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 (NOTE: previous years of blog entries have been archived.)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

Geordi & Jessie ~ top models ~ {Toronto, Ontario stock pet photography}

meet two of the most stellar models i have ever had the pleasure of working with — Jessie the Rottweiler, and Geordi the miniature schnauzer.

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when mom Cheryl booked their Fine Focus session seven months in advance, she asked me if there was anything she could do to prepare her two scruffies for their session.  i love when guardians take the initiative and want to do whatever they can to get the most out of their session, and Cheryl really took our pre-session conversation and my suggestions to heart.  in fact, her girl Jessie was so amazing she is easily at the top of our scruffy dog model database for commercial sessions as an Endorsed model.  (you can read more about modeling opportunities on the commercial model application page.)

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of course, once Jessie was done proving her skills as a top model, i think she felt somewhat compelled to show off some tongue tricks she’d clearly been working on … even seeming to impress little Geordie with them.

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with the more serious business of posing done, it was time to let loose … and Geordie demonstrated his mad catching skills …

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… and his furry torpedo-impersonations.
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thanks, Cheryl, for sharing your two with me and for clearly doing your homework with them.   it absolutely paid off and i certainly hope to have these two in front of the cameras again.

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Vladimir Godoy - cool!!!

Sandra Cabecciras - Omg,so impressive!!

Laura Greene - What amazing photos of these two sweeties. They truly deserve the super model status!

Remi, Kona & Pepper ~ {Hamilton, Ontario premier pet photographer}

let me introduce you to three lovely 4-leggers who belong to Patti of Unleashed Creations Grooming Salon in Hannon.  Patti came to scruffy dog territory for her Big Picture session last spring for some wild, wet fun.  first up we have Kona, the Australian Shepherd/Staffie cross …

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… beautiful in the springtime light filtering through the new leaves.

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and then there was Patti’s boy, Pepper, the well-groomed Cocker Spaniel.

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and finally Remi, an Australian Kelpie adopted from a shelter from the US.

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after the forest, we headed down to the river for some wild water fun where Kona really showed off her mad ball-catching skills …

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… while Pepper preferred to stay high and dry.

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then off to my nearby field for even more wild fun and athleticism.

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of course, not everyone in Patti’s pack is perfectly equipped for retrieving and running …

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thanks for trusting scruffy dog to capture the energy and spirit of your pack of three, Patti.  it was such a pleasure!

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Kate McLellan - What athletic dogs. Great shots. Love their expressions in the water. Pure joy.

Margie - These totally lifted my spirits. So soooo good!!! <3

Lucy & Poppy ~ {Oshawa pet exclusive photographer}

let me introduce you to two gorgeous greyhound girls who had their scruffy Seasons Session with me last year — Lucy and Poppy — from Bowmanville.  photographing dogs across three seasons is always a pleasure, creating big variety of images spanning the seasons and different settings, and these two beautiful girls did not disappoint.

Lucy here is a former racer from Birmingham, Alabama.

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and this is Poppy.  i don’t actually have too many details on this sweet rescue girl as she was a last-minute addition to the session and a new adoption to the family!

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but even though these girls had been together only a few weeks prior to their first session, they sure seemed close from the start.

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for the girls’ fall session, we simply had to pull in along this side street with all of its lovely red leaves …

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and then, of course, Jennifer wanted the tunnel of trees …

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for their Winter session, we needed a warm but snowy day for these two thin-coated greyhounds, and fortunately Mother Nature complied.

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thanks, Jenn, for sharing your beautiful girls with me.  i’m looking forward to putting together their album and other artwork for you!

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Michelle Bradshaw - Again…. Stunning!!!!

Andy Mathis - You ladies look Maahvelous, simply maahvelous.

Lauren A Miller - Those pictures are so beautiful! Fantastic job! I just love greyhounds!

Pat Hurley Laird - Spectacular photos. Greys are a very special breed.

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