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if you don’t love a basset …

… then you’re a weirdo.  i mean, seriously, who doesn’t immediately fall in love with those eyes and those ears, that face!

meet cinnamon …


a perfect example of everything to love about bassets. and she’s not as shy as she looks … in fact, she had her nose into everything, including my lenses, with no hesitation.


a real poser … although some of her looks gave her the air of a well-versed, been-there-done-that, yet underpaid model.




you might recognize the location in this shoot from Kiera’s shoot a few weeks ago.  Kiera’s owner introduced me to this place in Elmira, and although i have great tromping grounds right here around the scruffy dog studio, this spot offers a great variety of backdrops, including it’s own beach!


you’ll also note in the previous two photos (and more to come) that i use a long-line for dogs like Cinnamon … 60′ of light mountaineering rope with a light caribiner.  with a few instructions to owners, this line allows us some freedom and action shots without taking the risk of dogs like our darling basset here picking up a scent and tearing off.  for images ordered, i always remove the long-line in post, but for purposes of the blog, it’s too much work … so forgive its presence here.






don’t you just love those ears??






did someone say something about ears?  😉





did i tell you Cinnamon had huge ears?


thanks, Cinnamon, for a wonderful shoot. and thanks Denis and Nat for bringing your girl to Waterloo for me to shoot.  i hope you enjoy her huge gallery.


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  • SandraThese photos of Cinnamon are wonderful. Love those big floppy ears, they’re almost as big as her.ReplyCancel

  • illona S.First I must say that Cinnamon is an absolute lens hound. Then there is that the photographer has just the perfect name. Until today I thought that I was the only person in the Western hemi who had that handle. Congrats on just stunning pics of Cinnamon!!!!ReplyCancel

  • leesiawhat an ADORABLE face!!! all the ear shots are to die for — and i love that paw shot too. so many favorites to choose from; one of my favorite sessions from you ever!ReplyCancel

  • Lenora Davis MendelmWe had a Basset for 14 years. Her name was Bags. She did exactly what she wanted for 14 years and we loved her with a passion. After that, we had two Bloodhounds. Male named Memphis and female named Beulah. Amazing dogs and quite a challenge. Now we have 1 Standard Poodle named Juliet. We had Romeo, but he passed away at 12, 1 1/2 years ago. Juliet is 11 and as spry as a puppy. Love your shots.ReplyCancel

  • moonfloweryour photos warm my heart so! you capture everything one needs, to know that the world truly is a beautiful place …. if you look!ReplyCancel

  • LainerI like the one with the ears hanging. It’s funny. I love them all.ReplyCancel

  • Cat =^..^=Absolutely love these shots Illona, perfect! Her character shines in these! Such a beautiful and wonderful girl!ReplyCancel

  • Cat =^..^=Wow, I absolutely love these shots Illona, perfect, her character shines in these photos, such a beautiful, wonderful girl!ReplyCancel

  • tee4tiaI’m knocked over by these photos. They are just amazing.ReplyCancel

  • Holly Garner-Jacksonillona once again you have captured the essence of the dog! Cinnamon is such a perfect little basset hound. We adopted a huge 5 year old basset hound when i was in high school. these photos bring back fond memories of our Morgan, thanks !!!!
    and who couldn’t fall in love with those ears!!!!!!??????ReplyCancel

  • AnitaBasset puppies are my favourite…when they’re ears are so long they’re tripping on them!

    Great shots, you did an awesome job capturing this gorgeous lady!ReplyCancel

  • dianeAmazing shoot! What gorgeous pictures! Love the ear shots, for sure.ReplyCancel

  • Meredith RamsayThese pics are sooo great! What a cute dog!ReplyCancel

  • wendyThat one in the forest is GORGEOUS! And I love the over the shoulder one too!ReplyCancel

  • DenisExcellent selection on the blog. You show Cinnamon off so well. Nat and I are narrowing down our choices from all the great images you took; and such a selection at that. Natalie’s Mom loves them too, since she is like Cinnamon’s second Mom.
    For those just finding Scruffy Dog Photography, I highly recommend a photo shoot with Illona. As you can see above she does excellent work, and that is only a small selection of what we can choose from. If you’ve been thinking about photos, book now.ReplyCancel

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