• ... 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 ... now THREE trusty sidekicks. For more details on illona and the mcscruffies and the newest mcruffles cat, 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 (NOTE: previous years of blog entries have been archived.)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.

Lucy & Poppy ~ {Oshawa pet exclusive photographer}

let me introduce you to two gorgeous greyhound girls who had their scruffy Seasons Session with me last year — Lucy and Poppy — from Bowmanville.  photographing dogs across three seasons is always a pleasure, creating big variety of images spanning the seasons and different settings, and these two beautiful girls did not disappoint.

Lucy here is a former racer from Birmingham, Alabama.

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and this is Poppy.  i don’t actually have too many details on this sweet rescue girl as she was a last-minute addition to the session and a new adoption to the family!

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but even though these girls had been together only a few weeks prior to their first session, they sure seemed close from the start.

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for the girls’ fall session, we simply had to pull in along this side street with all of its lovely red leaves …

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and then, of course, Jennifer wanted the tunnel of trees …

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for their Winter session, we needed a warm but snowy day for these two thin-coated greyhounds, and fortunately Mother Nature complied.

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thanks, Jenn, for sharing your beautiful girls with me.  i’m looking forward to putting together their album and other artwork for you!

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Michelle Bradshaw - Again…. Stunning!!!!

Andy Mathis - You ladies look Maahvelous, simply maahvelous.

Lauren A Miller - Those pictures are so beautiful! Fantastic job! I just love greyhounds!

Pat Hurley Laird - Spectacular photos. Greys are a very special breed.

Lucy and her fabulous ears ~ {Kitchener, Ontario pet photographer}

let me introduce you to Lucy … and her incredible ears.  Lucy is a Jack Russell-Beagle cross adopted through Petfinder.  according to Lucy’s session booking form, guardians Stephen and Nicole went to Lucy’s foster home to meet her, “watched her be crazy for about a half an hour, and brought her home.”   … now that’s commitment.

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Lucy is a true representation of both of her breeds … she is such a little hunter, always alert, and hearing things with this big ears of hers.

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of course, that crazy hunting drive meant that Lucy couldn’t be off leash, so for those dog guardians thinking about a session but worried about the fact that their 4-legger had to remain on leash the entire time, Lucy’s is a prime example of a session with such a dog.  in the case of these photos, obviously, the leash has been removed.
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thank you, Stephen and Nicole, for choosing scruffy dog for your sweet little girl.  and thank you, Lucy, for sharing your fabulous ears with me!
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Lauren A Miller - Lucy is so cute!

Michelle - Lucy is adorable. Beautiful shots as always Illona. I think I saw the Scruffy Dog Fairy sprinkling that magical dust again as it danced in the light shining through the trees.

Yolanda Wester - Love them!! Two of my favourite breeds together … and those sideway glances LOL … I get them all the time from my two jacks!!

Jen Metzger - What a cutie!

Darlene Girard - I can’t pick a favorite pic.. they’re all lovely.. and Lucy is a doll.. I love floppy ears on a dog.

Max ~ dog photography session ~ {Waterloo professional pet photographer}

this little dumpling is Max — a.k.a. Maxipoo … a.k.a. Bone Head — a Pomeranian-Chihuahua mix who had a Fine Focus session with me so that his mom could have some artwork of him on her walls.

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i worked with Max and his mom in a few different settings, and always Max was a willing model, even though he could never be off the leash. if you are ever considering a scruffy session, but are worried about your 4-legger being unable to be off-leash, think twice as you look through just this small selection of images from Max’s session.  as explained on the FAQ’s page here on the scruffy dog site, safety is always of the utmost importance at every session, so in a lot of cases leashes and/or long lines are used, and then removed in post … as you see in Max’s images (or don’t see, as the case may be!).

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thanks for being such a willing little model, Max.  and thank you for entrusting me to capture you boy’s images, Elizabeth.  it was a pleasure!

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Lauren A Miller - Wow! What a cutie! Great job!

Michelle Bradshaw - Beautiful as usual Illona!!!!

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