• ... home of Ontario's premier pet photographer. This is where the photos of scruffy dog photography meet the heart and soul behind all of those fun and wacky photo shoots and the long hours in the digital darkroom ... a behind-the scenes peek into the zany life of a pet-exclusive photographer and her scruffy sidekicks. For more details on illona and the mcscruffies, check out the "about" section.

    What you will find here is the past several years of blog entries -- selected client shoots, sneak peeks, facebook recaps, news and announcements, promos and specials, as well as info on canine health and general dog chat. (NOTE: previous years of blog entries have been archived.)

    So, grab a cup of jo, give your scruffy a beef tendon to gnaw on, and enjoy the photos and ramblin's.

limited edition MUTT-SHOTS sessions are back for one more round! ~ Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario pet photographer

I am super stoked to be able to open up the scruffy dog schedule to another round of Mutt Shots sessions.  This is only the second time I have offered these fabulous, fantastical, magical, wonderful pet photography sessions, and this may be the last.  And like the last time,  spots are limited!  So if you are interested in a scruffy dog Mutt Shots session you need to book now.  Like, today!

Over the years I often receive inquiries from people asking for “just one great shot.”  Now, I’ll admit, I don’t believe in just “one-great-shot”, and I approach every session and every animal with the goal of MANY great shots … even epic shots.

HOWEVER, I can’t ignore these inquiries.  As a result, the Mutt Shots are a limited, special short session … essentially “head-shots” for dogs … or, as I like to call it: “mutt shots”!

Of course – as with any SDP session – I will shoot more than just a head-shot.  Instead, you will receive a rich variety even within this short portrait session.  Check out the sample galleries below to see what is possible!

 

MUTT SHOTS SESSION DETAILS

 

The Mutt-Shots Session … provides a small but mighty gallery of unique, professional images capturing your 4-legger’s essence through a series of shots in one setting. This session is for the client who is after a solid selection for that “one great shot” (and a few others) … for canvas, print, and/or a creative storyboard. It can also be a great addition for the SDP client who is looking to add more images to their portfolio.

$225 includes:

$50 print credit towards your choice of prints, canvas or other fine art product

– one pet ($50 for second pet from the same household; two-pet maximum for Mutt Shots sessions)

– 15 to 20 minutes of shooting time (per pet)

– toys and nutritional treats

– 8 to 12 edited proofs in your private online gallery

15% discount off all custom prints and products!

– social media image gifted of every print / product ordered

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There will be 3 Mutt-Shots sessions held on 3 separate dates, in 3 different locations in Kitchener.

 

And for those who simply can’t decide which ‘set’ they prefer, clients are welcome to book two or all three of these Mutt-Shots dates for increased savings!

To book: send me an email. Any questions you have will be answered and you will be sent the booking form.

SPOTS ARE LIMITED!

NOTE: your session fee (+ HST) will be required as a retainer to hold your spot.

(NOTE: the dates and locations noted below are the ONLY dates and locations that will be used for the Mutt Shots sessions)

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MUTT SHOTS DATES AND LOCATIONS

 

Saturday 17 March STUDIO – Here are two sample galleries from our fabulous natural-light studio.

For the studio sessions we have two pieces of furniture.

Small dogs (under 20 lbs) and cats, too! –  white modern leather chair

And for large dogs (over 20 lbs)super comfy couch

For those of you with a cat who is up for the travel, here is your chance for some lovely in-studio photos.  And since we use only natural light, there are no harsh strobes or flashes to upset your cat.

 


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Saturday 28 April URBAN – downtown Kitchener alley    (rain date Sunday 29 April)

Here are two sample galleries for our alley location.

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Saturday 2 June NATURAL – the forest path    (rain date Sunday 3 June)

Here are two sample galleries of the forest path session.

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And, of course, if one Mutt Shots session isn’t enough, the savings abound! When you book two Mutt Shots sessions, you receive a $75 print credit on your second session (instead of $50) … for a total of $125 in print credits! And if two aren’t enough and you simply must have all three Mutt Shots sessions then your third print credit increases to $100 … for a total of $225 in print credits for your three sessions! And always: 15% discount on prints and products!

