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 (NOTE: previous years of blog entries have been archived.)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

charlie ~ {Waterloo pet photographer}

this cute bundle of scruff is named Charlie … a.k.a. Little C … a.k.a. Sir Charles … a.k.a. Charliebear and C-Monkey.  yes, i think Charlie comes close to Merrick Goobernuts McScruffy in the name-department!

Charlie’s Standard session incorporated one of usual locations that would grant us a good variety of backdrops and light … and of course, room for running!
fall always gives us good variety of foliage and ground cover … from a few straggling Queen Anne’s Lace …

…to the long-lasting Crown Vetch.

and, of course, the tunnel of trees.
and the beautiful dried grasses.
after Charlie’s regular session, Emily really wanted a bit of added urban flavor … so in exchange for an add-on, i gave Emily the challenge of finding herself the kind of “red doors” she really wanted.  what Emily did find were these brown doors, now permanently labeled in my GPS as: Charlie’s Brown Warehouse Doors.
how cute is this little C-monkey?  it was an absolute pleasure to work with you, Emily, and capture these images of your Little-C.

  

Joni A Solis - WOW, what fantastic backgrounds and colors for this OH-SO-CUTE guy. Love too many to pick a favorite photo!

terrierists! ~ {London pet photographer}

meet Cadie and Zoe, another two wild London girls.  these two girls don’t do well in car, so i traveled to them for their session …

this is Cadie … she’s just a little mad for her ball.

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and boy oh boy, did she ever tell you off if you only pretended to throw it.

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and this is Zoe … not to be outdone by her sister in the flying department.

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…or in the barking department.

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these girls certainly had no lack of energy.

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their session was one big wander through the park, chasing the light on this strange sun-and-cloud afternoon and, of course, chasing the girls.

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and always lots of running …

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… and jumping.

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and only a very little bit of posing…

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thanks, Yolanda, for introducing me to your two crazy girls and entrusting me with their images!

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Joni A Solis - Amazing that you could get so many splendid photos of these two speedy pups. What adorable dogs that are.

Jess Kamp - They are adorable – those faces make me melt! They must have been darting around so fast and your shots catured them so well!

Monica Schwartz - Beautiful as always! Super cute girls, too! Terriers are such fun, smart dogs. <3

Yolanda Wester - what a nice surprise!! And my thanks to you for driving down to London … I love all the pictures I got and will always remember how the car smelled of mint on the way home :) Thanks again illona!

Marylin Scheffer - What great Jackies they are!

puppy goodness ~ {Brampton pet photographer}

there’s not much on this planet that beats a puppy, at least not in my books … and probably not in yours once you get a load of the adorable Chevy …

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this was easily one of my favorite sessions last fall.  i mean, how could it not?  just look at this face?

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oh, but that Chevy was trouble … when the ball was out of reach, she figured the camera was a good play toy.  rawwrr!!

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along with Chevy, i had the pleasure of photographing big sister Dakota.

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Chevy and Dakota’s session was just a Starter, but when it comes to puppies, it’s really hard to stop myself, especially knowing that they’re this adorable size and clumsiness only once.

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this is just a very small sampling of the images from Chevy and Dakota’s fall session.
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thank you, Kaitlan, for bringing your two to meet me.  i can’t even begin to imagine how big this little girl is now … and what kind of a nuisance she is to her big sister today.

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Holly Garner-Jackson - OMDOG!!!!!!!! Those puppy eyes are so adorable! you want to just pick her up and smooch her! I bet she is growing into those feet very quickly! Her big sister Dakota is a real winner, too! Excellent job, illona. Taht must have been one amazing shoot! I bet their peopel are really happy with your images!

Monica Schwartz - Aaaahhh, this was delightful, adorable, stunning, beautiful! Those two are something, as are you Ilona! Chevy and Dakota are quite the duo! Love the final butt shot! Gotta have a butt shot! LOL!

Donna Rigg - Absolutely beautiful.

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