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 (NOTE: previous years of blog entries have been archived.)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

roman

meet Roman …

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it was a hot day down by the beaches for our shoot but Roman was a trooper. of course, i’ll be the first to admit that greyhounds can be one of the toughest models … and i’ve certainly had my share (pre-blog).  sedate, gracious, calm, but often uninterested in the camera and certainly — after having paid their dues on the track — i guess they’ve got more important things to do than ham it up for a camera.

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roman was no exception to the rule.  just  this eye shot alone took over ten minutes of patience …

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… and then sometimes you’ve just got to satisfy yourself with a butt shot …

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the boardwalk was awesome for textures and lines, however Roman wasn’t keen on the wind through the long grasses.

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and of course, the Queen Annes Lace is always one of my favorites to shoot in.

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then back home … ya just gotta do a leg shot when you’re dealing with a leggy boy like this.

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… and with a snoot like this, a nose shot, of course!

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we did manage to get a little action out of the big man …

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… but not much.

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and then there was old girl kitty. maybe this was Molly.  i DO keep the dogs’ names straight but with walk-on kitties i make no promises.

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at one point we tried to get Roman to relax on the couch, but he was having nothing of it.  i just loved the line of his haunches and his tail.

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thanks for a great afternoon, Melanie and Marjo. i hope you enjoy your gallery — i know it’s a big one — and i’m looking forward to seeing you guys at your consult next weekend.

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leesia - these are all fantastic, but that last one — those eyes!!

riley

i am SO far behind in posting on the blog … for those of you with your own blogs, perhaps you’ll understand.

as i try to keep up with shoots and the processing of new clients now that we’re back in business, the blog seems to be taking a back seat.  i just wish these scruffies had opposable thumbs so that they could do some of the administrative work around here!  earn their biscuits once in a while, you know?

so here’s my man, Riley … a wolfhound cross rescue …

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… lovin’ our time in the wheat seemingly as much as i did.  originally i was going to ‘post’ this leash out of photo, and i still could, however, the more i look at it, the more i like it in there … the turquoise reflecting the blues in the sky, and the line of it leading to where you know Riley’s mom is standing as he gazes up at her with love.  but hey, maybe that’s just me.

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and what can i say about wheat? i LOVE shooting in wheat … but alas, they offer such a short shooting season … the fields are coming down fast.

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when using a wheat field as a backdrop we always stay within the first couple of feet of the field, often staying on the outside of the wheat since a lot of dogs don’t like entering longer grasses.  in this case, Riley didn’t mind venturing into the field a short way, following the row left by the tractor tires.  i’m always conscientious about not damaging the crop, being a former farm girl myself.

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then off to the woods …

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and oh, the mosquitoes.  what i do for art.

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and then, of course, everyone’s gotta let loose once in a while.  Riley’s tongue almost rivals my own girl’s …

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then back home with those grubby paws …

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… and that gorgeous scruffy face …

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of course, we can’t forget kitty.  gosh, i think her name was molly, but i could be wrong.  she just talked and talked and talked and talked …

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i just loved Riley’s front door and had to work at some shots there.

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thanks for a pleasant shoot Riley and Joan.

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of course, Riley’s mom has already been to the studio to place her order … yeah, i’m that far behind in posting … but i still had to share with you all.

i know i didn’t make it easy on you, Joan, giving you such a huge gallery of images to choose from.  i just couldn’t keep my lenses off your gorgeous boy.  i can’t wait to see his photobook and canvas and other stuff when they come in!

  

leesia - glad to see you’re back! these are terrific, as always — the third and fourth are particularly eye-catching. man, i am so jealous of your wheat fields!

nick - Simply gorgeous locations there.. awesome work indeed 😀

Sarah - really beautiful images Illona, the variety of shots and expressions you captured is awesome.

we’re back!

… and busy as ever.

moved in, unpacked, with still some organizing to do at the scruffy dog studio, we’re rocking and rolling over here.  with a few delays and a number of postponed shoots due to the constant rain so far this summer, the cameras are clacking away once again.

and what could be better than the wheat fields being waist-high and ripe?  probably one of my favorite venues, they are SO ready, so although we’re pretty booked, I’m always happy to oblige a willing wheaty subject.

here’s my latest wheat-happy subject … wolfhound-cross Riley …

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stay tuned for many more wheat-field shots of this big lovely man.  i simply couldn’t get enough.

  

karen - Glad to hear your up and running. All those rainy days must have helped with the unpacking. Who wants to unpack when it’s beautiful outside? :o)

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