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 (NOTE: previous years of blog entries have been archived.)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

Grace & Zoe ~ {Toronto professional dog photographer}

meet Zoe, the Bernese Mountain Dog …

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… and sister Grace, a possible husky-shepherd mix adopted from Toronto Animal Services.  i met these two on a crisp winter afternoon, with their amazing guardians, Jennifer and Ryan, and Jennifer’s father as recipients of my annual Holiday Tribute Session giveaway.

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sadly, Zoe is no longer with Jenn and Ryan.  ten months after their session, Ryan and Jenn had to say goodbye to their sweet girl after the degenerative myelopathy she struggled with became too unbearable.  
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i was so grateful to have captured at least a few photos of this gorgeous and very stoic girl enjoying the snow and kicking up her heels.

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both of these seniors had a good spring in their step, and clearly weren’t bothered by the colder weather.

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we had some fun in the open fields by scruffy dog studio …

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… and then headed to the woods.

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thank you, Jenn and Ryan, for sharing your girls with me and trusting me to capture their spirit.  i remember our afternoon often and think of you and Grace, and know that Zoe’s spirit must be with you. always.

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Chelsea Tyrer - She looks like she has Akita in her!

Makeda ~ {Waterloo pet exclusive photographer}

how’s this for a face?  this is Makeda, a lovely 11-year-old ridgeback i had the pleasure of photographing for her Fine Focus session last winter.

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she loved the snowy trails, and didn’t let her age slow her down one bit.

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it was a foggy winter day when Makeda’s session came up, and her guardian, Tyson, wasn’t certain about the weather … but i had a feeling — based on Makeda’s color, combined with the beautiful dried beech leaves in the forest — that we could pull some interesting colors and tones out of the afternoon.

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just how stunning is this girl?

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thank you, Tyson, for sharing your majestic girl with me, and entrusting me to capture her image for you.  it was such a pleasure to meet her and create lasting artwork for you!

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the fabulous Jake ~ {Toronto pet exclusive photographer}

meet Jake.  this handsome devil is an English Springer Spaniel and from the moment his Big Picture session was booked almost a year before his fall session, i was already pretty stoked.  it’s a well-known fact that i pretty much love and adore all dogs, and i have many favorite breeds to photograph for many different reasons, but i do love meeting and working with hunting breeds.

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especially pointers, setters and spaniels — they have an energy, drive and intensity that is unparalleled, and such a joy to work with.  this boy is apparently from some champion bloodlines, but don’t let all of his fancy genealogy fool you … he’s still just a big, loveable dork, who probably couldn’t set and flush a bird for the life of him due to his joie de vivre;  Jake charges into any open field with complete abandon, and with enough wild barking to successfully scare off any bird or game within two kilometers.

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still, i bet — like any respectable spaniel — he still dreams of catching birds …

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one of the funnest parts of Jake’s session was his guardians … completely in tune with who Jake is and what makes him happy.  and nothing seems to make Jake happier than a big puddle of mud …

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next to his deep fondness for mud, is a propensity for catching leaves …

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… and smiling, of course.

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thank you, Ashton and Laura, for choosing me to capture Jake’s photos and create his one-of-a-kind artwork for you.  it was a genuine pleasure to meet and work with all three of you.

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Gail Bent - Thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures. <3

Carl L. Jensen - Wonderful pictures, you have a pretty model too

Holly Garner-Jackson - Wow, Illona Haus ,just when I think you can’t get any better, you post this amazing blog entry. So many stunning photos. The light is that first one is so very incredible. I’d have a hard time narrowing down my picks if I was Jake’s owner. So many awesome images.

Ruth - Argh, that log jumping shot is amazing! Stunning dog, stunning pictures.

Jonathan Yearsley - A perfect set of images as always, Illona.

As someone with two ESS bitches, I know so well their love for life, puddles, fields and the forest. It’s because of them I’m a full time pet/equine photographer. They are a constant challenge, but like you I love everything that working with HPR clients brings me.

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