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 (NOTE: previous years of blog entries have been archived.)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

the hairy beasts ~ {Hamilton, Ontario dog images photographer}

if i receive a phone call from repeat client Derk, i know it’s going to be a hairy time. as the co-guardian of four hairy beasts, he never disappoints when it comes to fabulous dog models.

meet Willow and Dimitri … two of the most gorgeous Afghan hounds ever.

of course, as this was Dimitri’s first time in front of the scruffy cameras, he had to do a little warmup stretching …

… but then he was ready to rock his photoshoot …


… even working the wind like a seasoned pro.

Derk came to Kitchener with the hounds on his birthday for a special shoot … kilt and all.  and don’t ask me what’s under that kilt … yes, i lie down on the ground all the time during my sessions, but i wasn’t peeking!

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for their next session, the entire gang came … Soloman and Sophie, joining us for their turn in the alley …


… including a family portrait, of course.

of course, any opportunity that Willow has to nap, well, she always takes it.

and this is the family portrait that is now hanging over the mantlepience at the hairybeasts’ home as a 65″ canvas.

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of course, a scruffy session isn’t all posing and family portraits … we expect everyscruffy to let loose!

… and get downright wild and crazy.

and yet another trip to Kitchener had the cockapoos, Sophie and Soloman, posing it up in the natural light studio.  such perfect little models, these two.

thanks for sharing your hairy beasts with me, Derk and Gary.  it is always a pleasure to work with your stellar models!


Hannah - These are my favourite pictures you’ve done. I love the Afghans by the graffiti … It’s such a contrast!

Maggie - I cant get over the family portrait! It is amazing, the lighting the dogs pose everything! You are a true professional!

michelle bradshaw - Wow….just love this shoot illona. I’ve always admired Afghans and those two beauties are awesome! Beautiful work as usual……

the wild bunch ~ {Waterloo pet photographer}

meet the motley crew of Minnie, Baby and Mattie whom i had the pleasure of working with this past fall.

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first there was Shih-tzu Mattie … consummate beggar and face-extraordinaire.

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then came pretty Rottie girl Baby …

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and the third addition to this pack was Fila Mastiff and winker, Minnie …

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we had some wild, good times during their session … ripping up our natural runways …

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… and figuring out just who was the branch-manager of this unlikely pack.

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early fall offered us some gorgeous light …
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… along with a few straggling flowers.

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little Mattie’s face just loved the cameras, of course.
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thank you, Mike and Robyn, for introducing me to you wonderful pack!

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Hudson ~ {Waterloo, Ontario professional pet photographer}

meet Hudson.  he had his Big Picture session last fall, and his guardians were after big variety for this 4-legged love of their life.

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i have a lot of clients with black dogs who ask me what the best season is for their 4-legger.  i always tell them that any season suits, but i have to admit, my favorite is late fall … the tall dried grasses, the residual fall colors, and the dramatic skies, to me, are always a stunning backdrop for any dog, but especially these black dogs.

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i took Hudson to an old barn i found a couple of years ago …

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… and then we headed to one of my favorite spots for some fetching-fun.

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one thing can be said of Hudson, he sports a long tongue … a phenomenally long tongue.

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and there’s no denying he looks like a supermodel in the breeze …

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Hudson also sports an incomparable smile.

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this shot was captured by Laura on her phone … me looking for pockets of lights, and Hudson … well, Hudson just looking to pick my pockets.

we had to hit the river on a separate date for a short add-on session  due to weather and timing … and Hudson was pretty excited about the opportunity.

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thank you Laura and Chris, for two wonderful afternoons and for being such awesome clients.  and thank you, Hudson, for being such a stellar model.  it was truly an honor to work with all of you!

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