• ... 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 (NOTE: previous years of blog entries have been archived.)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.

signature shots ~ {Caledon pet photographer}

this is just a sneak from a shoot last night.  but what is so cool about this shot — and you’ll be seeing a few more like this one of big girl Sox and her brother Shoez — is that this was a shot that was a complete concept … it started in the drive to the shoot as an image in my mind, an idea of something i wanted to do with these big pups i had yet to meet … and although the notion quickly vanished the second i met them and started working with the gangly, goofball, floppy pair, the moment i spotted this orange wall, i knew it was destiny.

this (or one of the other orange-wall shots from last night) is an image that i know will one day hang on my studio walls or be on some piece of scruffy dog copy or a business card somewhere along the road … because for me, it’s one of those signature shots — a shot when it all comes together.

hope you like it, Deanna!


Jimmy & Sonya Bender - We met these two the day before shooting a wedding at their home! They’re hilarious, adorable and huge! Can’t wait to see more of the shots you took of them. Deanna described this shot to us – it’s so beautiful.

leesia - LOVE!

Holly Garner-Jackson - Works for me! Very cool idea!

karen - B-u-t-ful!!!

Tamara - Whacko!! It’s a keeper for sure. Love it

Leslie Town - Great shot Illona! A fave for sure. Love how the dogs eyes match the wall!

chai sneak ~ {Waterloo dog photographer}

just a sneak of another big boy i had the pleasure of shooting last week … in one of my favorite locations …

he’s a big, fun-loving goofball.

you’ll probably be seeing a lot more of Chai’s big gallery later on, once his images are done.  hope you enjoy the sneak peek, Andrea and Jason.


Leslie Town - The last shot is my fave…just took my breath away. The background is hauntingly beautiful. I have had an almost identical backdrop at one of my equestrian clients’ farms. There were so many great ways to feature it just as you have done. Wonderful!

Holly Garner-Jackson - Do you ever take a bad shot? These are gorgeous. Love the non cropped ears of this boy. He’s majestic in that water scene.

Dominique - So fantastic, especially the last shot, although I love the water shot too. You get better every shoot you go on, just wonderful.

illona -

Beautiful dog and pictures! Might I ask what lens you used?

Alex, i use several different prime lenses. these were taken w/ either the 17-35, 70-200 or even the 50. i also use a couple of macro lenses.

Jennifer - love the water shot soooo much! gorgeous.

Sydney - I absolutly love Dobermans, and this boy is a stunner. Just four shots and all so different, an amazing variety. My favorite is the water one, it is drop dead gorgeous.

Alex - Beautiful dog and pictures! Might I ask what lens you used?

bentley sneak ~ {Drayton, Ontario pet photographer}

here’s a sweet boy i met recently … big lug Bentley …

we had a great shoot out on the trails and by the river in Drayton, and i even managed to find what had to be the last uncut wheat field in all of Ontario …  but you’ll have to wait for the rest.  this is just a sneak peek for mom and dad, Katy and Rob.

looking forward to sharing the rest with you guys!


Katy Brunkard - Can’t wait to see the rest Illona! Looking forward to more great shots!

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