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 (NOTE: previous years of blog entries have been archived.)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

this old terrier cosmo ~ {Burlington pet photographer}

oh, how i love the seniors … and this old man Cosmo reminded me a little bit of my old man Morley.  i just had to share a few images from his session last fall including a few images with his mom and dad.

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16-year-old Cosmo is just a little a lot loved, and it was important to mom Tania that we capture images of them all together …

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of course, i still wanted to get a few of the old man on his own…

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but once in the alleyway, it was all hugs and kisses …

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thanks, Tania, for sharing your boy with me.  it was a pleasure to meet him and capture his images.

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Jess Kamp - This was a wonderful shoot! I have a special place in my heart for old dogs and I love that his will have these pictures to remember him by – always<3

Joni Solis - 16 years young and loved is what he looks like! Can feel the love. These are delightful images!

Amelia - Very lovely images thank you for sharing :0)

Bonnie - This sweet guy just totally melts my heart <3 !
Great photos, you have totally captured the love between the three of them.

Ottawa scruffnuts storm Waterloo ~ {Ontario pet photographer}

so what do you get when you bring three little scruffnuts, belonging to amazing wedding-, people- and pet-photographer Liz Bradley of elizabeth&jane photography from Ottawa down to Waterloo to meet the lenses of scruffy dog?  well, you get one super fun afternoon of shooting!  an afternoon of scruffies and cameras and a whole lotta shop talk!

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let me introduce to you the amazing Wellington … a.k.a. Miss Whacky Ears.  now, i don’t like to play favorites, but with ears like that, it’s hard not to, and i’ll admit that i’ve been in love with Wellie since Liz and Thomas adopted her a couple of years ago.  i do have a soft spot for orange dogs.

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and then there’s Corduroy … oh, she’s divine with all that flowing hair and her little topknot …
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and she just worked that log like it was her personal runway!

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and then there’s Paddington.

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Cutie McCutie.
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but it was Wellie’s ears that captivated me, every time.

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while Corduroy reminded of one of those crazy tissue-box covers of my childhood that people sold at craft fairs.  you know the ones!

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and yes, all three of these scruffs were pretty much treat whores.  no question about that!

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but don’t let their small stature fool you … these three girls are a force to be reckoned with!

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Thomas was keen on one of my post photos, and we all felt that Wellie would be the one to best master the feat of balancing on the old, rotted-out spiky cedar post.  what a trooper she was!
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mind you, that Wellie is pretty good at balancing anyway … post or no post!

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thanks, Liz and Thomas, for making the trip down to Scruffyville with the girls and entrusting me with their images.  a truly awesome way to spend an afternoon.

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Bibiana Jáuregui - Really great, gorgeus pics!!!!! spectacular photographer, congrats!!!

Joni A Solis - The cuteness, the colors, the light, these pups photos are marvelous!

Teresa - “WOW” doesn’t cover it! Loved the way you used the tall grasses. Just beautiful.

Liz Bradley - Amazing! We love every single image of our scruffmiesters and I would have any other photographer but you capture them. Thank you for these amazing images – I know we will always treasure them!!

Michelle Bradshaw - serioulsy illona….I’m on cuteness overload! These are definitely my kind of pooches. Loved every shot!!! Beautiful!

Diane Carr - what a sweet pack and you captured each of their personalities.

brandi’s late summer session ~ {London pet photographer}

how is this for the most smiley smiling golden retriever face on the planet?

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this is Brandi … and oh my, she was a handful!  this wild child was the second Starter session in our afternoon, and by the time i met up with her and mom Bonnie, this girl was ready to rock and roll!  new landscape, new smells, new scenery, she just wanted to go, go go!

so, in cases like this, realizing that there would be no taming the wild beast, it was time for some critical ball-time to expend some of that boundless golden energy.

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…and only then could we explore the possibility of the kind of posing that Bonnie had in mind with her girl…

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along with a few more smiles.

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thanks for introducing me to your fabulous girl, Bonnie.  i do hope i get to meet your newest addition in the near future!

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