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    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 (NOTE: previous years of blog entries have been archived.)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 scruffy a beef tendon to gnaw on, and enjoy the photos and ramblin's.

limited edition MUTT-SHOTS sessions! ~ {Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario pet photographer}

As I promised in our Christmas newsletter, I am super excited to announce scruffy dog’s new, fabulous, fantastical, magical, wonderful sessions this spring!  These are limited edition sessions, with only a limited number of spots available!  So, if you are interested in any of these one-time-offer sessions, you need to book now.  Like, today.

Over the past year I received a surprising number of inquiries from people asking for “just one great shot.”  Now, I’ll admit, I’m not a “one-great-shot photographer”.  With every animal I photograph, I’m after BIG variety, and MANY “great”, and even epic, shots.

So for me “just one great shot” simply does not exist.  HOWEVER, I can’t ignore these inquiries.  So … I am offering three, limited, special short sessions this spring … essentially “head-shots”.  Or let’s just call them what they are: MUTT-SHOTS!

Of course, in these sessions you will be receiving more than just a few “head-shots”.  Like any scruffy dog session, I will always deliver rich variety even within this short portrait session.  Check out the sample galleries below to see what is possible!

A Mutt Shots session is perfect for the client who is after that one creative wall piece  … or perhaps a wonderful framed storyboard print … or — for the SDP junkie — some more unique photos to add to a past session and start building towards a truly amazing album.



The Mutt-Shots Session … provides a small but mighty gallery of unique images capturing your 4-legger’s essence through a series of shots in one setting.  This session is for the client who is after a solid selection for that “one great shot” (and maybe a few others) … for canvas, print, or even a storyboard.  It can also be a great addition for the SDP client who is looking to add more images to their portfolio.

$225 includes:

$50 print credit towards your choice of prints, canvas or other fine art product

– one pet ($50 for each additional pet from the same household; up to two pets)

– 15 to 20 minutes of shooting time (per pet)

– toys and nutritional treats

– 8 to 12 edited proofs in your private online gallery

15% discount off all prints and products!

– social media image gifted of every print / product ordered

And there’s more!  Each Mutt-Shots client receives an exciting scruffy dog doggie bag!  This is an SDP bag filled with gifts and treats and coupons from scruffy dog and other amazing doggie-businesses that SDP loves.  Loads of goodies!!


There will be three Mutt-Shots sessions held on three separate dates, in three different locations in Kitchener.  And for those who simply can’t decide which ‘set’ they prefer, clients are welcome to book two or all three of these Mutt-Shots dates for increased savings!

To book: send me an email.  Any questions you have will be answered and you will be sent the booking form. SPOTS ARE LIMITED!   NOTE: your session fee (+ HST) will be required as a retainer to hold your spot.

(NOTE: the dates and locations noted below are the ONLY dates and locations that will be used for the Mutt Shots sessions)





Saturday 18 March STUDIO –  red egg chair

Here are two sample galleries for the studio + egg chair.

The red egg-chair fits up to an approx 50-lb dog.



Saturday 13 May URBAN – the brick alley

Here are two sample galleries for the brick alley session.





Saturday 10 June NATURAL – the forest path

Here are two sample galleries of the forest path session.





And if one Mutt Shots session isn’t enough, the savings abound!  When you book two Mutt Shots sessions, you receive a $75 print credit on your second session (instead of $50) … that’s a total of $125 in print credits!   And if two aren’t enough and you simply must have all three Mutt Shots sessions then your third print credit increases to $100 … for a total of $225 in print credits for your three sessions!  And always: 15% discount on prints and products!

To review some of the scruffy dog lineup of premium fine-art prints and products, check out the artwork page.


And just an added note … what a Mutt-Shots Session is not …

Because this is a short, concentrated session focused on great head/body/environment shots, and because of the locations/settings offered, this is not a session in which to capture action images (running, catching, jumping, etc.).  If you are after these types of images along with portrait-type images, please look at the other scruffy dog sessions.

Spots are limited for each session, so please book soon!  Contact Illona today for more information and the booking form.


NOTE: Because this is a special promotion, no additional discounts (i.e. repeat client discounts) may be applied.


Riley ~ BLOW project ~ Guelph pet photographer

This is Riley, a schnauzer mix who belongs to the amazingly talented dog-walker / dog-handler Shannon of Release the Hounds in Guelph.  Shannon helped with most of the session in this BLOW series, and her scruffies Carys and Riley were two of my first test models.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with this very popular pet photography series, I introduced the much-awaited BLOW project in this very first blog entry, and it has become a big hit on sites like Bored Panda and across the globe in the UK, France, Estonia, and even Japan among other countries.

Thank you, Riley, for always being stellar.  And thank you again, Shannon, for your help with this series!

Stay tuned right here on the scruffy dog blog for more exciting entries in the BLOW photo series!  You can also see more of BLOW across different online publications like Dog Milk and This Dog’s Life (sometimes called Dogs vs Fans) as well as real publications globally.

And if you don’t want to miss a single blog entry and BLOW model, consider ‘subscribing’ for the notifications by email whenever a new blog entry has been posted.  You’ll receive a simple email alerting you to each new blog entry — easy peasy … you’ll never miss another! Subscription signup can be done through the slide-out menu on the left … yup, right over there … or rather ‘left’ over there.  You got it.   See you soon!


Wallace ~ BLOW project ~ Kitchener-Waterloo pet photographer

This is Wallace, the wirehaired pointing Griffon … and these are his images from my much-awaited BLOW project.  I introduced this special pet photography series in this very first blog entry, but given the variety I strove to capture of each participant I felt that individual entries were warranted.

Thank you, Wallace, for being so shaggily amazing … even if you are a chickn$hit when it comes to shiny floors.  😉

If you’d like to see more in the BLOW pet photography series, stay tuned right here on the scruffy dog blog!  And if you don’t want to miss a single entry, consider ‘subscribing’ for the notifications by email whenever a new blog entry has been posted.  You’ll receive a simple email alerting you to each new blog entry — easy peasy … you’ll never miss another! Subscription signup can be done through the slide-out menu on the left … yup, right over there … or rather ‘left’ over there.  You got it.   See you soon!


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