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 (NOTE: previous years of blog entries have been archived.)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

Diesel & Muffin’s awesome fall session ~ {Toronto pet photographer}

and finally, we have Diesel and Muffin’s fall segment of their Seasons Session.  you can see their winter segment here, and their summer session here.  words can’t describe how much i love these two … both seniors but still full of spit and vinegar.

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when Steph took a few seconds out with Muffin as we were setting her up for some shots in the grasses, i had to grab a quick shot … and this image has become one of my favorites across all three of their sessions.

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in fact, their fall session was my favorite of all three, even though i did still feel a lingering twinge of pressure from Stephanie’s words on her booking form.  under the optional: Can you share with us why you’ve chosen scruffy dog photography? Stephanie’s response was:

“Oh man, where to start…..
When I look at your pictures, I feel like you are able to capture the personality and the spirit of your subjects like I have never seen anyone else do. These dogs mean so much to us that I don’t want to lose the subtle nuances that I love so much as my memories fade. I honestly believe that you will be able to capture them in a way that will let me hold on to all of those things that I love about them.  They are getting older, but both of the them are still so vibrant and full of life….I can’t imagine anyone else make this happen! “

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i only hope i managed to capture all of those subtle nuances that i know all too well make up the whole of every 4-legger we share our heart with.

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thank you, Stephanie and Eric, for trusting me to capture those subtle nuances and the spirit of your two amazing scruffies.  it was such a joy to work with you, and to work on your album, canvas and prints.  thanks for being such a big part of the scruffy dog family!

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Suzanne - Your ability to capture the joy, personality and dignity of these pets is a true talent. I’m in awe of your photography skills.

shohreh - sooooo cute, soooo nice,soooo lovely thanks

Dinona - Your photos are simply amazing. Love the colours, love de focus… I can’t get my eyes off your website :)

Muffin & Diesel’s summer session ~ {Toronto pet photographer}

welcome to the summer segment of Diesel and Muffin’s Seasons session … and what a wild time we had!  if you missed Diesel and Muffin’s winter session, you can view it here.

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because Diesel loves water so much, we headed to the river …

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unfortunately you won’t see more images of Muffin in the water because she had other ideas when it came to the river.  once she got in the water, there was absolutely no getting this girl out!

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she swam and swam in wide circles, and there was no calling her back.  all we could do was watch, and concern mounted that we’d spend their entire session trying to get her back … or worse, she might exhaust herself.   and that’s when Steph took matters into her own hands …swimming out to her girl and guiding her in.

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Diesel, on the other hand, gave us lots to work with during his water segment!

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… while Muffin had to stay on shore where she was safe.

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from the river’s edge, we headed to the wheat field.

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again, if you missed Diesel and Muffin’s winter session, you can view it here.  stay tuned for Muffin and Diesel’s awesome fall session!

  

Diesel & Muffin ~ the winter session ~ {Toronto dog photographer}

oh, what can i say about these two? Diesel and Muffin blasted onto the scruffy dog scene exactly one year ago … ready to make their mark with a Seasons Session.  i love my  Seasons Session clients … mostly because they can be classified in the same category as i am: crazy dog person … but also because — through three separate sessions — i get to know them and their dogs at an even deeper level than others.

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from the start, i loved working with these two, and with their guardians, Stephanie and Eric.  oh, and just in case there’s any confusion, this is not Diesel … this is Muffin:

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…and this is Diesel.

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these two seniors had a blast in our wintry forest …

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… regardless of the deep snow.

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they enjoyed lots of running …

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… and posing.

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and of course, no scruffy session is complete without a scruffy ball.

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stay tuned to the scruffy dog blog for Diesel and Muffin’s summer session!

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shohreh - you are real an artist :-)

Ruth - Wow, that’s some deep snow! I’ve never experienced that. Love love love the action shots.

Kaylee Greer - whoops! *her tail wrapped around *her legs!!! Sorry Muffin!!!!! You’d think I would have gotten a clue from the name ‘Muffin’ right? haha.

Kaylee Greer - That shot of Muffin with his tail wrapped around his leg as he’s flying through the air is KILLER! :) What a cool moment! Amazing, amazing work as always! These two pups’ coloring go so harmoniously with the beautiful yellow light and last orange leaves in the forest. Perfect!!!

Kelly Christy - Wonderful, as always.

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