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 (NOTE: previous years of blog entries have been archived.)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

handsome sampson ~ {Kitchener Waterloo, Ontario pet photographer}

meet Sampson … a.k.a. Sammers, Brickhead, Bully, Mr. Wiggles, and Goober.

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like a lot of scruffy dog clients, Sampson’s Starter session had been booked more than a year in advance … in fact, this boy’s session was supposed to have taken place last November, but weather thwarted our attempts and we rebooked for spring.  even then, Sampson’s session was bumped a couple more times due to weather … in this case, the bizarre and brief heat in May, which would have left this highly athletic bulldog’s tongue lolling in most of the photos.

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but finally we found a day, in spite of a threatening sky, where the temps were just perfect for this incredible boy.  and boy, did we have fun!

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i love photographing bulldogs.  i won’t lie though … i’ve always said they’re not a breed for me.  for my own personal dogs, i prefer sharing my life with a true working dog, hunting breeds being among my favorite.  i love working with their intense drive, and training and building a deep understanding and working-bond with my dogs.  i have to admit though, this boy Sampson certainly made me reconsider, if only for the brief time of our session together.  like all bulldogs, Sampson is a character … a clown, a joker, a comedian.  he’s fun-loving, happy, and totally adores his parents.

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Sampson is also well trained and handled by both of his parents.  not only did we not need a long-line, but you’ll notice Sampson didn’t even require his collar … and let me tell you, if i feel even the slightest hesitation about a dog’s reliability, i will not let an owner remove a dog’s collar and ID.

Sampson’s recalls were not only perfect, but this tank came in like a torpedo, leaving me laughing behind the camera at the variety of expressions i could see on his face with each click of the shutter.

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Sampson is something of a poser as well … it’s like he almost knows how handsome he is.

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…and since he’s not a bird dog and my highly-skilled duck calls are lost on him, ‘meows’ seem to encourage the proper reaction.

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and of course, no bulldog session would be complete without some fun with a ball.

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…although Sampson’s favorite is sticks.  so we scrounged up a couple for him.

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thank you, Sampson, for being one of the most fabulous bulldogs on the face of the planet.  and thank you Jonathan and Jamie for trusting me with your Brickhead’s images.  it was such an honor and a pleasure!

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Diane - Stunning shots!

Joni A Solis - What a hunk of a dog! Love all the photos. The day looked perfect for him.

William Sterling - Awesome shots and dog!!!
I own three EBD and is what has me coming back to photography

Stephanie Faigl Mullen - Love your work! New fan from Wyoming! Love how you capture our furry family members. ;)

Kevin Lowery - WONDERFUL photos! so awesome!

Jess Kamp - He is gorgeous! I am just new to your site and I.am.hooked! I am just a beginner photographer but dogs are my passion so you can see why this is so amazing to me! What lens did you use for this shoot?

Renata Ramasra - I’m sharing your post with our bulldog friends in Toronto… :) LOVE THIS SO MUCH!

Sarah McGraw - Simply amazing! They are all gorgeous but the lighting in the second image is so gorgeous!

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!

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