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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 …


… 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.


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.



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.


then off to the woods …


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



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


then back home with those grubby paws …


… and that gorgeous scruffy face …


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 …


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


thanks for a pleasant shoot Riley and Joan.


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 …


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)

under construction

as some of you already know, the reason things have seemed pretty quiet around here is because we and the scruffies are in the midst of a major move of  home and studio.

it’s been a lot of work, even with matea’s help …


… with even more work to come to get everything settled once moving day has come and gone.  but once it’s all done there will finally be space for clients to come and preview all the different product choices and their images in person with a private consultation session.  we’re so looking forward to having clients over!

in the meantime, stay tuned.  we should be back up and running full-steam by mid-July and currently taking bookings into fall.  thanks for your patience.


goodbear - what a great shot!

karen - Wishing you well on your move. Can’t wait to see the new space. Karen, RJ and bauer

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