! These photos will also be used to make a 2013 calendar, the proceeds from which will also benefit the American Cancer Society. (If you keep scrolling down, you’ll see some of the funny themes and props we put together for each month!) Stay tuned to the blog and the Facebook page for more info on how to get your copy!

 

Let’s start with a photo of the head organizer’s dog! This is Rusty, Becky’s boy, and he’s only about a year old – but I photographed him when he was a tiny puppy! It was so much fun to see him “all grown up” and much bigger than I remember!

Photo of a dog at Dog Days of Summer 2012 in Milton, Florida.

 

This pomeranian is appropriately-named Bear.

Photo of a dog at Dog Days of Summer 2012 in Milton, Florida.

 

This is cute little Dixie the basset hound!

Photo of a dog at Dog Days of Summer 2012 in Milton, Florida.

 

Serious contender for cutest puppy at the event: Fiona the shepherd mix. I think she looks a bit like my Bailey! And WHAT a smile!

Photo of a dog at Dog Days of Summer 2012 in Milton, Florida.

 

Rocky is another one of the organizer’s dogs – you really should check out Premier Pet Grooming if you’re in Milton!

Photo of a dog at Dog Days of Summer 2012 in Milton, Florida.

 

Here are two Boston terriers, Odie & Charley. Adorable!

Photo of two dogs at Dog Days of Summer 2012 in Milton, Florida.

 

Conway is a chug (chihuahua/pug mix), don’t you love that underbite? And Sonny the lab mix will help us introduce the many props and costumes for each month…

Photo of two dogs at Dog Days of Summer 2012 in Milton, Florida.

 

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Ha!

Cinco de Mayo themed photo of a dog at Dog Days of Summer 2012 in Milton, Florida.

 

Stiff competition to win the month of May is Bitsy the chihuahua, and at 17 years old this little trooper is also one of my past clients!

Cinco de Mayo-themed photo of a dog at Dog Days of Summer 2012 in Milton, Florida.

 

For October/Halloween we have Dozer the Therapy Dog, who has a super-busy Facebook page! He’s pretty famous!

Halloween-themed photo of a dog at Dog Days of Summer 2012 in Milton, Florida.

 

Oliver helps represent the month of July…

Photo of a dog at Dog Days of Summer 2012 in Milton, Florida.

 

Bear is Becky’s grand-dog, and he let us wrap him up in red tulle for December/Christmas! Look at that sweet face. That’s a rottweiler stocking to the right of him.

Christmas-themed photo of a dog at Dog Days of Summer 2012 in Milton, Florida.

 

Easter/April brings us to Briana the shepherd…

Photo of a dog at Dog Days of Summer 2012 in Milton, Florida.

 

and also Goose! Can you believe this puppy-faced Golden retriever mix is actually 10 years old?

Photo of a dog at Dog Days of Summer 2012 in Milton, Florida.

 

One of my personal favorites: Georgie may just have a lock on March/St. Patty’s Day!

St. Patrick's Day-themed photo of a dog at Dog Days of Summer 2012 in Milton, Florida.

 

Mardi Gras beads look great on Rascal… I love the little bit of tongue!

Photo of a dog at Dog Days of Summer 2012 in Milton, Florida.

 

Whew, there are a TON of photos in this post! But if you can’t get enough, check out the full day’s gallery here: http://proofs.allisonshamrell.com. More importantly, a HUGE thank-you goes out to everyone that came on the 18th, whether it was for several hours or just a short time! We really appreciate your support, and 100% of your donation went to the American Cancer Society! Thank you so much – and be on the lookout for more info about next year’s event!

 

 

George Washington the Great Dane

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

I was so thrilled to meet George Washington the Great Dane for our session last week! I met his mom Kristin at Gallery Night, and she promised me that George is a super-happy, super-social boy who has never met a stranger. And she was right! He even took a bit of off-leash freedom during our session as an opportunity to meet a few new people! :)  Thankfully they didn’t mind too much when this puppy (yes, puppy – he’s 8 months old) came loping down the walkway…!

Here are a few photos of the oh-so-handsome George Washington!

A great dane dog stands regally on railroad tracks.

 

A great dane dog lays on the beach and looks out at the sunset.

 

Thanks for an afternoon full of laughs, Kristin! I have so many more photos to show you, and I’ll see you soon!

 

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