To review some of the scruffy dog lineup of premium fine-art prints and products, check out the artwork page.

 

And just an added note … what a Mutt-Shots Session is not

Because this is a short, concentrated session focused on great head/body/environment shots, and because of the locations/settings offered, this is not a session in which to capture action images (running, catching, jumping, etc.). If you are after these types of images along with portrait-type images, please look at the other scruffy dog sessions.

 

Again, spots are limited for each session, so please book soon! Contact Illona today for more information and the booking form.

 

NOTE: Because this is a special promotion, no additional discounts (i.e. repeat client discounts) may be applied.

  

Merrick & Matea ~ BLOW project ~ Ontario commercial pet photographer

It has been about a year since the BLOW photo project went viral, both online and editorially globally.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with this very popular pet photography series, I introduced the much-awaited BLOW project in this very first blog entry, and it has become a big hit on sites like Bored Panda and across the globe in the UK, France, Estonia, and even Japan among other countries.  You can also see more of BLOW across different online publications like Dog Milk, Dogster and This Dog’s Life (sometimes called Dogs vs Fans) as well as real publications globally.  It is still such a thrill to hear from viewers around the world who continue to enjoy the series.  And yet, in all of this time, I haven’t shared a this blog entry of my own two scruffies — Merrick and Matea — in front of the now-infamous antique fan.

Sadly, Matea and Merrick are no longer with me.  As some of you already know, they were both lost in October 2016.  Over a year later, I still feel their loss more deeply than I have felt the loss of any other dog or animal in my past, and I weep just looking at their photos.

My ever-sweet boy Merrick was the very first dog to step in front of the scruffy dog fan and was the inspiration behind this special BLOW series.  Sadly, because I then focused on the other participants in the project, I really didn’t shoot big variety of Merrick with the fan.

… and a little smile from my best boy ever.

And for those who don’t already know her, this is my amazing girl Matea … she was already stone deaf when we shot these images with the fan for the special pet photography series BLOW, but she was always willing to try new things and work with me.  And she had just enough fringes for the blowing wind to play with.

I lost my steadfast girl of 14 years only eight days after losing Merrick, but I am so grateful to have her images as part of this special project.

I hope you enjoyed the BLOW photo project.  You can see more blog entries of this fun and unique project right here.

And if you don’t want to miss a single scruffy dog blog entry, consider ‘subscribing’ for the notifications by email whenever a new blog entry has been posted.  You’ll receive a simple email alerting you to each new blog entry — easy peasy … you’ll never miss another! Subscription signup can be done through the slide-out menu on the left … yup, right over there … or rather ‘left’ over there.  You got it.   See you soon!

  

Bosco & Murfy ~ BLOW project ~ Toronto pet photographer

What can I say about Bosco and Murfy — two of my favorite repeat scruffy dog clients.  These two Brussels Griffon have had a couple of custom photography sessions with me already, and while they were here for a session in the natural light studio, I figured we’d give them a ‘go’ with the fan.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with this very popular pet photography project, I introduced the BLOW series in this very first blog entry, and it has become a big hit on sites like Bored Panda and across the globe in the UK, France, Estonia, and even Japan among other countries.

I absolutely adore Bosco.
In fact, I think Bosco is my spirit animal … grumpy little fart.

And Murfy is such a priceless, tolerant little girl.

Thank you, Bosco and Murfy, for being a part of this project!

If you enjoyed these images, do check out the rest of the entries about the BLOW series.  You can also see more of BLOW across different online publications like Dog Milk, Dogster and This Dog’s Life (sometimes called Dogs vs Fans) as well as real publications globally.

And if you don’t want to miss a single blog entry and BLOW model, consider ‘subscribing’ for the notifications by email whenever a new blog entry has been posted.  You’ll receive a simple email alerting you to each new blog entry — easy peasy … you’ll never miss another! Subscription signup can be done through the slide-out menu on the left … yup, right over there … or rather ‘left’ over there.  You got it.   See you soon!

  
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