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.

Tag: ‘Pensacola’

It’s been too long, Pensacola! (Details about my upcoming photo sessions!)

Monday, January 29th, 2018

Let’s be honest, I could probably write 5 pages about why I’M SO EXCITED ABOUT COMING BACK TO PENSACOLA! But #1 on that list is the people (and their pets) that are my clients & friends. So suffice to say that everything else I’ve missed about the gulf coast (like the white sand beaches and fried grouper) takes a firm backseat to you lovely people reading this post right now! So – I know you’ve been waiting patiently for this – here are all the details about my upcoming trip!


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And guess what?!

Booking is open now! Click here to save your spot:


Let’s chat about what’s included with each session! (Because I put together some pretty awesome product combinations for you!!) Each client will walk away with a metal print & digital images. The digital images are high-resolution and printable, easy to share on social media, make copies, feature on your Christmas cards, use as computer wallpaper, etc… they’re yours, so do anything you like with them! The possibilities are truly endless. You just need to decide whether you’ll be able to narrow down your favorites to 5 (for Option 1) or if you don’t want to miss out on a single photo from your session (Option 2). And additionally, the metal print is my most sought-after type of product; it displays your portrait with show-stopping vibrance & depth. It arrives ready-to-hang on the wall, with either a framed or un-framed finish. And although pictures don’t quite do it justice, check out the excerpt from my Product & Price Guide here:

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metal prints

(Oh – and did I mention free shipping?! I’m pretending to be a local again, so there will be no hidden costs of shipping & handling down the line. Yay!)


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A few comments from some of my favorite people in Pensacola:

“The photos Allison captured of our pups (and us) are amazing! The quality of her service as well as the products that she offered is beyond anything that we could have expected! I couldn’t have imagined a better experience.”  – Kassandra R. 

“Allison is a phenomenal pet photographer. Her professionalism, enthusiasm, and skill are top notch. She took pictures of our golden retriever right before she left Florida, and I was astounded at the quality of ALL the shots. She caught our dog in action with perfection. We had the photo shoot at a park by the water, and she had complete control and expertise, even lying down on the ground to catch the perfect shot!”  – Lori F.

“What a wonderful experience. Allison was able to get the best out of my wild and mommy-fixated Corgis.  The pictures were great, with a large variety from which to choose.  Allison has a way of making every dog look like the most beautiful pet ever.  I can’t recommend her highly enough!”  – Connie B.

“To say I fell in love with the precious treasures that I have of my furry children now would be an understatement.  I love her work so much that if another dog joins my family at a later date we would probably fly to wherever she and her hubby move to.  If you are an animal lover in whatever town is lucky enough to get Allison Shamrell Pet Photography, call and get some photos of your sweet fur babies.  You will never regret it.”  – Deb P.

“Professional, patient, friendly and fun – a 5 star experience for me, and more importantly, for my dogs!”  – Lori E.

“I have only the best of things to say about Allison Shamrell and her pet photography business. She won us over with every phone call, email and photo she took.  She took our sweet family and captured expressions and bonds that only the eye of a true animal lover can see. The picture composition, quality and quantity far exceeded our expectations. In today’s market where a dollar is spent wisely, I have no regrets for this investment in capturing the love between pet and child.  Irrevocably PRICELESS!”  – Leslie A.


pensacola beach

So… let’s do this!!!

Click here to pick your day/time and book your session!


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Q.I.A.  (“Questions I’m Anticipating” – it’s like an FAQ but for something I’ve never done before, haha!)

•  What if all your dates fill up?

I might just extend my trip!

•  Can I visit more than one location during my session?

Yes! Additional fees will apply, but anything is possible – just ask!

•  Can I bring my friend and their dog to our session too? 

These sessions are designed to include your entire immediate family, so all of those people & pets are welcome – but only 1 family is allowed per session, so please encourage your cousin/neighbor/friend to book their own. :)

•  Why are you only accepting 2 photo sessions per day?

Because I only shoot when the light is the best – otherwise your photos will have unflatteringly-harsh lighting, and no one wants that. When the sun is closest to the horizon, that’s when the magic happens!

•  What if I want more/different products?

Not a problem. You’ll have access to my entire product line of archival-quality products! Everything (beyond what’s already included with your session) is a la carte and completely up to you.

•  Can I have a discount if I buy you dinner at McGuire’s? 

Nice try! ;)

•  Enough talk already – how do I book my session?!

Check back here on Friday – I’ll post a link and you can pick your date/time! (Pro tip: hit “subscribe” at the bottom left of this webpage and you’ll be automatically notified when booking goes live. Boom!)

•  Another question? Reach out to me: or 619-357-6624. I’m happy to answer anything you’re curious about!


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Reserve your spot here: – I can’t wait to see you in Pensacola!


