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 (NOTE: previous years of blog entries have been archived.)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

Milford Monkeypants McScrufflebutts ~ {Toronto premium pet photographer}

meet Milford Monkeypants McScrufflebutts … or at least, that’s what i call this flying furball of chaos and mayhem.  Milford, the soft-coated wheaten terrier pup, came from Toronto for his puppy photo session on a beautiful autumn day, and to say he was full of beans would have been an understatement.

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this razor-toothed little devil actually had his session booked the day he was born, if you can believe that!  in fact, his booking form didn’t even have a name on it because neither did this little monster at the time!

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if you can’t tell from these photos, Milford was all about moving … non-stop.   there was simply no stopping this whirling dervish once his little paws hit the grass and pebbles of the open field near the SDP studio.

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oh wait!  is that Milford Chaos McMoverpants actually holding still!?  ha!  don’t be fooled.  the little monster was on a leash here, being held back from the puppy-stupidity-stunt he really wanted to perform which was to leap off his rock and finally get that big black clicking thing!

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i hope i get to meet this little monkey again once he’s had a chance to grow up.  thank you, Kelly, for sharing your little Milford with me!

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English Golden Retriever Breeder in California - wow! nothing to say. just amazing capture. Thank you so so much to share these tremendous photo among us

Diane - OMG that puppy is to die for cute! great images as always. Is it a wheaten?

Japanese Chins invade Scruffyville ~ {Toronto pet photography}

when mom Winnie emailed me to say Huey, her one Japanese Chin boy, wasn’t doing well and needed an Honor Session™, i knew we had to get her pack of three in as soon as possible.

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while Huey is dealing with end-stage congestive heart failure and is being constantly monitored by his vets, he was also dealing with an eye infection at the time of his first session … but neither Winnie nor i wanted to risk waiting more time for the eye infection to clear, so a lot of Huey’s photos had to be taken from his left side … and even with only one good eye, this boy still delivered in the expressions department.

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meanwhile, his sister Zoey was all about posing pretty.

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… while little Boey was the most charismatic in front of the camera, he, too, is dealing with some health issues, most likely neurology-based.

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with the biggest scruffy dog collection in mind, and wanting a large canvas, loads of prints and, most of all, a Signature Best in Show album, after hitting the alleyway, we headed to the tunnel of trees location for big variety with these three.

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i have to say, i’m in love with the faces Boey gave me.  and the most amazing light just seemed to follow this little gremlin everywhere!

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after their first scruffy session, Huey’s eye infection cleared, and his health was still holding … so Winnie and Daniel arranged to bring the Chins back to Waterloo for a studio session as well as a few more shots outdoors.

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from the studio, we headed out with the scruffy dog settee for some outdoor shots.

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thanks for entrusting me with capturing your pack members’ unique personalities, Winnie!  it was a pleasure to meet all three!

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Linda - They are so charming! And their charm is captured beautifully; well done.

Lynda Dvorak - Priceless photos! Absolutely amazing!

Leigh Clark - Great Chins, great photos!

Elisha Jung Ah Shinn - I am in love with all 3! and the pictures are gorgeous! :)

Sheryl Sweeny DeBruzzi - Beautiful photos! ?

Jennifer Danvers - lovely!

Elisha Shinn - They are adorable!!!! I have 3 chins myself and just love them.. you have quite a bunch of cuties! and the photographer did a great job!

Michelle Bradshaw - these little munchkins are absolutely adorable. Illona, beautiful works as always!

the one and only Moose ~ {Brampton award-winning pet photographer}

what can i say about this face that this face doesn’t already say for itself?  this big, jowly, slobbery, treat-eating grin is a perfect reflection of the joy and lust for life that is Moose.  i was so fortunate to have been entrusted to capture this big lug’s photos for his family of extremely loving guardians who brought him from Brampton for his Big Picture photo session.

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booked several months in advance, Corrie agreed when i suggested that November would be a lovely time for her big boy’s session, with the dried grasses …

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… and the dramatic skies that are so typical of November.   and since Corrie was keen on the locations she’d seen on the scruffy dog locations page she brought Moose here to Waterloo region.

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because Moose loves water, we started out down by the river near the SDP studio where Moose could play …

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followed by a little running and fetching in the field …

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… and then off to the woods.

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of course, one of the locations Corrie really wanted was the tunnel of trees, and i have to say, Moose looks stunning in the setting.

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at 10 years of age, Moose is a wise man, but he’s still a big goofball.

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… trying to catch falling leaves like he was still a puppy.

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but senior or not, this boy still has mad catching skills.

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not to mention mad posing skills.

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of course, i’m not sure that any scruffy can beat out Moose in the lips department.

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thank you, Corrie, for sharing your amazing man with me and trusting me to capture his spirit and energy in photographic memories for you.  and thank you, Moose, for becoming such a wonderful member of the scruffy dog family.

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Kelly Christy - Love these!!

Michelle Bradshaw - Beautiful …. Makes me want to reach out and hug him!!!!!

Andy Mathis - Love.

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