Elvis, Henrietta, and Oats – a lovely pet photography session in Del Mar, CA
San Diego Pet Photographer Allison Shamrell
by Allison Shamrell
3w ago
I always enjoy doing photo sessions with multiple pets, but something special happens when I get to work with multiple species of pets at one session! (It keeps me on my toes, that’s for sure!) From a photographer’s perspective, it’s fun to go back and forth between a cat’s mentality and a dog’s mentality. They are very different from each other, but I like a challenge! :) Elvis, Henrietta, and Oats were simply lovely to work with at our recent photo session in Del Mar. We started out by photographing the cats at home. Their mom informed me ahead of time that Henrietta is a total ham for the c ..read more
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Farley the Bernese Mountain Dog
San Diego Pet Photographer Allison Shamrell
by Allison Shamrell
3w ago
Farley is the tale of the photo session that almost never was. We were actually scheduled to meet a year ago, but just about any issue under the sun that could possibly postpone a photo session (medical issues, scheduling conflicts, inclement weather) happened. So with a saga like that leading up to the day of our photo session, I was practically pinching myself that I finally got to photograph this handsome boy! (He actually visited my studio a year ago to say “hello”, and although I remembered him I’m not sure he remembered me at the photo session… but that’s okay because we were quickly abl ..read more
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Simba, the Sweet Senior Goldendoodle
San Diego Pet Photographer Allison Shamrell
by Allison Shamrell
3w ago
Hello – and happy 2022! This is my first blog post of the new year, can you believe it? I don’t schedule photo sessions in January, since that’s my yearly planning & organizational time, but now I’m back in the swing of appointments & sessions and I’m SO glad. Because I have lots of sessions planned with some ADORABLE dogs this year! I can’t think of a sweeter, more handsome boy than Simba the goldendoodle to help me start my year off right! He is a happy, easygoing old man who unfortunately got a scary diagnosis recently, and we’re not sure how much time he has left. But his mom has s ..read more
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Willow, the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Puppy from Dana Point
San Diego Pet Photographer Allison Shamrell
by Allison Shamrell
3w ago
Meet Willow, one of the sweetest & most beautiful dogs I’ve ever had the privilege of photographing! I was veryyy tempted to steal this pup and take her back home with me, haha – especially since it’s not every day that I get to photograph a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling retriever! She is a total sweetheart and loves to make new friends. Willow is actually her mom’s first dog, and they are already off to a great start! I loved seeing the bond that they have already made. And if this is just the beginning of their relationship, then I can’t wait to see what it grows and blossoms into from here ..read more
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Abby & Jackson, Doggy Siblings in Escondido
San Diego Pet Photographer Allison Shamrell
by Allison Shamrell
3w ago
I can’t tell you what a special place I hold in my heart for repeat clients. To be trusted to photograph & document someone’s family is a huge responsibility, and for that same family to ask me to do it again when they’re at a different stage in their lives? It’s an honor, it really is! But this session was a little bittersweet, because although I loved reconnecting with this family, the dogs I photographed a few years ago (JD & Anna) aren’t here anymore today. They’ve passed on, unfortunately, and they are very sorely missed. So instead, I got to photograph two dogs of the exact same ..read more
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Lucca the Very Big Dog Canadian Warmblood Horse
San Diego Pet Photographer Allison Shamrell
by Allison Shamrell
3w ago
I was so thrilled when Lucca’s mom reached out to me, as she’s a past client going back all the way to 2015! (You can go back and see the blog posts where I have photographed her pets over the years: including Buster, Fae, Leyland, and Nyx, then Nyx, Fae, and Quinzel, and most recently Fae, Nyx, Quinzel, and Slade.) We have fun every time we get together, so I knew this time around it wouldn’t be any different! Except maybe there is one tiny difference… Lucca is a horse! He recently joined the family and I was honored that his mom asked me to photograph him. As much as I am an expert at dogs ..read more
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A Trio of Rhodesian Ridgebacks: Magnolia, Gryffin & Sequoia
San Diego Pet Photographer Allison Shamrell
by Allison Shamrell
3w ago
Rhodesian ridgebacks have a special place in my heart, so I was extremely excited to meet these 3 beautiful dogs! Magnolia, Gryffin, and Sequoia are all purebred Rhodesians, and they’re absolutely beautiful – with very distinct personalities! We visited the studio for the beginning portion of our photo session. We actually re-created some portraits that their moms (a mother-daughter duo!) already had made of Magnolia & Gryffin – because since Sequoia has joined the family it made sense to update those portraits, of course! Then we moved on to a new location: a winery that I’ve never visite ..read more
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Fae, Nyx, Quinzel & Slade – and the joy of repeat clients!
San Diego Pet Photographer Allison Shamrell
by Allison Shamrell
3w ago
I always love working with my clients, but I have to say – there’s something so special about photographing repeat clients! I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Scott & Patrisha’s pack before, so I was THRILLED when they contacted me recently to update their portraits! The first session we ever did included Buster, a wonderful dog who’s unfortunately no longer here. I thought of him during this recent photo session… but somehow this session was SO different than the ones we’ve done before! I got to photograph a mix of the “old” and “new” pack: Fae, Quinzel, and Nyx are the dogs I have photogra ..read more
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Iver, the Silly & Sweet Sheltie Puppy
San Diego Pet Photographer Allison Shamrell
by Allison Shamrell
3w ago
I recently got to photograph the cutest little 5-month-old Sheltie named Iver! I just about fell in love with him during our photo session, and I think you will too. One of my favorite parts about Iver is his backstory, and how his parents came to find him. They knew that they wanted a dog for a long, long time. They looked everywhere in San Diego to find the right fit – but despite how dog-friendly our city is, they realized that it’s actually pretty difficult to find a place in the rental housing market that allows dogs, especially dogs over 25 pounds. (Which I can personally relate to! My B ..read more
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Lurch, the confident black rescue cat
San Diego Pet Photographer Allison Shamrell
by Allison Shamrell
8M ago
I don’t get to photograph cats every day, so Lurch’s photo session was a real treat! He’s the sweetest little rescue cat (kitten, really – he’s less than a year old!) who lives with his mom and dad in Carmel Valley, San Diego. Lurch’s dad actually reached out to me back in February to gift his girlfriend with a classic photo session for Valentine’s Day (way to go, dad!) and we had a wonderful time photographing Lurch at his house and the studio. I think it’s great when my cat clients can maximize the value of the Classic Photo Session since it offers the ability to visit up to two different lo ..read more
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