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.

Virtual Tour of My San Diego Pet Photography Studio

I’m so excited to (finally) show you my San Diego pet photography studio! It’s an awesome little space for my business, and after making several improvements & changes since moving in in June, it really feels like a place where I can be creative & productive. The studio is a place to meet with new clients, photograph sessions, do all my editing & post-processing, and show my clients their photos in an engaging, theater-style presentation! It’s pretty much perfect! :)


So anyways! Let’s get started! Come on in to the lobby…

studio lobby


Here’s the entryway! I put up one big, fun canvas on the right and a few of my favorite black & white prints on the left. The big stripes you see were a challenge to paint, but now they make an awesome accent wall!

studio lobby


I think it’s fun to welcome every guest that comes in!

There’s Bailey’s leash off to the left; we actually live really close by, so we get to walk to the studio every day!

photo studio lobby


I have this quote above the entry to the rest of the studio. I love it.

photo studio quote


From the entryway area, you can see my branding words – natural, playful & soulful – along with three canvas gallery wraps that exemplify each of those words! (Don’t worry, you’ll see the whole wall a few photos down…)

studio wall decor


And here’s the rest of the studio! (And Bailey!)

san diego pet photography studio


Here’s one from her point of view. :)  As you can see, my desk area is separated from my consultation/meeting space, and then the shooting area is against the back wall. There’s also a water bowl for my canine clients – and Bailey’s bed is underneath my desk. (It’s hard to be the studio dog.)

san diego pet photography studio


Here’s my desk. It’s a bit messy but that’s okay.

San Diego studio


When I try, I can be organized.

San Diego studio


I have all sorts of papers & documents at easy reach – these are copyright releases (technically, “Limited Use Licenses”) for when my clients purchase a USB with all the digital photos from their session, and fun postcards that I send my clients before their session!

studio organizational details


A few of the books on my shelf… (By the way, if you haven’t read Inside of A Dog, and you have a dog, I highly recommend it!)

pet books


To the left of my desk is this collage of canvas gallery wraps! Huntley the chocolate lab puppy is the adorable face you see. I just love all the bright colors on this wall!

San Diego pet photography studio


Here’s the view from my chair; over my computer you can see the studio canvases with my 3 branding words.

san diego pet photography studio


Here’s part of my consultation area… and yes, that’s a lens mug! :)

studio photos


I work with The Art of Framing down the street on Adams Ave, and they’ve provided me with this beautiful line of custom frames! So I always have these frame corners on display & ready to show my clients.

custom framing pet photography


I love these cute frames, and I painted them the same blue as the other wall to match… and I even included a nod to my hometown, Portland, Oregon. (Fans of the show Portlandia will know what I’m talking about!) Can you find it? :)

photo studio decor


And here’s the shooting area, all set up for a grand reveal (which is when clients see their photos for the first time)! I use a projector to display their photos on my backdrop, and we get to sit back & take them all in!

pet photography studio


I sit off to the side while my clients enjoy the best seats in the house to see all their photos. Here’s a fisheye view of what it’s like.

fisheye studio photo


Flanking us are two wall galleries – one of canvas gallery wraps, featuring Monty the golden retriever…

canvases on display


… and one of metal prints, featuring Molly the beagle.

metal prints decor


My clients get to see & touch all my sample books & albums, too, so they can easily pick their favorites!

sample books


Sample swatches for fabric on coffee table books…

leather swatches


And my always-popular accordion books!

sample pet photography books


Here it is with the lights off & projector running! (These are the dogs of Dogs Abound, and actually, you’ll be able to see this image as a biiiiiiiig canvas gallery wrap in their lobby very soon!)

pet photography images


san diego pet photographer


Here’s a fisheye view from sitting in one of the chairs. And – get this – see the room on the projector screen? That’s a photo that one of my clients took of their living room! I have an incredible studio software that shows how my clients’ photos will end up looking on their walls at home, scaled to size! It’s so much fun to play with – I can upload a quick snapshot of my clients’ living room (or anywhere else they’re thinking about hanging their photos up) and the software lets us make sure we select the right size portraits for the wall! I brought up an arrangement with Molly the poodle‘s photos as an example here. Maybe I’m a nerd to get excited about software like this… but my clients love it too, and it’s so much fun to see how different photos look when put together!

san diego pet photography studio


Okay, lights back on! Here are the backdrops my clients choose between, if they opt for an in-studio session.

photo studio backdrops


 (I hung the backdrop supports & pulley system myself. The process involved bolts, steel brackets, a power drill and lots of swear words. True story).

And what pet photography studio would be complete without a toy & treat basket??

pet photography tools


Here’s the studio, all ready for a photo session!

pet photo studio setup


And to wrap up, this sign probably only makes sense if you know the Notre Dame mantra, “Play Like A Champion Today” – and as an alumna, I was beyond thrilled when Mr. Shamrell made this for me as a surprise a couple of years ago! It’s located over the door leaving the studio, just like the sign in the locker room tunnel in Notre Dame stadium that the players hit before every game. (Well… maybe not just like that. But close.)

personal touch


One you head back out the front door, look up – there’s my sign! (Don’t you love the fun shape?)

studio sign


 And just in case you’re curious to see a video of the studio (narrated by yours truly), here’s a 90-second tour!


In addition to the inside of my studio, the surrounding neighborhood is an excellent place to be. Without leaving my building, you can buy a house, get your computer fixed, and get your certification in dental assisting. If you walk less than a block away, you can take a yoga class, get your car repaired, drop off mail at the post office, grab a cup of coffee, learn how to play the piano, get a manicure, buy another house, get your watch fixed, and even get your couch reupholstered. Up for a 2-block stroll? You can buy fabrics from a store in a renovated theater (!), eat gourmet pizza, have a cup of coffee at either Starbucks or LeStat’s, get your portraits custom-framed, peruse a records store, take art classes with your children, eat an exotic popsicle, buy a bottle of wine, eat some Vietnamese food, wash your car, drink a beer, get a haircut, buy a skateboard, eat some Mexican food, eat more Mexican food, get your teeth cleaned, drop off the dry cleaning… the list goes on. I haven’t even covered everything yet! Can I tell you how much I love working in such a vibrant, active community?

I hope you enjoyed this blog post! It’s a long one – but there’s just so much to my studio that I wanted to show you! Thanks for joining me. :)

  pet photo studio sign


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Call: 619.357.6624 // Email: // Visit: 3251 Adams Avenue, Suite C, San Diego, CA 92116
San Diego's Best Pet Photographer, voted by the San Diego A-List 2014-2016
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2 Responses to “Virtual Tour of My San Diego Pet Photography Studio”

  1. Deb Pose says:

    To steal a quote from your Mr. Shamrell you are a big deal. Love love love the studio, is beautiful. So proud for you and I still miss my Allison Shamrell. :0)

  2. Lori says:

    LOVE!!!! Wow, what a relief you didn’t have the big screen for my ordering sessions, hey? We’d still be looking at them! ;)
    I am so happy for you, this is awesome!

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