• ... 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 two trusty 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 (NOTE: previous years of blog entries have been archived.)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 scruffnut a beef tendon to gnaw on, and enjoy the photos and ramblin's.

little old ladies

meet Whiskers …

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… and Layla.

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two sweet senior sisters who are well loved.

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i had a lovely afternoon following these ladies around their house.

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the newly remodeled kitchen offered great light and colours, and fortunately Whiskers and Layla have no boundaries.

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and they were rather patient for their closeups …

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“patient” being a relative term, of course.

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all in all though, these girls were very comfortable with the camera.

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thanks so much, girls, for a fun afternoon. and thanks for introducing me to your lovely ladies, Maureen. looking forward to seeing you again at your studio consult.

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Michelle - These are some seriously cute photos! I wish my cats were that camera ready!

Holly Garner-Jackson - Super shots., especially my favorites, the eye shots.
Green with envy, here.

Jennifer - Oh how I love the kitties. Amazing shots and they seem quite friendly and relaxed. How in the world did you get them to both look up at you in that last shot, are they food freaks? Cooperative little girls, weren’t they.

Margaret - Two lovely kitties!!!

Jean - Illona these are fantastic, sweet and funny. Their eyes are remarkable. Great job on both your parts. Most kitties I know just split at the presence of people.

Jenn - You made kitty images fun and interesting… How did you get that seriously close up images of the kitty’s?

ryder loves snow

meet Ryder …

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… handsome, seven-month-old sheltie boy who loves the snow … and loves his mom.

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we had an early morning shoot, and in spite of the sun’s spectacular display on my drive over to Ryder’s home, it refused to make even a hint of an encore during our shoot.

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still, the diffused light of winter can make for some pretty wonderful shooting opportunities.  and Ryder hardly cared about the disappearance of the sun.  he just wanted to run.

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… and sniff …

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… and run some more.

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although he could be a bit of a poser too.

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but sometimes not.  pups do tend to have a shorter attention span.

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this little guy has a wonderful future ahead of him, with a devoted mom who has a good handle on herding breeds and knows just what this active boy needs to keep his drive answered.

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of course, i haven’t met a dog that doesn’t have at least one bad habit …

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thanks, Ryder and Maris for an entertaining morning.  looking forward to seeing you again at the studio consult.

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Michelle - You do such a phenomenal job of capturing the personality of each dog! It’s so amazing. Love it.

Bianca - I absolutely love these photos, so much life in them (:

john - Gotta luv the sheltie… Great pics!

C. Carter - I can just feel that little guy’s personality oozing out of those GREAT photos…such a little darling!! And the white-on-white photography challenge?…handled masterfully! Always love visiting your blog :>]]

jeff - What a wonderful and beautiful Sheltie series! Good stuff. No, GREAT stuff!

Jennifer - love the rug shot, and the one where he is being held….also where is a big round ball running towards the camera, LOL! They are all great, this is one good looking dog!

Tatyana - What a gorgeous boy! I’m in love with the shot of him with the throw tassel in his mouth :P

a rather unimpressed client

this is just a sneak peak of one of the lovely old ladies i met yesterday.  being seniors, sometimes their patience wears a little thin …

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… but we had a little fun regardless.

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stay tuned for more of this sweet senior and her sister coming soon.

  

Michelle - Love the change in facial expressions! She’s a cutie for sure.

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