Terran Bayer & Allison Shamrell
We may be competitors but we’re friends first.
We each have our own pet photography businesses, and we each built them from the ground up. We didn’t start out knowing how to fill our calendars with booked sessions, the best tricks and treats to get a dog’s attention, or the most efficient way to run a business. We remember dreaming about being successful, even though success seemed so far away. But now, after years of long hours and hard work, we’ve each created businesses that we love — and we’re excited to share our expertise with you! Whether you’re just starting out or you’re aching to take your part-time business full-time, we can’t wait to help you build a business that’s both profitable and fulfilling… trust us, it feels great!
Allison Shamrell, Allison Shamrell Pet Photography
Allison began her photography career in a very unique way: with a press pass to the sidelines of Notre Dame football games! As a student with access to one of the best college athletics programs in the country, she graduated with a serious adrenaline addiction — and promptly got married and moved to a part of America without any sports teams: Pensacola, Florida. But after adopting a dog and realizing that pets were even more fascinating subjects than athletes (and far cuter), Allison started her pet photography business in 2010. She later moved to San Diego in 2013, which gave her the invaluable (and yet un-enviable) experience of starting her business in two very different cities. Since opening the doors of her retail studio location to a steady stream of clients, her work is now hanging in ten local pet businesses across San Diego, and she’s constantly on the lookout for ways to spoil the heck out of her clients.
Terran Bayer, Westway Studio Pet Photography & Graphic Design
Terran started her path to becoming the crazy animal lady from the very beginning; she cared for horses, dogs, and a guinea pig growing up and even rescued injured wildlife around her home in upstate New York. She fell in love with photography and graphic design from an early age. After graduating college, she set off down the typical path of working for someone else. After six years, Terran realized that wasn’t the life for her and left a soul-sucking corporate job in 2007 to be her own boss; she hasn’t looked back. She has built her business to combine her love of art and layout with photography and squishy flufferbutts. Terran works with private clients, non-profits, and commercial clients such as My Perfect Pet, Pet Grass, Savage Universal, and more. She also volunteers with a few favorite rescues and non-profits to photograph their animals and raise money through fundraising events.