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 (NOTE: previous years of blog entries have been archived.)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

Diesel & Muffin ~ the winter session ~ {Toronto dog photographer}

oh, what can i say about these two? Diesel and Muffin blasted onto the scruffy dog scene exactly one year ago … ready to make their mark with a Seasons Session.  i love my  Seasons Session clients … mostly because they can be classified in the same category as i am: crazy dog person … but also because — through three separate sessions — i get to know them and their dogs at an even deeper level than others.

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from the start, i loved working with these two, and with their guardians, Stephanie and Eric.  oh, and just in case there’s any confusion, this is not Diesel … this is Muffin:

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…and this is Diesel.

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these two seniors had a blast in our wintry forest …

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… regardless of the deep snow.

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they enjoyed lots of running …

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… and posing.

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and of course, no scruffy session is complete without a scruffy ball.

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stay tuned to the scruffy dog blog for Diesel and Muffin’s summer session!

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shohreh - you are real an artist :-)

Ruth - Wow, that’s some deep snow! I’ve never experienced that. Love love love the action shots.

Kaylee Greer - whoops! *her tail wrapped around *her legs!!! Sorry Muffin!!!!! You’d think I would have gotten a clue from the name ‘Muffin’ right? haha.

Kaylee Greer - That shot of Muffin with his tail wrapped around his leg as he’s flying through the air is KILLER! :) What a cool moment! Amazing, amazing work as always! These two pups’ coloring go so harmoniously with the beautiful yellow light and last orange leaves in the forest. Perfect!!!

Kelly Christy - Wonderful, as always.

Bruin & Dawson ~ {Kitchener pet photographer}

meet 12-week-old Bruin …

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… and his life-mentor, 7-year-old Dawson.

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we hit more urban areas with these two, staying in the city, and even shooting at City Hall.

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…and then down to Victoria Park to check out the ducks.

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thanks for being great little models, Dawson and Bruin … from head to tail!

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Carol Watson Lyons - LOVE LOVE LOVE!!

michelle bradshaw - Love these two…and the City Hall shots….super cute!

Capone & Echo ~ {Windsor pet photographer}

meet Capone and his sister Echo who traveled from Essex for their scruffy Big Picture session.

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Capone was not only one of the best models i’ve ever had the honour of working with, but he also possessed a pretty amazing head tilt.

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Capone’s younger, wilder sister Echo is definitely a work in progress, but is still such a great model that both of these boxers are at the top of the heap in the scruffy dog model database soon to be formally launched! 

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i loved the variety of expressions i was able to draw out of Capone …

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with the biggest scruffy dog collection in mind — a couch-sized canvas, numerous framed prints, tons of loose prints, and a big, gorgeous album in mind — we aimed for wide variety in Capone and Echo’s session, including the tunnel of trees.

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did i mention Capone’s expressions?

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these two boxers have amazing guardians who do a ton of varied work with them.  Capone does obedience work, man tracking, climbing, personal protection, and has worked around gunfire, smoke and water.  he can climb ladders, stand on branches, and even travel on his mom’s shoulders.  and while his little sister is venturing into the same training, she’s a step behind her super-experienced brother.
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thank you so much, Cindy, for trusting me to capture lasting memories of your two amazing boxers!  i look forward to the possibility of meeting them again in the future for some professional modeling!

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Charlotte Reeves - Nice work Illona! Kristina Kostic you will love these…

Tammy Neuert - Omg I love these! Beautifully done! I still can’t get overt how much Tonka looks like Capone! So hard top pick a favorite.

Krista Sweet - Wow those are AMAZING!!!!!

Cindy Barnett-Schulz - We had fun during the photo session. Thank you so much Illona for capturing such fantastic images of my boxers. I know we will meet again…and Echo will be less wild ;)

Diane Edwards - Beautiful dogs, they are truly amazing , Apollo get his good looks from his dad… I have many of the same poses of Apollo,Its like the pose for us purposely, they have such great features,
Beautiful

Ruth - What a great session. So much variety. The running shots cracked me up!

Kelly Hall - These pics are gorgeous! The photographer (and the “models”) did an amazing job!

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