• ... 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 ... now THREE trusty sidekicks. For more details on illona and the mcscruffies and the newest mcruffles cat, 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 (NOTE: previous years of blog entries have been archived.)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.

Reese’s Pieces! ~ {Guelph, Ontario pet photographer}

let me introduce you to Ms. Reese … a.k.a. Reesey or Reese’s Pieces … a two-year-old, goofy, leggy, lap-dog of a Doberman Pinscher who had her Fine Focus photo session + booster with me last spring here in Waterloo.  the booster offers extra time and images to a session for the client who is after a little more or adds a second location like one of our urban client favorites.

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like many SDP clients, Reese’s mom, Diane, requested the tunnel of trees location where i am afforded some great variety of light, vegetation, and settings.

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i just love the long green grasses of spring, and Reese’s reds are a lovely contrast …

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what some people don’t think about, and what i always advise my clients of in the materials i send out to prepare them for their scruffy dog session is that ‘wardrobe changes’ are encouraged!  Diane clearly read my carefully compiled materials — advice built over a decade of photographing dogs — and brought two collars along for Reese’s session.  this adds to the overall variety of the resulting gallery of images and the photographic memories of your 4-legger.

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thanks, Diane, for choosing scruffy dog to capture your lovely girl’s images!  and hang in there, Reesey, one day that cat will be your friend!

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Kim A Chambers - Very nice portfolio

Leanne Maya - WOW. A fully natural red girl, right in my backyard! I have a fully natural black girl, and live in Guelph. Might definitely have to give you a call!!!

Stephanie Dufort Sherman - Beautiful photos, and I love both collars! Would love to find out where they are from!

Diane Foubert - beautiful photos of beautiful dogs

Melody Henkel - LOVE! Dobermans hold aspecial part in my heart and you capture the quirky mix of elegance and goofiness perfectly!

Eileen Mackey - what great shots. Love Dobie’s. Nice to see the ears & tail left as is. GREAT job scruffy dog

Princess Dottie May ~ {Kitchener, Ontario premium pet photographer}

meet Princess Dottie May … model extraordinaire.  then again, i’ve never met a Boston Terrier who doesn’t rock their scruffy dog photo session!  Dot’s session was a Fine Focus with a ‘booster’ added for a little extra time and extra images, which was pretty easy to do with this stellar model.

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as many scruffy dog clients, Dot’s mom, Maryjane, was very keen on the tunnel of trees location …

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but i also enjoyed burying Dot in the willow saplings under a stormy sky …

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… and making sure to capture her “dot”, of course.

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before we even hit our main location, i pulled over at this white picket fence location with fabulous leaves along the way.  i’d spotted it coming home from a previous session and thought it would make a nice backdrop for the lovely Princess Dot.

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besides posing, this three-year-old girl certainly had a lot of spunk … and it was fun capturing that energy.

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… as well as her serious side.

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… and her silly faces.

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thank you, Maryjane, for sharing your lovely, spunky girl with me and entrusting me to capture her images.  and thank you, Dottie May, for being such a stellar model!
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Holly Montgomery - Beautiful!! Love these locations!

Eduardo Zioli Fernandes - Amazing work!

michelle bradshaw - Love every single image in this blog illona!! Scruffy Dog magic…

Melissa Sinclair - Love every shot!! :)

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?

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