Rare Dog Breeds: A Canaan Dog & White German Shepherd

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

My clients braved the heat this week (summer JUST got here, apparently) and we enjoyed a fun session all around the Pensacola area! We started in Milton, near NAS Whiting Field where Travis is stationed, and then headed down to a pretty park in Pensacola, and finished up at NAS Pensacola where Courtney is stationed! It was especially memorable for me for two reasons: one, I love working with rare breeds of dogs. Areli (pronounced “uh-RELL-ee”) is a Canaan dog, which is a breed I’ve never met before, let along photographed; and Ghost is a white German shepherd, with absolutely stunning eyes. And reason number two… well, the last photo should be a decent explanation! :)


 Ghost with his dad, Travis

white german shepherd


 Areli the Canaan dog (and a great poser!) 

canaan dog


Love this.

rare dog breed family



surprise wedding proposal with dogs


I can’t believe I got to photograph a proposal!! Travis was so sneaky he didn’t even tell me it was coming! Courtney said yes, of course! Congrats, you two! I can’t wait to share the rest of the photos with you soon! For now… happy wedding planning! :)


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! :)


Beach Dog Photography: Schnoodles!

Monday, May 13th, 2013

I had an absolutely PERFECT early-morning session withe these two standard schnoodles, Tux & Lily! This session was a long time in the making, but ended up being completely worth the wait! These dogs are both six years old, and they actually share a biological mother, which I think is pretty darn cool. It was a lot of fun getting to know them & their parents, and I just have a feeling their gallery is going to be extra-big! :)

Lily is on the left, and Tux on the right. It’s almost hard to believe they’re the same breed of dog – they look entirely different! Their fur is really distinguishing: Tux’s is short & in tight curls, but Lily’s is much longer & smoother. We started our session with a bit of playtime in their backyard:

standard schnoodle dogs


 Soon we headed out into the open ocean! (kind of.) They love boat trips! (And I do too – clients that bring me on their boat get extra brownie points for sure, haha!)

schnoodles in a boat


 These dogs can paddleboard!! Tux enjoys it a bit more than Lily… personally, I’m impressed that their dad can handle both of them on one board! We also took a few family photos…

paddleboarding dogs


 … between crazy spurts of energy! There was a LOT of running & playing with these two!

dogs jumping through water


Lisa & Bill, I had an absolutely wonderful morning with you! Thank you so much for the boat ride and your flexibility in planning around the weather. Can’t wait to see you all again soon!


Dog Photography: Old Labradors & Young Beagles

Monday, April 8th, 2013

I am so pleased to introduce you to this fun pack of dogs! Comprised of two old labradors and young beagles, I knew it would be a fun session because I enjoy being with these two breeds so much. So I was greeted at their front door by Bailey the beagle’s bark – no, actually, it’s not really a bark. It’s more of a screeching scream that may have once started or ended with a “woof”! Haha! It’s definitely a one-of-a-kind sound, and – I’ll be honest – I jumped a little bit! But Bailey was all talk; turns out he’s a total sweetheart, and so are all his siblings. He and Daisy (both beagles) are 2-3 years old, and both labradors (Rusty and Zoe) are in the 13-14-year-old range. This means that the labs pull rank when they want to, but the beagles can run circles around them – and during our session, they did!

 This is Rusty on the left; he bears a few signs of aging but he’s a happy old sweetheart, mostly content to slowly trundle around the backyard. Bailey’s here on the right.

old yellow labrador and cute beagle


Daisy is the other beagle of the family, and she was nice enough to put on her eyeliner for our session. On the right is Zoe, who was only happiest when she was as close as possible to her mom. Look at those happy floppy ears, and sweet eyes!

beagle and an old chocolate labrador


FAVORITE MOMENT: Up until the end of our session, Rusty was a slow-going wanderer. He wasn’t too keen on listening to commands; just did whatever he wanted, which mostly consisted of watching everyone else run around while tottering around the yard/beach. He got a bit excited for treats, but at that age, it’s a bit difficult to define “excitement”; he pretty much just perked up his ears and followed the treat with his eyes until you eventually gave it to him. Then he’d munch on it and go back to trundling around aimlessly. That’s fine; it’s what he wanted to do. So with almost three hours of this behavior, I kind of figured that that was simply his personality and we wouldn’t get any real “action” out of old Rusty. But we finally let the dogs get in the water at the beach at the very end of our session; they had been good and we knew they’d love getting in. SUDDENLY: Rusty sprang to life! He was jumping, running, flailing around! (Sorry Rus, but you were flailing.) He was a puppy in an old dog’s body! It was incredible! He was FULL of life and joy! And while I’m sure he was sore the next day from his spurt of energy, it was a magical moment. I was so thrilled I was there – both to help create it, and to capture it.

happy old yellow labrador


Rusty, Zoe, Bailey, & Daisy: thank you for a wonderfully fun afternoon. I absolutely can’t wait to see you & your mom again soon!



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